Indie Author Series: Pricing your eBook

I’ll bet the first thing you asked yourself when you completed your 200+ page novel after weeks and months of blood, sweat, and tears was, “how much am I gonna sell this for?”

What? No? Well, my friend, you are in good company.

The problem is that there is no magic price point. Every project is different and so every price is different dependent on variables such as popularity of the author, length, demand on the genre, release timing, etc.

In a study released in May by Smashwords, $2.99 is the most common price for an indie novel, up from 99 cents in 2012.

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The study also says that lower priced novels Continue reading “Indie Author Series: Pricing your eBook”

Do word counts count?

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There are surprisingly few articles on the subject of word and page counts in novel writing. Yet, it is something that perplexes many indie authors.

According to Colleen Lindsay, associate director for marketing, social media and reader experience for NAL/Berkley and former book agent, the rule of thumb on word count for mainstream YA fiction novels is between 45 and 80 thousand words. She goes on to say that YA paranormal and fantasy average word counts tend to run a little higher with the top of the range at 120 thousand. She notes that many publishers try to stay below 100 thousand to keep production costs low.

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YA Author Series: Editing

In my day job, I do quite a bit of non-fiction writing. Even though I’ve been writing non-fic for many years, I’m better known professionally for my proofing and editing. Co-workers cringe when I draw out my trusty red pen.

So, when I made the leap into fiction writing, editing was waiting for me like an old, familiar friend. However, it’s more like a love/hate relationship. I constantly struggle with Continue reading “YA Author Series: Editing”

YA Author Series: Let’s Talk About Barnes & Noble


baltimoreWelcome to the YA Author Series, a bi-weekly discussion on indie publishing topics brought to you by the Young Adult Indie Carnival crew.

Amazing, isn’t it? The renovated power plant on the harbor in Baltimore is my favorite Barnes & Noble store. Giant smoke stacks rise up through the¬†floors as escalators with their visible mechanics transport curious minds to shelves upon shelves of wonder.

Whenever I see my Nook sales, I start to envision a girl tucked away in Continue reading “YA Author Series: Let’s Talk About Barnes & Noble”