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Editing is haaaaard. /whine

I discovered last night that Barbara Hambly has a new Ben January short story out AND a new story for her Bride of the Rat God characters. (Which, incidentally, is my other favorite of her books, besides the Ben January ones, even though almost no one has heard of it. It feels slightly dated now, especially the "cursed Chinese artifact" that MacGuffin-fuels the plot, but it's still a delightful little slice of 1920s Hollywood. It was the first of her books I ever read, back in the early '90s, and I'm thrilled she's still interested in writing in the 'verse.)

There's an interesting economics lesson in this, though. When she first started writing these and selling them off her website, a number of years ago, I didn't bat an eye at paying $5 a pop for downloadable PDFs that I had to read on the computer. Her prices haven't changed, but now that ebooks are big and there's an accepted pay scale for them, it feels weird to pay $4.99 for a novella-length story. I'm still happy to buy them and support her, but it's just interesting to me, because several years ago it felt perfectly reasonable to pay $5 for a self-published short story, and now there's a different price scale in effect, and I'd only expect to pay a buck or two. An object lesson in the dangers of undercharging, perhaps.

Anyway, I've already read the Ben January one and it is a delight as always. Looking forward to the other.

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Editing is haaaaard. /whine

Offers cheese to go with the whine (didn't you have an icon with that on once?), but also hugs. Lots of hugs. Because, yes, it's hard and I've never had to do it for a book length piece, so you do have my sympathy. *hugs*

Edited at 2016-04-29 07:15 pm (UTC)
Haha, I had this same reaction to the price. I suppose in way, that's the benefit of being an established author? It's sort of like paying more to get the brand name version of a thing instead of buying the cheap generic (which might really taste just the same inside, but hey, this one has a picture of Star Wars of the front, so it is clearly superior!).

I also really loved the Ben January short story! I've been meaning to post about it, but have had a very busy week and haven't got around to it yet.

Bride of the Rat God is one the Hamblys that I haven't yet read, but I've heard it highly recommended by multiple people, so I'm sure to get around to it eventually.
I love Bride of the Rat God, but I'm not sure how I would react to reading it now, as a new reader. It's definitely dated in some ways ... and it also suffers from a terrible cover and title (I mean, I can see what she was going for with the pulp homage, but the trouble is, the book itself is nothing at all like that!). I still have a deep fondness for it, though.

... and yeah, I like the comparison to paying brand-name for something! I still think it's interesting how my pricing expectations have changed, now that ebooks are well established and there's an established price range for them. Still, a lot of newly published books are in the $10-15 range as ebooks, so it's not that far off the expectation curve.