Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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My current insecurity revolves around sales figures. I rather suspect I'm not alone in this!

To try to boost sales, I've been offering some of my books for just 99p (or 99c) This does help, but then I worry that it's not fair to those who paid full price when it first came out. What do you think about that?

To avoid that problem, I started off my last book at the lower price and then put it up to the regular price of £1.99 ($2.99). That seemed to go well and I intend to repeat the exercise with my next (still to be written) book.

Obviously I can't do that with those which have been out for some time though and I do feel they deserve to be read so I think I'll continue with the price promotions and hope those who've already bought the books will forgive me.

The current offer is for Paint Me A Picture which will be available at the reduced price until 8th May.

32 comments:

  1. I don't think anyone minds if they missed the boat on a book promotion, Patsy, but I must admit to having similar worries. To be honest, I can't remember if I bought your books at full price or on promotion, just happy to have them :-) xx

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    1. I often don't remember either, Teresa. Actually sometimes I forget I've bought them until Amazon tell me when I try to download them again! My fault for getting them faster than I can read them.

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  2. Hi Patsy - I get miffed at having paid full price for something to find it's offered at a lower price at a later date ... it happens all over - but that's life. We need to keep marketing our products - especially writers ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed Paint me a Picture - it was a really good read and I learnt lots of things about our country, painting and the characters .. it was a fun read ...

    ... and I even got round to putting up a review!!

    Good luck with the sales ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Whether or not I mind depends on whether I've already used whatever it is, Hilary. If I haven't I'm slightly miffed that I didn't wait a bit longer.

      Thank you so much for the review!

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  3. I really must take a look at that... aren't we all insecure writers? :)

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  4. That's just the story of life - when you need something, it's never on sale. People will get over it.

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    1. And when it is on sale it's the wrong size or colour! (Well not books of course, but some things)

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  5. Do you get royalties from library sales as our library is more than willing to order books for the library?

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    1. Selling to libraries is great, Maggie. We get public lending rights (plr) payments each time it's borrowed. It's not loads (6p, I think) but the books are likely to be read by more than one person and these people might go on to read more of our books, so it can add up.

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  6. We all do what it takes to boost sales. I do think about those who bought at the higher price, but I don't think readers mind paying full price for a good book.

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  7. I really enjoyed 'Escape to the Country', so I need to take advantage of your 'sale' and pick up the new book. For me price is not necessarily the barrier, but time. I simply need more of it.

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    1. I can understand that. I read a lot, but it would be even more if I had extra hours in the day.

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  8. Patsy, best wishes for a smashing success with Paint Me A Picture!

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  9. Gosh, sales and prices. They make me dizzy. You seem to be doing great with them though.

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    1. Anything marketing related tends to send me in a spin, Olga.

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  10. A great offer, Patsy. Sales happen all over, so I wouldn't worry too much. It does twinge when we see something we paid full price for but we get over it quickly. Wishing you lots more sales - both at sale and full price :)

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    1. Thank you, Nicola.

      Life long grudges probably aren't something I need worry about then!

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  11. I think sales are part of a writer's and reader's life, Patsy, and we just have to keep trying different ideas!

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    1. I am experimenting with marketing approaches, Rosemary. It's sort of interesting in a way.

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  12. Pricing is always hard. You want sales, but you also need to make a profit (even a small one) to make the months of writing worthwhile. I think starting low and increasing is a good way. I think I've put my price up over time, too.

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    1. A lower price probably encourages people to take a chance with an author they've not read before, Annalisa.

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  13. I empathise with your dilemma, Patsy. I'm thinking about having a 'sale' but then feel bad about the people who supported me when the novel first came up. But I don't suppose any other small business thinks like that!

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  14. I try very hard not to obsess (or even look at) my sales numbers. I'm not sure what the answer is. I just bought your book. Hope that helps your numbers. :)

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    1. I do *try* not to obsess, Diane! Thank you for buying it - hope you enjoy it.

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  15. When the book has been out for a while it's not unreasonable to do occasional reduced prices for a short time- and if they want to avoid missing out in future they should sign up to your newsletter. :)

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    1. That's true, Carol! I won't feel bad about sales on future releases as I'm going to start off with sales, so those who buy straight away will get the lowest price.

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  16. Do what you can to boost sales. I don't think you'll lose readers because of it.

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