For those of you who are reading the Sons of the Starfarers series, I have a few updates and points of business that I think you may be interested in.
First, Sons of the Starfarers: Omnibus I-III is now up for pre-order on most of the ebook sites. It will go live on November 1st, but the print edition should be available on Amazon and CreateSpace about two weeks before that. All I have left to do for the print edition is the typesetting, but that takes a lot of time, so I’m shooting for October 15th to have the print edition ready.
Now, here’s the interesting part. Amazon has a program called MatchBook where people who buy the print edition can get the ebook edition for cheap or free. For the omnibus edition, I’ve set the discount ebook price for $.99, which means that if you buy the print edition, you can get the ebook for just $.99 extra.
The big question is how this applies to pre-orders. If you pre-order the ebook and buy the print edition before the ebook comes out, will Amazon charge you the full $5.99 or the $.99? I don’t know yet, but I plan to ask an Amazon representative to clarify. Because if ordering the print version while the ebook is still on pre-order means that you get the ebook at the discount MatchBook price, I will do everything I can to get the print version out in time so you can do that.
For links to the omnibus, keep an eye on the front page: I haven’t added it to my blog yet, but I plan to do that shortly. Or you can just go over to your favorite ebookstore and search for “sons of the starfarers omnibus.”
Finally, I’ve decided to drop the price for Brothers in Exile (Sons of the Starfarers: Book I) from $2.99 to $0 and make it permanently free. The trick now is getting Amazon to price match with the other retailers, since you can’t technically set the price of an Amazon book to $0 (you have to mark it down on a competitor and let them know). So if you have a few moments to help, I would appreciate it! Just follow these steps:
- Go to the Amazon page for Brothers in Exile and look for the link that says “tell us about a lower price.”
- When you click the link, it should bring up a submenu that asks you where you saw the lower price. Click on “website.”
- Where it asks for the URL, copy and past either the link to iBooks, the link to Nook, or the link to Kobo (or all three!).
- Where it asks for the competitor’s price, enter “0” and click “submit feedback.”
That’s it! If you could take a few moments to do that, I would greatly appreciate it. And if you haven’t read Brothers in Exile yet, here’s a great way to get it for free!
For those of you waiting for Friends in Command (Sons of the Starfarers: Book IV), I’m happy to say that progress is coming along very, very well with that one. I hope to have it up for pre-order before the end of October, and the tentative release date will be January 3rd. It’s going to be a bit of a crunch to get it all done in time, but I’m really eager to write this story and I think I can get the first draft done in the next couple of weeks.
That just about does it. Back to writing!