How should you price your ebook to sell on Amazon?

Authors,

Pricing is a challenge.

I am not looking at this from the profit, I am looking at how the words God blessed you with will be read. Will you audience be 1 reader, 100 readers, or 100,000 readers?

If you wrote well, then marketing and pricing are important to spread your story.

The following is from Molly Greene.

Per Smashwords’ Mark Coker, authors may be underpricing Smashwords CEO Mark Coker’s May 2013 Booklovers Convention presentation revealed important points gleaned from his platform’s data. In the presentation he ponders the question, “… is $3.99 the new $2.99?” noting there are “fewer titles to compete against at $3.99, and authors appear to pay no penalty in terms of sales volume.” Per Coker, “I see untapped opportunity [at the $3.99 price point], where indies may be able to raise prices but not suffer unit decline.” He concludes “some authors are underpricing.” Smashwords data also reveals …

$.99 remains popular, but shows a big drop compared to their 2012 study.
$.99 to $1.99 underperforms in terms of earnings. (Per Coker, $1.99 is “a black hole.”)
$2.99 is the most common price point with indies.
$2.99 to $6.99 is the sweet spot for maximum earnings.

Indies have virtually abandoned the $9.99 price point compared to 2012’s study.
Note this important takeaway: “Data-driven publishing decisions are irrelevant without a great book. Write the greatest masterpiece you can, and then review the data for ideas that at best might enable you to add incremental improvements to reader enjoyment, accessibility, and word-of-mouth.”

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Per author Cheryl Bradshaw, ditch “free” and go with 99 cent promotions

This non-profit chose $2.99 discounted to $1.49 for their promotion.

BubbleCow.

Laura wrote that $2.99 sells four times as many books as $1.99. Gigaom.

So, it would seem that if you want to reach more people, between $2.99 and $3.99 is the price point you want to choose.

If that allows you to sell four times as many ebooks, then you can afford to have someone design a great cover, and an editor to make your words shine.

Quality added to a great price point, and some advertising should get your words maximum exposure.

Have you tried self-publishing yet? Have you published an e-book?

Or, are you still trying to decide?

Wayne

Have you noticed how much ‘culture’ has invaded the ‘church?’

Fellow Believers,

I walked into a Christian book store the other day, and as I walked in, guess what I heard?

“D!@#” Their ‘music station’ was using profanity like it was normal.

No one hit their thumb with a hammer, or anything reasonable …. just out in the open, blank!

Isn’t it getting that way in all of our Christian life?

San Antonio passed a law forcing Christians to endorse gays and their gay lifestyle. In New Mexico, a Christian florist was fined for not conducting a gay marriage …..

I pray for you, and I hope you will pray for us here as well.

But, Christian is Christ like, and Christ centered. It is not of the world, or of the flesh ….

Do you agree? Or, disagree?

Wayne

If you read the perfect book, what would it be like?

Readers?

What makes a book, well, ‘perfect?’

Is it the topic?

Is it the characters?

The plot?

Is character development more important to you than plot or characters?

Does it need action? Romance? Suspense? Is the genre important to you?

How about the theme, or the message behind the book?

Must the book be a ‘Christian book?’

I think everyone of us read differently. And because we read differently, there is a huge market for well written books.

But, I also think fewer writers today understand the dynamics of how a book attracts a reader than many of us readers understand it.

I used to read a book a day. Back when I was a slow reader, and before I broke my addiction.

One of the reasons breaking my addiction was so easy was the simple fact that it was terribly difficult to find good writers.

When you can read 30 books a month, you have to read more than one or even a dozen writers.

Asimov may have written 500 books, but most of his books were not very interesting to me, trust me, I thought he would last me at least a year.

Even some of the historic greats didn’t last me very long.

Good writers are difficult to find.

One of our focuses here will be helping other readers find good books, and good writers, to read.

We hope you enjoy the books!

Wayne

Review of Preacha!

