Monday, March 17, 2014

pricing policy

PRICING

AFTER MUCH EXPERIMENTATION 

SIR JOHN PUBLISHING 

HAS ESTABLISHED THE FOLLOWING PRICING SCHEDULE

 

FOR SHORT STORIES

AVERAGING 5,000 TO 10,000 WORDS

99 CENTS

 

FOR NOVELLAS

AVERAGING 15,000 TO 35,000 WORDS

$2.99

 

FOR SHORT NOVELS 

AVERAGING 50,000 TO 60,000 WORDS

$3.99

 

FOR FULL LENGTH NOVELS

AVERAGING AROUND 100,000 WORDS

$4.99


LATEST RELEASE

$5.99


As shown the reader gets roughly twice as much reading material with each jump, and the cost is only $1.00 extra. 


I hope this is something you can support, and would love to hear your thoughts.


3 comments:

nayma said...

in Italy publishers pay 15-20% of the cover price, so usually we take 1-2€ per reproduction. This is not different for how much long is book...:(

but it's interesting like prices, but personally I should not exceed 5$, not all people can pay more

KCP (Kelly Coleman-Potter) said...

I have two self-published books on Amazon right now. The first I dropped down to $1.99 (after initially pricing it at $2.99) and it's about 33k words. The second is around 60k and it's priced at $2.99. I don't think I'd go higher than that because I'm essentially an unknown writer. I often download self-published works, looking for what I'd call a cheap read. If the sample catches my attention, it's easy for me to justify the download (even if I end up disappointed) because it's only a couple bucks. I'm also more likely to be excited about finding a great read for $2.99 or less and I'll tell my friends they need to read it. However, even when it comes to traditionally published authors, I have a problem with paying more than $4.99 to read something electronically. It's a psychological thing - if I'm going to pay more than $5, I'd rather have a paperback copy in my hand, something that seems tangible to me. Maybe my perspective comes from the writer side of my brain, understanding the competition, and understanding that someone might feel that a $3 risk is worth taking a chance on someone who isn't Stephen King but more than that might be a waste of money. I think the appeal of many self-published works is the lower price. Though, I've noticed the trend of 99 cent reads that are very short, and I haven't quite figured out how that impacts the longer works of a writer who might lower the prices in effort to build an audience for future works.

(By the way, I was a humor columnist for ten years, making $6 a column because I retained rights and could have self-syndicated at the time. I'm well-versed in writing for peanuts, and struggle with the vicious circle that self-publishing is.)

Johnny Ray said...

All of my novels are also in paperback ($19.50) and hardback ($29.50)
I think I have my e-novels on the low side, but I hope this keeps the volume of sales high.
I have a large following, and I am traditional published, as well as being self published through a publishing company I own. I can only control the pricing for the company I own.