I know others have blogged on this topic but I must express my extreme displeasure at seeing epilogues being sold at Fictionwise and I’d like to understand why anyone in their right mind would buy them for $1.99 and subtracting whatever rebates are available. I’ve never read Julia Quinn and probably will someday soon but epilogues don’t entice new readers if that was the general idea. I remember when bookstores were selling the novella’s on cheap paper and I wonder how that went?
Sorry to be contrary but I can’t fathom spending $2 on epilogues and novellas for big name authors because they get so many cents to the dollar. When I bought the novella for Catherine Asaro’s The Roll of the Dice, it was for .49 cents. Which was about right for my pocketbook and an excellent read.
Just like those huge trade paperbacks, I find these kind of money making schemes ridiculous. I hope this plan of selling epilogues goes downhill. Can you see a future where the story ends and you later learn that the author wrote an epilogue that you can buy for $1.99 if you care to read about what happens to your favorite characters? I know people are constantly looking for Anne Stuart’s epilogue for Black Ice and just think, she could have sold it. Would many of you be looking for it still? Book wasn’t all that great to me so it ended just fine.
There are good ideas and then there are some bad ideas. Selling novellas on cheap paper I thought was ridiculous but many readers liked it since it fulfilled a need and the demand for certain novella’s that were selling for big bucks on ebay were the
suckers crowd they were aiming for. You know, for me, if a novella was selling for big bucks, I’d just have to resolve myself to not reading it. Ever. But that’s just me, hee.
So, if you want to encourage the trend of having authors make money on selling their epilogues to you, run right out there and buy them.
Authors who did this, I’d cross off my list. You want to entice people to read romance? There’s a better way: write and support better stories. Market some of your better authors. Don’t sell us epilogues. Edited to add: I’m not blaming the author, sorry that it seems that way. It’s the publishers and their ever money making scheme(s). Joke’s on me. On Sybil’s blog, the author mentioned that this indeed was her idea to sell epilogues. Very bad idea.