Project Updates and Other Ramblings

Greetings, my friends! It’s time for a few project updates. Some bad news, some good news, maybe…? Idk. So, as Li Shang says, let’s get down to business.

First of my project updates: Thank you! May this classy purple flower convey how awesome you are.

First of all, I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has read Soot and Slipper, double-thanks to those who have recommended it to others, and triple-thanks if you took the time to rate and/or review it on the venue of your choice.

Full disclosure: as a general rule, I don’t read reviews. My mother does, though, and she thinks it’s fun to pull them up and read them aloud to me as I hastily vacate her presence. You, my lovely readers, have been SO NICE.

Thank you. I am overwhelmed and humbled and grateful that you have found value in my work. You are awesome and amazing.

And speaking of value…

(Terrible segue, I know.)

Ebook Pricing

Around the time I released S&S, I had multiple people tell me I need to up my ebook prices (including a couple of commenters on my own blog, haha). I’ve kept my prices low as a courtesy, but those discussions have left me with a lot to ruminate on. After several weeks of wishy-washy contemplation, I’m ready to capitulate. Sort of.

Over the next few months, my ebooks that are 50K words and above will all get a price update to $2.99. For Tournament of RusesThe Legendary Inge, and Namesake, this is no increase at all. The Annals of Altair series, Kingdom of Ruses, and Goldmayne will each go up $2.

I did look into upping the price on the longer books (90K+ words) to $3.99, but price increases statistically lower sales. Basically, I’d be charging more for fewer people to buy, to the benefit of no one. So that’s been shuffled to the side for now.

For the time being, my two fairytale novellas will remain at $0.99. I know I could probably raise their prices as well, but I like them as introductions to my writing, so the low courtesy pricing makes sense to me.

It’s not that big of a difference on most of these, but hopefully the new prices will better signal that yes, I do value my work and I want readers who value it as well. I don’t have an exact timetable for when each price increase will happen (see below for why), so this is your courtesy notice that if you want any of my books at their lower price, grab them sooner rather than later.

And that brings us to…

Project Updates

When I created my imprint (Eulalia Skye Press) a couple years ago, I intended to transfer my earlier titles over. It hasn’t happened for a number of reasons.

Or, well, mostly because of all the paperwork involved. I’m using a different trim size under ESP than with my earlier titles, so transferring over means re-typesetting six books, which also means new covers. And that in turn means updated ebooks, which would ideally correspond with the aforementioned price hikes. In short, it’s a lot of dominoes that have to be lined up and tumbled, and since I’ve already been through the process with these books, I’ve dragged my feet on doing it again.

But I finally learned InDesign (as the print version of Soot and Slipper will attest, yeehaw), and I really ought to use that subscription to its fullest. So.

Annals of Altair Books 1 – 3

The print versions for A Boy Called Hawk and A Rumor of Real Irish Tea are no longer available. They will return shortly. This series gets the least amount of traction in my collected works, so no great loss.

For the ebooks, the price increase is effective immediately. I’ve uploaded new covers and reformatted book files for a nicer reading experience. Because these were my first books published, I’ve also done a medium-light edit (cleared out excess verbiage, cleaned up the writing style, etc.).

The stories are the same. They’re just not quite as wordy.

For those who want a hard copy (Hi, Mom!), the typesetting for the print versions is complete. I just have to upload files, order proofs, and make sure everything is pretty. My self-imposed deadline is the middle of September, for Reasons.

Look for this newly rebranded series on Amazon.

Ruses, Goldmayne, and Inge

I’m not messing with the wordiness of these books. Goldmayne is meant to have a folksy fairytale voice, so my older style of writing still works. The same goes for Inge and the Ruses books, to a lesser degree.

Kingdom of Ruses, however, will get the addition of a bonus short story, “The Prince among Men.” It’s roughly 4K; I wrote it a few years ago to answer that burning question, “But where did Will go?” And then I had nowhere to publish it, because it was too long for a blog post and too short for a standalone novella.

