Stephannie Beman:

I found this post buried in my inbox and loved what Katie had to say about the value of books/ebooks. :D

Originally posted on One Handed Writers:

I have a friend whose husband happens to be a bricklayer. His work is excellent, in as much as my limited knowledge of bricklaying can determine. He sets a rate for his work, regardless of the size of wall he happens to be building. If it’s a hot day, he may not work as fast as he’ll get tired easily. If it’s cold, he goes like the clappers as he wants to get it over with. If it’s mild, it’s a perfect day for hauling bricks.

In short, he looks at a job, has a think about how long it’ll take him to do it and gives you a price. If you’re happy, you’re getting a nice wall. If not, sayonara.

Writing isn’t dissimilar. Some stories come easy. Some are more difficult. Some days we feel the creative flow happening, while other days it’s a struggle. A story can be…

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  1. Jessica

    Absolutely. I confess I turn away from books offered for a very little money. I assume it’s no good, or else why would the writer be offering 80 000 words for 99 cents? I agonised over what to charge for my recent book, but I worked hard on it, and it’s worth more than a cup of coffee. And, as a reader I am willing to pay good money for good books!

    • If I really want to read the book I’ll pay the price they ask. It really doesn’t matter how much that is. While I understand why some authors priced their books low to start with (marketing trend and the idea that free/low will attract readers), I also know a few who find it hard to later raise their prices without losing ranking, I think it is better to price work higher and lower it later then price lower and try to higher it later.

  2. Thanks for posting the link.

    I’m soon to face the pricing issue for my own book; something I’ll have to keep in mind.

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