I have a novella out that’s been bugging me, and up until about a couple days ago, I haven’t been able to decide what to do about it.
This is the new cover. The old cover was of a couple kissing in twilight so it was too dark to really see them. I wanted something brighter, and I’m happy with this new cover.
It always seemed something was ‘off’ about the original version of this novella, but what that something was, I couldn’t put my finger on. I asked several of my readers what might make the story better, and I got a few requests to bring Woape (aka Martha) back into the story later on. But I really want to keep this at novella status. To bring Woape back would require a full-length novel, and I want some $0.99 reads under my belt. I’m basing my price according to word length and what I’d like to pay per word length. I think it’s ridiculous to pay $0.99 for a couple thousand words. I also think it’s ridiculous to pay paperback $7.99 price for an ebook. That’s just my standard. Other people will have theirs.
Here’s a quick breakdown of my price chart, for anyone who wants to know:
10,000 – 20,000 words = $0.99
20,000 – 49,000 words = $1.99
50,000 to 80,000 words = $2.99
81,000 to 100,000 words = $3.99
100,000 – 140,000 words = $4.99
I don’t go beyond that, and truth be told, only Brave Beginnings has accumulated 114,000 words so far. I’m not finished with it yet.
Now, I know there are those authors who disagree and think that’s too low. Maybe it is. Pricing of my books are subject to change as I grow and learn as an author, but until I’m ready to make the change, I’m staying where I’m comfortable for the moment.
On the flipside, some readers will argue this pricing is too high. I definitely disagree with that. My price is way more than fair, considering the other books out there. So go find someone else to read if you don’t think I’m worth paying this amount for. Seriously, I had one reader who thought the price of my books was too much but then recommended an author who charges triple the amount I do. All I can say to that person is, ‘I don’t want you reading my books because you don’t value my work.’ Contrary to popular belief, I’m not praying for quantity of readers. I don’t care about how many people read my books. What I want is quality. So pricing has forced that quality to rise to the surface. At the same time, I don’t want to reward the quality readers with a price that I wouldn’t want to pay. I believe in treating others as I’d want to be treated.
Anyway, I digress.
Back to the novella, ‘A Chance In Time’.
I am going to take out the chapter where the hero veers off to merge with Meant To Be. ‘A Chance In Time’ was inspired by two characters I really loved in Meant To Be. I think instead of having Cole go and find Ted and Blake (where he did in Meant To Be), I’ll have him tell Penelope what happened to him when he was there. That way, I don’t end up repeating the scene in Meant To Be, and it won’t seem too off tangent when someone reads this novella who hasn’t read Meant To Be. And, as a bonus, should they choose to read Meant To Be, then the blanks of Cole’s life and background will be filled in.
Then, since so many people wanted Penelope to meet up with Woape again, I think what I’ll do is bring Penelope and Cole back in Bound by Honor, Bound by Love which is book 3 in the Native American Romance series. Currently, I’m on book 2, Brave Beginnings. So we will see Penelope and Cole again, but it’s ineffective to prolong their story in ‘A Chance In Time’, in my opinion.