Indie authors work very hard to put good, quality fiction out for their fans.
Speaking personally, I like to do a TON of research when working on a story. (Thank goodness for the Internet). I study the setting for my books. I research restaurants, weather, the locals, the hotspots, the houses - for the time I'm writing that particular book, or novella or short story, I immerse myself in it.
Additionally, I end up with several drafts of my books and spend hours editing, printing the work and going through each line.
How do I set my book prices?
Easy. Many people complain about the prices of eBooks. Leave it up to the public, they'll have authors selling their work at $0.00 out of desperation to get somebody, anybody, to read their book. Writing for me is fun and enjoyable but it's also my job. With that being said, I do not think it is necessary to price an eBook at $0.00 UNLESS it's for promotional purposes. As I stated, it's hard work to only be paid nothing in the end.
That's why I base prices on word count instead of page count. Let me tell you why.
I use Microsoft Word to write my books. My last novel was 167 typed pages on Word, but when I uploaded it to Kindle, Amazon shows a page count of 114 pages! That's a big difference!! Therefore, if I'm working on a project and the word count is over 15,000 words, then the starting price will be $2.99. Point. Blank. Period.
People, please don't take an authors hard work for granted. You go to work everyday and get paid by the hour. We work for hours upon hours per day and we do not get paid by the hour. And $2.99 for an eBook is a good deal, versus paying $15.00 for a paperback book.
Just my thoughts.
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