And I think it was a good choice to lower his first book as an enticement. I really like your staggered pricing on the series.rsullivan9597 said:I moved the first book in the Soldier of the Legion Series by Marshall Thomas to $0.99 and it that has been great for him. In May he sold more than 17,700 books (prices from $0.99 - $4.99). for the first 5 days of June he sold another 3,300+
Its interesting that you bring up the idea of devaluing. I don't think offering a book for .99 devalues it or the writer. I was just at a writer's conference where we were discussing this issue. Many authors feel that offering their work at such a low price devalues their time and energy. They book a year or so into the book. It is worth more. My point is that is worth more but you can't look at it as one book worth xyz because it took me a year to write. The question is how many books sold equal that price and sometimes we have to use promotional tools to get there. Price is just one of many.TheSFReader said:Yes, I think having the first book in a series at a low price, with higher price for the following suggests 2 things : You don't want to devaluate your work, and want to sell it at a good pricve for both BUT you're willing to make an effort and sell the first part for low, as an enticement for the following. By the time the first book is finished, the reader WILL know if he wants to invest his time/money in the following books.
Actually, while I brought it up, I personally don't think setting a book at such a low price is really "devaluing" it. "Devaluing it" would be to not exploit it to the maximum of its value (as set by the author).JenniHolbrook-Talty said:Its interesting that you bring up the idea of devaluing.
Katie, that 17,000 wasn't all on one book his breakdown was something like this:kathieshoop said:Wow! I thought I did well with selling 1250 at .99! Here's hoping I hit the 17,000 mark real, real soon!
I wouldn't worry about it. Unless the price change is dramatic (like several dollars we're talking), most people don't care. Readers are used to seeing things go up and down in price all the time, and some will wait to see if a book will return to its promotional pricing.Ruby Andrews said:I'm a newbie with a price-changing question. I started out at 99c, made a few sales, then was curious to see if I could sell at $1.59. I now want to put the price back to 99c, but am unsure if it will annoy/upset the people who bought at the higher price (OK, it was only 50c and there were only two of them) if they see it has gone back down to 99c?
Before I put the price back, what are other writers' experiences of this?