WritingFilter: What is a good pricing for self-pub short stories?
May 12, 2014 7:00 AM Subscribe
I have a couple of short stories out there on the market right now. They're between 4000-6000 words each. I've really been struggling with how to price these, and I have found no good advice on Google. How should I proceed? Writer flurries inside.
posted by Queen of Robots to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
There aren't a lot of good benchmarks on Smashwords about this, since the price ranges vary from miniscule to completely crazy and seem to have no relation to anything objective, like page counts.
What seems reasonable to the hive mind for pricing this kind of thing? I'm self-pubbed, and not really writing for money as a primary objective, but would like to at least see a tiny bit of return. Because I'm a new author, I've been giving away my stories for free for over a year, hoping to catch some curious passers-by, but I feel like it's not doing me any real favors at this point.
Where's the sweet point of pricing that balances turning off potential new readers and accounting for the shorter length of the work? Thanks, folks.