I'm so slowly selling that I'll be dead before I read $10 at 35% royalty on $1.99.
What's the advisibilty of raising the price one dollar? That would at least put me in the 70% range and certainly be easier to live with. $2+ rather than $.70 royalty. So less sales maybe but would it even out?
I took a look at your book (though it took a little digging to find it on Kindle--you should have live Kindle links on your blog, at the minimum!), and I'd suggest raising your price a dollar, yes.
For one thing, the royalty is higher, yes. But there are also readers who distrust the quality of a cheaper book--and sometimes they should, frankly--but your book seems well-written. I'm going to agree with the reviewer who said that some of the sentences in the begging (esp. the opening page) are awkwardly long; you might consider revising those, if you're ever in a revising mood, so a reader taking a quick peek gets immediately drawn into the story, especially since you start with a compelling situation.
I also noticed you have a second book, with rave reviews, that isn't available on Kindle. I'd fix that! I mean, put it out on Kindle as well. Another thing that helps authors is to have more than one book for sale--you look more serious, more established, more credible. And then given that ebooks sell better (at least for most indies), I think that one should be Kindle-ized. If it were I, I'd sell them both for 3.99 each, but you could start at 2.99 and wait a month or so and see if that makes a change from 1.99. (Currently, it seems out of print, with only a used copy available for $125. That's probably not gonna sell.)
Did you claim the Kindle version of Dangerous Secret from your Author Central page? I wonder if that would help it show up in searches. If I search "Dangerous Secret" Renee, you only come up as a paperback, even if I search in the Kindle store. That can't be helping.
Given how many other books are called "Dangerous Secrets," you might consider a subtitle too??
Thank you, 1001 (if I may be forgiven for using your first name )
I truly appreciate the kind words. But when I check it on Amazon it is listed as both a Kindle and paperback.
And I do have--or did have (that I'll check)--a link to the Kindle at Amazon on my website. I don't have a blog.
As to what may be confusing you: I did a major rewrite of the book I got such good reviews on because some people felt the French hard to read and because I found mistakes on my own. It was originally titled "Once Upon A Place" and that is what I removed from print.
Then I not only did a revised edition, I re-titled it, and added a new cover. And OUAP became Dangerous Secret. And I can't add a subtitle because it would involve too much more expense to redo the cover.
However, I will take your advice on the price. Please wish me luck and again thank you for your taking the time to check it out--why not consider purchasing it before the price goes up?
Oh, so that's the same book! Gotcha. I didn't know that. You might add some of the glowing reviews then to your review section, and just say "These reviews refer to an earlier edition of this book, published as xxx by xxx, 20xx."
Sorry, by 'blog' I meant your website. But I mean, when I click on your book cover, it should zap me right over to Amazon.
When I searched by your title and name, I got first to the paperback, and only from that page could I find the Kindle version. Maybe it's just me, I dunno!
Raising the price won't say anything to anyone. You're not selling to people who know the history of your pricing. You're selling to people who just heard about your book.
In other words, the people who buy your book will probably not have seen it before. The people who already browsed your book and didn't buy it already are not likely to have a change of heart. And even if they do, when they come back looking for it, they're not going to be appalled at the new price.
Personally, I think $2.99 is a minimum price for a well written novel on a kindle. $4.99 makes more sense to me, and once you have a little following, try to price subsequent novels closer to $8.99. I think that should be the ultimate target for all indie authors, though you have to have a "platform" to make a price like that work.
I don't know what blog system you're using, so I can't help there... honestly, I think the easiest thing to do is to stick an ad up on Craigslist or on a bulletin board at the local college and say you'll pay someone $20 or $25 an hour to come work on your website while you watch. Then you say what you want to have happen, and he/she makes it happen, and you learn how to keep on doing it for next time. Shouldn't take more than 2-3 hours to get a lot of neat things done.
What I meant on adding the reviews was to go to your Author Central account and then list them under product reviews. See the ones this book has? You know the author didn't write those.
I went to that link and couldn't find any product reviews on his Author's page. Found a lot of "editorial comment" on the page itself.
At any rate, I can't/won't spend any more money on getting a better website. I'll just add the link to Kindle. At this point, I'm working on a mystery that will be set in the same town about 10 or so months later, with some of the same characters.
I've never written a mystery before so I'm taking it slow to try to do a good job. At least I'm beginning to know my characters and refine the plot. Structure is my bugbear now. But I'll keep at it.
So while I'd love for Dangerous Secret to take fire, I just have to leave it to do so on its own right now. I truly appreciate your saying it seems well-written. As I'm sure you know--it's easy to get close to a book you write!