Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group

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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:

Teresa Ashby said...

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

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Susan A Eames said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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

Maggie May said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

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!

J.L. Campbell said...

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.

Patsy said...

I think we all are at times, Susan.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

Hope that's the case, J.L.

farawayeyes said...

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.

Stephen Tremp said...

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

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Olga Godim said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Thanks, Stephen.

Patsy said...

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

Nicola said...

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 :)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

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

Annalisa Crawford said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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!

Diane Burton said...

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. :)

Carolb said...

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. :)

Lynda R Young said...

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

Patsy said...

Thank you, Nicola.

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

I doubt it, Sally!

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

I'm hopong you're right, Lynda.