Parallax: New Developments

I’ve learned a lot about self-publishing over the past year and I found a large portion of it to be disillusioning, to say the least. Book Covers, Promoting, when to give it away and how much to charge. But that’s the sandbox I’ve chosen to play in and as the saying goes, when in Rome…

I love all my books, but Parallax holds a special place in my heart because of all the stories I’ve yet to work on, it was the biggest joy and pain in the butt that I ever dealt with in my creative writing history. So many starts and stops before everything came together in its current form. An evolution, really, and I’ve learned from each misstep that I’ve taken along the way and become a better writer and publisher because of it.

A major sticking point with putting Parallax out there was the pricing. How much to charge for the novel? I remember batting around a wide range of prices before initially settling on $4.99 for the Kindle Version. $1 for each 100 pages seemed fair at the time, but I’ve noticed a slump in sales which has forced me to reevaluate that number.

So, in honor of Parallax’s new cover, I decided to drop the price for the Kindle Version to $2.99 for the rest of its lifespan, however long that may be. I know it probably seems low for a 400-page novel, but honestly, I’m not in this purely for the money. If lowering the price means getting it in more hands to be read and reviewed, then so be it. Everything I do in this endeavor is in essence, an experiment. If it works, then I’m doing it right. If not, then another re-evaluation might be in order. I’m a writer, not a salesman.

The next development I am considering is paid advertising. I know, right? I’m putting out feelers to different areas to see what it may cost to run ads. Yes, I believe in Parallax that much to be investing so heavily in its success. It’s a great story that deserves to be read.

In any case, my online time will certainly not be boring for a while. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “Parallax: New Developments

  1. This is all stuff I’m thinking about, too. Book 4 is nearly ready to go and I was considering some of the promotions I do with kdp like maybe doing a giveaway of the first book in the series or something.

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  2. I think 4.99 is a good price for a novel, as my erotic shorts are priced at 2.99 (some people say that’s high, but you need it that high to get the 70% royalties and what you will lose in sales you will make up in royalties. And fans of that genre are pretty used to paying that price anyway). I also think that enrolling your book in KU is a good option for those who want a more economic price.

    However, I think you’re right about the end goal. That it isn’t about the money, it’s about getting more people to read it. So I hope the lower price works out for you!

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    • I’ve been in KU from the beginning. I’ve also been revamping my keywords using some suggestions I picked up on a website that’s about boosting rankings. We’ll see how that goes. Honestly, I’m moving into areas that I have little to no past experience with so I’m moving at a snail’s pace while I learn what the heck I’m doing. On the pricing thing, I’ve always wanted to keep the prices low because I recognize that I am relatively unknown and need to compensate for that. I chuckled a little at your use of the phrase “erotic shorts”….hehe.

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