The Pretend Fiancé

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, but I did have a good reason. I’ve been spending all my time on a sequel, and it’s finally available!

As usual, it’s an Amazon exclusive. And, starting tomorrow (the 25th) it will be available for free for a limited time!

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet, The Pretend Girlfriend is currently on sale for only $0.99!

This book picks up after the events of Girlfriend, following Gwen and Aiden’s story several months down the road. If you liked the first story, I think you’ll love this one! Click the cover below to go to Amazon and check it out.

Young sexy woman in jeans

 

Just on a general note, Amazon has recently unveiled the Kindle Unlimited program, letting avid readers read an unlimited number of Kindle books for only $9.99 a month! I highly recommend checking this out, too.

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The Pretend Girlfriend

Hi everyone!

The Girlfriend Contact serial has been officially reborn as The Pretend Girlfriend, a full length novel.

The new novel not only features a new cover and description, it has also been edited. I’ve also added an entire new steamy scene to the story.

You can pick it up now for $0.99. Although I do believe a free promotion is on the horizon. 😉

Click on the pretty cover below to go to the Amazon page.

 

During the promotions for The Pretend Girlfriend, you’ll also be able to pick up my new paranormal new adult romance, Bloodsong, for $0.99! Click the cover below to go to the store page.

 

 

The Girlfriend Contract MIA

Hi everyone,

I’ve received a few emails and comments asking where the serial disappeared to. I actually have some big news for that.

I recently signed a deal with small press Pub Yourself Press to publish The Girlfriend Contract. The serial is being turned into one full novel, with a new cover and title. It’s also been newly edited, and I even added another scene (a steamy one is all I will say here). As part of the deal, I was required to take down my own digital versions, which is why they are no longer available.

The new novel is set to come out this week. I will put an announcement post out here on this blog, and I’ll send an email out to all my lovely newsletter subscribers.

The publisher is planning on running a free promotion on the novel on Amazon shortly after release, so you’ll be able to pick it up for nothing if you act fast!

Stay tuned for the official announcement.

All the best,

Lucy

The Price is the Thing, or, Why Are All eBooks $2.99!?

Have you ever wondered why so many indie-published stories are $2.99? Let me tell you!

This particular mainstay of indie books is largely thanks to Amazon.

As a publisher, Amazon offers two royalty levels: the first is 30% and the second is 70% (this is the amount of the purchasing price of the book that the author receives). As you can tell, the 70% rate is much more attractive.

A tiny bit of math will also show you that for every sale you make at $2.99, it takes six sales at the $0.99, 30% price point to make the same in royalties. There is also speculation among the indie-publishing community that sales at $2.99 or more impact your overall sales rank more than the $0.99 price point.

From an author’s perspective, there’s very little reason to price your book under $2.99. However, there are some reasons to do so:

-You don’t have a very large back catalog (say, less than 5 titles total to your pen name.) The lower price point might get you some more of the important early exposure.

-You have a serial, so you price the first episode of the serial at $0.99 as a “loss leader,” hoping that by enticing readers with the low entry cost they will buy the remaining episodes at the regular price.

-You are running a promotion. This works best if you have some way to get the word out that your book is available for $0.99. There are services for authors that will try to get said word out, but they cost money. It’s all a gamble. Promotions work best if you have a large back catalog to take advantage of: if a reader buys and enjoys your promo title, hopefully they will look for more things you’ve written.

-You don’t know any better. As you can see, from a financial perspective there is very little reason to price your book so low. Many authors put their books out at this price point simply because they’re not confident in themselves or their work, and don’t believe people will think it’s worth the money.

However, that 70% royalty comes with several stipulations. The most important of these to you, the reader, is that $2.99 is the lowest possible price an author can set a book at to still earn a 70% royalty.

If Amazon were to offer that 70% royalty at a lower cover price, I’m sure many authors would take advantage of it as another marketing tactic. However, the only way to get that royalty level under $2.99 on Amazon at the moment is to run a Kindle Countdown Deal. And to run one of those, your book must be enrolled in KDP Select, which prohibits you from publishing the title digitally anywhere but Amazon.

All-in-all, I still think $2.99 is a pretty decent price. it’s less than a fancy coffee at Starbucks, and many traditionally-published ebooks are much more expensive, usually $9.99 or more!

So, I hope you’ll continue to support indie authors. And I hope this post has helped you understand why we price our books the way we do.

All the best!

The Girlfriend Contract Episode 4 and Other News

Hi everyone,

Episode 4 will be available through Amazon tomorrow evening. I’m sorry for the delay. Unfortunately, real life gets in the way of my writing and publishing life at times. I hope you’ll forgive me.

In other news, if you’ve been waiting for discounts on the serial, they’ll be starting soon. I’ll be changing the price of Episode 1 to $0.99 this weekend, and starting on April 27th Episode 2 will be having a week-long Kindle Countdown Deal. So if you’ve been waiting to read the stories, here’s your chance to get started on the cheap!

The Girlfriend Contract 4 & 5

Hi everyone,

This is an update on the status of the final two episodes of The Girlfriend Contract serial.

I got sick this week and haven’t been getting as much done as I wanted, so I won’t be releasing a new episode tomorrow.

You can expect The Girlfriend Contract 4 to hit Amazon early next week, with The Girlfriend Contract 5 arriving the week after. So, still just a week between the final episodes, just a bit longer to get to them.

I will of course make new posts to let you know when they are finished and in the publishing queue, with newsletters sent out containing links to their store pages as soon as they are available.

All the best,

Lucy

Publishing…

Hi everyone,

Episode 3 of The Girlfriend Contract is in the publishing queue on Amazon and will hopefully be available for purchase within a few hours.

I will send out an email with the link to the episode in a newsletter as soon as I get said link from Amazon.

Just thought I’d let you know, in case there’s anyone out there wondering where the next episode is.

All the best,

Lucy