Mind Your Own Business!
I have decided to take a short break from the afternoon’s writing activity to express my abject disdain for all those writers out there who insist on telling the rest of us how to price our books.
“If you price your book cheaply, you’re devaluing your work!”
“You get what you pay for!”
“Don’t you have any self-respect?”
“You’re ruining it for the rest of us who value our work.”
I have a message for you. It has to do with performing a physiologically impossible act.
On practically every writers group LinkedIn hosts, some stuffed shirt initiates this claptrap, and dozens of others jump aboard the We Are More Worthy! bandwagon. Ironically, a lot of them have books on Amazon priced around $9.99, with few or no reviews and rankings >1,000,000.
So, how’s that price workin’ out for ya?
To make matters worse, it is apparent from their comments that many of them have no understanding whatsoever of how ebook marketing works, how free or reduced-price promotions drive additional sales at higher prices, how they drive traffic to an author’s other work, generate reviews, recommendations and other social media exposure.
To all of those folks, I say do your homework and MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
I shall now return to the press conference scene for Full Irish, wherein Shannon McGonigle Forté will reveal an important and influential Irish politician to be a sissy and a liar.
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