Why Did I Put All of My Books Down to 99 Cents?

Believe it or not, I lowered my prices down to 99cents across the board because I want to write full-time.

At first this may seem like a strange way of doing it. Lowering prices when looking to turn this writing gig into my main source of income, but I assure you, there is a method to my madness. I hope.

The need to lower my prices is driven  by one simple fact.

My books are not selling!

This is reason enough to search for a new method of generating sales. Selling anything at any price is better than not selling a single title at a higher price. That being said, I also have no intention of keeping my prices at this price for the rest of eternity. Maybe a few of them, as they get older, but not everything. John Locke I am not.

Anyway, at this moment in time, I am not looking for money. Again, I have logic here.

People need to know who I am.

I need people to know me, otherwise, I won’t get very far. I am on a rather disappointing (a post for later I am sure) blog your right now, and selling books will get readers recognizing me name. I need reviews, the more reviews I get, the better various algorithms like me, and the more my name is seen.

Can you see the pattern here too? It took me a long time to see it.

Currently, all of my books are ranked over the 600k mark on Amazon, some even over the 1 million point. This is not good enough! and it will change.

I am going to be pimping my new low-priced books like mad, I am hoping others will help share the message.

Rank is what I seek, not riches.

I will be keeping a close eye on everything and tweaking my tactics here any there, and I will update the results regardless of the positive or negative trajectory.

Maybe I have it all wrong, but what I have now is not working, so it cannot hurt!


9 thoughts on “Why Did I Put All of My Books Down to 99 Cents?

  1. I know what you mean about the ranking – I have to be feeling strong before I can face looking at my book page on Amazon. Lowering your prices sounds like a good idea, I might try it myself. When I can face looking at my book page.

  2. I know I bought a few. And I can totally understand the motivation, too, so I hope it works out well. I just quit my job so that I can focus on my writing full-time, but for me, it’s currently a content thing than a recognition thing. Kind of hard to put all your books on sale when you only have one book out there! One day, maybe I’ll be able to put up a post like this, too.

    Good luck, good luck, good luck!

  3. Thanks, I am sure you will be. What are you working on currently? I have already seen some good movement on the rankings, but the key is consistency. Once I get a consistent ranking that is high enough for the amazon machine to recognize, I can go back to my regular pricing, for my novels then. The short story collections will stay 99 cents.

    1. Right now, when I’m not racing for deadlines for anthologies or competitions, I’m working on the first book in a trilogy, which I also here is a pretty good strategy. It’s only up from here!

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