Hey all. It's been ten days since my last post. I was up in Chicago for the holiday weekend, and I've been a bit sick. Still, the biggest reason for my silence is, and I'm happy to announce this, I've finished my second eBook:
As you may know, I wrote a fairly short (~10,000 word) eBook a few months back discussing the Michael Mann infamous hockey stick. It explained the basic arguments which started the hockey stick debate in a simple manner anyone could follow. In doing so, it showed Michael Mann said a lot of untrue things about the subject in his book. Since he and his book are popular, it seemed important to get that message out there.
But there is a lot of material in the hockey stick debate, and no single book could hope to cover it all. I didn't even try. Instead, I focused my first eBook on a single set of key issues regarding how the hockey stick debate started. I do the same thing in my new eBook. This time, the focus is on how the hockey stick debate still continues.
My hope is anyone who spends a couple hours reading these books will not only be able to understand why so many people reject the hockey stick graph, but understand why this issue has caused so many problems for the global warming movement. The hockey stick was bad science, and until climate scientists acknowledge that, the message they're going to send is, "Any amount of trickery or dishonesty is fine with us if so long as it gets us the desired results."
One thing I should warn readers about is I decided to try something a little different with this eBook. I only charged $0.99 for my last eBook, and I think that was fine. Unfortunately, Amazon only gives authors 35% royalties on books under $2.99. Books sold at $2.99 or more get authors 70% royalties. I'm not trying to make a living off my writing, but it seems a shame to get paid half as much as I could.
So to test things out, I'm going to sell my new eBook at $2.99 for the first month. After that, I'll look at what feedback I get and decide if I want to keep it at that price, drop it to $0.99 or make the book completely free.