When I first shared Thorn in Red, I described it as “an accident.” Rewriting the story, over and over, pushed me to accept that my initial assessment was wrong; I needed Thorn in Red. It was something Dumbledore said in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that helped me reach that conclusion: “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”
Let me explain…
My superego spent considerable time telling me things like:
- “This character is only seventeen. She shouldn’t do this…” (so I made her older)
- “Other characters in this genre wouldn’t act like this…” (so I modified their actions)
- “Readers might be too shocked by the rather uncanny happenings…” (so I turned it trendy)
And there was a lot more, my Wicked Darlings. So much, that by the time I finished butchering Thorn in Red into what my superego thought the story should be, the tale read unnatural and dull—my Muse and I were completely disgusted (and a bit ashamed). We edited the damage.
The madness didn’t stop there…
A few weeks ago, some writer friends and I were discussing pricing. Almost everyone involved in the conversation suggested that I was underpricing AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories. Someone said, “I avoid buying $0.99 books. Most sell for that little because they have little to offer. Just try selling the story for $1.99 for a couple of days, maybe a week,” he said. “I bet more people will read it. If it doesn’t work, it was just a failed experiment. No one loses.”
I pondered for a while, and convinced myself to give the idea a try…
Last night, I decided to raise the price of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories to $1.99. And as I write this post, Thorn in Red costs the same amount.
I didn’t sleep well…
The first thing I did, this morning, was change AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories back to $0.99. As soon as Amazon lets me, I will set the price of Thorn in Red to match AlmaMia’s.
You might laugh at my reasons… Nah, not you—we get along so well because we embrace our nutty bliss, don’t we? But laughing is a wonderful thing, so if what I’m getting ready to tell you makes you roar, just throw your head back, gobble up the mirth and consider its yumminess my Winter Solstice present to you.
Wondering what I’m talking about? Well, while I was trying to get some rest, I dreamed about Dumbledore’s words *I’m totally grinning right now*. He didn’t say the exact thing I quoted above, but a modified version concocted by a Muse raging with indignation: foolishness can dress up as common sense, just to trick you (and by “you” the Muse means “me”) into believing that you are doing something that is not only right but that doing so also makes you happy. And that, my Wicked Luvs, is a lot of doo-doo; because the price change made me unhappy, extremely verbose *cough, cough* and left me a tad mortified.
At the moment, Thorn in Red is available at Amazon for $1.99 (and mislabeled as “Juvenile Fiction”). You can be totally hardcore and get the ebook now, if you like… However, if you wait a few hours, you will be able to purchase the dark young adult fantasy tale for $0.99.
So… How is your day going?
Did you get your copy yet?
Edited - 12/21/13 - Thorn in Red is $0.99.
Hope you delight in the tale. Spread the word. Grin often.
My day, um... night just got way better ;-)
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