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Is the 99 cent price tag now a kiss of death?


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In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 3:50:25 PM PDT
@Mitford: Have you noticed the mass exodus to the GoodReads forums? What? I wonder if the Zon realizes what the lack of moderation and attention to the forum is probably costing them? Hmmm? A person who used to spend an hour or two here, and had time to make impulse purchases, is now on another site? I would think at some point the Zon would GET it. Sigh, I guess not.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 3:51:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 8:05:50 PM PDT
Aaaaand of course, as soon as I click on another post in this forum, there's debjane self-promoting.

Little hint: probably not many of us readers left around to respond to this behavior any more, but there are LOTS of lurkers still and self-promoters immediately go on most customers' no-buy lists.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 3:55:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 3:58:38 PM PDT
You're right G - I pretty much gave up a couple of weeks ago. Let the MOA-lite folks enjoy talking to themselves & sell each other their books here as well...

Posted on May 13, 2012 3:56:18 PM PDT
sophie says:
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Posted on May 13, 2012 3:58:09 PM PDT
No doubt I'll get deleted - but heck, it's refreshingly freeing when you pay absolutely no attention to Amazon's rules for posting...

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 4:00:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 4:31:22 PM PDT
It's a LOVELY forum for readers, not for self-promoting authors. Believe it or not, you make a name for yourself by your posts (yours were deleted by Amazon). Post in the right place debjane, and the carp won't follow you. Take the stance of victim who did the whole "door to door" salesperson thing? Well then, you look foolish, and have already made a name for yourself. Congrats, and PLEASE don't take the victim stance; you make your own reputation.

ETA: You have just made a complete mockery of yourself. You have been deleted on two different posts for spamming. And you talk about a lovely forum? Get a good lay of the land before you show your self-pubbed backside; it is not okay to spam and then complain that you aren't welcome with open arms. Disgusting debjane, very disgusting; feel free to complain when you have broken every rule on the fora.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 4:03:57 PM PDT
And I am a stubborn fool for trying to sway things, when the writing is on the wall. The truly funny thing is that the self-pubs who are infiltrating this forum don't really get it....it will become a wasteland of self-pub to self-pub talk and recs, and the readers will be GONE. Way to go self-pubs!!! If things go this way, then you will have this forum all to yourselves, and you can spam your books and issues amongst yourselves, and the READERS? They will be on another site that does NOT allow spam. Congrats.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 4:11:20 PM PDT
"I find it all very useful information so i don't see the problem."

Debjane, the problem is that this information is not useful to us readers and this is a readers forum.

All over here, everywhere you look are readers talking about books. Not about how much authors are making from them. Since there is an appropriate place for such discussions at the MOA, it irritates readers that these discussions take place here, in their house.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 4:14:57 PM PDT
And I am fool for not realiziing that debjane has been spamming on the children's books forum (deleted) and now on this forum (I was going to post it, but it was deleted by the Zon 4 minutes ago!).

Posted on May 13, 2012 4:44:16 PM PDT
D .Smith says:
Iam a big reader spend way to much on books ,but I do not see from a readers stand point 99 cents as the kiss of death.Yes many new up becoming authors will scream 99 cents no way I am better then that.I like to find newbies and give them a chance in the hugh market of ebooks hitting web sites.I have paid for many self published books by having the first time book being 99 cents, so many are terrible sorry true all the same.If your in the area of books I like to read how you market and leave a little intro of what it is about and holds my interest for by the time Iam done reading it yep I will give you a chance and be willing to pay more for your next ebook.If you do well that not going to worry about comma's missed placed hugh mess forget it.make a good story hold my attention you will have a fan from your time writing as a author for ever.(99 does not cheap a ebook bad spelling missed places words no plot or tossed out in 5 min you will not be given a dime.If you have a bio pages even small tells me something maybe you wrote or hobbie helps .99 cents by 50 people is better then 2.99 and no hits at all in the start up you can always change you prices later if the hits are very good.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 5:19:23 PM PDT
D .Smith says:
debjane, please if your a author which means you can read stop spamming in every thread.
I think by now authors old new know where moa is made just for all authors so you can spam each other to the death. I as a buyer /reader can find are way to new up coming authors, on are own

We asked for a spam free area because tha amount of spam being pushed in are mouth till we are sick.
It has been made thousands of ways and till tastes no better,so making up new spam [names}ways of trying to slip on in does not work.Everything can be found some are much better in spotting spoiled spam then others.Readers /buyers ect hate being sick 24 hours of non eating spam on any site would be such a joy.By now I would think all the spam makers them selfs get sick of being tossed out in the trash or off amazon

Posted on May 13, 2012 5:21:46 PM PDT
Quinton Blue says:
In the early days of Kindle, I think 99 cents was a draw but the novelty is gone. I wrote a nonfiction sports book (under a different name) and wasn't selling many at 99 cents. An acquaintance who owns a publishing firm suggested I bump up the price. I set it at $2.99 and sold many more. But I also have a novel out and it hasn't moved at any price, not even free (so far in the past few days) under Amazon Prime. Fiction is just tougher to market. As a reader, I read mostly fiction. I use the Kindle sample feature to test a book before buying. Price means nothing to me as a reader because the biggest investment when you buy a book is time. Time is either well-spent or it is wasted. I'd much rather lose a little money than lose time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 5:59:00 PM PDT
D .Smith says:
quinton blue ,have you to put the book out as free for all not just for prime members only.So many people do not have the prime service it cost money and now days seems to be on the short side for alot of readers.I think thats why free downloads are so big can you not have it free for a short time a day ,or like maybe a morning do they let you do this.I read all my free downloads many do not but download hey it is free so what who cares.Authors do care and want readers maybe try to become fans.Some times so many free ones a down right unreable thats why it is tossed out I give them a big chance depends on pages how long.I find so many new authors on the free deals it pushed some long time big time authors to make me shut the door on them.Like books sounding the same storys all the same just use different names.Price does not me I will not buy it I have to like the sample if one or the topic it falls in.

