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You Get What You Pay For

Here is some interesting anecdotal evidence. With A Mixture of Madness, book two of The Bow of Heaven series about to be released, I decided to drop the ebook price from $2.99 to 99 cents, both as a celebration that the blessed thing was finally done and as an incentive for folks who might want to play catch-up.

Why didn't I give away
The Other Alexander for free? When I first started publishing a couple of years ago, I thought it was a good idea to get my work out there, but I have since changed my mind. Writers deserve compensation for their hundreds of hours of hard word, even if it's only a buck, and discerning readers understand that.

So, I lower the price on Smashwords, on Amazon, everywhere, expecting to see some kind o
f bump in sales. And boom! In the first week, sales drop off a cliff, a big cliff. Oh my gosh! What have I done? Apparently, the wrong thing. So after a few weeks I admit it, I did something shameful—I reneged on my promise and raised the price back up to $2.99. You won't be surprised to hear that The Other Alexander is selling briskly once again, not proving, but at least indicating that "you get what you pay for."

I certainly hope that's true, because
A Mixture of Madness is weighing in at over 140,000 words and I'll be pegging it at $4.99. One thing's for sure—if readers don't think it's worth the price, they will let me know in short order.

The dove which you'll find on the cover of the paperback editions and in one way or another in all
The Bow of Heaven books appears courtesy of my favorite illustrator and fine artist, Lynnette Shelley,
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