A Writer’s Dilemma. What Would You Do?

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For those that follow my blog, you may already know I have been working on a couple of things. Honestly, I can’t remember if I have mentioned it before or not, so you may not know. Anyway… I have a trilogy that consists of a short story, a novella and a novel. These are all written and currently being edited. I also have 2 short stories I’ve released and another 5 in various stages of being written/edited.

I have 2 distinct marketing plans for these:

1 – Release the novella and novel from my trilogy individually at a standard price, then release a boxed set at a reduced price with the short story as a bonus (this short story will be exclusive to the boxed set).

2 – Release the short stories one at a time with standard pricing and no promotion, then when I have 8 or so, release a boxed set. The boxed set will be heavily discounted in comparison to the cost of purchasing all the individual books.

My dilemma is, that now some of the short stories are out there, I really want to start promoting them to generate some interest. There are problems with this though. I don’t want to ‘rip off’ my readers by having them pay full price for individual books. Especially when I know a boxed set will be available for a much better price down the track. I could give free copies away, but then I will not get verified purchases for any reviews on Amazon (which apparently is a must for Authors if they want to sell books). I could make the books exclusive to Amazon and do an Amazon giveaway, but then I have to pull my stories from other places, which I can’t do for one of them.

So what do I do?  I don’t know. But I would love to hear your thoughts, whether you’re a reader or a writer. What would you do?

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