THE METEOROLOGIST is another satisfying short by thriller writer Blake Crouch.
It's about loneliness and closure and new beginnings in the howling G-force of a massive tornado.
When Peter, a meteorologist, meets Melanie, a hoarder, he finds purhaps the perfect companion for his voyage into the center of a catastrophic storm center.
This one is a longer than UNCONDITIONAL, landing in the 7000 word range, which makes it a little more reasonably priced for what you get (UNCONDITIONAL was about 1000 words).
I am still undecided when it comes to how I feel about authors releasing single short stories for $0.99. On one hand it seems quite a bargain but on the other it could be a rip off, right? A talented author, or heck even my own bad self, could knock out a 1000 word story in a few hours. Get a friend to whip a cover up and presto.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about quality here. Let's assume my story and Crouch's are equally good. I'm more trying to illustrate how, in most cases, the 1000 word story was probably less work. It was probably written in far less time (Yes, I know one could argue that point. But most of the time...).
What I'm asking here is, should there be a scalable price for these e-stories? Should it matter if you are paying a buck for a story that is a 1000 words or one that is 10,000, a novelette if you will. Would it not make the product more appealing if the buyer were getting three stories instead of one? Or one short short story and one longer. Should Blake Crouch have combined UNCONDITIONAL with THE METEOROLOGIST as as single package?
(Please note, Crouch's e-stories come with an interview and chapter selections from his novels.)
Should probable enjoyment come into it? For instance UNCONDITIONAL touched me far more than THE METEOROLOGIST. So am I lucky I only paid a buck for it and not more? Or did I overpay for THE METEOROLOGIST?
Should you pay more for Blake Crouch's stories than ones put out by an independent author because he's had books published with real paper and ink?
Yes, I'm aware I'm putting an argument out there that revolves around mere cents. But it's curious, and as the market is expanding at a phenomenal rate these are questions and market curiosities that will be interesting to follow. Soon, if it isn't the reality already, those cents are going to be adding up into the millions for authors.
Just look at J.A. Konrath's success. He claims to be earning $1500 a day. A day! So these cents add up.
If this topic is of interest to you and other similar topics, Konrath's blog is a great place to stay tuned to what is happening in the market place.
For the record I do not mean to focus on Blake Crouch's work in any negative way. My hope was this was a positive post and that's how I look at it, especially as a person that hopes to have his own e-books out there one day.
If you have not read Blake Crouch's work please do. Here is a selection of stories I enjoy immensely:
KILLERS - A Psycho Thriller
FULLY LOADED: The Complete and Collected Stories of Blake Crouch