As you can imagine, I have been swimming in a sea of marketing for the last week. In spite of how difficult it's been, I'm actually really enjoying it. I've never done anything like this before and new challenges are good for the personality :)
I was doing some research while I was away this weekend and I stumbled across an article about Amanda Hocking. She's done pretty well for herself, so I read through it to try and get some ideas. One thing she did, that would be very easy to implement, was to charge 99c for her first book then any subsequent books in the series were $2.99.
It's a smart move. Get people hooked, then move the price of your book up to the 70% royalty rate on Amazon.
I can't decide how I feel about this. I think it's a very clever move, but do I want to do it?
It's more important to me, that my work is out there and enjoyed. But, I would love to earn enough money so that when my youngest boy starts school, I don't have to go back to full time work. I want to stay home and write. In order to that, I need to be intelligent in my marketing strategies.
However, I am a brand new author and I almost feel as though I don't have the right to charge more than 99c until I make a bit of a name for myself.
Amanda Hocking did it though, and people still bought her stuff.
If I were a reader, I don't think I'd be offended if an author did that. If I liked the first book enough, I'd happily pay $2.99 to get the second and third books in the series.
But I'm interested in what you guys think.
What's your opinion?
If you were me, what would you do?
And as a reader, how do you feel about paying more for subsequent books in a series.