Half Blind Success

As soon as I hit publish on last night’s post, I headed back to the basement.  I found the half blind dovetail to be incredibly satsifying to cut.  Today, as I look at my practice drawer, assembled, sans bottom, I am incredibly excited to make a drawer for the table.

As I mentioned yesterday, I am without my battery charger for my Nikon.  I really don’t like putting up blog posts without pictures.  It just seems wrong.  So tonight I went with my backup, my Apple 3Gs.  Here is a tonight’s photo.  The quality is somewhat questionable.  But it is better than nothing.

My eagerness to continue with the table is at an all time high, but alas, I have another project I am building.  I also need to apply the last coat of finish to the ikebana.  So I will turn back to the ikebana and get that project completed, before I return to the table.  I am also trying to get Henry Wood up on Kindle, and that project is taking a good deal of my free time.

I would estimate that Sandra Meeks, or as some would call her, Editor in Chief, or as I would call her, Mom, has found somewhere between 1000 and 1,000,000 errors, which have now been fixed.  (I am sure she would want to edit the last sentence, and she would be right to do so. )  But now that the edits are done, as best we are able, and the html formatting has been figured out, it is time to make a pricing decision.

Pricing Help

My original intent was to offer it for free, but I have learned that there are several good reasons not do so.  Henry Wood is just over 32,000 words.  So I have decided to assign a price to Henry Wood, but what should I charge?

  1. 99 cents
  2. $2.99
  3. $3.20
  4. $3.99
  5. $4.99
  6. $5.99

If you notice on the right side of the blahg, there is now a poll question.  This is a new widget, which I figured out how to use today.  I love learning new WordPress stuff.

I will be leaving all the blog post, so anyone who wants to, may read Henry Wood for free.  For those who would like to have a copy for their Kindle, or their Apple or PC Kindle reader, then it will soon be available.

Contest

Once I hit the publish button, it will be time to promote Henry Wood.  To this end, I am considering having a contest.  The prize, drawn from the group of people who perform several tasks, will be the tiny box which was featured in the story.  These are pretty common on twitter and usually involve people tweeting something, leaving a comment, and juggling a cat.  Actually, not as many people require the cat juggling as they did in the past.

I think there are a number of regular readers, who don’t have twitter accounts, and wouldn’t be able or interested in tweeting.  I also wanted to be able to include people who have been following since chapter 1.

So I am thinking about asking people to leave a review on Amazon, as the requirement for entry.  If anyone has any ideas that might make the contest successful, feel free to comment.

Ok, back to work on getting ready for the big (read small) launch.  This is the latest book cover.  :-)

31 comments
Sherryl Perry
Sherryl Perry

Very nice! Congratulations on getting ready to launch. I don't use a Kindle, so, like others on here, I have no idea what to price this at. I did vote and I voted for 99 cents but only because the last time I priced something (not a book), I priced it too high and did very poorly. Good luck with your promotion. Tweeting sounds like a great way to get the word out. How about Facebook too? Ebay? An often overlooked tactic is advertising on eBay classified ads and you could always do a buy-it-now too.

Catarina Alexon
Catarina Alexon

Congratulation son your novella Brian. Like the cover and voted in your poll. I do believe your price should be a happy medium. Good idea to get as many people as possible to tweet about Henry Wood when it's published.

Good luck!

Catarina Alexon
Catarina Alexon

Congratulation son your novella Brian. Like the cover and voted in your poll. I do believe your price should be a happy medium. Good idea to get as many people as possible to tweet about Henry Wood when it's published.

Good luck!

Laura Noble
Laura Noble

Way to go, Meeks! I haven't voted yet or read your work yet, but I am looking forward to it now that I know it is ready. Congratulations!

Laura Noble
Laura Noble

Way to go, Meeks! I haven't voted yet or read your work yet, but I am looking forward to it now that I know it is ready. Congratulations!

Susan Oakes
Susan Oakes

Hi Brian,

How did you come up with those prices as they seem on the low side? What are others selling books in a similar space to you price their books at?

I voted and do like the cover. I am not sure about the contest. I say this as I do not know if you are trying to get your regular readers or customers to buy or attract new ones. Depending on the answer determines how to promote which is not necessarily a contest.

Best of luck with it.

Cyra
Cyra

I am so surprised that so many voted 99 cents. I voted 4.99 last night. 99 cents is way too cheap ....but from the votes -alas, are people way too cheap?

Matt Gradwohl (Upper Cut)
Matt Gradwohl (Upper Cut)

I voted $3.99. It's a good price (not a barrier to the purchaser) but also isn't so low that people wonder why it isn't free. Here's my advice: always start out with a higher price, and lower your price curve over time if necessary.

Congrats!

