Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tip O'Day #314 - She's Got Niggles

Guest blogger Dawn Torrens on indie pricing.

Life is full of niggles. In the publishing world, I have one specific niggle. As an indie author I feel self-published authors are pricing their hard work and lovingly written books far too low. I personally feel that 99c or 99p should be reserved for short term promotions. This ludicrous low pricing of indie books is under-valuing our work. If someone wants to buy your book after reading the synopsis, they will whether it’s priced at 99p or £2.99 - which is still a great price.

I have had this discussion with many people. They all agreed on one thing; if they want a book, they will buy it. They won’t necessarily buy a book just because it’s free or priced very low. I have read many great e-books over the last 12 months that I would have gladly paid more for.

As a writer and avid reader of many genres, I will buy a book based on the concept not the price.

Learn more about Dawn at her website or her FB author page.


  1. Good point and I agree. I wrote a similar blog on pricing an eBook and felt I would charge $2.99 for mine and anything less would cheapen it.

  2. I agree. If we don't value ourselves with a reasonable price, why would potential readers? You know that saying - A rising tide lifts all boats? Well, it can work in reverse, too. Great post.