Hardcover editions will be impossible for me to make until I can afford a pack of ISBNs. Once again, if you want a hardcover edition of any of my books, supporting my other work will get it to you much faster.
It also wouldn’t hurt to send me an email requesting it, as that’ll let me know which books readers actually want in hardcover format.
-E-books (Standard Pricing)-
Regarding pricing and availability for my e-books, certain policies may change under certain conditions, but as a general rule, I charge as follows:
- Books under 25,000 words: free to 0.99*
- Books between 25,000 and 40,000 words: $0.99 (or regional equivalent)
- Books between 40,000 and 70,000 words: $0.99 – $2.99**
- Books between 70,000 and 120,000 words: $2.99 – $4.99***
- Books between 120,000 and 150,000 words: $4.99 – $5.99
- Books over 150,000 words: $5.99 and up
*This applies to fiction only. Non-fiction and poetry collections will be priced by different standards. Also note that most titles under 20,000 words will be available for free on this site or Drinking Café Latte at 1pm because I can understand the hesitation readers might have toward spending money on short fiction, but I also don’t want to prevent readers from showing generosity toward financially supporting a title (or author) they like, so the retailers will carry them for $0.99 in case a satisfied reader would like to buy me 5% of a Starbucks coffee (after royalties are calculated, of course). Between 20,000 and 25,000 words, I’ll only offer samples on this site, but you can ask me for a free coupon at Smashwords if you really want to read the whole thing and really don’t want to spend a dime on it. Once we get over 25,000 words, you’re gonna have to spend something to read everything (unless you’re a reviewer, in which case I have a different policy, and you should keep reading to find out what that is). I can’t give away the whole farm for free. Sorry.
Note: I’ll provide one or two short e-books for free at the retailers to get readers’ attention, but I can’t do this for all short works like I used to anymore. I’ve found that readers who download my free books rarely come back for the paid books, and I can’t keep up with my bills under this strategy anymore.
**Books between 40,000 and 70,000 words provide a gray area for me. I feel certain types of works deserve a higher premium than others, so I may price a 40,000-word story at $2.99 if I feel it’s deep and life-changing, or a 70,000-word story at $0.99 if it’s breezy and fun. I think all of my stories are worth reading, so I do not price according to quality, but this is one of those cases where I might price according to the potential impact it can leave on the reader. That said, my goal is to entertain, not to make you question your life’s decisions, so most everything I write under 70,000 words will probably cost you $0.99 during the initial promotional period and $2.99 after the first week has passed. Note: Series starters will almost always remain at $0.99.
***Books over 70,000 words may get a temporary reduction in price during launch weeks and promotional periods (whenever I decide to have one, which is a fickle decision and not entirely reliable, so you shouldn’t wait for a price drop to buy the book because that book may never get one). Typically, this price reduction will be as low as $0.99, or perhaps even free, if I think it’ll help get more reviews early on. Otherwise, expect a minimum $2.99 for these books, with $3.99 being the likeliest price.
Note: I can’t price books for free on Amazon without submitting a price-matching request. Books that are free at most retailers will likely start at $0.99 on Amazon. But this doesn’t mean you should bypass Amazon. Even though it’s free everywhere else, it’s still just a dollar on Amazon, and every penny supports my work. You probably found that much during an average trip through a mall parking lot or by checking phone booth coin returns circa 1993. You could probably still find that kind of money in the coin return for a vending machine today. Don’t be shy. You’ve bought far worse for much more, I’m sure. How much do you spend on coffee a day? Yeah, it’s just a dollar. Buy five books. Then I can buy a coffee! Just kidding. Based on my royalty structure for $0.99 books, I’d actually need you to buy ten books for that.
Every so often I’ll release a story that breaks the conventional model as listed above. These exceptions are decided on a case-by-case basis, but they may have to do with the following reasons:
- I’m starting a series and want to make the first book more attractive by lowering the standard price or making it free.
- I want to get a boost in recognition, or encourage reviews, so I may price below standard or make it free to gain more readers.
- I set a presale price with the expectation of making a certain word count and somehow undercut that expectation or exceeded it.
- The book is something other than straightforward fiction and thus needs a different pricing model to justify it.
- I’d forgotten my own policies when I set the price.
Please note that I do not price according to perceived quality. I think all of my works should be bought and read. If I price for cheap or free, it’s because I really want you to read it, and I don’t want to make it harder on you to acquire it (or because it’s too short to justify a higher price).
Also bear in mind that I’m more likely to raise my prices over time rather than lower them. The best time to buy my books is when they’re still new. Cannonball City: A Modern-day Fantasy, Year One, for example, was free for almost a year. Now it’s $7.99. If you want a book, don’t wait to get it. Now’s the best time to add it to your library.
-E-books (Getting Priced Books for Free)-
This segment is mainly for the reviewers, but also for the avid readers who don’t have much in their book budgets but still want a good read.
Even though I would love a solid supplemental income to pad my already meager annual earnings, I care more about readership than I do accounted sales per download. I am also a naturally generous person. So, I have no problem giving away free copies of my charged books if you want to read them but can’t afford the extra expense. I am also open to giving potential reviewers a free copy. If you are someone who wants to post a review of something I’ve written on your website or blog page, don’t be afraid to ask for a freebie. In the latter case, all I’d ask is that you provide me a link to the review when it’s posted. Please be aware that any link I receive will get posted on the respective book’s dedicated page.
If you want a free copy of any of my charged books, send me an e-mail (in my Contacts page) with the subject line, “Requesting Free Copy of E-book,” or some iteration appropriate to your style, and let me know in the body which book(s) you are requesting, and if it’s for a review, let me know the address to your blog or website where you plan to post the review. I will offer you a coupon that will discount the book at 100%. Note also that requesting a free book does not obligate you to a review (we can have the best of intentions right until life gets in the way), but I certainly hope you will review it, as I am grateful for anything you can say about it. Writers like to know where they can improve, and I’m no exception.
Keep in mind that all coupons for free e-books must be redeemed at Smashwords. I do not have the ability to give away discounts or freebies at the other retailers at this time. I’ll update this section if that ever changes.
-Print Books (Pricing)-
This section is pending. As of now, I don’t have enough research on the topic to know how to approach it. Generally, though, I’ll aim for $14.99 paperbacks (for 300 pages).