It seems like e-bundling a series of books is all the rage these days. You can get three or four or even more books/novellas in a series by a single author or books/novellas by several different authors, often for the low, low price of 99 cents.
Well, I have jumped on the e-bundling bandwagon too. Back in December, I released an e-bundle of all the works in my Bigtime superhero paranormal romance series to date – the books Karma Girl, Hot Mama, Jinx, and Nightingale and the holiday story A Karma Girl Christmas. So about 400,000 words of reading material. And yes, I currently have the e-bundle priced at 99 cents, although the price will go up to $9.99 after Jan. 31.
There are lots of different ideas behind e-bundles – attracting new readers, cross promoting with other authors, offering fans a good deal, etc. But does e-bundling actually work? Well, like everything else in publishing, it’s hard to say.
I’ve gotten a range of comments about my e-bundle, everything from folks who had been wanting to try my Bigtime series who downloaded the e-bundle to people who had bought the Bigtime e-books on various devices and wanted the whole series in one reading format/place. But so far, the large majority of the comments have been positive. Will these comments translate into new readers and more sales down the road? Well, only time will tell. If nothing else, I love deals, especially on books, so it was nice to be able to offer readers the whole series to date for 99 cents.
What about you guys? Authors, do you have e-bundles available? Readers, do you buy e-bundles? Why or why not?
Here’s the description for my Bigtime Series e-bundle:
KARMA GIRL—BOOK ONE
After a surprising betrayal, investigative reporter Carmen Cole decides to devote her life to unmasking superheroes and ubervillains in Bigtime, N.Y. But her actions put her in the middle of a battle between the Fearless Five superhero team and the ubervillains of the Terrible Triad.
HOT MAMA—BOOK TWO
Fiona Fine is the hottest fashion designer in Bigtime—literally. That’s because she moonlights as Fiera, a superhero with superstrength and volatile, fire-based powers. And with two new ubervillains in town, Fiona will need all of her powers just to survive.
Thanks to her unwanted superpower, fashion designer Bella Bulluci may be the luckiest woman in Bigtime. But luck can be good or bad, and it seems like just as many embarrassing things happen to Bella as do positive ones. But Bella is going to need every bit of her good luck when she becomes the target of two ubervillains intent on stealing a prize sapphire.
A KARMA GIRL CHRISTMAS—HOLIDAY STORY
On Christmas Eve, Carmen Cole is assigned to guard toys, clothes, food, and more that are intended for needy children and their families. An ubervillain plans to steal and then sell the toys to the highest bidder, but Carmen is determined to stop the villain—and make sure that this Christmas is a happy one for all the kids who are counting on her.
Anxious brides. Drunken businessmen. Panicked partygoers. As Bigtime’s premiere event planner, Abby Appleby is capable of handling almost any crisis, but even she’s not prepared when she finds herself in the middle of a fight between superhero Talon and his ubervillain nemesis Bandit.
I’m also giving away an e-copy of the Bigtime Series e-bundle – Kindle or Epub format, winner’s choice. To enter the giveaway, use the form below. Happy reading!