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Book Pricing and Self-publishing

Updated on April 6, 2017
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Write and Self-publish your stories

Most writers think they can be perfect writers; however, perfection is not always achieved in writing.

I learned and researched about Self-publishing and have earned my way to a substantial amount of cash.

When I found Hubpages I slowed down on self-publishing more eBooks or kindles.

I focused on writing daily here to have that continuous income. My time spent on Hubpages has given me just what I needed from my writing.

1. My self-worth and many lessons have come my way.

2. A steady platform for my work, a good community that had noticed my writing.

3. I had improved my writing skills in producing hubs daily. I have earned fairly well on this site.

I have a stable income and have reached that goal with my personal experiences.

I comment on as many hubs as I can and when possible.

I had an idea of self-publishing my new book and which is currently on kindle.

I have sold many copies on kindle and now feel the need to republish in book form.

I am going on a slow process. I prefer this book to be perfect published in color with photos and with a nice glossy cover.

During this procedure the pricing of the book took me by surprise.

· What does the Expanded Distribution has to offer me?

I have an opportunity to gain a larger audience to more online stores, and many other bookstores. It includes other outlets such as libraries and learning institutions.

All of which are within the United States of America.

A few years ago when I self-published my first book I did not succeed and had to delete it.

My poor experience in having my book self published had let me down.

The lack of knowledge did not get my book on that bookshelf as I would have wanted to.

I tried again and had succeeded but did not select the Expanded Distribution.

I did not introduce my book to the many channels as explained.

This time around I have a better chance and can afford to take my book to all levels.

I now know that the book pricing should be carefully thought of. It depends on the genre of the book and in which category.

The book price must be worth the information provided to readers.

Anyone can view my book online. It has to be up to the standard of what the reader is going to buy it.

For example:

If the book is on the World of herbs and Indian Spices would you pay forty dollars for that book?

What you pay for is what you get.

If you buy cheap books you can fall hard on not getting what you actually wanted from that book. Information provided should be well-researched and in detail.

If you had experimented with herbs and know what you are looking for the price of forty dollars can be worthy to your reader. Especially when speaking from your own experiences.

Competitions with books are still in the light and you need to watch how you price that book.

The market place is not always a guarantee for selling your book. Setting the book price too high can be one of the biggest mistakes for self-publishing.

Consider the retail price and compare your title to other tiles before setting your final book price.

· Is your book of great value to set the price at forty dollars?

· The book must be of great help to cost that much, right!

An attractive book a with great presentation can sell at a high price providing the information is of help to the reader.

Novels or books like fiction books are usually cheaper than non-fiction books.

A Non-fiction book of two hundred pages can be an expensive book in comparison to fiction writing.

· So, is your book worth forty dollars?

Selling electronic versions of your book can sound a better idea though still most people do prefer to read a book.

Some of the cheap work can leave you disappointed.

· The length of the book does carry a reader's attention.

· Overall this is a beginner's hub.

One should consider that free eBook promotions are not all going well there are far too many on the market.

Most readers don't want to be familiar with a cheap book. The good content usually goes for the higher price.

I did not know much about the book pricing. My impatient ideas got hurried me to get my work self-published without hesitating

I learned that many aspects contribute to my decision.

I had to choose the retail price correctly and had to consider the trim size of the book

The actual amount of pages had to correspond with the whole feature of the book.

I had to keep my mind on that competition out there about books and books.

The manufacturing costs had to be noted during this process.

· Who are my audiences?

When setting my final price I had to think about the retail procedure also, of the corporate buyers.

The price of my book is more in the way I approach the situation as in the form of an art.

· For example:

When you take to art you do this with proper thought with a picture in mind of how you would want to display your art.

The same goes for writing an art of you.

I priced my book based on its value. I know the value of my book and it will show people the true meaning in using herbs, and Indian Spices.

It has a good quality and a quantity thoroughly researched, and from my personal experiences.

I did not price my book according to other book prices.

If I had priced my book in the similar range as of the other books, readers would think the information is exactly the same.

Don't make the competitive books a problem to you.

Know what you are giving to your readers don't fool them.

Don't think of only the money when self-publishing. Set your mind on another level like use the opportunity as a hobby.

You will be amazed of you will enjoy going ahead with your project.

Make a note of your ideas and see for yourself the difference it can make in your life.

Writing is ones dream and that can go on forever.

· Have you watched the movie ''Being Flynn,'' based on a true story?

· Robert De Niro acts as the dad and Paul Dano acted out as the son.

Nick Flynn is the son of Jonathan Flynn. Nick works at homeless shelters.

The son has a hope of being a writer and the father had that dream for a long time.

· A wonderful story!

· Writers would understand this movie and know what it is like to dream of being a writer.

You are writing and want your book to be published by a traditional company or to self-publish or else you won't go through all those obstacles.

It is no problem to look for a certain margin of profits.

Your main focus is to know what you will earn annually from your book.

· What would be your profit margin on each book sold?

Your book is based on what your readers find interesting and useful to them.

They are buying your book to find the value that you have presented. Not just the price also in what you have written.

The aim is to make your book available where it is not found.

· Where won't you find your book?

· For example:

You won't find your book non-bookstore retailers, or in non-retail buyers or in the many corporations and associations.

Going through the distribution channels will help me sell my book and have my book available in places where it is not found.

I am trying something new and am really enjoying my new project. Writing has showed me many aspects of my life.

I enjoy learning something new each day and that shows me that stronger individual who I have become over the years.

Write and Learn from your mistakes

Would you price your book at forty dollars?

