Lubrican: Blog

Back to Lubrican's Blog
November 6, 2015
Posted at 5:06 pm
 

Upcoming story post

I have received a couple of grumbles from people who have missed a posting which turned into a premier members only thing. I've explained the process before, but I'll do it again, for those who may have missed it before.

In the days of yore, I left everything free at SOL because I think of SOL as home, and my readers there as family. I still published books for sale, but loss of sales to the relatively few readers I have at SOL didn't bother me. You don't charge family for your services. I don't, anyway.

Then a problem surfaced. Customers who were not in my SOL family began to Google my name, at which time they found out about SOL and that they could have all my books for free. So they stopped buying them. There was no indication that they supported SOL either.

The solution was to pull the 70 or so books from the SOL servers, so they weren't free to anybody any longer. Lazeez asked me not to do that and offered to make those books for premier members only, since they do support the site, with a preview that everybody could read, and a link to a sales site for those who wanted to read the rest of it.

That helped me out and, in theory, might help SOL out by encouraging people to get premier memberships so they could still read anything of mine they wanted to. That's vastly cheaper than buying all my books, by the way.

But it didn't do much for those in the SOL family who just don't have the means to support the site.

That's why I still do all my initial posting with the book in free status. Everybody can read it while it's being posted and make comments (which I value a great deal) and then, a week or so after it's out there in it's entirety it goes premier.

If you check in regularly, you'll see the updates and be able to read the story in it's entirety for free.

I think that's fair.

Now, I confess that with my recent story "Bewitched!" I didn't leave it up for a week free after it was finished. That's because it was a seasonal book and I wanted to market it for sale during the season. So I published that one before it was actually finished at SOL. And then, because it was selling pretty well and was on the market four days before it was complete at SOL, I told Laz to go ahead and make it premier after only three days or so.

But that won't happen very often.

So why do I do this? Well, it's like this. I retired early so I could write full time, and as it turns out, I make just enough from book sales that the Social Security Administration won't give me any of my social security earnings. So I'm pretty much living off of book sales and Army retirement until such time as I turn 66. Ramen Noodles are cheap, but I like a burger now and then too.

I'm not complaining. I want that to be clear. I made the decisions I made of my own free will, and I'm willing to live with the consequences. I just want you to understand why I do what I do.

The other thing I do is try to post two free things for every one that goes premium. Since incest is difficult to publish these days, that's why you see so much of that in my free list.

Okay, so that's out of the way. Now I can tell everybody that there will be another book in November. It has the somewhat unimaginative title of The Professor and the Cheerleader, but then I've admitted to being "title challenged" in the past. It's fairly long, and may take a couple of weeks to post. And it will be published, which means it will eventually go premium. So ... fair warning.

I hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving season.

And thanks for reading.
Bob