There are a few things that are truly pet peeves for me when it comes to books and reading. Poor grammar, spelling, formatting, etc are certainly high on my list. But lately, there is one thing that has truly been annoying me about ebooks. There is this trend of super, super short ebooks. So short that it feels insulting to call it a complete book that are way overpriced.
I see all these 5,000 word books for $2.99 on amazon. I’m amazed. Like really? That’s barely two or three chapters at most. $1.00 a chapter? That feels like robbery to me.
And these aren’t from publishing houses, so the authors do have some control over the pricing. Here’s the thing. You shouldn’t under-price your work, but you also shouldn’t overprice it. I can get a full paperback novel for $6.99. Why would I voluntarily pay half of that for a book that has three chapters in it?
I’m not certain if there’s a rule book or a list for book pricing, but if there was it should look something like this:
< – 10,000 words = $.99 – $1.50
10,000 words – 30,000 = $2.00 – 3.99
30,000 – 50,000 = $4.00+
I think 6.99 is a fair price.
Don’t get me started on how overpriced hardbacks can be.
I’m curious, what do other readers and authors think about the fluctuating prices of the ebook world right now??
1. Posting your follow/unfollow stats.
No one cares about this but you, seriously, no one.
2. Daily horoscopes.
3. Sending automatic direct messages when someone follows you.
Technically speaking, that is considered spam and could get you blocked & banned.
4. Posting nothing but sales pitches.
Twitter is a conversation. Slamming someone in the head with your product is not engaging in conversation.
5. Devolving into an argument with someone who disagrees with you on something.
Just walk away, ignore the person. If you’re using Twitter to promote yourself as an author or a business, engaging with a troll or even just a regular follower who disagrees with you only makes you look bad.
6. Sending individual tweets to every single follower with a link to buy your book/product.
It’s spam. Stop it.
7. Using all caps, or alternating cApS.
It’s annoying. Stop it.
8. Being a robot.
It’s important to have a personality, unless you are a robot, then I can’t help you.
9. Not mixing it up.
If you post the same things every single day, it gets repetitive and incredibly boring.
10. Taking without giving.
If you want people to share your posts, you have to engage with them and share theirs. Quid pro quo.
Hi! I’m Dahlia Donovan, a new indie author. My debut novel, Ivy, is scheduled for release sometimes this month, hopefully.
I thought I’d tell the story of a crush.
My first crush.
I was five years old when I had my first fluttering when I looked at someone. My memories are a little fuzzy, it was almost thirty years ago. My family had traveled through Europe over the summer. We stayed at a little hostel in Paris, France. It was in an old building that had massive wooden double doors. The dining room was home to two very old, wooden tables that were incredibly long. They covered the length of the room with benches for seats.
Every morning, we’d head downstairs for breakfast of fresh baguettes, butter and jam with yoghurt and hot chocolate. It was simply divine.
The part that I remember most about the hostel was the young man who was staying there. I think he was in school. He was French, always called me, ma petite. I’d run down the stairs and he’d swing me around until I was dizzy and giggling. I never knew his name. I don’t remember his face. I have a vague recollection of a shock of brown hair. It was silly and I was five, and he was definitely my first crush. =)
Here’s a little teaser for Ivy:
Find Dahlia on:
I’m cheating, this is actually a tea cup. I hunted for it an an antique shop in Denver. I was looking for one with blue roses, but found this delicate little cup instead. I’m still hunting for the blue one. Ahh well.
Things I’m not looking forward to this week:
– more pollen
– see my pollen problem?
Things I am looking forward to:
– working with a new client
– cadbury caramello ice cream