Trying an experiment

Folks-

If you haven’t downloaded Oops! and wanted to, you missed out on the introductory price of $1.99 on Smashwords. That is, you missed out on the introductory price of $1.99 without a coupon. I’ll get to that in a bit.

I just started the publication process on Amazon for Oops!, and considering that it is currently tied on Smashwords with Extra Credit as my best selling titles, I thought I needed to publish it on Amazon.

I believe I’ve mentioned before that Amazon is a distant second to Smashwords as far as my sales are concerned. However, I get paid more frequently by Amazon; monthly instead of quarterly. That has to count for something.

And I figured that I needed to start experimenting with pricing. Right now, Educating Goldilocks has been downloaded the most times of all of my books. However, it’s free, so it really isn’t directly contributing to my bottom line. It was supposed to lead people to buy my other books, including Extra Credit, which it may have done. However, considering that Waking Sleeping Beauty is my lowest-priced book you have to pay for at $0.99 (U.S.) and it is currently my lowest seller, and my top sellers are priced at $1.99 and $2.99, I had to start wondering what I’m doing with my pricing.

Obviously Free gets you a lot of downloads. However, after that, pricing may or may not affect download rates much. $0.99 doesn’t attract more sales than $1.99 or $2.99. So I have to ask myself: If the price doesn’t matter that much, why am I limiting my royalties through Amazon to 35% instead of 70% by putting my books up for sale at prices below $2.99?

Now my big question will become: Is it price, or subject matter? Oops! must appeal to a subset of readers that Waking Sleeping Beauty and Tired don’t. Both Oops! and Tired are “MILF” books. Both Oops! and Waking Sleeping Beauty involve relationships between close family members (mother-daughter, and brother-sister, respectively.)

So, is the subject matter more important than the price? Are the people who would love to have sex with both a mom and her daughter more common than those who would like to have sex with a girl and her brother? Are the prices of my ebooks so low to begin with that the difference between $0.99 and $2.99 isn’t enough to affect sales? (It’s probably the second and third options.)

Regardless, I should be getting more data soon. Sales of Oops! on Smashwords have been declining. If it does well on Amazon at $2.99, maybe that will give me an idea of what is going on here.

This is important to anyone who likes reading my stories, because sales will drive what I tend to write in the future. I’m actually seriously considering indefinitely putting off working on the sequel to Tired, On The Rocks, because of lack of sales of the original book.

I’ll be finishing up Raven and June regardless. I’m probably close to halfway through the project as a whole, and I’m not wasting that time or effort by switching to something else. And the sales of Raven and June may indicate how well the planned Seams is likely to do, considering the somewhat similar subject matter.

Now, for the bit I promised you earlier. If you planned on buying Oops! on Smashwords, but missed it at $1.99 and would still like to buy it at less than the current $2.99 price, contact me. I’ll send you a coupon good for Smashwords.

As usual, if you have any thoughts about this or anything else, leave a comment below!

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