I’m Administering a Forum for Authors, Pricing at $0.99 Boosts Sales, and Prioritizing

This is a list of stuff that I’ve been working on.

1.  I published Bid for a Bride yesterday.  I’m sure everyone reading this has heard all about it so I won’t bore it again with that.

2.  I am proofreading Brave Beginnings.  The book is actually done, but I’m posting 500 to 700 words a day of what’s left on my first draft blog so I don’t have to come up with new material.  Right now, I’m so booked up on my projects, there’s no way I can add more new material to that blog.  I am, however, writing new material for Life Mate and am happy with the progress of that book.

3.  The biggest news is that the Self-Published Authors Lounge (a blog I co-administer) now has a forum dedicated to helping authors with writing, publishing, and marketing issues.  This is not a forum designed to market to readers.  Kindleboards.com and http://indiespot.myfreeforum.org/index.php.  Both of those forums welcome indie authors.

For authors who’d like to join in on the forum or check it out, here’s the link:  http://selfpubauthors.info/yak/.  Keep in mind, this just started so things are bound to be slow at first, which is actually good because it allows me time to get my feet wet.  I’ve never administered a forum before, so it’s both scary and exciting at the same time.  I actually experienced a sense of stage fright right before making the announcement on the Self-Published Authors Lounge Blog.

4.  Did going back to $0.99 on my old books increase sales?  It sure did.  Back in December, I sold 744 books with two novellas at $0.99. 

Then in mid-January, I had my price dropped back to $0.99 and removed the $0.99 novellas.  So January was a lopsided month.  That is why I’m counting Feb. instead where I started out with $0.99 and no new published books.  I had no new published books in December either.  So I figure these stats are pretty reliable to how I do at $0.99 vs. $2.99 for sales.  (Keep in mind every new book I publish from here on out will be $2.99 if full-length, except for the sci-fi thriller which will be $1.99 and novellas will now be $0.99–the lowest I can go.  I’d have novellas free if I could.)

These are the number of copies I sold so far this month at $0.99 a book for the same 17 romance titles: 2283.  Now you can see why I was so eager to get the price back down to $0.99.  That’s not to say I don’t want to try to make a living at writing.  I figure with my older books at the low price, it will mean exposure.  I don’t mind paying $2.99 for a book if I already love the author.  So I figure it’s fair to ask $2.99 now for full-length romances.  Romances less than 60,000 words will be priced less.  I don’t want to be a financial burden on anyone.  Selling a Kindle book over $5 just isn’t to my liking.  I’d like to keep things at $2.99 as my max point and see how things go.

Now, I will say that I made $1240 in December and have made $799 (not including the seven copies sold from Kate or the 14 copies sold of my new $2.99 book).  So in this regard, the royalty amount isn’t as impressive.  I figure I might hit $1000 or maybe a little more by the end of the month.  I’ll have to report on that when March 15 comes and I get the full amount.  But in the past when I’ve gone longer than three months without publishing a book, I was bringing home $980 a month off my kindle sales, so this isn’t surprising. 

5.  Publishing more books increases sales for the past books so guess what I’m focusing on this year?

I just published Bid for a Bride, and it will take about a month before the sales start to pick up again.  The max I’ve ever made in royalties off of Amazon was $2200.  The lowest I’ve made has been $960.  I figure as long as I keep publishing books, I better my chances of increasing sales.  This is why I’m pushing so hard to publish five to seven books this year.  So far, I have two down.  Three to five more to go. 

Brave Beginnings will be #3 at May 1 (in the latest).  Life Mate #4 and Return of the Aliens #5 will be published in June. 

In March, I’m taking a NaNo month of my own to write Bride of Second Chances (and to work on Life Mate and Return of the Aliens).  So Bride of Second Chances #6 is estimated for mid to late summer of this year.   In August, I want to do another NaNo month for Just Good Friends #7 which I want published in November because it’s a holiday romance.  On Kate Page’s blog, I plan to work on An Unexpected Seduction on the blog at 500 words a day around the summer which will put me at possibly publishing #8 in December. 

In November, I plan to write Isaac’s Decision for NaNo month (the official one), and this should be availble in Feb. or March of 2012.  So I figure books completed in August or September can make it at the end of 2011 for publication, but any books written after that won’t see publication until 2012 which should give me a good head start on publishing another 5+ books for then as well.

That’s all speculation though.  Anything can happen.  Not to come off as morbid, but I might die tomorrow and see none of those come to pass. 

6.  I’ll have to drop some things.  Obviously.  I can’t be everywhere all the time.  I am in the process of deciding what to do and what not to do.  Writing and publishing books is first.  The Self-Published Authors Lounge blog and forum are second.  Facebook is third, but my mingling time will decrease just because I’m going to be swamped with my work and the Self-Published Authors Lounge stuff.  I mean, if I’m going to give this forum a go, I need to be dedicated to it.  Then there are the short stories to be published in conjunction with Stephannie Beman.  I’ll get into that more later.  This post has gone on long enough.  😀

What I’m dropping.  Kindleboards.   I was getting involved but now there’s no time.  I’m not going to do as much reading as I had planned.  So the one book a week is out.  I will still read but expect it to be something like one book a month, unless we’re talking about a short story or novella.  I expect the forum to take a large bulk of my time.

Oh, and I might drop this blog.  But for now, I plan on keeping it.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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4 Responses to I’m Administering a Forum for Authors, Pricing at $0.99 Boosts Sales, and Prioritizing

  1. christyandjosh04 says:

    Man you are BUSY!!!! I hope that I get to read the completed edited version of Brave Beginnings.:)

    • I’m behind my goal on that one. I just started chapter 14. I hope to catch up to where I’m supposed to be today. That is chapter 19. The time it’s taken to get my feet wet with having my own forum has been more than I anticipated. And you know, I’m glad I’m going with the cover with Ernest on it because he really is in that book a lot. lol

  2. yay!

    You;re always so busy, woman! You need a vacation!

    the forum looks great. I dropped in the other night, though hadn’t registered yet, but did that just now. 🙂

    • I know you’re busy too. You’re a cover artist, cartoonist, author… The list goes on. What I’m really hoping for is that my husband will retire next year and take over the house and take care of the kids so I can scamper off to my personal den, lock the door, and do my writing. hehe This would be my vacation because cleaning and cooking suck the life out of me.

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