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Some interesting factors to consider. You have made some good points here.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you have a pleasurable experience. I doubt that I will self-publish again. I'm tired of that process, and I really want to be published by one of the big publishing houses.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I have to admit that my book is not worth forty dollars. To be honest, I should probably lower the price to get some sales.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      If I publish a book it will probably be poetry and cheaper than $40. There was some good information here though Devika and I am impressed that you have already self-published. I wish you well on your next book also.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      I am about to do a Pets book and some detective fiction! Reading this!

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      This is great info Devika, I'm sure a lot of writers will benefit from this great info. Thank you.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Devika , I have never even considered publishing a book in any form but I have bookmarked this article in case I ever do and need inspiration. So glad that you have continued to progress and having admitted mistakes, I believe you have the skill and tenacity to do very well indeed. Voted up interesting and very useful.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Ann thank you kindly for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you for sharing what you want so directly.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MarleneB information that is valuable or well-researched for any reader will need to be priced according to. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah so glad you came by I appreciate such great words from you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thank you for stopping by here. Writing is such a pleasure and so interesting if you don't make money a priority.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      word55 thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L. Thank you for commenting I so appreciate the vote up, interesting, and useful at my hubs.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Very interesting article! And food for thought!!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AudreyHowitt Thank you for commenting here.

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      Erin Bower 2 years ago from Georgia

      There is some great information for those that want to start their writing career. I voted this up and useful!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Devika, go girl! A very useful hub, you are much more adventurous than I am. I'm not keen on doing ebooks, but I would love to publish a novel or a book of poetry one day. Good luck to you, I hope you do well, keep us informed. My best.

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      There are so many options these days. I enjoy self-publishing but I might try a publishing house in the future!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the interesting ideas, Devika. You've given me some great things to think about

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      Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

      I haven't really considered self-publishing. I'm still too busy working on improving my writing skills :) Thanks for the tips though. I shall need the information in your article one day hopefully.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ebower Thank you for the vote up, and useful I appreciate your kindness.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tobusiness Thank you greatly for such kind words I appreciate your thoughts here.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      epbooks Writing has opened my mind to many options. and I none to lose here. Hope you pursue your writing career in this challenging publishing world. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC Thank you very much for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Maggie.L thank you kindly for sharing your thoughtful comment.

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      Beth Perry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      DDE, very interesting take on the subject, and I wish you all the success in the world in your sales!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I am now venturing into the world of writing ebooks, and I think I am going to price my first book rather cheaply to see what the market will bear, then gradually go up in price from there depending on my success or failure. Thank you for the tips you have given us from your experience.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      bethperry So kind of you to come by here. Thank you for sharing your thoughts at my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Mel Carriere I want to try different aspects of publishing not only the traditional publishers. Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and ideas. I'm impressed that you've already ventured into the world of self-publishing. Not always an easy thing to accomplish.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway You are so right and challenges are wort my time. Thank you for sharing your valuable views at my hubs.

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      As always, great tips and advice.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      KoffeeKlatch Gals so great to read your words here thank you

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips on publishing a book and arriving at the right price, thank you for sharing.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      These are all good questions to think about for anyone contemplating publishing an ebook.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are great tips on self publishing and book pricing. I learnt a lot from this hub.

      Thanks for your advice!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Vellur thank you for sharing your comment here I am sure by now you have an idea of what is required for this experience.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ologsinquito thank you very much

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan I try to do my best to inform my readers of my personal experiences and of how my work can help others in most ways. Thank you.

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      jtrader 2 years ago

      Those are certainly good questions for us to ask ourselves. Smart pricing makes for better sales.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi jtrader your opinions are valuable to me as all of the rest are so kind of you to come by here.

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      Maree Michael Martin 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Good luck with getting your next book published. Great research on the proper pricing categories.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ruby H Rose I am so glad to read a comment from you. Thank you for sharing your opinion here.

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      Kim 2 years ago

      Wow;Your pictures are amanzig to showcase Rome and its amanzig looking cuisine, makes me jealous i love the pics they are gorgeous.hope you are having a good time it sure looks like you are!!!Enjoy your stay.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Kim Great comment from you and I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Charlotte 2 years ago

      Your posting really stegnahteird me out. Thanks!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Charlotte thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      suzettenaples 2 years ago

      Devika: this is well written and well done. I enjoyed reading this and found it full of helpful information. You raise some good points here. If / When I select-publish a book it will not sell for forty dollars. I would not price a fiction or non-fiction book that much, especially the first time around. I would have to build up quite a readership to price a book at forty dollars. Even the established writers/authors don't price their books that high. But, this is very thought provoking information. I wish you the best in your publishing endeavors!

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for sharing all the knowledge you have obtained in the self-publishing business, DDE. You are paving the road to success for others :)

      Wishing you the best of luck for 2015 :)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Suette you made a valuable point in pricing a book for the first time. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Martie A Happy New Year to you too, and I appreciate you stopping by here thank you very much for all the support.

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      Rebecca C Mandeville MA 15 months ago

      Hi Devika,

      I am new here, but already find that Hubpages snips out nearly any ad I place into my article, even when directly related to the content, and the text is over 300 words. So I am wondering, how have you managed to make a stable income writing on hubpages? Just curious - I have other means of making adequate money, as I am a licensed Psychotherapist and Transformational Coach (as you likely saw when you shared my articles, for which I again thank you for here!) I also will be publishing a book next year, and am still deciding whether to self-publish or not. Best, Rebecca

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Rebecca writing is hard work and earning a substantial income from writing takes effort, patience and perseverance to gain your platform in the writing field before you begin to earn from your work. I write here and earn from other published books on Amazon.com so I am not only depending on my earnings from here and I started self-publishing 4 years ago.Thank you for commenting. Devika

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      Rebecca C Mandeville MA 15 months ago

      Thank you, Devika.

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi chaintreeliving I wish you the best in your writing and other ventures.

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