Evidently, in the midst of my crazy work schedule, I allowed all but one of my Etsy links to expire. Whoops! Bad independent artist, bad! No biscuit for me!
So, anyway, that has all been corrected now, and in the interest of some self promotion, here is the link to my shop: Phantasms of Truth. As a reminder, this is where you can purchase some illustrations, as well as signed copies of The Little Book of Insurrection or the Poetry of My Discontent.
And since I’m on a self promotion kick, here are the links to the digital editions of my writing.
My short story The Cephalopod Maid is now available!
Description: Born half human and half alien, K’mana watches humanity from deep in her underwater home while her father slumbers. Time passes, and K’mana grows bored with being no more than a distant observer. Emerging from her isolated aquatic life, K’mana transforms herself to be able to explore. She once lived in fear of her human blood, but after spending a day on land, K’mana discovers humanity’s greatest attribute.
So again, this is one of those stories that, like Penumbra, doesn’t fit neatly into a category. It’s somewhat of a fantasy romance with a basis of science fiction, but if I ever follow up and do the novels that would come after, it would push fully into the scifi genre. I can’t ever do things the easy way, can I?
Also, it contains the first sex scene I’ve ever written, so it’s worth picking up just for that! The scene is rather PG in writing (I don’t go in for “throbbing members” et al), but still quite steamy, in my opinion.
If you read it, let me know what you think! And if you review short stories and want a reviewer copy, drop me a line for that, too.
Just a reminder that I will be vending at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair tomorrow and Sunday. If you are a native of Western NY and have nothing else going on, come say hello! It’s a free event, and there’s a lot going on both days.
I’ve got most of the items I need to set up at the table packed and ready to go. I just need to pull items out of an old portfolio case to slip in my original illustrations from The Little Book of Insurrection or the Poetry of My Discontent and finish up my handwritten signs with pricing/deals. I also still need to look up exact directions, decide what I’m going to wear (heavily dependent on the weather), and pack a bag of things to keep me busy at the table should there be a dearth of people coming up to my table.
I don’t have a big sign with my name or anything, but if you are coming, you should be able to find me by looking for the skull artwork from the cover of The Little Book.
Buy a signed print copy or prints of the illustrations at my new Etsy shop: Phantasms of Truth
This volume of poetry collects twelve of Kat Micari’s most politically and socially charged poems and song lyrics with eight accompanying illustrations. They are the product of a disenchanting coming-of-age in the United States of recent decades, a passionate retaliation against many of the aspects of modern society.
From the author: Poetry is a way to let the heart and soul speak directly to others without societal structure getting in the way. This is the truth of our society through my eyes. May it resonate with you and cause you to question more.
Phew! And only a year and 1/2 past the time I wanted them to be done, I am finally finished with the illustrations for my poetry collection. Tonight, I will be scanning them all, and then I get to wrestle with formatting images, deciding on the order of the poems, formatting in CreateSpace, formatting for digital release, and THEN I get to set up my DeviantArt and Etsy shop, plus a new gallery and poetry section for this site. I’ve got my work cut out for me over the next couple of weeks, but I am so, so, so happy to have finished.
As self-published authors and independent creators, we have to determine the value of our work. And, as I’ve discovered along the way on many creative endeavors, the price point you set can be entirely arbitrary. Someone who is willing to pay $10 for a high-quality print would probably be willing to pay $15 or $20 if it was on slightly better paper, whereas someone who would balk at $15 would probably do the same at the $10 price point. Someone willing to spend $50 on original artwork would probably be willing to spend $75, but there’s a chance you might not even be noticed if you only charge $25.
For ebook pricing, there seems to be a few different mindsets. I personally feel that ebooks should be priced with affordability in mind. I think it’s terrible that some publishers charge the same for an ebook as they do for a print book when production costs are so much lower. And you never have to order new editions. Once the digital file is completed, there you go.
And since I am a Virgo, and I love make rules for myself to follow, I have come up with this little chart for myself as a price point for ebooks. Maybe it will help you. This is why I am sharing.
10,001 to 40,000
40,001 to 99,999
100,000 to 149,999
And obviously, if I ever wrote an epic of massive proportions, I would continue pricing accordingly.
When it comes to collections, though, I’m not sure how I’d price it. If I had ten short stories in a collection that I was selling each individually for $.99 but collectively they were still under 100,000 words, I think I would charge more than the $2.99 price point. That’s a bridge to cross when I get to it though.
How do you determine your pricing? Do you try to calculate time involved?
I had to chuckle out loud reading the review. She enjoyed Penumbra but was confused as to why she enjoyed it.
“My overall feeling when I finished Penumbra was bafflement. As in, how could Kat Micari break so many of the rules and still have a good story? (In case you can’t tell, I’m still not sure what to make of it.)”
I wonder if my future works will be more straight-forward or if my writing will continue in this vein. Is different in this case good or bad? Who knows? I certainly don’t. But I’ll be true to my Voice as much as I can.
Of the three reviews I’ve gotten so far, the length of Penumbra seems to be an issue. Each time, I ask myself if the story would have been better served by adding a B plot, or having it take place over a longer period of time, but, again, I don’t know. I think I need to get some more of my work out there so I can get more feedback.
I’m taking part in a round-robin book blog tour soon. It’s my first participation in one. I am going to be prepping my page tonight for Penumbra.
I have a really hard time promoting myself. I don’t want to “bother” people. I don’t like to talk myself up that much because I don’t want to come across as arrogant or rude. I have friends who have read Penumbra and enjoyed it, and I haven’t hounded them yet to write reviews on Amazon and Goodreads because I figure if they really wanted to, they would. I don’t post the link to buy Penumbra as frequently as I should because I figure people will see it if they want it.
But I need to get over my fear of annoying people. I need to believe in myself so others can believe in my art and writing. If I can’t afford to hire a publicist, I need to learn to be my own. Things to work on.
Fellow indie authors, what do you like to include on book blog tours?