The 99 cent is kind of a novelty like you said above but still many will give a shot if it crap not alot spent . if only way your books is seen by prime try putting it at at the shortest time allowed and post in the areas you can so you do not get it with ugly tasting spam.I look daily in area to see whats new and day it it comes out.sorry meaning like romance area sports, history where ever it fits.Something is causing your book not to move can it be the prime ?

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 7:25:24 PM PDT
Quinton Blue says:
Thanks D. You might be right about Prime being too narrow. I tried it because a novelist who moved several hundred books told me Prime helped him, but he's done a lot more marketing than I have.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 7:48:38 PM PDT
James, I would love our critique of my metadata. I struggle with that. it's Randy Attwood.

Posted on May 13, 2012 7:53:44 PM PDT
This whole thread belongs on the MOA. There is nothing here to interest the reader.

Posted on May 13, 2012 8:33:18 PM PDT
After reading all the posts, I'm curious about something. If I'm correct the original person who started this thread was asking all comers (readers and authors) about the .99 being the kiss of death, at least that was my understanding. As both an author and a reader I understand the origins of this line, what I don't understand is the hostility towards the originator and authors who chose to click on the subject question, read the posts, and respond. The hostility towards anyone who wants reader feedback doesn't seem to make sense. I would love to be a part of an authors work, no matter how little the contribution. I am not talking about those who abuse the forum with ads and self promotions without being asked of course...

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 8:57:07 PM PDT
Because the entire thread is geared toward marketing books. Which subject belongs on the MOA.

Posted on May 13, 2012 10:17:43 PM PDT
Liam Phoenix says:
I've bought quite a few books because of the quality of a free offering by an author, but for some reason it just doesn't seem to work with me when they sell a book for a buck. If you have more than one book I'd say to give out the first of your work and price the rest normally, if that first book is of sufficient quality it will sell the rest of your work.

Books for a buck are far too often horribly written and poorly edited junk that are worth less than many free offerings, even if yours are not they will suffer from being lumped in with all of the rest of the junk that tries to sneak in at a price low enough so people will buy without being angry enough to write scathing reviews if it is terrible.

Posted on May 13, 2012 10:20:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 10:22:09 PM PDT
So what you are saying basically, is that authors shouldn't ask readers what constitutes a reasonable price for an ebook because this area is for readers only? So will readers go to MOA and peruse the subjects and answer author questions there? Based on the hostility here I doubt that will happen, which again I find strange since the question was asked to both. Is there an exclusive forum that both readers and authors are
welcome (minus ads of course)? If there is I'm afraid that I am
unaware of it. I often give hard copies of my work to various friends
and others who ask in order to get feedback. I'd like to do that here
but it seems that that would only serve to increase hostilities from the
very people I would like to share my work with or sell my work to in the first place.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 11:51:47 PM PDT
Irish reader says:
Not sure I see a problem with this either - and clearly, neither do plenty of readers. It's a legitimate question, one unlikely to be answered in the MOA, and if you're unhappy with the subject-matter, you can always ignore the thread in question. Policing misbehaving authors is one thing. Policing friendly interaction between readers and authors on a subject of genuinely mutual importance to both? Hmmm....

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 12:01:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 12:24:31 AM PDT
G J Peters says:
Debjane, I have found using Facebook and setting up a page has been very useful. The topic of 99c appears to be getting two worlds of thought here. Interesting.

Posted on May 14, 2012 12:16:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 12:33:22 AM PDT
Jonathon K says:
As a reader, I have bought quite a few books for $0.99. To me, I think I classify them as essentially free, so anything which catches my eye becomes fair game. On the other extreme, I have read posts here in the forum which piqued my interest, and I have gone to that book and been even more intrigued, but then I see a $9.99 Kindle price, and I pass.

As an author, I have a few books available through Amazon. But even with a $6.00 Kindle price, the electronic versions were not moving much. I put one on KDP, gave it away for free for a couple of days, and now have it at $0.99. And it is selling. I have received a few favorable reviews as well, which is gratifying.

I am not in this for royalties. I just want people to read my work. So for me, the $0.99 price is exactly what I want.

Posted on May 14, 2012 12:20:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 12:27:43 AM PDT
Tom Tiding says:
Jonathan, I agree. There's a very easy answer to the OP's question. Take a look at Amazon's Top 100: 26 of the books in the top 100 are 99 cent books. There are plenty of readers interested in books at that price point. Whether or not that's optimal for authors is another question (and one that probably makes more sense to discuss elsewhere).

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 1:13:27 AM PDT
sophie says:
thanks so much for the tips
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