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Let's Talk About Ebooks of My Poetry
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jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: January 3rd, 2012 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I read ebooks, and I'd definitely be interested in buying ebooks of your poetry. Generally, I would be highly likely to pay up to $3 per book, and might go as high as $5. You might also consider releasing them in pay-what-you-will format; that has worked very well for some people.

I don't think ebooks really compete with hardcopy books. One is for consumption (I spend less time at the library now than I used to), the other is for keeping. Poetry, especially, lends itself to wanting the latter even when you have the former.

You might have to do some creative thinking to make donors continue to get something extra special, but I don't think that ought to be a dealbreaker; it's important to keep evolving (and INvolving), anyway!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2012 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have posted your perk verse in "With Mortal Flesh and Iron Will."

>>Generally, I would be highly likely to pay up to $3 per book, and might go as high as $5.<<

Thank you, that's helpful to know. I'm likely to base price at least somewhat on size; for instance, if I do both the perk-posts and the poetry collections, the big poetry collections may cost more.

>> You might also consider releasing them in pay-what-you-will format; that has worked very well for some people.<<

That's a possibility. Do you know which if any of the ebook selling venues allow that as an option?

>>I don't think ebooks really compete with hardcopy books. One is for consumption (I spend less time at the library now than I used to), the other is for keeping. Poetry, especially, lends itself to wanting the latter even when you have the former.<<

Fair enough, I've heard that before.

>>You might have to do some creative thinking to make donors continue to get something extra special, but I don't think that ought to be a dealbreaker; it's important to keep evolving (and INvolving), anyway!<<

I'm always open to more ideas for perks. There are time/budget constraints on what I can do, but sometimes people come up with really good ideas that I wouldn't have thought of myself.
jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: January 3rd, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Especially for poetry collections, size definitely affects what I'm willing to pay.

I see someone else has mentioned Smashwords. You could also offer it through your blog; this has the added advantage of making people look at your blog to get your stuff, and therefore adding more potential donors who might stick around rather than consume the one book and be done.

If I think of anything, I'll mention it! You could maybe do one of your scrapbooked pages of one of the poems the k-fans supported for them...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>>You could also offer it through your blog; this has the added advantage of making people look at your blog to get your stuff, and therefore adding more potential donors who might stick around rather than consume the one book and be done.<<

I could certainly offer it through my blog and on my personal website, along with whatever other services seem useful. I'd probably want to include a page in the book listing my other publications and the Poetry Fishbowl itself.

>>You could maybe do one of your scrapbooked pages of one of the poems the k-fans supported for them...<<

I did that for some of them last year, although I didn't have time this year. I might do it again.
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