Matt Gradwohl
Upper Cut Woodworks
http://uppercutwoodworks.com/

TLC_Designs
TLC_Designs

I think whatever you feel comfortable charging would be best. I hesitate to price it at 99 cents...to me, it gives the message that the work isn't of any value, so people have nothing to lose by purchasing (pro: more people will buy, con: you may not be taken seriously). I think you are what you make of yourself, so treat yourself like the talented individual that you are and give your work a numeric value that won't cheapen your skill. I voted at $4.99 (because $5 is always an easier sell than $6 lol).
*Tania @ passport2design.com

David Weedmark
David Weedmark

Great idea for the contest Brian, especially the amazon tie-in. Pricing is a bitch, isn't it? I too would say $4.99.

Darrelyn Saloom
Darrelyn Saloom

I must admit, I voted and am in the minority. I thought 5.99 was too cheap for 32,000 words. Did I read that right? Give away a chapter but not the entire work. Steven Pressfield recently had a two-day special on his e-book edition of The War of Art for 1.99. But after two days it went back to it's regular price. Perhaps you could do something like he did.

Anyway, best of luck.

Darrelyn Saloom
Darrelyn Saloom

I must admit, I voted and am in the minority. I thought 5.99 was too cheap for 32,000 words. Did I read that right? Give away a chapter but not the entire work. Steven Pressfield recently had a two-day special on his e-book edition of The War of Art for 1.99. But after two days it went back to it's regular price. Perhaps you could do something like he did.

Anyway, best of luck.

Satya Colombo
Satya Colombo

Sweet! :) i'm voting -- instinct says 4.99 -- logic + wisdom says the highest price you feel comfortable selling it for...!

Jenn Pedde
Jenn Pedde

I love the book cover! I also love the setup of the whole project, and contest idea (though I am not good at juggling cats). One thing I would love to talk to you about is combining your project with my project: Eat Your Serial. An online publishing company launching fairly soon. Let's chat?

Jenn Pedde
Jenn Pedde

I love the book cover! I also love the setup of the whole project, and contest idea (though I am not good at juggling cats). One thing I would love to talk to you about is combining your project with my project: Eat Your Serial. An online publishing company launching fairly soon. Let's chat?

AlexandraFunFit
AlexandraFunFit

I also love the cover. It's the right feel. As to charging, I don't know what other books cost on Kindle, but I always say, if someone's going to pay, they should pay the somewhat higher price. Why price yourself down if you don't need to? So I recommend the $5.99. But I don't do Amazon for political reasons, so I hope someone who loves your boxes wins!

Cyra
Cyra

Okay, I will vote. But probably biased because you are you. Anyway, I know what a geek you are about figures & stats, etc. ;_) Always want to make you happy!

Cyra
Cyra

Okay, I will vote. But probably biased because you are you. Anyway, I know what a geek you are about figures & stats, etc. ;_) Always want to make you happy!

Cyra
Cyra

Love the book cover. Has a great noir feel.

As I have no experience in buying books for a Kindle, I don't feel qualified to vote. Knowing your book, tho, I would certainly charge!

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Sherryl,

Thanks so much for taking the time to vote. Every vote counts and helps. :-) Maybe we can get you to download a free Kindle reader for your PC or Apple, then you could enjoy books on your laptop or desktop. :-)

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Sherryl,

Thanks so much for taking the time to vote. Every vote counts and helps. :-) Maybe we can get you to download a free Kindle reader for your PC or Apple, then you could enjoy books on your laptop or desktop. :-)

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Laura,

Thanks for stopping in and visiting my blog. Now that I know you are going to read Henry Wood, I will have to put in a secret reference, that you and Jack will appreciate, in the next HW Mystery.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Laura,

Thanks for stopping in and visiting my blog. Now that I know you are going to read Henry Wood, I will have to put in a secret reference, that you and Jack will appreciate, in the next HW Mystery.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Susan,

Being a first time author, I thought the prices seemed reasonable. You are correct that other books might be selling at a higher price, but again, I would imagine that those authors already have a fan base. Most of my blog readers have probably already read HW, as I wrote it here. So I hope to entice new readers to give it a try, and perhaps to check out the blog.

As for the contest, I hope that it will generate sales early on, and thus allow HW to show up and be found by people who are regular Kindle users.

Thanks for stopping in.

Sincerely,

Brian

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Susan,

Being a first time author, I thought the prices seemed reasonable. You are correct that other books might be selling at a higher price, but again, I would imagine that those authors already have a fan base. Most of my blog readers have probably already read HW, as I wrote it here. So I hope to entice new readers to give it a try, and perhaps to check out the blog.

As for the contest, I hope that it will generate sales early on, and thus allow HW to show up and be found by people who are regular Kindle users.

Thanks for stopping in.

Sincerely,

Brian

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Thanks Alexandra, I appreciate the kind words about the cover art. I sort of surprised myself.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Thanks Alexandra, I appreciate the kind words about the cover art. I sort of surprised myself.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I don't feel that one needs to be experienced in Kindle to be able to vote. I value everyone's opinion. Plus, it makes me happy when I see more votes. :-)

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I don't feel that one needs to be experienced in Kindle to be able to vote. I value everyone's opinion. Plus, it makes me happy when I see more votes. :-)

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