L O L

Since I’m adding a short story to the end of Kingdom, I think I have to dis-enroll it from Kindle Unlimited so that it doesn’t look like I’m trying to game the system for more page-reads. There were shenanigans to that effect a couple years back, as I recall, and I’d rather not chance having a book flagged because previous readers are skipping to the end for some added content. So whenever that update happens, no KU for a few months. (Sorry, my lovely KU readers. It will return eventually.)

These four books will update in the following order (theoretically): Goldmayne, Inge, Kingdom, Tournament.

Namesake

And now we arrive at the elephant in the room. “Wasn’t there supposed to be a sequel to Namesake, like, a year ago?” Why, yes. Yes there was. And then it turned into two sequels and I threw a creative tantrum.

I have a hard-and-fast rule of not publishing a book that needs a sequel written. Namesake can stand on its own, so I waffled over whether even to write the follow-up. When it split into two, that waffling doubled. I am still working on them, but there’s no timetable for completion.

Just, when you see Goddess (Book 2) finally make its appearance, you can rest assured that Eidolon (Book 3) will be close on its heels. I won’t leave you hanging from that cliff for long. Pinky promise.

Final Thoughts

A disproportionate amount of my writerly life has been me feeling like I fall short of other people’s expectations. I lack follow-through, I disappear for weeks or months on end, I hoard creative control, and I happily nest down in my comfortable corner of obscurity. The truth is, I only ever wanted to write. It was never my dream to publish a book.

So here I am, ten titles down the road and wondering how the heck this all happened. It has been a long, meandering path, and there is still so much meandering yet to come.

Long story short, thanks for joining me on this journey. Life is full of surprises, y’know?

10 Responses to Project Updates and Other Ramblings
  1. W.R. Gingell says:

    *maniacal–er gleeful–laughter*

    *goes on hunt in Amazonian jungles to see if suspicions are correct*

    *happy whoops*

  2. JSU says:

    “Annals of Altair Books 1 – 3”

    I was wondering whether this was a typo or the stealth announcement of the unexpected sequel you’d alluded to a few comment sections back… and then noticed the link both in a new comment there and hidden in the text here.

    Stealth new/old book! Now there’s a happy surprise. I hope a non-stealth announcement post will show up at some point.

    • kstradling says:

      I’ll toss up something more official in a week or two. I like my ducks in a row for the paperback when I announce a release, but I needed the ebook’s ASIN for my reformatted Books 1 and 2. So, up the pre-order went. At that point, I figured I might as well have some fun with it.

  3. Jillee S. says:

    Well I had no idea that Namesake was getting one sequel, let alone two, so you’ve made me very happy today. I think that’s probably my favorite of your books (although they’re all fantastic).

  4. JSU says:

    Surprise book aside, am I right to think that the back-in-the-present chapters of the Namesake sequel grew too large to be just an intro section? That would be nice, as we’ll likely see more of the familiar characters from the original.

    • kstradling says:

      It’s not that the intro chapters grew too large (they’re the one part of the MS that I haven’t changed), but they are sort of to blame. The plotted Act 3 was too involved to tie up nicely because of issues that the intro chapters bring to light. Basically, Anjeni had a there-and-back-again story arc; Aitana doesn’t get that luxury.

  5. JayJay says:

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I am a very grateful for all of the books you have written (I’ve read 90% of them and loved each one.) After reading the first book (Kingdom of Ruses)—I got hooked onto your style of writing and just had to read everything else you’ve written. Thanks so much for the writing updates and I look forward to the Namesake sequels!

    As for those final thoughts—
    I believe you should keep writing for yourself and disregard the expectations of others. If you’ve gotten this far just because you wanted to write, then who cares about what other people think? As a reader, I don’t see any problem if you tend to disappear for weeks or months. You keep doing you.

    • kstradling says:

      Thank you, sincerely. I’ve been going through a period of reset/self-assessment and came roughly to the same conclusion you recommend. I can’t control others’ expectations, and if I worry about meeting some unknown set of variables, I’ll lose myself in the process.

      So, forward I go in my own rhythm. Thanks for your voice of support on that front.

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