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James Duggan

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Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 12:49 PM
 
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Someone has just purchased one of my print books for the princely sum of $65.95. it's made me curious.
I'm in UK and this particular book is of no use to anyone outside those boundaries. Does this mean that he or she may be in the UK and is using a dot com site? Thus needing to pay in dollars rather than sterling.
I'm confused, because whenever I've used a dot com site to purchase goods I've always paid in sterling.
Just asking. Certainly not complaining.

Jim.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 1:59 PM   in response to: James Duggan in response to: James Duggan
 
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It's also possible (since I don't know what your book's about) that it has info that would help an American business person or tourist who would be going to the UK later this year, and they're preparing.
James Duggan

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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 6, 2018 2:31 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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cdalebrittain wrote:
It's also possible (since I don't know what your book's about) that it has info that would help an American business person or tourist who would be going to the UK later this year, and they're preparing.

Cdalebrittain, that thought had crossed my mind. Very conscientious of them if true. The book in question is about learning to drive and training those who teach the subject. It really is a bit of a mystery; hardly a suspense thriller though eh.😄

Jim.
Notjohn

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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 6, 2018 3:15 AM   in response to: James Duggan in response to: James Duggan
 
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How do you know they paid $65.95?

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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James Duggan

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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 6, 2018 12:56 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
How do you know they paid $65.95?

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com


Notjohn, because that is the list price in dollars, which corresponds to the sterling price and the royalty is listed in dollars on the dot com report. Plus it is the only copy of that book sold so far in February. (Understandable at that price)

Jim.
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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 6, 2018 1:36 PM   in response to: James Duggan in response to: James Duggan
 
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Jim, how did you arrive at such an exorbitant price for your book? I guess you are offering something very specific, and as I noticed coloured text in the brief 'Look Inside', it requires a higher price, but it still seems a little steep at that? Kudos to you for being able to sell it that, mind you. I wish all Indie Authors could get what they deserved for the amount of time that goes into a book.
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Notjohn

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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 7, 2018 8:44 AM   in response to: James Duggan in response to: James Duggan
 
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because that is the list price in dollars,

Good grief. I suspect it will be a long time before you sell another one.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
resteasy

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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 7, 2018 5:01 PM   in response to: James Duggan in response to: James Duggan
 
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They probably bought it on expenses.
James Duggan

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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 4:20 AM   in response to: Josef Peeters in response to: Josef Peeters
 
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Josef Peeters wrote:
Jim, how did you arrive at such an exorbitant price for your book? I guess you are offering something very specific, and as I noticed coloured text in the brief 'Look Inside', it requires a higher price, but it still seems a little steep at that? Kudos to you for being able to sell it that, mind you. I wish all Indie Authors could get what they deserved for the amount of time that goes into a book.
Joe.

Joe, I should explain that this particular book is 364 pages with a trim size of 6" x 9" and a full colour image on every other page. It is a more compact version of a 209 page 8 1/2 " x 11" instruction manual targeted at a UK audience only; hence the price tag which is beyond my control (other than a moderate add-on for profit). Thanks for the encouragement by the way. The strange thing is the large version is half the price. I don't query that because it is the one which sells the most anyway.
It is true that it could be of use in other countries, though it was not written with them in mind and I could even understand why a visitor to the UK might want a copy, but that does not answer my original question.
It does though rather prove the point that if you write what you know for market it will sell. Perhaps if I actually marketed it my sales would be better, but I am no good at that side of the business.
Thanks again for taking the trouble to reply.

Jim.
James Duggan

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Re: Another question while I'm still awake.
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 5:17 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
because that is the list price in dollars,

Good grief. I suspect it will be a long time before you sell another one.


Notjohn,

I'm pleased to disagree with you. This is not the only copy sold and I can also confirm that the larger trim size version of the same book is by far my best seller at approximately one every two days.
You have only yourself to blame for this.
Let me explain.
When I published my first book about three years ago it sold a copy the following day. I remember marvelling on here in my first post at how easy this publishing business seemed to be. (Considering I did no marketing and still don't). When I questioned whether this really was so, you were the first to reply. I can't remember the exact wording, but it was to the effect that I had written on a subject I knew well and targeted a specific market.
Your words resonated with me and I have followed that doctrine ever since. To anyone else reading this please don't think I am claiming to be on the road to riches; far from it. But I am claiming the very modest royalty cheque at the end of each month is most satisfying and well worth the effort. (Especially the feeling that my work may be helping others).
All budding and ambitious new authors take note.
As for you Notjohn...thanks a bunch (as we might say over here).

Jim.
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