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Old 03-30-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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Pricing for Amazon?

I'm about to take the plunge and self-publish three short stories for girls, the themes are old-fashioned (a unicorn, fairies, elves etc) but they are written in the present day. They are (roughly) 3,000, 6,000 and 8,000 words long. I was thinking about pricing them at 75 pence, £1.00, and £1.25 respectively. Does that sound about right?
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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Given the length, I'm not convinced you need to separate the price at all, and at under 10,000 words, < £1 (77p?)
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:48 PM   #3
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Paul, do you mean each book? Or the lot for 77p?
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:52 PM   #4
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I'd suggest putting all three into one ebook and publishing at £0.77, which will come to £0.79 when Amazon add the VAT. US price $0.99, of course.

I'd also suggest putting your best story of the three up for free on your website with links to the collection.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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I don't have a website as I'm an unemployed bum with no money. Two of the stories feature the same young girl, Amber, so I might combine them into one ebook. Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:49 PM   #6
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You could make a blog at wordpress.com (or elsewhere) for free, and post one of the stories in a blog post, with a link to the Amazon listing.

You could also promote it in the Self promotions forum here at MobileRead (but do read that forum's posting guidelines carefully).
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:15 PM   #7
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:32 PM   #8
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Paul, do you mean each book? Or the lot for 77p?
Your shortest at 3000 words is a bit short for a single pub. I think a collection is better, especially if they share a character.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:03 PM   #9
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Thanks again for the feedback - will try and combine the 'same character' stories into one book (back to the HTML - Oh no!). Didn't realise you could set up a blog for free, that's handy to know.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:51 PM   #10
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I don't have a website as I'm an unemployed bum with no money. Two of the stories feature the same young girl, Amber, so I might combine them into one ebook. Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.
I'm poor too, so everything I suggest is free:

You can get a blog from http://wordpress.com, and an easy to build website from http://weebly.com. On Weebly, it's basically just point and click; you could have a website up in less than ten minutes. Weebly also has stuff to sell things from your site, though I'm kind of sketch on the details.

For your short stories, I would put them at $0.99, or whatever the UK equivalent is (sorry, ignorant American here!) Then go to http://goodreads.com and set up your author page and join some groups - interacting with your readers will really help you.

Set up an Amazon author page at Author Central and link all your writings together.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:52 PM   #11
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Thanks Harper. Seems like everybody's poor on this forum - how about a name change to destituteindieauthors.com?
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:43 PM   #12
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Seems like everybody's poor on this forum
Yeah. I just put ALL my savings into getting my novel out. I'm so broke now I can't even afford to pay attention.

One day I'll look back on this and laugh, as I pull my bundle of newspaper around me under the bridge, chewing on the half-eaten burger I harvested from the trash.

Cheers,
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:14 PM   #13
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Thanks Harper. Seems like everybody's poor on this forum - how about a name change to destituteindieauthors.com?
I think that is part of the definition of "independent author"

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