Hello from a busy West Wales,
I wouldn't normally send this newsletter to everyone, but I've got so much to tell you, and you can all benefit. As Christmas approaches I've been thinking about how I could reward my loyal readers and say thank you for the great support you have given me over the last two or three years. So, with this in mind, here's what's coming up, and how you could benefit.
1) Dave Slater Audio Books
The audiobook version of the first Dave Slater book, Death Of A Temptress, is currently in production, and should be ready to publish in two or three weeks time. The retail price for audiobooks can vary quite considerably, and we haven't made a decision about this one yet, but I would imagine we're going to be selling in stores with a retail price of around £16. However, I think it might be a nice idea for me to cut the middle man out and make the book available to you guys for a short period, direct from me, at a discounted price. I'm thinking of a price around £6.99 (that's $8.99).
As you can imagine, audiobook production costs aren't cheap, but if enough of you are interested I could perhaps recover my costs quite quickly and give the go-ahead for book two. If this idea works, I would be happy to continue in the same way for the entire series. But first, I need to have some indication of how many of you would be interested in such an offer. If you click the link below to let me know you are interested in buying the audiobooks at this special discounted rate I would be very grateful. You will then be added to a separate list so I can keep you informed without having to annoy everyone who's not interested.
2) Dave Slater Book 11
The next Dave Slater book, A Fatal Deception, should also be published before Christmas. As usual I will let you all know when the book is available and there will be a discount offer for subscribers.
3) Norman Norman Christmas Novella.
I am still hoping to have this novella finished soon. It's going to be touch and go, but it looks like it's probably going to be too much of a rush to get it published before Christmas. If that's the case, it will only be available to you guys as a free gift. Obviously I will let you know when it becomes available. (Maybe I'll publish it next Christmas!)
4) New Covers for Dave and Norm
Just a heads up: I am having new covers designed for the Dave Slater Mystery Series. This is just to let you know so you don't think I've suddenly released ten new books!
5) Subscriber Benefits To Look Out For Next Year
Next year is going to be a very important for me in terms of business growth, and I've been developing some ideas which should help me, and which will also benefit subscribers to my Readers List. Here are some of those plans:
As I have already mentioned, I hope to have the entire Dave Slater series recorded as audiobooks over the coming months, and I hope to be able offer them to you at a discounted rate, before they go on general release.
Discounted Books In Our Own Bookstore
Another plan is to enable the sale of my books directly from my website. As with the audiobooks, this will enable me to cut out the middleman and offer a discounted price. I still have to sort out a few issues (such as security) but I'm sure it's going to happen. I might even trial it with the next book if things are ready in time…
Short Story Gifts
I have a growing number of plot ideas stored away, but I don't suppose I will ever have the time to turn them all into novels, so I have been thinking about using some of them to create short stories. These stories would be offered to you as free gift. If I ever manage to write enough to make a decent collection I might even release them as a collection, but you will always receive them first!
In order to make sure I meet your expectations I think it might be good to do a survey in the New Year to see who wants to hear from me and how often. It would also help my marketing plans if I knew how many of my books you have read, etc. etc. But I realise not everyone will be willing to participate, so, if you would like to opt out of the survey now, you can do so by clicking the link below. This will add you a list that will only receive emails from me to notify you of new releases. And don't forget, if I'm really getting on your nerves and you're no longer interested in my writing, you can always unsubscribe using the link at the foot of this message (I won't be offended!)
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. I will let you know as soon as I have a release date for the next book!