So Ends the Experiment?

Yesterday, I sold 1 book, which is normal for a Sunday.  It typically sucks.  The problem is that it carries over into a weak Monday, but this is abysmal.  I’m eying that $2.99 price tag because it’s the only thing I can change.  I’m going to give this until the end of the day to see what happens.  If nothing moves then I think I’m going back to .99 cents.

It isn’t just the low sales too, but that is a main ingredient here.  I had a great Friday and then it died like a sparkler in the rain.  I want to take advantage of Ereader News Today and I need the .99 cent pricing for that.  Though, that 25% service cost is a bit distressing since I might not make much to begin with.  Still, I can’t lose on the deal and I’ve met some people that are happy with it.  I also should probably strike while I still have an overall 4.0 or higher rating.  That can get destroyed by a bad review while a good review barely effects it.

I still have a few hours to make the final decision.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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27 Responses to So Ends the Experiment?

  1. Pingback: So Ends the Experiment? | Legends of Windemere | Hey Sweetheart, Get Me Rewrite!

  2. I heard BookBub is a good way of marketing your book. They are selective about what goes up there, so there’s quality control which can be a good thing. You have to put it on sale or for free for a certain time, so that might be a way to do the $0.99 thing. I haven’t run an ad over there, but I hear it pays off from those who have been in it. Here’s the link: http://home.bookbub.com/home/. You should be able to find the information for advertising with them at the bottom.

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    • I’m thinking of a permanent price drop to .99 cents, so I don’t know if BookBub would work. I thought they only did temporary sales. This book was going to be dropped that low at some point, so I might as well did it when sales are in the toilet.

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  3. EReader News – I look at their books every day. Don’t know if it will help but I do look at those books and have gotten several.

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  4. Sorry to hear that, Charles. Hope sales start back up for you soon. What price do you plan to ask for Prodigy when you publish it now? Do you really think it was the price increase that cut back on sales?

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    • The sales were going down to begin with, but the price doesn’t make it any easier. It wasn’t the final straw because I think it might be a slow time for book sales in general. If I can get a few sales today then I’ll stick with the plan. One popped up just now, so who knows what will happen. It’s possible that my best sales times are when I’m sleep.

      I’m still starting Prodigy out at 2.99.

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  5. sknicholls says:

    I have been reading many forums on books and authors. There are many people who DON’T buy lower priced books because they assume the quality is bad. My book is priced at $2.99 and is selling fine, but I am going to have to go up on that to $4.99 to recover costs of professional cover design. I believe in promotionals where you give it away for free sometimes…but not always. I took my book down from a free ebook site because people all over the world were downloading it (literally thousands) and attempting to sell it on their web sites for much more than I was selling for on Amazon and the smashwords platforms. After reading what readers had to say about cheap books, i don’t feel so bad raising my price. They were actually mad that some retailers don’t have a way to screen by price, so they can eliminate books that sell for less than $$4.99, as they were certain that price is a good indicator that the book is of poor quality or by an Indie author and thus not worthy of their consideration. I like Chris McMullen’s rebuttal, http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/love-self-published-authors/, on Why we should love self published authors. i wish i knew how to link in comments. haven’t figured that out yet.

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    • I disagree with the .99 cents means poor quality because I think a lot of first-time authors work off the ‘nobody knows me’ mentality. My book sold much better at .99 cents than $2.99 and it has more 5-star reviews. My next book is going to be $2.99 because I still don’t think I have the momentum and pull to do well with $4.99 as a price tag. It’s not a lack of confidence in my book or myself. It’s a lack of confidence in the risk-taking nature of readers.

      This probably stems more from hearing a lot of people say they won’t buy a book from an unknown author for anything more than $2.99 and they’ll jump at .99 cents.

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      • sknicholls says:

        I agree with you that it doesn’t mean poor quality and smart people looking for a real bargain will buy it at $2.99 and especially at .99 cents. The guys in the reader forums might not. My genre sells differently I think.

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      • Which genre are you in?

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      • sknicholls says:

        Southern Fiction/Romance. Some of the forum members, esp. women, said they love Indie authors best…for fresh ideas. I am reading your book right now. I know I would have bought it if it was $4.99 because you made it sound interesting and I like fantasy. I know from what I am reading that it is worth a whole lot more than I pay the pizza delivery guy.

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      • Fantasy is a strange one. A lot of .99 cent and $2.99 in there. Also, fantasy is infamous for series, so I’m trying the cheap first book to hook people for the more expensive later books. It’s a system that works better when I have more books out.

        It’s a lot of experimentation too, which is what drives me bonkers. Glad you’re liking the book.

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      • sknicholls says:

        Okay then…you already have me hooked. Just don’t want you selling yourself short!

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      • I try not to, but I’m one those err on the side of caution types. I’m also only 5’5”, so I’m technically short anyway. 😛

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  6. Tuan Ho says:

    Charles, have you checked out Book Blast?

    Their advertising rates are very reasonable compared with others like Bookbub.

    http://www.bookblast.co/advertise.shtml

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  7. Oh Charles I am sorry. Forgive me – I am yet to read anything on a Kindle etc so I dont really understand the e-book world – much more a fan of paper but recently I have taken to Pdfs, sent by email and read on screen (laptop/phone) are e-books the same as this? or can you only read them on kindles? (see what I mean about me knowing nothing? lol) In other words – can I buy the e-book and read it on my laptop? (maybe even print and read it the good old fashioned way?
    I have been trying to catch up and noticed a few of my bloggeeeees are struggling with their books. Many of them are not the type of genre I would go for (at all) BUT I want to give them a go – you don’t know unless you try it right? – so now its a case of getting my head around this e-malarkey lol xB

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    • Those are similar. There are Kindle readers you can put on your desktop too, so you can read Kindle books on your computer. It would allow you to buy the e-book and read it on your laptop.

      The summer (May to June) seems to be a low sales point because people are out and about. That’s what I’m hearing any way.

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  8. C.N. Faust says:

    I tried seeing if you had made a post on this or not – but did you make a decision about the price tag? And how are your sales doing since then?

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    • I got a one day burst and then it died again. I just put in for a switch to .99 cents, so it should be .99 cents in the morning. Now, I just need to get confident on the second book pricing.

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  9. melissajanda says:

    Why is it human nature to focus on the negative? I hate it that negative reviews are given more weight than positive ones, really burns me up. You’re exclusive with Amazon, right?

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    • Yeah. At least for another couple weeks and then I’ll decide on what to do. Smashwords and B&N didn’t work in my favor even with the .99 cent price tag.

      It’s like everyone believes 5-stars are by friends & family while the 1-stars are always the truth. Never crosses their mind that a stranger could genuinely love something they didn’t like.

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      • melissajanda says:

        The reason I ask is that I’m reading a book, Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success and the author is very anti-exclusivity. Of course, the author is the founder of Smashwords so he has a platform to promote but he makes some very good arguments. If you haven’t read it, you might want to download a copy. It’s free.

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      • I’ve caught excerpts and his stance as the founder of Smashwords does have me a bit leery. I did try for Smashwords and B&N when I started. Stuck with it for two months and the only ‘sales’ I got were 17 free downloads. I couldn’t get my book to click with the non-Kindle crowd, so I stopped trying.

        It really depends on genre and personal experience. What works for a romance author might backfire for a fantasy author or another romance author.

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