Monthly Archives: July 2011

WIP update: July 25-29

 

This week was a good week, but not as good as I hoped it would be.

As usual, Monday is a little hard, since I don’t write Saturday and Sunday. I have to read the last chapter or more, before start writing. And this Monday had a little other things stressing me … nothing to worry about.

Thursday was also frustrating. I decided to star a link list of very useful links for writers to add as a page on my website. I worked on it for over 2 hours and I’ve gotten only half the links down! My list is way too long! Which is good, but then I got frustrated I wasn’t writing and dropped it to write. I’ll get it down soon, but I won’t disregard my writing to get the link list done.

Monday = 1022 words

Tuesday = 3051 words

Wednesday = 3509 words

Thursday = 2026 words

Friday = 3773words

Total week: 13,355  words

Total WIP (GH #1): 36,345 words on July 29 2011

 

Next week, I’ll receive my E.L. #1 MS back from my editor and I’ll probably work on it a little.

I wished to aim for 15k words for next week, but, since I’ll be revising EL#1, I’ll aim for 10k words on the GH#1. Hopefully, I’ll surprise myself and get much more down.

 

Cheers,

 

E-book pricing poll

My question is: How much are you willing to pay for an e-book?

WRITERS, this is not a question of how much will you price your books. I want you to answer the question as readers. READERS, how much would/will you pay for an e-book?

At the right sidebar, you’ll find the poll ——————–>

 

Seeing as I love to over explain everything, here I go …

Nathan Bransford had a poll on his blog about the price of e-book based on the hardcover price. Here are the results.

My poll is different because I don’t want you to consider hardcover price. Lately, many small presses and indie authors don’t have hardcovers out there, only e-books and POD paperback. For those who don’t know, POD means Print On Demand, which means the book (paperback usually) is only printed when bought by a reader and in the quantity bought.

I also found this poll on David Maine’s blog. He asks how much you would pay for the e-book of an author you never read before, which is somewhat like what I’m asking.

The writing/publishing market changed SO MUCH during the last 2 years. I’m doing this poll more out of curiosity  to see where readers stand now.

Let’s take me, as reader, in consideration (the following are thoughts of mine that may or may not be correlated):

  • In August, Richelle Mead will have 2 books out. Their e-prices are $9.99 and $10.99. In November, Inheritance by Christopher Paolini will be released. It’s kindle price is $13.99. I’ll buy these 3 books because I’m a huge fan of Mead and Paolini, but I’m not happy about the price their books are set.
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa is priced around $6-$8 … a much more interesting price range, though it still isn’t comparable to indie books priced around $0.99-$2.99. Also, I think The Iron Knight, the next on the series, will be around $10. I’ll buy it, because I love the series, but I would rather it was priced like the previous ones.
  • The Hunger Games, a very famous series, is priced between $4.70 and $7.70 … I like the pricing here.
  • I’ve read several books priced at $0.99 and $2.99 but most were recommended or from authors I had heard/knew about … when it’s from a brand new author, with not many reviews to let me know if people are liking or hating it, I don’t buy. Nor yet, at least.
  • Some small presses (most are digital-first) are pricing their books around $8-$9 and they have a lot of debut authors. Would I pay $8 for an author I don’t know? I’m not sure. Probably not. I would have to read tons of great reviews or receive a direct recommendation of someone I know, and I would still think a hundred times before considering it.
  • About 2 months ago, a friend asked me suggestions for a few books on the genre she likes. I gave her a huge list, and soon she came back to me complaining that some books were more expensive on e-book format than on paperback. She gave up buying them.
  • I read an interview with Angela James (Executive Editor of Carina Press) where she states “the company found that at $6.99, the books no longer sell.” So, if that’s true, then why the Big Six price their book almost twice that price line? I don’t get it.

As a writer, I wouldn’t like to have my books out for over $7, I think. And perhaps even $7 is too high these days. If I ever self-publish, I’ll probably price my books around $0.99-$2.99. But what if I don’t go indie? Will my books be read/bought if their prices are not that cheap?

To me, readers are more important than money (very interesting article on the topic here), but writing is also my job.

What do you have to say about e-book pricing, as a readers and/or a writer?

Cheers,

WIP update: July 18-22

 

Here I am, to fulfill what I promised: to update the status of my WIP every Friday.

Let’s see.

I’m working on two manuscripts right now.

 

DESTINY GIFT, a 80,000 words New Adult paranormal romance, is almost, almost done. Right now, it is with my editor being copy-edited.

 

G.H. #1, a New Adult Urban Fantasy, is being written.

It doesn’t have a name yet. So far, I’m calling it G.H. #1. Don’t ask me what G.H. means, I’m not gonna tell. Not yet.

Last Friday = 4.5k words

Monday = 2007 words

Tuesday = 3223 words

Wednesday = 3320 words

Thursday = 1019 words

Friday =2522 words

Note 01: Monday is always hard to start over since I don’t write on Saturdays and Sundays.

Note 02: on Thursday, I probably wrote much more than 1010 words, but I spent a lot of time fixing the pace and the plot’s course. I added paragraphs, took out some, re-ordered … Those 1019 words were from a new scene, making it easy to count (using word of course). The rest, spread out here and there, I didn’t count.

Note 03: on Friday (today), I had 2 appointments away from my laptop, which ended up reducing my writing time a lot.

Adding up everything, the G.H. #1 has 24,163 words so far. I’m expecting it to be around 70-75k words.

Hopefully, next week I’ll get even more words down. If I can keep this speed, the first draft should be ready in 2 or 3 more weeks.

 

Ugh, my head is so full of ideas (and the IDEA doc file in my laptop too) that I wish I wrote as fast as my thoughts swirl inside my mind. I would have a new manuscript every day!

 

Cheers,

Staying Focused

 

I’ve found out about Focus Booster on Amanda Hocking’s blog back in March.

On the post where she talks about Focus Booster, Amanda Hocking said it helped her … and it is helping me.

Focus Booster is an application that counts time. Yes, like a timer. It stays over your doc file, or whatever other window you have open on your computer, and counts time. You can set it for how long you want and you can pause if needed.

Why it helps?

Normally, I start writing, and after every scene or chapter or, sometimes even in between paragraphs, I check the internet … emails, twitter, Facebook, my website, GoodReads, whatever … and that steals my writing time and disturbs my concentration.

With Focus Booster over my doc file, I managed to stay offline. Really. The timer is counting and I’m like “okay, I gotta get this done. Till the time is over, I need to write and write and write.”

I know, the app is simple and it sounds almost stupid, but it really helped me. Really. Last Friday, I got down 5k words in 3 hours. To me, that was awesome!

Yesterday (Monday) was a bit more complicated because, since I don’t write during weekends, it gets me a couple of tries to get down focused on my story again. So, yesterday, I got 2.5k words in 2 hours (not counting here the hours spent in research and outlining–just the plain, old hands-on-keyboard writing).

I turned off TweetDeck and closed my Google chrome page and wrote. If I needed something off the internet, like a research item or the name of a place, I highlighted it and searched for it later, so I would not stop writing. I felt like I was in an exam, with a hard-shelf teacher, where the time was limited to answer all the hundreds of questions and I needed to pass. Just awesome!

How about you? What do you do to stay focused? What helps you stay focused and off the addicting internet?

Cheers,

 

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