Doing My Best?

Another blog post is expected this week, or so I was told. I’m not really great with deadlines and a commitment to having something written on a specific day every week. I’m a storyteller, not a blogger. Schedules are not for me when it comes to writing. But I’m going to do my best–as the title of this post implies.

One thing that a lot of my reader-friends don’t know about me and my “method” is that a lot of the books of mine they have read were written years before they were even published. Just a Dumb Surfer Dude was written when I was still technically a teenager. Gavin’s Big Gay Checklist? I was barely out of my teens. A Tremendous Amount of Normal I began writing three years before I finished and published it. Don’t get me wrong–I can type pretty quickly and I have stories I want to tell gushing from my ears. When inspired, I can pound out a first draft of a story lightning fast. Sometimes, though…the muses give me the cold shoulder. Any writer can tell you that is a very frustrating situation.

That is where “blogging” turns into my mortal enemy. As I mentioned, I am a storyteller. Fiction is where I shine, I think. Writing a blog post about my writing, myself, or my books is nearly a Herculean Task. If I task myself with writing a book like A Surplus of Light, where I get to write concise prose that is flowery and romantic, I get overwhelmed with excitement, my body one big lightning rod in the middle of an electrical storm. I know how to do that! Though, I suppose it depends upon which review you choose to believe. HA!

Write a blog post about me and my “method?” We may as well look at a blank computer screen. It might be more interesting. So, this is where I will plead on my hands and knees (you may take that in any naughty way you please) to my reader-friends. Give me ideas of what I should blog about.

Is there a character from a book you have questions about?

Do you want to know if I have thoughts about what happened to the characters after the story ended in a book?

Do you want to know where I got an idea for a specific story or book?

Do you want me to just “shut up and write?”

I’m open to listening to anything you have for me, my friends. By using the “Contact Chase” link at the top of the page, in the menu bar, you can reach out to me. But, in the meantime, I will go back to working on my stories.

Tremendous Love & Thanks,

Chase

Three Dollar Whore (That’s Me)

Did you know that I sell all of my ebooks for $2.99? Did you know that some people think that I’m a complete moron for doing that?

You’re part of the problem! They like to tell me.

Your time and work is worth so much more than *gasp* $2.99! They proclaim.

You’re the reason authors are expected to work for nothing! They demand.

These people are rarely those who read my books. Where they are coming from is easy to understand, so I don’t get mad at them for their way of thinking. I also (maybe arrogantly so) feel that my work is worth more than a $2 royalty per ebook sold. I also feel that all writers should be able to make a livable wage, especially if they are decent, good, or great at it. Additionally, I don’t feel that all authors’ works are worth the same amount.

I started publishing my books in July 2018. Most of them fall in the area between being a novella and a novel. Somewhere between 35,000 words to 50k+ words. Also, I am working hard to become a better writer, a better storyteller, a better formatter (is that a word?). Improving my techniques in every facet of indie publishing as I go means that you will probably not get a perfect book from me (though, perfect books are rare indeed).

Because my books are on the short side, I am still learning, and I want readers to have access to affordable books from the comfort of their own home, I have priced my books accordingly. This does not mean that I think the new Stephen King or J.K. Rowling or Neil Gaiman should be going for the same rate as mine. Conversely, I do not feel that I have reached that level (if I ever do) that I can charge $12.99 for an ebook. And let’s be honest, I am no competition for these authors. No one is going to say: “Well, I spent $2.99 on the newest Chase Connor, so I am not going to spend $12.99 on a new Stephen King book.”

As my writing improves (I’m the only person who can judge that), the overall product is better, and, depending upon length, I may price a book higher in the future. However, I do not feel that I am a problem in the indie author community. I feel that the books that I have written being priced at $2.99 is fair to both me and potential readers. Additionally, I think that this price point makes a potential reader give me a chance. I am confident that most readers, after reading one of my books, will feel that having spent $2.99 for hours of entertainment from one of my stories was worth it. This will also make them realize that if I one day price a book at, say, $4.99, they will be less likely to waffle.

I have enjoyed Chase Connor’s books so far, I’m going to take it on faith that he has priced this new book accordingly.

I want my readers and I to trust each other. To know that the few hours we spend together (in the form of my stories) will have been time and money well spent on both of our parts. Even my worst story was not a waste to them. They were still entertained and not gouged on price. The readers and I are on a journey together, and I hope we’re still together at the end–whatever that end my be. But that can only be facilitated through trust that the money and time they are spending is not being wasted.

So…call me a “problem”–and while I respect your feelings and thoughts–I am not listening.

P.S. ‘A Tremendous Amount of Normal’ (2nd edition) was recently released. You can check that out here.

Tremendous Love & Thanks,

Chase

Hello, My Reader Friends!

Hi, everyone! It’s me, Chase! Let’s start today with a big group hug! It’s not creepy. We’re all friends here! I’m so overwhelmed at having my own author website. It may not seem like it’s a very big deal to most authors, but considering the fact that I never expected to sell a single book when I started on my independent publishing journey, this step feels monumental to me. I am so glad to be sharing it with all of you because that just makes it even more gratifying.

Today is the release day for ‘Jacob Michaels Is Not Jacob Michaels (A Point Worth LGBTQ+ Paranormal Romance – Book 3)‘ and the launch of this site. It would take a lot to ruin this day!

If you have not pre-ordered the book, or you have not even read any of the books in the series, you can find all of the information and links to purchase the books on Amazon here. I will not pressure you into buying any of my books–I’m happy to have you here, even if you are not interested in any of my books. But…if you like episodic LGBTQ+ Paranormal Romance with foul-mouthed older women, mysterious/mythical creatures, worn out (yet still sexy) A-List celebrities, cliffhanger endings that have you dying to read the next book, and just the right amount of romance, it might just be for you!

Since today is the launch date of this site, my site maintenance guy told me to write a post telling you what I expect for the future of this site.

Seeing as I needed a “site maintenance guy” to begin with, I don’t know if I know what to expect. However, I hope that this can be a place where I can keep you up-to-date about books I have published, projects I am working on, answer questions you have, talk about life and love, and create a community around the characters and stories I love writing. Most importantly, I want this to be a space where I can connect with all of you–my reader friends.

There aren’t words to express how much it means to me that people have read my books and actually enjoy them. I hope that I don’t let you down!

I suppose for now, I will just point out some things I’ve been told to point out to you by my site maintenance guy (he is pushy, but taking care of me is a big job, so I do not hold that against him). In the menu bar, you can find an “About Chase Connor” link if you want to know more about me. Just so that you are not disappointed, I’m a somewhat private person, so I do not give out too many personal details. We will see what the future brings…

There is also a link to “Contact Chase” if you have questions, comments, or concerns. I would love to hear from all of you, so do not be afraid to click, type, and send!

On the right sidebar, you will find a box to enter your email address so that you can “Follow” my site and get an email whenever there is a blog entry posted. If you have a WordPress account, you can just click that “hovering” follow icon. WordPress members know what that means, so says my site guy.

Lastly, I will be checking the site each day (at the end of my day), so if I don’t respond to a comment, like, or question very quickly, it just isn’t the end of the day for me yet. I will answer, though!

For now, thank you again for visiting the site, reading my books, and just being a friend! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us!

Tremendous Love & Thanks,

Chase