Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ARENA OF THE WOLF now $1.99 -- Why?

I should also mention that I've re-formatted HBVK and ARENA as well to bring up the standard. Sorry if you bought a crap copy. Just email me and I'll send you the new version and you can sideload it onto your device (you can't get the new version "officially" without buying it again, sorry).

I don't think I'll be writing any more novellas unless I'm compelled to just for the sake of art. No one seems to want to buy ARENA at $2.99 -- but that's the lowest price I can offer and still get 70%. Dropped the price to $1.99 to see if that helps -- but I only get 35% of that. So 70 cents instead of $1.39. Which kind of defeats the point of me self-publishing it since Amazon keeps most of the money just like a publisher would.

I get why people wouldn't want to pay 3 bucks for a novella when there are a lot of novels out there for the same price. People seem to equate the size of the book with its value for their dollar, which is unfortunate but that's how it is. Too bad -- some ideas really don't seem to work well as full-length novels. If you've ever read a book and felt like it had a bunch of filler, that could be why.

Now, some of this is Amazon. Other services like Kobo might be different, I need to check. Maybe it's not "worth it" to Amazon to have low-priced books like this on their service so they discourage it. I can see that -- it's not about the space they take but I think that's their way of trying to discourage being flooded with cheap, worthless crap books. You can see how well THAT worked out.

One way to handle this problem, I think, would be to anthologize novellas together like Stephen King's (THE UNICORN!)* DIFFERENT SEASONS. Pack three or four together and people might buy that. This is why you see so many short story anthologies as well. Of course, people still don't buy those as much but it's an idea.

Anyway, when you see the price drop on ARENA, that's when the new formatting hits, so you can wait until then. HBVK's new formatting is live.

* - I call Stephen King "The Unicorn". I'll explain why in a later post or MAYBE a podcast ...

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