There are a lot of authors who exclusively publish with Amazon… and a lot who are making good money! We love to hear this. It means that, despite the many diversions that people have, they’re buying books.
If writers are making their living from Amazon, why does Raythe Reign keep going with the Membership?
We know a serial site is a hard sell in many ways. It seems like a better business sense to just release books on Amazon, especially seeing how well Cursed: Broken is doing and how well The Merman continues to sell. It seems logical: why don’t we just do more of the easier stuff instead of maintaining the rigorous Membership schedule, the custom website, all the art, etc…
We know a serial site is a hard sell in many ways. It seems like a better business sense to just release books on Amazon, especially seeing how well Cursed: Broken is doing and how well The Merman continues to sell.
It seems logical: why don’t we just do more of the easier stuff instead of maintaining the rigorous Membership schedule, the custom website, all the art, etc…
Raythe Reign’s life-blood has always been the serial stories. Here’s why…
Raythe can write “taboo” material.
Raythe’s love of forbidden romance is what led to the Membership in the first place.
Amazon is wonderful for many buyers… but what if you’re looking for fiction with a particular kink or angle that they find ‘objectionable?’ You’re out of luck. Amazon disallows certain fictional content, even in complete escapist fantasy fiction that can – in no way – be mistaken for reality.
Raythe doesn’t write kink stories or erotica, but she does not censor her own imagination, either. If her stories take a taboo direction, she goes with it! That’s what gives us the “Black Label” stories, such as Winter Haven Country Club, The Erl-King / The Fell / The Hunt, Valkyrie, and Birth Rite.
All of those contain either incest, bestiality, non-con, or all three.
Are they just excuses for erotic werewolf brother sex scenes? Not at all! They’re actual stories, just like all the stories on Raythe Reign. But these stories are literally unable to be distributed, except through the Membership.
Don’t you just love it when authors go years between books, saying nothing to their loyal readers? No??
We don’t love that either! That’s the last thing Raythe wants to do to her readers.
The Membership gives readers the chance to get chapters ASAP instead of making you wait. Yes, chapters can be imperfect. And contain typos. But you get to read the chapters the very second they’re finished and comment on them.
The Membership creates accountability, which benefits everyone involved. Unlike fanfiction, where “real life” takes priority (darn that real life…), Raythe makes the writing a priority. Because you’re paying your hard-earned money, she has to deliver on her promise to tell you an entertaining story and finish it.
We don’t actually see Raythe Reign as a reading site, but a fun thing to do. The engagement with other Members, readers, and of course the Raythe Reign Team is really important to us because it provides more entertainment!
Everyone is responsive, even our “reclusive” artist Mathia. Mathia has started to respond to comments on Date A Vampire.com (and enjoys it!) There’s nothing like being part of a fun group. As a band of typical high school nerds, it’s really important to the Raythe Reign Team to make that happen as much as we can.
So, that’s why we are committed to the Membership. After almost 6 years, it continues to be fun and exciting for us. Our hope is that it’s just as fun and exciting for our Members, too.
- Raythe Reign Team