But I’ve never once seen an author say ‘I’m being paid too much’. Actually I have never heard anyone say they're being paid too much.
So let’s change that. I’m being paid too much.
This month Cleaver Square will hit 20,000 sales on Amazon Kindle in total. We’ve been charging £1.99/ $2.99 for the book for most of that time (and when we didn’t it was via short term Kindle Countdown Deals). When you add in paperbacks, translations, etc, it’s earned something like £20,000 for us - which is pretty good for a book written in our spare time. And we'll continue to earn on it for a long time - because copyright lasts until 70 years after we're gone.
So I’m going to cut our prices. Again. We’re going to go right down to the wire and put Cleaver Square down to 99c/ 99p. That’s the lowest price that Amazon allow us to set.
We’ll go with the lowest price possible in every other region too. Whether you’re in Canada or Australia, Ireland or France, India or China, we’ll price at the lowest possible price that we can.
And Dead on Demand will remain free.
Finally, for those who have already got Cleaver Square, we’ll do two things:
- We’ll cut Ten Guilty Men to 99p/99c for a week when book 4 launches.
- We’ll launch book 4 at a preorder special price of 99p.
If the big publishers want to ask £11.99 for a preorder then let’s prove that we can do it for less than 10% of that and still turn a profit. Readers do not have to be gouged for authors to earn a fair wage. And if £2.98 for three books is still too much you can borrow it for free with Kindle Unlimited or pirate a copy. Nobody should miss out on killer fiction because of the price.