I have a beef to pick with Amazon. I think I’ve done this price list before when I was publishing the first book, but I’m going to do this again for all those people thinking about self-publishing in the future.
Let me make this clear for everyone – I am not a big fan of Amazon! Not so much beef with Createspace though. I still prefer Createspace and their lower prices, even though there are some things I’d love to change right now. I just wish that CS were wildly available in the international markets and had more flexible payment options for those who cannot afford their services such as their business cards, their interior design templates, their marketing agents, their editing services of $160 bucks for 10,000 words, and their $5,000 book trailer. I get that they are all in the business of making money. It’s understandable… I guess…
Why are you so against authors, Amazon? Always ripping off self-published writers like myself.
Longer books mean higher prices that I have to set my book at!
COSTS per PAGE LENGTH FOR 1st BOOK – NIGHTMARISH REALITY
For my 356 paged book to be made through CS, it costs them $5.12. That’s not bad, considering other places are twice as expensive. *cough cough* For example, Lulu.com would’ve jacked that price up to eight or ten dollars… forcing me to sell my book at $20 dollars. Who would buy a book at that price from an author they don’t even know? It’s the same as… well just shoot yourself in the foot. Let me know how you feel afterwards.
- Standard shipping costs for 3-5 business days is $3.59.
- So, let’s do the math: $5.12 + $3.59 = 8.71
I set my book for $9.99. Out of that 5.12 is going to CreateSpace to make the book.
Out of that $4.87 I get $2.87 of royalties from Createspace. But through Amazon, I get .87 cents.
- 4.87 – 2.87 = $2 for Createspace
- 4.87 – .87 = $4 for Amazon
WTF Amazon!? :|
Here’s a list of some possible page lengths.
ROYALTIES per PAGE LENGTH FOR 2nd BOOK – NIGHTMARISH REVELATIONS (Based on Amazon’s Wonderful Standards)
$8.99 PRICE RANGE PER PAGE COUNT:
- 300 pages = .94 cents
- 340 pages = .46 cents
- 350 pages = .34 cents
- 356 pages = .27 cents
- 360 pages = .22 cents
- 370 pages = .10 cents
- 375 pages = .05 cents
- 377 pages = .01 cent
- 380 pages = negative .02 cents
$9.99 PRICE RANGE PER PAGE COUNT:
- 300 pages = $1.54
- 340 pages = $1.06
- 345 pages = .99 cents
- 350 pages = .94 cents
- 360 pages = .82 cents
- 370 pages = .70 cents
- 380 pages = .58 cents
- 390 pages = .46 cents
- 400 pages = .34 cents
- 410 pages = .22 cents
- 420 pages = .10 cents
- 425 pages = .03 cents
- 430 pages = negative .02 cents
Now, you’re probably wondering how many pages does the sequel have? It’s 456 pages. I wanted to add 100 more pages because so much happens in the sequel; however, I’m confined to Amazon’s wonderful standards… I’m forced to stifle my creativity and my passion to end at the most devastating cliffhanger in all of history.
Let’s do the math, folks!
$10.99 PRICE RANGE PER PAGE COUNT:
- 390 pages = $1.06
- 400 pages = .94 cents
- 430 pages = .58 cents
- 440 pages = .46 cents
- 450 pages = .34 cents
- 456 pages = .27 cents
After 10-11 years of writing and putting my heart & soul, my time and money into this project, spending sleepless nights to edit/read my manuscript a million times, hiring people to edit for me, going through a roller coaster of emotions (drastic ups and downs, even depression), not to mention marketing my own book and going around town making business cards and going to libraries on my own, ’cause I have no PR agent. To put my book on your site, since you’re The Big Kahuna and the #1 site in customer service… I deserve only .27 cents for all my hard work?
There’s no way I’m putting my book at 500 pages. Could you imagine?
Let’s do the math:
$11.99 PRICE RANGE PER PAGE COUNT:
- 390 pages = $1.66
- 400 pages = $1.54
- 450 page = .94 cents
- 500 pages = .34 cents
Don’t forget to add tax and shipping costs to that, depending on where you live! Now, imagine if Amazon said to Stephen King, vaguely…
“Sure, go ahead and write a 600 to 800 page novel. You can’t go over 800 pages! Just remember now that your book’s price is going to have to be $13.99 or $17.99 plus tax and shipping. You’re going to have to keep all your books at the 300-400 page mark, if you want to make higher royalties.”
You think he’d put up with that?
I am not getting paid for this, folks. I’m just a poor writer/author, who wants to share my stories to the world. I make little to nothing at all. I still haven’t quit my day job and I’m certainly not making a million dollars.
After I figure out how to get myself in gear and start editing again…
After I kill off those plot bunnies and connect all the dots…
After I search for an ending that will not have my readers in an angry mob formation…
After I find myself an editor online by searching thousands of websites/forums…
After I sent emails to that editor, who will hopefully not rip me off, and go through the steps and trials of a working relationship…
After I wait for days on in for the revised drafts and finish paying him or her…
After I go through endless days, weeks, and months of editing the story dynamics, punctuation, & grammar, including both the cover and interior designs until perfection…
After I publish my sequel through CS and order a copy for myself to edit it another million times…
After I set a reasonable price range that will not have me stabbing myself in the back…
Once it’s done and over with, I seriously need a long vacation…