Book Pricing Rant (I hope other authors can relate)

I felt like this needed to be addressed and I hope that other published authors can relate. I have been getting some flack about the price of my paper copy book being $17.95 through Amazon. When I set up the book through Createspace and then KDP, the minimum price it allowed me to enter is $17.43. There are two categories with pricing – one is within Amazon and the other is through other sellers. Sure, I make more through purchases on Amazon, but it is not comparable to the EBook version, which I am selling for $4.99.

Part of the reason that the prices differ so greatly is because of the book itself. Obviously, a physical copy is going to cost more to produce than simply hosting an electronic version. And yes, I make more per book than I would if I had traditionally published Purpose. Either way, authors are artists who get very little comparatively.

If you think about it, tattoo artists get paid hundreds for their craft. Don’t get me wrong, it is well-deserved. I have a few tattoos and plan on getting more, gladly paying the money for another piece of art on my skin. Artists who sell stuff on Etsy charge for their time and their craft as well, which is why you tend to spend a bit more than if you were to purchase a similar item on a mass-produced website.

That is to be expected. If you provide a service and hand-craft something, you should charge more than something that a machine makes. Us authors spend years on our own craft, creating worlds, and working diligently to create a story. Hours of drafting, editing, and rewriting for one final copy, and I am charging $17.95 for a Print Copy.

What are your thoughts? I am open to hearing your opinions! 🙂

Quick Update on My Novel!

I apologize for not posting as frequently as I would like. I have been extremely busy with trying to finish edits for my book. Now, the story has been handed off to my amazing Beta Readers for a month and a half. All that I have left on my checklist is obtain a Copyright for the novel and have a Cover designed. When those tasks are completed, it will be ready for publication!!! I hope you are as excited as I am!

What shall I do during my free time now? I suppose I shall start the first draft of Book 2 – Preservation. Of course, I will try to post on here at least 2x per week with new writing prompts, tips, and updates. If you have any topics you would like me to cover, please let me know!

Enjoy your day today! 🙂 I will be posting again soon.