New Prices on Paperback Editions

The Princess, #1 of The Princess, #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI’ve decided to experiment with pricing on my trade paperback editions and one experiment starts today. The affected books are The Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy, The Rogues of Ravensmuir, The Bride Quest and my time travel romances.

All of these books are available in print-on-demand trade paperback editions from different portals. They’re also all backlist titles, so there are some mass market originals still available at some portals. The POD editions are direct-to-Amazon, or wholesale-from-Ingrams. It’s the Ingrams editions that are seeing the price change. (Some of my books have Nook print editions that publish directly to B&N and have similar pricing to the direct-to-Amazon editions, but not these titles.)

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIf we look at The Beauty Bride, the Amazon edition displays in the Amazon store. (Naturally!) It’s priced at $9.99 US. This is a good price for a trade paperback and it’s possible because there are no charges for distributing the book to other stores.

The trade paperback listed at Barnes & Noble is the Ingrams edition. In March, it was priced at $14.99 US and discounted to $13.49 US. Similarly, the print edition listed for sale at Indigo is the Ingrams edition – in March, it was $19.50 CA. The Ingrams list price on this book in March was $14.99 US and $19.99 CA.

Because Ingrams is a wholesaler, I (as publisher) can set the discount available to booksellers. This defines their cost and also affects the price of the book—the bigger the discount I offer, the higher my list price has to be to cover it. Bookstores tend not to order and stock titles without a high discount, but they haven’t been stocking these titles.

The Rogue, #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThese titles sell much better at Amazon than at Ingrams, and my theory is that it’s because of the price.

So, it was time for an experiment. There’s nothing like a market test to figure out what works and what doesn’t. As of April 1, I changed the discount on these titles and the list prices. They’re all $9.99 US now and most are $14.99 CA. (The Ingrams prices perk out internationally, so they will be cheaper in all territories.)

I’m curious to see how this influences both distribution and sales of these titles. They still won’t be shelved in bookstores, but they weren’t anyway. If you’re interested in having any of them in print, though, and you don’t shop at Amazon, this is the time to order a copy!

New Pages Onsite

Romance of the Rose, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, originall mass market editionI’m catching up on my To Do list this week and finally created some additional pages here on the website.

First, there’s a page for my Harlequin Historicals. They’re out of print but some of them have been revised and republished, and others will be republished, too. You can check out that page right here.

I’ve also migrated some content from my Deborah Cooke site. You’ll find a new Awards page under About Claire, as well as a new Bestselling Titles page. (I realized while doing this that all of the links on the Cooke site were broken, so I updated both pages there, too.) Finally, on the Cooke site, I republished my Workshops page.

One Knight’s Return at Amazon

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI’ve moved the publication date for One Knight’s Return to May 21, because I’m running behind this winter.

The good news is that there’s now a pre-order link available at Amazon, since the pub date is finalized.

Download a free sample from BookFunnel

Pre-order One Knight’s Return in ebook:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
Books2Read Universal Link

 

First-In-Series Free at Apple!

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixApple is having a First-In-Series-Free sale and it starts today!

The sale is available to consumers in the US, CA, UK, IR, AU and NZ.

You’ll find both Kiss of Fire, which is book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels, and The Crusader’s Bride, which is book #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia, among the titles offered. You don’t need a download code – the books are just free in the included territories.

The Crusader’s Bride at Apple

Both books are discounted to 99c internationally at Amazon, and it is possible that Amazon will match the free price in some territories.

The Crusader’s Bride at Amazon.com
The Crusader’s Bride Books2Read Universal Link (for other Amazon stores)

The sale goes until March 5, so don’t miss out!

 

The Beauty Bride on the Charts

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixYesterday, I had a BookBub Featured Deal for The Beauty Bride, the first book in my Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances. The Beauty Bride has been free since its last BBFD, last April, so yesterday’s results were a pleasant surprise.

This is where we started yesterday morning:

The BEauty Bride on Amazon US before the BookBub Featured Deal on February 20, 2019

The Beauty Bride was already on the Scottish and Medieval romance lists, at #17 on both of them.

BookBub emails tend to go out to subscribers around or before 9 AM eastern. Here’s where we stood at 1:30:

The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, five hours after its BookBub featured deal at #26 overall free in the Amazon store

The Beauty Bride had jumped to #1 in Medieval and #2 in Scottish as well as #26 overall free in the Kindle store.

By 5:30, it had reached its highest point, #17 overall free in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in both Medieval Romance and in Scottish Romance.

The Beauty Bride, book one in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, at #17 overall free as well as #1 in Scottish historical romance and #1 in medieval romance at Amazon on Feburary 20, 2019

This morning, it’s sticking at #19 overall free in the Amazon store, as well as #1 in both Medieval romance and Scottish romance:
The Beauty Bride, book one in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Medieval romance, #1 in Scottish historical romance and #18 overall free in the Kindle store on February 21, 2019

Over at Apple, The Beauty Bride is #9 overall free in the store:
The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix at #9 overall free in the Apple bookstore on Feburary 21, 2019

It’s also #5 free in Romance at the Apple store:
The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix at #5 free in romance at Apple Books on Feburary 21, 2019What a nice suite of results!

If you downloaded a copy, thank you! If you haven’t downloaded a copy yet, The Beauty Bride will be free until Sunday, February 24. I think it’s time for this one to go back to being a paid title.