So, this morning I had some downtime at the office, and decided to look into my Kindle offerings. First off, I lowered the price of my recent non-fiction work Life on the Cube Farm from $2.99 to $1.50.
I know the advice from successful writers is to charge what your works are worth. But, the reality for those of us with little to no name-recognition is that doing so is often a hindrance. I have made only a single paid sale of that work at the current price. So, maybe if it's cheaper, more people will be willing to give it a try. If I sell four copies at the lower price, I will have already made more back than before. The new pricing should be active later today.
One of the other things I noticed was that a few of my stories have no reviews. I'd like to remedy that by enticing people to read and review them. To that end, I'm going to offer a different story for free each month for a period of five days each. Tomorrow will begin the first sale with Blood from Sand.
The final thing I realized today was that, from the reviews I do have, I see a lot of people stating that they are looking forward to sequels to a few of my more popular stories. I'm going to try to remedy that too. I currently have a rough draft of a third Orcs story done. It focuses on Pekra and Bofdak. I read it through again today, and I really like the idea, and I think I did some good writing here. But, it needs polishing, and some more exposition. So, that's my next project.
I'm still trying to get my motivation to write back. I figured that building on my short story successes would be a better start than just trying to jump into a longer narrative right away. I still have a couple of longer works that are getting some attention, though. So, I haven't given up yet.