Friday, December 30, 2011
My last post discussed eBooks vs. the real thing. With eBooks being the latest rage, people constantly debate how much an author should charge for their eBooks.
In a Facebook conversation I was reading the other day on this very subject, a person commented that no eBook should ever be priced over $1.99. They argued that because there were no production costs, an author should be more fair to readers. This surprised me because I know Amazon and other book sellers charge anywhere between 60-80% just to sell an eBook on their website.
I can understand a low price if it is temporary and just for promotional purposes, but long term? Personally I think a fair price is between $4.00 - $8.00. I know how much time and effort authors put into their work, and I think they should be paid a fair and reasonable price just like any other profession.
Am I off base here? What is a fair price? And how much do you think an author should make per book?
Posted by Rachel McClellan at 7:53 PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I am still in the book camp, although I'm warming to the eBookers who exist all around me. They look so cool and sophisticated with their eReaders and touching the screen like they're Tom Cruise in Minority Report. Who knows what they're reading on that gadget? It is a mystery, thereby making them a mystery.
I'm not as cool. I carry regular books around, their covers a glaring button on my chest, exposing pieces of myself to the world. My likes, my desires, and even my fears. You can tell a lot about a person by the books they read.
But eBook readers...who are they? Their anonymity draws me in. There are some books I'd like to keep hidden (tee hee hee). But I'm frightened by the whole mechanics of it all. What if I "plug" in and I'm sucked into some other dimension where my mind becomes trapped by three-horned aliens, and they send one of their protozoan soldiers to take over my body?
So I'd like to know, for those of you who are eBook readers, what made you convert? And for those who aren't, why are you still old school?
Posted by Rachel McClellan at 9:18 AM
Saturday, December 24, 2011
It's Christmas Eve. I'm taking a short minute to wish you all a Merry Christmas while my kids watch A Christmas Story. Ralphie just uncovered the secret message: Drink More Ovaltine.
In front of me is a spread of food that I've been grazing on like a fat cow before its slaughter. I feel if I even touch my belly, my stomach will explode, spilling ranch-soaked guts all over the wrapped presents sitting next to me. Bleh.
Soon the kids will go to bed, and then I can wrap the rest of the presents. I just hope I remember where they all are. The kids are excited for tomorrow, which makes me excited.
Thank you all for your friendship and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Posted by Rachel McClellan at 9:29 PM
Friday, December 16, 2011
It's a little long for a blog post. Sorry!
Posted by Rachel McClellan at 5:14 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Random.Org has selected a number:
Scrolling down now... and the winner is Ru! Congratulations! I will email you your $50 Amazon gift card shorty.
As for the rest of you, I know there was only one "winner", but come on now. Did you read how many funny comments there were? I couldn't stop laughing and that's just what I needed, so in my mind you're all winners.
Thank you everyone for participating!
Posted by Rachel McClellan at 2:02 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
This is my Christmas gift to you. Another contest. And it's easy. All I want to know is...
Who would you kidnap (in a total nice way and not in a tie-you-up, slit-your-throat sort of way)?
The official rules:
1. Simply comment to this post and tell me who you would kidnap and why.
2. Tell me what you would do with this person for one week. And I could really use some laughs so make it funny.
3. Be a follower of this blog.
I will send you a $50.00 Amazon gift card. Winner will be randomly selected using Random.org.
Contest ends in one week at exactly midnight on December 14th.
Posted by Rachel McClellan at 8:56 AM
Sunday, December 4, 2011
And the results are in.
Angie Workman has made her decision. They are:
1. Rivers Underneath
2. Chasing the Taillights
3. S.P.Y. Mission: Princess Protection
4. She Knows Death
Now here's the magically-delicious part.
All four get to submit their manuscript to Angie. Exciting, eh? The first place winner will receive a full review, and on the other three, Angie will keep reading until they turn out not to be what she's looking for.
Congratulations! And thanks again Angie for taking the time to judge this contest.
Posted by Rachel McClellan at 8:35 PM