Since I’m all too new to this self-publishing thing, I wanted to make a short post about how much my books will actually cost. My friends and I debated for awhile about this and I’ve come to the conclusion that I will make my first paperback novel on amazon.com $2.99 while the Kindle e-book will be $1.99. My friends told me that if I make the books too cheap around .99 cents, people may think it’s a horrible book and that the author could care less about the quality. Which is the opposite of what I was thinking, because a lot of Kindle ebooks are .99 cents. However, I’ve put more quality into my books more than anything else and I’m hoping that’ll help me.
I just hope people will recognize the quality and not the quantity. I work very hard and put loving care and thought into each book cover design, even the storyline, the characters, and the interior pages. Anyway, I should make them a little more in price, since I did spend 10 years of my life writing them. “Never sell yourself too short,” my friends say. I just don’t want to make them too expensive for people, because not a lot of people can afford books nowadays due to the economy being so bad and people losing their jobs. The majority of people will spend their money on groceries not the next bestseller.
For I know the average person can’t afford such expensive books these days. I will never understand why many new authors make their books way too expensive. If you’re a new author (first time author) in the publishing business and don’t have the same notoriety as someone like Stephen King, then you shouldn’t be making others pay nearly $20 to $30 bucks on a novel they know nothing about. Anyway, these are my thoughts on the matter. I know some authors who go to independent publishers had no choice but to go with their high prices. I understand that completely.
Now, just think of yourself as the reader shopping around. What would you look for on that shelf in front of you? Do you go for what really catches your eyes? Is it the fancy book cover? Let’s say, you do find a book worth looking at. You check it out. You turn the book around to read the backside, it sounds like a very interesting story. Now, you look at the price. It’s $80 dollars. Do you find yourself cringing and putting it back on the shelf? Exactly! You put it right back on the shelf and wait until the price goes down. We all have done it, especially since money is tight these days. It’s why I think a lot of people aren’t buying many books these days. They’re getting their books through Nook and Kindle as ebooks for $1. However, I still think it’ll be many many years before print goes out of style. I do like holding a book in my hands compared to reading an ebook online. The smell and feel of a paperback book (not a hard cover) is refreshing… except when they get old and the pages start to change color, like the ones you find at the old local library.