Deann M Spangler, First off, Welcome to the dream. I wanted to address your question. I’m very pleased that you took the time to ask. Others might also need to know. Where does the reader begin? With my books the answer is simple. They are listed in the order in which they should be read on my webpage, and in every book, there is a page Titles by Ophelia Kee in which all the books are listed in order.
Suggested Read Order for the Draoithe Saga by the Author
Titles by Ophelia Kee
Draoithe: Tantalu *Prequel
Draoithe: The Thread *Prologue Volume 1
Draoithe: A Pack Forms Volume 1
Draoithe: Arctic Fox *Prologue Volume 2
Draoithe: The Council Volume 2
Draoithe: Magic Calls to Magic Volume 3
Draoithe: Dragons Come Volume 4
Draoithe: The Ruiri Complete Volume 5
Draoithe: Light and Dark Magic Volume 6
Draoithe: The Dark Gift Volume 7
Draoithe: Elementals Volume 8
Draoithe: Fire and a Gryphon Volume 9
Draoithe: Synner And Sainte *Forbye
Draoithe: Weaver’s Tale Miniseries *Novela
Draoithe: Dream Therapy Volume 10
Draoithe: Still Waters *Short Read Duet
Draoithe: Filth and Death Volume 11
Draoithe: Smoke of the Fire *Short Read Trilogy
Dread Allies: Shadow King Miniseries *Spinoff
Eyrie Iolair: Prodigal Sons Miniseries *Spinoff
Eyrie Iolair: Risky Rewards *Short Read Trilogy
Eyrie Iolair: Dragonesque *Sky Dreams Tangent
Eyrie Iolair: Sky Dreams Miniseries *Spinoff
Draoithe: Dragon Masters Volume 12
Draoithe: Precious Treasures Volume 13
Draoithe: War Dogs Volume 14
Draoithe: Wizards and Grotesques *Short Read Duet
Draoithe: Past in the Present Volume 15
Draoithe: The Library Volume 16
Draoithe: Drake and Lorelai *Excerpt Volume 17
Draoithe: Midnight Magic Volume 17
Draoithe: No Negotiations Volume 18
Draoithe: Fairytale Shadows *Short Read Duet
Draoithe: Shadow Master Volume 19
Lyons Gate: Ghostly Kingdom *Spinoff
Lyons Gate: Nightmare Escape *Tangent
Lyons Gate: Elysian Fields *Tangent
Lyons Gate: Druid Dragon *Tangent
Lyons Gate: Darkest Desire *Spinoff
Apocalypse Averted: Devil’s Sins *Spinoff
Draoithe: A Conversation with Dragons *Tangent
Draoithe: Behind the Scenes of the Dream *Extra
Wow! That is a long list! It’s a good thing, we can just scroll through that.
Where to begin with my blogs is a bit more daunting. I use this blog to chronicle my author’s walk. (It has sometimes seemed like an always uphill climb.) As this blog functions much the same way a journal or diary operates, you might want to begin at the beginning. It tends to address things as I learn them, so that may very well be out of order from what would otherwise be expected. I am still learning as I go, this doesn’t worry me, but likely consternates others.
I promised to tell the truth, share what I learned, and give my readers a real glimpse of the behind-the-scenes of my author’s walk. I work 9 to 5. I teach classes every day, and only have a limited time to devote to my stories. I’ve gotten better at it as time has gone by, but I don’t claim to be any kind of expert. There are, however, many things about writing, publishing, and marketing that I have learned and am totally willing to share.
If you have questions about my books, my publishing, or my marketing, please feel free to ask. That might be easier than reading all my blog entries and getting you the specific knowledge you require a lot faster is more important.
If you would prefer a more private conversation, please email me [email protected], and I’ll be happy to help if I am able. The teacher in me enjoys offering knowledge to aid others. Deann M Spangler, I hope I have answered your question sufficiently!
For all my longtime followers and any newcomers who want to know more about the behind-the-scenes, pricing has always been complicated and daunting. Dana Perkins asked, “How much is a story worth? A collection of stories? How much of a discount is a good discount?”
Sadly, I’d like to make some money as I’m not independently wealthy. Still, it’s difficult to put a price on an idea. I may never find a way to measure the price for entertainment properly though. I explain in another blog the reasoning behind switching to publishing short-reads. Pricing may be an added good reason to continue to do it.
I chose to charge only $.99 for all of my one-hour short-read stories and the first book in the saga. The complete novel-length miniseries are all at $2.99. (Apparently, one-hour short reads are my thing. That led to breaking many of my longer books into short-read parts for a lot of reasons: see my previous blogs for more on that.)
Realizing that I needed to offer the short reads as complete volumes as well meant that I needed to make the price for buying all of the books at once a good deal. $2.99 is a good deal.
If you aren’t aware, authors only make a 35% royalty on books priced under $2.99 so for every short-read title, I only make 35 cents. Books priced between $2.99 and $9.99 are eligible for a 70% royalty. That means I can charge half the price of the complete volumes and still earn the same amount of royalties.
For readers, this is a boon. If you want to buy a complete miniseries, just wait. When all the parts have been published, I’ll publish a complete volume for less than half the price of all the short reads.
If you aren’t sure if you like a title, pick up the first part for $.99. Everybody wins, and I have a wider opportunity for readers to find my work as my shelf is continually expanding. (This is only true for the titles on Amazon!) Dana Perkins, I know this isn’t exactly an answer for all that you asked, but it is the best that I can do.
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