Pricing

I really need to focus on schoolwork, or Spadille, because I’m getting whiplash from trying to think and rethink everything about Larkspur. I think I’ve left the text alone, but every time I load it up I want to make small tweaks. I sometimes do, and reupload it, but I don’t think anyone will notice if one instance of ‘the duc’ is just changed to ‘he.’

And pricing. 99cents, or $2.99, royalties vs perceived value, vs impulse buys? I’m going back and forth on this all the time. Thing is, I’m selling about a copy a day on average. That isn’t a lot. And at least half the time it’s a friend who bought it, which doesn’t really count. My novelette is 99cents right now, it’s 15K/60pages. Is it worth more than a dollar? More than a candy bar (which, at my school, are now $1.25, meaning I value my story less than a Kit-Kat). What about $2.99– too much? 3 whole dollars for a story you can read in about an hour and a half. But a dollar for half an hour of entertainment doesn’t seem like too much..

I don’t know. I don’t think a lot of people do. This is new, it’s all a guessing game. At first people bought 99cents, now I’ve heard they see that price and think ‘bad book.’ I’ve seen books with terrible writing sell for $4.99, and good books not sell for less.

On one hand, it’s a pain in the ass. I want my book to do well. I hope it’s good (so far other people seem to think so). What else do I do?

Well, the answer to that is obvious- keep writing, write the next book. It’ll be longer, more complex, hopefully even better.

I might change it back to $2.99. I probably will, for a day or two, and then maybe try $1.99. As long as it’s my only book out I won’t stop tinkering with it. When Spadille comes out I think I’ll be able to keep Larkspur at 99cents for a lead in. A few more books later I might make it permafree.

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