Truth & Books: the pain of pricing

Well, the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. Part of it is true. We are attracted by it, or not. The cover can sometimes make or break a customer’s decision to purchase it, or put it back on the shelf.

The part I find the hardest as a writer is not however to do with the cover. It’s more to do with the value we are expected to put on our work nowadays, on ourself. In this day and age of digital books, works from emerging authors are pitted against best-sellers from authors who get away with charging full price they normally charge for hard copy even for their ebooks; or against heavily discounted books and free works.

As writers, we spend very long time to write the first draft, followed by painstaking hours/days/months/years of editing it, perfecting it. Then we spend what little money we have left (let’s face it, artists are broke for a long time before anything happens).

It took me years as a distracted teen to finish writing my first novel. Then few more years of on-off editing, and battling with myself because I wasn’t confident enough to let the work out to the world. It feels like a betrayal to give the work away, after all the hours that has gone into making it.

Either way, makes me wonder where the life of an author heads these days. Somewhere good I hope. In the meantime, we have to do all we can to promote our works, to mention it, whether it’s noticed or not. Lol

This is my bit. I’m no good at self-promotion.

In Strange Company is now reduced to $0.99 (USD) for a limited time. Haven’t grabbed it? You’ll find few reviews on Amazon US, Amazon Australia, and Amazon Japan to help you decide whether it’s something you’d like.

Thanks muchly. 🙂

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