Monthly Archives: January 2011

I Opened My Mailbox… And Almost Died

This is a proof copy of my book.

I started reading it today.

Oh. My. Word. *hyperventilates*

I’ve already found several things that need to be tweaked format-wise, but once I finish that and get another proof to approve, people, we’re in business. *squeal* I can’t wait!!

Update: The Price Point Saga (Thanks For The Help!)

I really, really don’t know what I would do without you, Readers. Thanks to your oh-so-wise insight yesterday – plus a little research on self-published pricing, optimal price points for e-books, etc. – I think I may have come up with a gameplan. Exciting, no?

I took much of your advice and mulled over it for a while. Then I googled some stuff and mulled over that. Then I looked up some Kindle books and some paperbacks that are similar to what I’m selling. Here’s what I’ve decided:

E-book: $3.99

Paperback: $13.99

I actually found a very in-depth article on e-book pricing, and how it’s easy to price yourself out of sales. The article looked at a bunch of author sales – both famous authors and unknowns – and found that the optimal price point for e-book sales is $2.99 – $3.99. That sounded pretty good to me, so there’s my e-book price.

Paperbacks were trickier – and even though a couple of you suggested I wait on the paperback, I am doing publish-on-demand, so there’s not any cost to me to go ahead and put it in that format as well, so I’m going to go ahead and do it. But anyway, paperback prices? They are all over the place. I did a bunch of research on B&N and Amazon and eventually decided $10.99 would be a good price, but then the publisher told me I couldn’t sell it for less than $13.40 because then I would’t get ANY royalties, so I bumped it up to $13.99.

It’s what I would pay for an author I’d never read before, I think.

Again, thank you SO much for the input! It really helped. Especially because I got to see what everyone normally pays for things and what they consider too expensive. Oh, and THANK YOU for telling me that some of you don’t even look at the really cheap e-books because you figure they’re not any good! That was VERY helpful to know.

Have a great weekend!

On My Bad List: Price Points

Oh, Readers. I’ve been trying to set prices for The Clearing both as a paperback and an e-book, and I am just. about. to tear out all my hair.

What is a fair price for either one?

I googled it, of course, and saw every opinion under the sun, so basically I got nowhere and I still have no idea how much to charge for these things. The price I originally wanted to charge for my paperback was actually going to lose me money, which… I mean, I love writing and all, but come on. You know? So right now it’s sitting at a price that many paperbacks cost in the bookstores, but then I think, is that fair? I’m totally unknown. How much will people pay for an author they’ve never heard of?

And don’t even get me started on Kindle pricing.

Actually, nevermind, it’s too late. I’m already started.

There are free Kindle books. FREE. I did not know this because I don’t have a Kindle. And then there are lots of books that cost $0.99. Or $1.99.┬áReally?! I knew they were cheap, but I was thinking $5.00 or so. Is that completely unrealistic and a total rip-off? Because if it is, please tell me. I don’t know much about these newfangled e-books.

Has anyone done this before? How did you figure out what price point to set?

HELP!