So, I've gotten a start and I need feedback. I have several concerns, and who better to help me than my wonderful blog readers.
What I need your comments on:
1. Price. I've priced them at 99¢ each. The question is, is that a fair price considering how short these little how-tos are? This is a much talked about topic amongst eBook authors and many fiction writers offer anything under 6,000 to 7,000 words for free. On the other hand, research shows readers are willing to pay a little more for non-fiction because of the perceived value of the information. Mine are 3500 - 4300 words. What do you think? Is 99¢ an acceptable price?
3. Other. For example: overall appearance, content, images, usefulness, subject appeal, anything else you can think of, etc.
4. If after all that you think the project is worth it, tell me what else you'd like to see in the series. (It's also okay to tell me if you think it isn't worth it.) Some of my ideas for future books in the series include:
- How To Peel Tomatoes For Canning Without Boiling Water
- How To Mix Your Own Feed Rations With The Pearson Square
- How To Make Butter & Whipped Cream From Goats Milk
- How To Make An Herbal Salve
- How To Make Yogurt & Yogurt Cheese Without Electricity
- How To Whitewash a Chicken Coop
- How To Install Fence
- How To Make Kefir
- How To Husk Sunflowers
- How To Make Goats Milk Mozzarella
- How To Lacto-Ferment Anything
- How To Render Animal Fat
- How To Bake Without Baking Powder
- How To Determine Soil Texture
- How To Save Seeds
- How To Hard Boil Eggs Without Water
Now for the codes. I'm only able to offer discount codes with Smashwords. Kindle Direct Publishing only allows eBooks for free if they are part of their Kindle Select Program. That means making the book exclusive for Kindle, which I did not want to do. There are other eReaders out there and for those without, pdf is the way to go.
- How To Preserve Eggs: freezing, pickling, dehydrating, larding, water glassing, & more - Enter coupon code UV95S at checkout
- How To Make A Buck Rag & other good things to know about breeding your goats - Enter coupon code XK73S at checkout.
Both codes expire Nov. 7 at midnight. You will have to set up a Smashwords account to take advantage of this offer.
At Amazon: If you prefer Amazon's convenient wireless delivery to your Kindle, you can purchase them there for 99¢ each. (Also available at Amazon websites in UK, IN, DE, FR, ES, IT, JP, BR, CA, MX, and AU).
Smashwords distributes to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Oyster, Scribd, PageFoundry, Flipkart, and Baker & Taylor, so my eBooks should start to show up at these sites soon. They also distribute to public libraries through Library Direct, Baker & Taylor's Axis360, and OverDrive. That means you can request you local library to buy them too.
Lastly, if you think this project is a useful idea, please help me by reviewing them at Amazon, Smashwords, or your own website. Reviews are what make self-publishing worth it.
So that's it. New additions to the series probably won't come out very quickly, but for those who would like to know when they do, I've set up an email list for notifications. Shoot an email to littlehomesteadhow-tos (at) greenmail.net (dot) net. The list will only be used to announce new releases to the series.
Now go grab a copy of each and let me know what you think.