That’s Entertainment

Moving and renovating have taken up months of our time, so we decided to take a break and go to the movies.

That’s where we experienced sticker shock. Two senior tickets cost us $22.50.

Then, there was $10 for a tub of popcorn, which my husband and I shared.

Last of all was a soda for each of us. Size small. $6.25 each. 

“No, thank you,” I said to the young man behind the counter when he asked if we wanted Nachos, ice cream, or red vines.

Grand total for two hours of “escape”?     $45.00

I’m telling you this to prove a point. An e-book will cost you anywhere from FREE to $5.99 and you can buy a big bag of popcorn at the supermarket for about five bucks. Soda? $1.00 each.

So from $7.00- $12.00 you can enjoy on average ten hours of reading fun.

I actually enjoy the more active process of reading to the more passive act of movie-going. And, especially with prices being so high nowadays, a movie will have to promise me a lot to get me out of my favorite reading chair and out the door.


Pricing Your Book

A novella collection that I co-authored with three other authors is soon to be published. On top of the many decisions we have had to face together, one of the final ones in that of pricing.

So, I thought I’d let you in on what I have found out when doing a little online research.

When pricing books on AMAZON, you need to:

  • Check out prices of books in your genre by successful authors.
  • Stay in the range of $2.99-5.99 for the most sales.
  • Be sure your book is quality—professional in writing, editing, cover design, etc.  (Be objective about this!)
  • Be sure your book brings value to readers—meaning information, entertainment, humor, encouragement, etc.
  • Offer both books and e-books. Readers come in both types, you know.
  • When possible, offer free e-books or countdown deals on both paperbacks and e-books.
  • Adjust your price points occasionally to find that “sweet spot.”
  • Remember: the more copies you sell (no matter what the price) the more awareness you’ll get from readers!