Friday, January 20, 2012

Prices are going up soon

On February 1, I'm raising the prices of many of my ebooks on Smashwords and Amazon Kindle by one dollar, so now's your chance to get them while they cost less.

I priced them low when I first released them. For some reason, 99 cent ebooks have a bad rep, and are often referred to as "99 cent cookies." I don't want mine to be viewed that way.

Many of my self-pubbed stories are reissues of previously released works. The few I've released on my own went through many rounds of critiques and revisions, and are on a par with the other published stories, and I'm happy to say they've received wonderful reviews.

Initially,my pricing scale related to word count - stories of 10k or thereabouts cost 99 cents; 20k or so cost $1.99. I topped it out at $2.99 for longer stories, even for my 90k dark paranormal, The Magic of Lavender. Most epublishers release longer novels at $6.99 or $7.99, so at $3.99, it will still be a bargain, like all the others.

But if you've been eyeing up any, now's your chance to grab 'em. Look for them on my Smashwords page and my Amazon author page.

What's the highest price you'd pay for an ebook? Just curious. :)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I won't pay over ten bucks - most of the ones I purchase are below eight. Although i did splurge last month and purchased Creep for twelve. Jennifer's a blogger buddy, so I didn't mind. (Ironically, I found out she purchased my book on the same day - what are the odds?)

J.A. Beard said...

I'm with Alex. 9.99 is usually where I stop except in very rare circumstances.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks guys. It would take some convincing to get me to even pay that much.

Charmaine Clancy said...

I'll pay up to 9.99 for a book that I've heard a lot about and lots of people are talking about. Any more and I'll usually buy the hard copy of the novel instead.

I'm more comfortable with 7.99 for authors I've read before and know well. Otherwise I think 2.99 to 4.99 for an author I'm not familiar with or one of my blogging buddies. I did go through the phase of downloading free and 99c novels, but found I didn't read them.

It seems to be a fine line, and I think you can only try different tactics and see where your work sits by the public's reaction.

Wagging Tales

Cate Masters said...

I did the same with the free and 99 cents offerings, Charmaine - that seems to be a trend. One I want to avoid. :)