Wanda Thomas Littles

I have never read a book quite like Preacha! Wanda Thomas Littles’ novel starts with a Tom Thumb wedding featuring 11-year-old Phillip “Preacha” Carver Jr. and his beautiful make-believe bride, Rita Prosser. The grand event takes place in the Shady Springs Missionary Baptist Church with church members and loved ones in attendance. Preacha possesses an extraordinary faith for a child of his age, but through that faith, many friends and relatives see God’s work at hand.

Littles writes in a unique genre of free verse that allows us to see this story come alive through the actual words of many different characters. In the same way, the twisting and turning of a variety of plots move us from suspense, to love, to tragedy and to humor. The characters, places, and events are drawn from the author’s own childhood, but it’s not her memoir. In Littles’ own words, it’s a “work of fiction steeped in a volatile era of change and challenge…during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement…” In Preacha!, we see a small

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southern community of the 1960s as they experience the bias that comes not

only from without (whites), but also from within (the fair skinned and the very dark) their own people.

Throughout Preacha!, we see families living through injustices as they are strengthened by God’s mercy and grace. Littles’ use of cultural language and emotional wording brings us closer to the action and gets us involved with a “community of people who rose above ignorance and hatred to be something better.” The subtle Christian undertones culminate in lessons learned as to how God moves in the lives of His people.

Preacha! is a page turner and a must read for all who question if God has a plan.

Note: Be sure to check out Wanda Little’s website for a trailer of her book. For a special treat, scan to bottom of the Video Takes page to meet the Preacha! team.

Review by Judy Watters

Should we have to read profane books?

Friends,

Who has not cursed?

But, does that mean that authors should only write books with profanity?  With pornography?  With graphic violence?

Shouldn’t we, the readers, be allowed our rights?

I think so.  But, I have attempted to read 20 books in the last year which had the ‘f-word’ in them.  Hundreds of blogs publicized by WordPress’ ‘Freshly Pressed’ page have been profane.

Do you long for good fiction without the sewage of our modern day?

Wayne

How to become a top bloggger

Have you ever wondered about how the ‘famous’ bloggers make it into the big time?

They blog often, all the time, and they blog well.

And at some point in time, they begin to advertise.

1.  Often depends upon you.  If you can blog 8 times a day every day, you will gain more readership than if you blog once a month.

2.  They blog all the time.  Yes, they may take off for a month here and there.  But, they always come back to blogging.  And their readers know that.

3.  They blog well.  Yes, you will find many ‘freshly pressed’ bloggers who do not blog well.  But, the top bloggers do blog well.

4.  They do not please everyone.  They write to their audience.  And their audience is wanting to read this particular author, even if they disagree with him or her.

This is the same reason Rush Limbaugh has thousands of listeners (fans) who are very liberal.  They happen to like his particular style, and voice.  And the same is true of Rachel Maddow.

The same is true of your blog.

5.  Do not be overly and intentionally offensive.  Be fair.  If you are unnecessarily rude to someone who disagrees with you, even the your readers who disagree with you will usually return less.

I learned that from watching bullies in fifth grade on the play ground.

6.  Advertisement …. well, if the blog software you are using is truly designed for blogging, you will gain readership through their blog of the day feature.

WordPress deactivated their advertising of all blogs in favor of advertising their preferred readers.

For good or bad, this means you will probably pay for advertising at some point in your career.  However, before that happens, you can also guest blog for other people.  You can conduct interviews of other bloggers on your web site.  So, there are still traditional blogging methods to advertise your blog over time.

We hope you become a great (better) blogger, and influence the world around us for Jesus Christ.

Admin.

Becoming a writer.

Have you ever wondered about becoming a Christian Writer?

There are many resources.  And there are MANY organizations to help you become a writer, and become a better writer.

I participate in a great group – CWGSA.  Now, San Antonio may be a bit far for you to travel.  But, there are writer’s organizations wherever you are.  Just google for one.