Wow, finally someone said exactly as I feel about 99 cent priced novels. And said it with the same level of frustration I often feel about the topic. Thank you, Zoe Winters.
And I agree about John Locke as well. He wrote some fine books. The reason he sold a ton of books wasn’t the price, it was the quality of his storytelling. He would have made a ton more money, something I know he didn’t care about, if he would have priced those books better. He undervalued his own talent and his own work. I hate to see anyone do that.
Here is how it goes, put simply. I have read a couple of his novels and think they are good. Do I think one of my challenge short stories is worth exactly what his novel is worth to readers? Nope. His novels have more value, are novels vs a short story. And he is clearly working at a professional story-teller level as I am. A reader will get more entertainment value from a novel by him than a 2,000 word short story by me.
However, John Locke thinks his books are only worth what one of my short stories is worth to readers. And that’s his problem. He put no real value on his own work, even though many of us put more value on it. Sad when an author can’t even believe in their own work. Really sad. But alas, common.
And yeah, I know all about his idea to promote himself. Go ahead, folks, try it. I’ve read his promotion book. Go ahead, try it. And it if works, it meant that your writing skills were undervalued. But for most it won’t work because you’re not as good a writer yet as John Locke. Blunt, alas, but true. Work at becoming a better storyteller.
Go read Zoe Winter’s blog. http://zoewinters.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/the-99-cent-ghetto/
Then you can come back and have a discussion here once again about pricing if you want. But you all know how I feel if you’ve been reading here for very long. (grin)