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I’ve been reading so many indie authors lately that I’ve really neglected some of my old traditional favorites. I’m finding myself really “jonesin'” for Preston & Child. This is the kind of stuff I used to read all the time before I got hooked on paranormal romance. I need a break from PR, not only because I’ve been reading a lot of it, but also because I WRITE it. So I need to read something a little different. My favorite books by these guys are the Agent Pendergast novels. He is such an odd character, but he grows on you more and more as the series goes along. I think there’s one that I haven’t read yet (and one to come later in the year). But here’s the problem. Because they are traditionally published, the book I haven’t read is $8.99 for the ebook. Now this is lower in price than many trad authors’ books, but I’m used to paying reasonable indie prices. I usually get audiobooks from the library for trad books. So I’m wondering if I can make myself pay $8.99. I didn’t see the audiobook at the library. Another reason for waiting on the audiobook besides price is I love the atmosphere the reading of these books creates. But I NEED a Preston & Child fix now! Hmmm…maybe I should download the audio version….

So who else likes Preston & Child? I know Andrew Mocete is a fan like me! Anyone else? Does anyone else have eclectic reading tastes like I do, or do you stick to one genre? Tell me!

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The two things in the title have absolutely nothing to do with each other. LOL. First, I want to let all of you know about the Easter Egg Hunt where Zoe Winters is giving away big prizes. I won’t elaborate…go to her site and check it out! Zoe Winters’ Easter Egg Hunt

Okay, the pricing dilemma. The gnome book I wrote was supposed to be a full length novel. It didn’t turn out that way. It’s ALMOST a novel. From what I’ve been reading on different sites, you can claim a book as a novel if it’s at least 40,000 words. This book comes in at about 39,000. Yep, almost. And, really, I’m more comfortable calling something a novel if it’s closer to 50,000. My other novels are over that word count and one of them is over 60,000. So that gives me a dilemma on pricing. I was going to price this at $2.99. But should I cut a dollar off the price because of a lack of 1,000 words? And a lot of people are charging up to $5.00 for novels. I was going to charge $2.99 for novels and $1.99 for novellas, although I’m going to keep my backlist at .99. So, what to do? Should I go ahead and price this book at $2.99? I really don’t think that’s unreasonable. But will others think it is? I’m just not sure what to do. Any advice?

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