Tina Boscha Tina's Comments (member since Nov 27, 2011)

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20786 Hello everyone!

My novel, RIVER IN THE SEA, is available as a FREE download in honor of my mother's 80th birthday! Yesterday she turned 80. :-)

Based on her early life during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, River in the Sea, is a coming-of-age novel that has been described as "beautifully emotional," "engrossing and horrifying at the same time," and "an instant classic." I'm thrilled with the reviews (31 5-stars!) so far, and hope you'll give it a try. http://amzn.to/n9QZLi

You can also read an interview I did with my mom here: http://bit.ly/GCbCl6 Thank you!
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Dec 27, 2011 07:06PM

20786 My dtr convinced me to split the 12.99 ebook price for Tina Fey's Bossypants. For me, that is a big spend for an ebook, but well worth it - I loved the book.

Lots of books for .99 cents right now; it's like candy, so easy to justify. :-)
Dec 07, 2011 08:10AM

20786 I'm serious - when my students read this book they say things like "Frankie is my GIRL" and "I wish I was like Frankie when I was younger" and we have really interesting discussions about gender. Plus, it's really fun, as she does all sorts of naughty things!!
Cost of Ebooks (116 new)
Dec 01, 2011 09:11PM

20786 I am going to .99 for the holidays, and I admit it (and perhaps I shouldn't) that it kills me a little bit to do this. I'm hoping River in the Sea will reach more readers this way and that later I can charge a more reasonable and fair price, to me and to readers. Between 2.99 and 4.99. But .99.... oh man. Yet I'm doing it.

Cost of Ebooks (116 new)
Dec 01, 2011 03:50PM

20786 This thread has gone in an interesting direction. I struggle with the same issue many of you face, in terms of how to think of writing and publishing. There have to be some business decisions made - it's inevitable. But the love of the craft and the joy of having a book out should always trump the dollars and cents.

That said, I would absolutely love to make money on this. Not because I want to be P. Diddy and have a collection of yachts, but because it would help me write more books. To be a writer with some income derived from that vocation? That would be amazing! Pricing, then, points to many conundrums and unanswerable questions - what is a book worth? Is it worth it to price low to get readers to read your work when otherwise they might not initially?

Really, we don't pay fair prices for many things. For many of us, we are used to thinking cheap rather than quality. (Food, for example.) I am guilty of this myself.

As for promotion, it can be a hassle and a time-suck but it can also be fun. I, perhaps perversely, enjoy it. I also believe in my work and think it will resonate with readers. And, I'm not charging that much either. So hopefully the stars will align and the right combo will be struck.

I wish us all success who are in this boat!
Dec 01, 2011 03:44PM

20786 I really love the The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. I wish, wish, wish it got more attention than other popular books, because it is such a smart take on gender and gets you to THINK. I assign it to my students and they love it.
Cost of Ebooks (116 new)
Nov 28, 2011 08:25PM

20786 Many self-pubbed writers (such as myself) price lower than what traditional publishers charge. However, the quality will really vary. The one thing I LOVE about my ereader is that you can read samples of books for free before purchasing. At least in the States, you can also borrow books on your ereader via the library. I haven't tried this myself yet.
Cost of Ebooks (116 new)
Nov 28, 2011 08:00PM

20786 Don't know if anyone is still paying attention to this thread, but I thought I would chime in. (And by the way, hello! New member here). As a reader, I have a general rule never to pay over 9.99 for an ebook. And to be honest, anything over $6-7 seems steep. It's for this reason that I refuse to pay $14.99 for the latest Sookie book, even though I love that series. $15? Seriously?

As a writer, pricing is pretty interesting. I feel like the writer mentioned above, who feels her book should be above the cost of a Big Mac. But to attract readers, low prices work. Yet I don't want to have a review say it was good, based on the money - I want the book to be considered good because it was good.

It takes a lot to get a book to the world - ebook and paperback. A lot of the processes are the same. It's the printing, transportation, and distribution that make the difference. But from the writing/editing/cover/proofing/formatting side, it's very similar.

I'm very curious to see what happens to pricing; it seems that ebooks in the $10 and over range are indeed selling.

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