When I first came into the industry with my novel A Thug’s Redemption in 2012, I noticed a lot of authors were selling their ebooks on Kindle, Nook and other sites for $0.99. I said to myself, how the hell can anyone make money off of their books selling them for so cheap? But then other authors told me and I also read in various blogs that gave promotional tips for indie-authors, that pricing an ebook at $0.99 was a good way for new authors to reach readers. So I tried it a couple of times and sold quite a few books. But I didn’t like it then, and I don’t like it now.
A lot of readers are becoming too cheap and it’s sad. And honestly it’s not entirely all their fault when indie authors are placing numerous books in front of them costing next to nothing. After a while, they’ve come to expect books to be $0.99 or God forbid, FREE! Shenanigans. I can see if it is a book that is 125-200 pages long. But a full length novel! SHENANIGANS! Once kindle takes their cut, we get a whopping $0.35. Put some respek on my books. $0.99 ain’t happening. And if that means I lose out of a portion of readers, so be it. My work is worth more than $0.99 and unless it’s a pre-sale for a book I’m getting ready to launch, if it’s more than 300 pages, it’s going to cost between $4.99 & $6.99 for ebook and $15 for paperback. And to me, that is a fair price. I’ve seen authors charge $15 for ebooks. $4.99 is still cheaper than a pack of cigarettes in most cities. Hell it’s cheaper than a meal from Mckey Dees. Put some respek on my books!
On a serious note, I know there are probably plenty of quality books out that authors price at $0.99 for marketing purposes and in part because some don’t know their worth. But I look at $0.99 ebooks the way I look at any dollar store. Most of the shit in the dollar store is cheap, falls apart and is of poor quality. Sadly a lot of $0.99 ebooks I’ve come across were the same way- cheap, stories fell apart because there was no real structure and the quality of the story was just poor. No shade though. *Shrugs* it is what it is.
Hello everyone and thanks for check out my blog. I have so much to catch you all up on since it has literally been just about nine months since the last time I made a blog post. I have to do better. I have been quite busy with a few things going on. For starters, there is a new edition to my family. On September 11, 2014 at 2:54am, I gave birth to a precious baby girl. She weighed 7lbs 2oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. She has been such a joy these last seven months and her big brother and big sister absolutely adore her. I named her Dallas and she is just awesome. I call her Lil’ Foot because when she was first born, she had the cutest little feet and the name just stuck with her. Now when I say to her “Look at my Little Foot”, she just starts grinning from ear to ear showing all of her gums. Yes indeed she is a joy. Since I started this blog post speaking of one of my children, I might as well do an update on them all. Demetrius started kindergarten this year. And it’s so funny because my oldest, Destiny, started school on September 8th. My water broke during the evening of September 10th and then my son started kindergarten September 15th. So as you can imagine, there really was no resting for me at all. But that is quite alright because I’m used to it. But anyways, he cried and it almost tore my heart to pieces. Quite a few times I wanted to scoop him up from the line and take him back home with me. He didn’t do the fall out screaming and crying, it was the way he would look back at me with those big brown eyes becoming all teary and it looked like he was saying, “Please don’t leave me.” Ugh, it killed my soul. But maybe two weeks after he started, I took him to school, he hopped out the truck and haul assed to the school yard. I’m like well damn Demetrius! No hug, no “see you later mom”, just took off running so he could be with his new friends. That’s my little man, always looking to help, always asking if there is anything he can do for me. And lastly of course, there is my mini me; Little Miss Destiny. She is still playing the piano, participated in two talent shows playing John Legend’s All of Me in the first show and getting a standing ovation. I was so damn nervous I didn’t even realize that I wasn’t recording until she was playing the second first. And it was so dope that the kids in the auditorium was singing along with her as she played. It was like seeing her put on a show for a concert. The last show she participated in, not only did she receive a standing ovation (I remembered to record) but she took first prize over 18 total performers. That was so dope… but then I was summoned to her classroom because prior to the show she had some behavior issues… and wrote “REVOLUTION” on one of the damn chairs. SMH. The only thing I could say to myself was she’s been watching too many Black Panther documentaries and too many Tupac interviews. That girl loves her some Tupac. Like mother like daughter. Now! On to the book updates!! A Thug’s Redemption has a new cover that was designed by me. Though I designed the last cover, I absolutely HATED IT!! But this new over right here is EVERYTHING!!
When I first finished it, I couldn’t stop staring at it. It looks so much better than the previous book covers and I am definitely going to stick with this one. In an earlier blog post I mentioned how much I detest the idea of selling my books for .99cents. Especially since every last one of my novels are full length novels over 300 pages, vividly written with awesome story-lines and great characters. While I am a new author, the quality of my work is much higher than .99cents. Unfortunately (and I say this with the utmost respect) I am working with a great promoter and marketing specialist who advised me that because I am new and A Thug’s Redemption has not reach the popular status that it deserves, it would be in my best interest to do a .99 cent promotion for a month and promote the hell out of it. She tried to make me feel better by reminding me that because it is the first of a trilogy, not only will sales increase for that books, but the sequels as well. So far she is correct, but I still don’t like the idea of selling my work so cheap. You can imagine that I can’t wait for the month of April to be over so I can go back to my regular price LOL. Sorry readers, but my work is too good, it’s like I’m selling myself short. And while I know readers want to save money, at the end of the day this is a business I am running, the object is to make money and the goal is to be able to take care of my family. A lot of readers don’t understand what comes with putting a book out; the cost of ISBNs, barcodes, copyrights, editing, printing, advertisements, marketing, promotions and travel expenses for book signings out of town. So unless fifty thousand people are buying an ebook for 99 cents every month, it is not financially smart to sell a book for .99 cents.
I did try some new sites to promote my book with and I must say they did not generate the results I was looking for. In a later post, I will list the names of those advertisements that I used for those who want to give them a try. What may not have generated the results I was looking for may not be the same for the next person so, Good luck!
I am now the host of BRPP’s Sistahs with Purpose blogtalk radio show and I must say, for the last couple of weeks, the show has been HOT, HOT, HOT! We have had discussions on interracial dating, how to uplift the Black Man and get him back to be the leaders of our households and communities, and last week we did a show on side chicks which sparked a lot of conversations as well as a new radio show I will be hosting on Saturday nights called “Erotica Unmasked”.
My partner in crime for Sistahs with Purpose which airs every Wednesday night from 9pm-11pm EST, is my sister who goes by the name “Why Yet” and my partner in crime for “Erotica Unmasked” will be So F’n Buttery who is a long time childhood friend of both myself and Why Yet. That show will be airing Saturday nights from 8pm-10pm. So before you leave for the club or while you’re getting fancy for a night out with the fellas or a night out with your home-girls, be sure to tune in to the spicy chats we will be having
Tonight on Sistahs with Purpose, we will be interviewing Author Yara Kaleemah where she will be telling us all about her awesome books as well as her new company SWAG which stands for “Strong Women Achieving Greatness”. Join the Event Page to post comments and questions and call in 773-897-6297 to speak with this amazing young lady. As usual there will be open mic, laughs and lots of love.
That is all for this blog post today. In my next post, I might be nice enough to share a sneak preview of a new novel I am working won. I know many of my readers were looking forward to my BDSM/Fetish novel “Ebony Femme Fatal” but I had to take a small break from that one. I don’t like to force my writing. Stay tuned for more! Peace!
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