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Fine Art America Gallery – FNDZGR

Little Book of Insurrection cover

Print version of The Little Book of Insurrection or the Poetry of My Discontent on Amazon- ZW7PQU3K

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Ebook of Penumbra on Smashwords – GZ97E

Pricing Ebooks – An Indie Author Must

As self-published authors and independent creators, we have to determine the value of our work.  And, as I’ve discovered along the way on many creative endeavors, the price point you set can be entirely arbitrary.  Someone who is willing to pay $10 for a high-quality print would probably be willing to pay $15 or $20 if it was on slightly better paper, whereas someone who would balk at $15 would probably do the same at the $10 price point.  Someone willing to spend $50 on original artwork would probably be willing to spend $75, but there’s a chance you might not even be noticed if you only charge $25.

For ebook pricing, there seems to be a few different mindsets.  I personally feel that ebooks should be priced with affordability in mind.  I think it’s terrible that some publishers charge the same for an ebook as they do for a print book when production costs are so much lower.  And you never have to order new editions.  Once the digital file is completed, there you go.

And since I am a Virgo, and I love make rules for myself to follow, I have come up with this little chart for myself as a price point for ebooks.  Maybe it will help you.  This is why I am sharing.

Word Count


Under 10,000

                  $ .99

10,001 to 40,000

$ 1.99

40,001 to 99,999

$ 2.99

100,000 to 149,999

$ 3.99

And obviously, if I ever wrote an epic of massive proportions, I would continue pricing accordingly.

When it comes to collections, though, I’m not sure how I’d price it.  If I had ten short stories in a collection that I was selling each individually for $.99 but collectively they were still under 100,000 words, I think I would charge more than the $2.99 price point.  That’s a bridge to cross when I get to it though.

How do you determine your pricing?  Do you try to calculate time involved?

New Review of Penumbra at Little Ebook Reviews

Paul Little of Little Ebook Reviews reviewed Penumbra for me.  Check it out here.  I’m very happy that he enjoyed the story!  And as an aside, I love Paul’s mission statement:

I want to use this blog to review some of the content that is available online that may not necessarily get attention otherwise.


Paul Little

And as a reminder, you can purchase Penumbra at Amazon and Smashwords, as well as many other retailers through the Smashwords affiliate program.

Some Ebook Formatting Self-Publishing Tips

These are a smattering of tips (in no special order) that could be helpful to you when formatting/publishing your ebook.

  1. If you plan to upload both on Smashwords and Amazon (and I recommend you do), format for Smashwords first because it is FAR more difficult to format correctly for Smashwords.  Then just save a new copy for Amazon and switch out the verbiage on your title page.
  2. If you haven’t already written your work in a properly formatted template, it is helpful to copy and paste your document into notepad first and then copy and paste it into the formatted document.
  3. Save your settings as “ebook” and learn to write directly in this style if you are planning on publishing with frequency.
  4. Smashwords requires you to use preset indenting at the start of each paragraph, NOT tabs.  So, if you wrote using tab (which I did, derp), you must find/remove all tabs.
  5. To properly format for HTML settings (this is what held me up on releasing my book), if you are working in Microsoft Word (possibly true for other programs), you MUST hit enter before you Page Break or else it won’t work.

These were the sticky points for me.  So I’m sharing my new-found knowledge with you!

Penumbra is now available!

Penumbra is available for download at Amazon and Smashwords!

Description: Fed up with the dirty city and a disenchanting life as a fashion model, Beauty’s world is at least safe. But the illusion of safety shatters the night that she frees herself from her self-imposed fears only to be thrust into the magical underbelly of the city, where forces that want to save humanity and evil beings that want to feed off humanity’s despair fight for balance and power.

Forced from both the comforts and the trappings of her old life, now hunted by a cadre of sinister, rat-faced business men, Beauty’s only hope is to join with a strange magical ally. Together, with the help of fae creatures in unlikely guises, they must seek out an enchanted, improbable artifact that can heal the city before evil tips the balance, once and for all.

This powerful coming-of-age fairy tale follows the path of a young heroine who chooses to take fate into her own hands for the first time in her life, and of the consequences that her choice has on the magical beings of the city.

Warning: I’ve been told by several beta readers that they had intended to read Penumbra over several sittings but ended up getting so sucked into the story that they read it all at once.

I would have had this out last week, but it took me forever to get the HTML formatting on Smashwords correct.  Turns out that you have to hit enter BEFORE hitting page break!  So now I know.

Now begins the fun of submitting this to reviewers, getting set up on Goodreads, and updating all my social media sites.  Woo-ha!

By the way, if you are a book reviewer and would like a free copy of Penumbra, feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to send you one.