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All I’m taking is your time (and money)

Firstly, to all the people who helped make the launch of Stardogs happen.

Thank you so very much. I have been extremely nervous about this, and despite having put up OOP reverted books, such as A Mankind Witch (Heirs of Alexandria)

and novella/novellette/shorts such as Bolg, PI: Away with the fairies

up, I really wasn’t sure what sort of response a novel would get. Yes, I know, I’m a woos. But a grateful if inept one… so not today (I did it too late to make it today), but tomorrow, and the next day – 17 & 18th – the Witch’s Murder (a mere 22 pages) short is free. A review if you liked it would be lovely.

Over on Davefreer.com a reader asked why I wasn’t doing this through Baen. I replied, but part of that reply is really also in the comments on this post – well worth reading as a post – Hugh’s reply to a question – June 15, 2014 at 5:41 am – “And I’d be happy to publish with major houses again in the future if they offered reasonable terms. The problem they have is the time to market. I’m going to keep self-publishing and allow them to make offers afterward. The reader comes first. Not many publishers are willing to be second. They want to control the release cycle, slow it down, send out ARCs, prep catalogs, pump up the sales force, and all the things that slow them down and don’t work 90% of the time.”

The truth is that time is one of the biggest factors in my choosing to go alone. Time and of course, money. I have written a book – very popular — RATS, BATS & VATS

in a month. Okay I didn’t do a lot of sleeping, and editing and proofing took extra. But three months is a good long time for a book I am inspired to write. I work hard, I put in long hours. I shouldn’t be wasting time on covers, conversions, blurbs… (I think I shouldn’t. You may beg me to waste a lot more time) let alone trying to do publicity. BUT… I will get faster at all of those, and yes, nothing inspires like a bit of extra cash… that you can see paid into your Amazon account, and will get, dead on time, no problems, in two months. I’ve just got royalty statements that go back to sales… 18 months ago. And they’re as opaque as mud.

So basically, the answer is simple. I’d be happy to go trad publishing… except for preferring 70% of the price of the e-book, to 17-20%, and being able thus to keep the book prices down, and being able to work to my time-frame – and my time-frame is means you get a lot more books, and hopefully I get a lot more of your money… an equation that works for me πŸ˜‰

except of course at the moment I am being distracted by Peter Grant’s War To The Knife (Laredo War Trilogy Book 1)

So excuse me, I just have a little reading to do.

By the way, on the 18th… as you tuck into THE WITCH’S MURDER, Barb’s and I will be saying this

“From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.”

And become proud Australian Citizens

27 Comments
  1. masgramondou #

    On the “why use a trad publisher?” question, this link seems relevant: http://jakonrath.blogspot.jp/2014/06/the-hachette-job.html

    June 16, 2014
    • Oh, I DO like the hip waders comment. And the ‘
      Publishers need size and muscle in order to keep control over relations with authors,’ is an accurate assessment of how they see authors. Thank you, but no thanks. If you need to be in a vastly dominant position (and they are FAR more than the difference in size with Hachette and Amazon) – it’s not about anything but overt abuse.

      June 16, 2014
  2. Congratulations on becoming fair dinkum Aussies at last! It’s been a long road for you, I know, and filled with more than your fair share of rocks. I’m glad you made it!

    June 16, 2014
    • Grin. I think the rocks come looking for me. Must be my ancestry (A joke Peter would understand, seeing as my great uncle was Koos de la Rey).

      June 16, 2014
  3. robfornow #

    My congratulations on finding a place you can call ‘home.’

    June 16, 2014
    • Thank you. It means a great deal to me.

      June 16, 2014
  4. Good on ya, mate ! (Hope I’m getting my Strine right, it’s been 16 years since I’ve been Down Under.

    And quite enjoyed Stardogs: can we expect more in that universe ???

    June 16, 2014
    • Onya – πŸ™‚ seems to have become one word. Yes, to more books but not immediately.

      June 16, 2014
      • masgramondou #

        WDW – Write Dave Write!

        June 16, 2014
  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    June 16, 2014
    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ I am delighted to be doing this.

      June 16, 2014
  6. Congratulations! It’s been fun following your blog, and watching you settle into a place that seems like it is a perfect fit.

    June 16, 2014
    • You’re right, Pam. It’s a pretty close fit. I sometimes feel I’ve come home to a place I’d never been…

      June 16, 2014
  7. That’s wonderful news, Dave! Both about the book and about your new citizenship. πŸ˜€

    June 16, 2014
    • Thank you! Yes, it’s been very good month so far πŸ™‚

      June 16, 2014
  8. Synova #

    Congratulations on your citizenship!

    June 16, 2014
    • Thank you! of course I wouldn’t have told anyone if it were like a wedding ceremony. But there is no ‘due cause and impediment’ question :-).

      June 16, 2014
  9. Aaron #

    I loved the free sample of Stardogs, and it is high on the list to get once my financial aid gets in. Looking forward to reading the rest of it.

    June 16, 2014
  10. Congratulations!

    It’s been great to watch friends succeed – may every launch grow from here!

    June 16, 2014
  11. Question, Dave: I see that both Amazon and Smashwords have Stardogs listed — which of the two would be the best place to purchase a copy in terms of helping out the author?

    June 17, 2014
    • Amazon has the better time-to-author, although direct from Smashwords itself does pay slightly higher. I would, to be honest, prefer Amazon, as that has an effect on my ranking there too πŸ™‚

      June 17, 2014
  12. DaveC #

    Congrats Dave,
    we did that about two years ago. It was the first time in over 40 years I actually sang out loud in public (and probably the last, I have some compassion after all). We’ve never regretted it.
    Oh, I’ve finished STARDOGS & eagerly await next episode nest week.

    DaveC

    June 17, 2014
    • DaveC #

      nest week should be NEXT week.

      DaveC

      June 17, 2014
    • I think nest week happens in the Chinese year of the Phoenix? πŸ™‚

      June 17, 2014
  13. We had enough free cash to get one copy– I sent it to my mom. I hope you appreciate the daughterly sacrifice. πŸ˜€

    More seriously, congratulations!

    June 17, 2014
    • πŸ™‚ I hope your mother appreciates the daughterly sacrifice as much as i do. And I hope she lets you read it. And thank you.

      June 17, 2014

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