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Time to say No?

DSCF1232 When I made the move from working in insurance to working with authors, it took a bit to get used to.  I had to remember that I was working for myself.  The authors are my clients, not my employers.  There’s a subtle difference there, but an important one.  With accepting that difference, I had to learn the art of saying no.

It’s incredibly hard to say ‘no’ when you work for yourself and have a small but growing list of clients.  Turning business away seems like a counter-productive concept, and what that you can’t afford to do.  The truth is you can’t afford ‘not’ to say ‘no’.

I run through a mental checklist when I’m considering saying no:

– Are the client’s demands unrealistic?  If yes: Are they willing to change them?  If they aren’t, time to say no.

– Do I have time for this task?  If the answer is no, it’s definitely time to turn the project down.

– Am I uncomfortable with the task or project? If you’re uncomfortable with what you are doing, you aren’t going to give 100%, time to say no.

– Do I have the skills to  complete the task? If no, can I learn them in time? If I can’t, time to say no.

– Is this something that falls into my current contract with the client? If no, either expand the contract, accept that it’s work you won’t technically get paid for, or say no.

What do you consider before saying yes or no to a project?



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The value of a dollar.

05312009-003wbThere 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:

for Ebooks:

< – 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??

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