Bo's Cafe Life

Weekend Edition-On Selling Books

Posted in Uncategorized by Wayne on June 23, 2012

My collection of funny pieces, A KILO OF CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES, is on sale now!

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  1. calamityjen1 said, on June 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Reblogged this on A Modern Calamity.

  2. Sarah W said, on June 23, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    The sad thing is, i clock in that many online hours anyway . . .

  3. Margaret Y. said, on June 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Oh, ouch. It’s so painful when Bo is correct.

  4. Persephone said, on June 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    It actually causes me pain to see so many authors selling their work for low rates. I (kind of) understand why they are doing it, but the race to de-value their work seems all wrong. I doubt many of us would do our day jobs for even those amounts per hour so why–can anyone really tell me why–is the hard work that is put into writing seen as less worthy? Because it is something we want to do and no one is going to value it at what we think it’s worth? It’s all personal choice, of course, but this trend makes me feel sad.

    • Wayne E. said, on June 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      I 100% agree with you, Persephone. And thanks for your comment–I appreciate it!

    • Andrew Girle said, on June 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Actually I don’t see the low rate argument as being particularly valid. If you are trying to earn a reasonable rate of return per hour invested, then it is the sales you make not the sticker price that matters. If you only sell one copy at $3.50 for 23 hours work (Gavin’s situation!), before considering the effort spent in creating the work (one hour? a year?) then would he not have been better off pricing at $.99 and selling maybe five copies? Same amount of effort, but more return. Sure, more people have the product for less, but the dollars in the pocket are higher.

      • Wayne E. said, on June 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

        Interesting point! Gavin has a $0.99 Kindle eBook and gets 35%. He has sold 10 books.

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