Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Consuelo Saah Baehr Library, Vol. 1 (boxed set)

That title sounds really pretentious but I don't mind. I have a friend who built a house and called it "The Library."  The main room looks like a library in a castle with shelves to the ceiling and rolling ladders. I've had to leave my sensitivities by the door because the internet is pretentious, the book jackets are flamboyant, the subject matter often frivolous but if you want to play the game you've got to get off that darn high horse and get your content out there.

With that disclaimer, I have decided to create a "boxed set" of four titles for the modest price of $4.50. If bought separately, the books would cost $9.00.  My talented daughter created a gorgeous cover showing the spines of the books and we used the over-the-top cover of "Thinner Thighs In Thirty Years," (my Kindle Single), as the cover for the set.  I stayed up half the night figuring out how to insert the book covers before each title and compress them. The instructions for compressing a file are almost impossible to follow and I finally gave up and just inserted the covers in their original size.  My royalty will be lower because of the increased file size but at some point, I decided to let it go.

I'm relating this vignette because it is an instance where I took action before the Christmas season and tried a new marketing maneuver.  I was proactive - something that was not previously in my nature.  I've learned a lot from my on line community - a generous inventive group of people who help each other without hesitation.   D.D. Scott is the person who put me on to boxed sets.  D.D. divulges everything about her publishing experience down to how much she earns on each of her titles and at each retailer.  She will give you detailed instructions on how she created her audio books, how much it cost and how much she earns from them. She divulges everything.

The group I belong to is called The Indie Chicks.  The Chicks live all over the world but a simple request post from one of us will rouse the rest out of their nests in a matter of minutes.

I'll let you know how it goes with Consuelo Saah Baehr Library, vol.1.  I'm thinking when someone gifts a Kindle they will want to fill it with books and perhaps a boxed set.  If you can think of a better title, please give it to me.

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