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frustratedovern...

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Re: advice from old-timers on kindle price
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 7:45 PM   in response to: dansontanner in response to: dansontanner
 
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I changed the price and that put it back in limbo for 12 hours. So I wonder if you got it.

I'm afraid I don't recognize the initials but please thank her for the kind words also.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 8:08 PM   in response to: frustratedovern... in response to: frustratedovern...
 
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Personally, I've seen enough authors remark that raising their prices on novels caused their sales to take off, that I think you should price higher. Maybe $4.99 to $6.99.

Readers really are beginning to associate low pricing with 'crap', and um, you didn't write 'crap', so don't price it so dang low! :)
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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 8:19 PM   in response to: frustratedovern... in response to: frustratedovern...
 
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Yes, she got it, your dashboard reads one thing, but people can still buy the ebook. And the new price was already reflected in the purchase. She's mad at me now, she should be getting some sleep for the last leg of her travel day tomorrow and she's interested in your novel.

SWMBO is from a H. R. Haggard novel from around the turn of the 20th century titled SHE. She Who Must Be Obeyed. I think is was used in the old Benny Hill clips from across the big pond, also.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 8:20 PM   in response to: gldrummond in response to: gldrummond
 
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There must be something to that, my .99 doesn't sell, but the 1.99 does.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 11:05 PM   in response to: dansontanner in response to: dansontanner
 
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I have one .99 short short (about 2500 words), and it only sold when I put it in the Select program (after the first promo days). Someone even borrowed it.

Other than that, it hasn't sold jack.

My short stories/novelettes of 7500 - 15k words have sold better at $3.25 to $3.75 than .99 or $1.99. In fact, they DON'T sell when I've dropped the prices that low. Anytime I go below $2.99, regardless of word count, sales dry up or halt completely. Always have, since I started doing this in 2008. ;)
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Posted: Jun 27, 2012 2:59 AM   in response to: gldrummond in response to: gldrummond
 
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**Anytime I go below $2.99, regardless of word count, sales dry up or halt completely**

Yeah. I had the bright idea this spring of putting up the early chapters of the book in progress for 99 cents. I sell maybe five a month of each, very disappointing. I wish now I had bundled the three of them for $2.99. I might at least have paid for the cover!
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Posted: Jun 27, 2012 5:08 AM   in response to: dansontanner in response to: dansontanner
 
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Danson,

Odd thing I read SHE but didn't recognize the initials. Also that popular English barrister whose name slips my mind right now also uses it for his wife.

I would appreciate a favor if you or your "She" would consider putting a review up for me on Amazon. I believe they help. And I know it sure gives me strength to see them. Even one star that proves someone read it and took the time to post (not ugly just "not my cuppa" sort of thing.)

Again--and again!--thank you for your kind words and I'm glad She likes it.

Renee
http://www.reneegoudeau.webs. com
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Posted: Jun 27, 2012 5:21 AM   in response to: gldrummond in response to: gldrummond
 
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MS! Drummond--thanks for the encouragement. So I guess: in for a penny, in for a pound works here.

With all the encouragement on here, I think I'll try $3.99. I can always drop it again on a "special."

I thought of all the people who're having tight financial times right now when I originally priced it, but even I who is/am? :) low income buy $4 books! And I have a feeling I was selling my audience short--maybe they can and will afford the higher price.

And most of all, after disappointing sales for so long, to have you confirm that I don't write crap is a wonderful balm, believe me!!

Renee
http://www.reneegoudeau.webs.com
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Posted: Jun 27, 2012 5:27 AM   in response to: frustratedovern... in response to: frustratedovern...
 
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A huge basket of gratitude to all of you who offered an opinion! And since the consensus seems to be to raise the price, I have.

Please wish me luck even if you don't buy it!

Renee
http://www.reneegoudeau.webs.com
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Posted: Jun 27, 2012 6:45 AM   in response to: frustratedovern... in response to: frustratedovern...
 
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Rumpole of the Bailey -- sadly missed!
reneestar

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Posted: Jun 27, 2012 7:17 AM   in response to: frustratedovern... in response to: frustratedovern...
 
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Hi Renee', I think it was Marti that first suggested I raise my price. I was afraid that my sales would drop. They did just the opposite. I raised my novel from $2.99 to $3.99 and sales increased. I tried the .99 thing a couple of times and it was a disaster. I know the ,99 has been a great success for some, but I was not in the group. I worked very hard for years on my novel and I don't feel anything under $2.99 is just compensation. I am thinking of raising the novel now to $4.99, but I think I will wait until my new novel comes out in December.
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