Over the past several months I’ve read numerous blog posts, as well as an entire book…all on the subject of what authors should be charging for digital books. And I suppose, as with most everything in my life, I tend to be a middle-of-the-road kind of person. I can see both sides of the argument.
Unfortunately, facts don’t lie.
Fact one. In the world of books, I’m fairly new on the scene. I don’t have a big name (yet). I don’t have a NY Times best selling book (yet). So basically I’m an unknown indie author.
Fact two. As a fairly new, unknown, non-best selling indie author (for the moment), readers don’t know who I am and, therefore, aren’t burning up the internet in their haste to buy my novels (yet).
Fact three. Because of facts one and two, I have to look at all of the other facts and decide what it is I want out of this whole indie publishing thing.
Do I want to price my work at what I think it’s worth and be happy with selling ten books a month? Or…. Do I want to set my price low enough that fifty or a hundred times more people will read it every month?
Those are great questions, but the one that I needed to give the most thought to was why did I start writing in the first place? Was it because I had visions of making millions of dollars and having my name recognized everywhere I went? Well, I suppose that thought has always been in the back of my mind, but that’s not why I write.
I write because I love to write. That’s it. Plain and simple. Black and white. I do it because I love to create stories. Not because I feel I’m due a certain dollar amount for my time and effort.
How would you go about determining what your book is worth anyway? What should I expect in return for any research needed for a story? How much for creating characters and all the plotting involved? And is there enough money in the world to compensate me for editing?
I haven’t made a fortune off my writing (yet), but I’ve earned some decent mad money. Enough to pay a few bills. And that makes me happy.
Know what makes me happier?
The reviews. The fact that people are actually reading books I wrote…and they like them. Or even love them. I can be floating around on cloud nine for hours over a three or four star review. And jumping for joy over a five.
That’s why I write. It makes me feel good. Anything I earn is just icing on the cake. But it’s that cake that’s most important. It’s the satisfaction I get when I finally write the proverbial ‘The End.’ It’s knowing that people are going to be reading and enjoying that book.
Some things really are priceless.