One picture, a thousand words, and a few dollars (more?)

In preparing Master of the House for digital publishing, I am beginning to look at what a reasonable price for an e-book would be.  I figure that my potential audience for this sort of thing would be the best place to pose the question.

So, there are a few options for this and a few things to consider.

This particular book is done in two distinct parts.  As a consumer, would you rather…

  1. Pay a small amount, $3 to $5 for Part 1 and then later $5 to $7 for Part 2.
  2. Pay a set amount, like $5 to $6 per portion of the complete work.
  3. Pay upfront for the entire thing at $8-12.

Each option has its merits.

Option #1 allows you to explore the world and perhaps decide that this story is not for you at a low over all cost.  The higher price of Part 2 would compensate for that.

Option #2 allows the buyer to avoid feeling like they were put into a “gotcha” kind of situation.  You’re paying for what you get outright but you may pay a little bit more overall if you decide to stop after Part 1.

Option #3 is more the “support the artist”, “I liked the concept so I’m all in” kind of purchase.  You may end up saving a dollar or two in this instance.

Please leave comments and opinions below.  Thanks!

Concept and Setting Presentation

How do you even begin to explain something like this?

A very fair question was asked about the story I’ve put together in Master of the House.  Thank you to SJ21 for posting it.

“One thing keeps popping up in my head though. In what time period is this story set? There are various references to old-style weapons, clothing, and armor. The characters seem to do a lot of walking to get where they are going. It seems that the story is set during a time of limited technology, but then there is a reference to a helicopter. A little more clarification of what is going on here would be helpful.”

This question may be the result of only having one chapter available to read upfront or it may be the result of a failing of my writing to explain the place and setting.  I’ve heard it asked of me on two different occasions, so I thought I might put some thoughts down and see if I can justify what I’ve written.

To answer the question directly, the setting of the book takes place in a time and location completely set apart from any other.  Conceptually, the book is a non-traditional fantasy setting with an emerging steam-punk bend to it.

I remember back to reading Dune for the first time and the way that the book unabashedly put you in the setting and allowed explanations to come about as it developed.  It was unapologetic about introducing concepts and words that were not explained by narrative at first.  I think in many ways, that is what I do here.  Explanations for the way these people live and the way that limited technology exists come about as they are necessary to the character interaction.

The book does ask you to roll with the premise for a while.  Perhaps that is a bad thing?  Perhaps it makes it difficult to follow, I am not entirely sure yet.  The solution is simple, concepts can be explained as they appear.  I may need to do this.

My eventual answer is that all of these things are explained fully as the book continues.  My question in response to anyone reading or viewing this is:

“Are new concepts within a (story) fictional story troublesome or distracting if the answers are not presented promptly upon their introduction?”  Or  “Do these fictional concepts move you to turn the page and look for the answer?”

Thanks for taking time to read and to consider my material SJ21!