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What Do You Charge?
« on: February 04, 2016, 12:01:30 AM »
I write poetry and fiction, mostly short stories though I am working on a novel. I was looking into self-publishing online when I have a few pieces ready using Amazon or Smashbooks or both until I can make my own website. I live a simple life and do not need much money, but I do have a child on the way and would like to charge an honest price for the blood, sweat, and tears that I put into my writing. If you self-publish, how much do you sell your short stories for? What about poems and novels?

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Re: What Do You Charge?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2016, 06:58:22 AM »
Pricing is hard to say, because poetry doesn't always sell well and with so much out there if you price too highly then no one will buy.

I have used both Smashwords and Amazon, and Smashwords has a nice platform and distribution, plus their royalties are higher. Amazon you get more exposure, but you choose the royalties. Also if you choose to publish on both (most people do) you can't have a cheaper price on Amazon, otherwise your listing will get rejected.

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Re: What Do You Charge?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016, 08:32:31 AM »
I haven't dream of selling my poems or short stories using self-publishing, but I have friends who took this route and they all gave up shortly after since there isn't a real market for it. I used to just put my poems on sites that pay royalty, still that isn't bringing in much earnings either.

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Re: What Do You Charge?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2016, 10:18:02 AM »
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If you self-publish, how much do you sell your short stories for? What about poems and novels?   

I've not self-published... I go the traditional route with submissions from using my Writer's Market... *but* I did have something to say about this that may be helpful.   :)

I don't know what to charge... this is about promotion.  I have often heard that if you go the self-publishing direction, you need to be prepared to do some heavy duty promotion for your work. 

The bottom line seems to be that you can't just put something on Amazon and hope customers will find it... you'll need to help them find it through your own promotion.   In any case, it sounds exciting, and best of luck with it!


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Re: What Do You Charge?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2016, 03:48:47 PM »
This is something I am thinking of doing and really want to do since one my dreams is to write and earn money from it. Online digital copies seem to earn less than a real book you would buy at a store but I don't think that is a big deal really. I see books on the amazon store for kindles as cheap as 99 cents and some as high as 6.99. And most of those books are from people I never heard of. I really don't know what to charge though it would be worth researching into more.

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Re: What Do You Charge?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2016, 08:00:01 PM »
I haven't tried self-publishing yet, though it's something I'm hoping to do in the future. It's my understanding that some people start off selling books really cheaply or even giving one away free to attract a readership who they hope will then come back and pay for future offerings.

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Re: What Do You Charge?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2016, 08:24:10 PM »
As a reader, I won't purchase something from an unknown author unless one of the things below happens:
a) They have lengthy sample work on their website so I can get an idea of their writing style
b) The first book/installment of the series was free for me to decide if I'm interested (Then I would purchase the next book.)
c) The price is less than $1.99 AND the length is novel length for the first book.

Once I have read an author's writing and liked it, I'll pay the same price for an Indy Author's work as I would pay for a comparable length work by any other author but I have to have a way of checking out their writing/editing skills before I spend a significant amount of money. I also pay a lot of attention to the word count or page counts. Too many Indy authors trying to charge fees for a novella that I would only pay for full length novels; I usually bookmark those and come back in a few weeks to see if they have dropped the price.

Anyway, I think your best bet would be to see how long the finished work is, then go to that genre of book and look for other works of that length. Then price yours comparably.

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Re: What Do You Charge?
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2016, 11:19:45 AM »
I have self published a print book of poetry and two books on Amazon Kindle. My had set high price for my self published book. Since my book was not to be sold through book shops, and selling would be mainly done among friends and family, I set high price (because my well wishers would not consider price but just helping me). On Kindle I always set higher than $2.99 because having selling price above $2.99,I will be entitled to 70 percent royalty.

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Re: What Do You Charge?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2016, 05:35:14 PM »
I think it depends on where you're selling.  KDP Amazon has two options so you have balance between what you're willing to be paid and a low enough price that will have people buy your book.  I haven't sold many books so I don't feel bad charging more since it's so hard to get a sale with so much competition.  I would look at other ebooks that are comparable to yours and price yours similarly.

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