Valuing Your Work with @aprilzyon

Hi all, its April, late as usual. I was hiding under a rock for the last couple of days and finally came out this morning only to cry for the last several hours.

But, I put on my big girl panties and decided to go ahead and write this post. This will be a short and sweet post because I have work tonight. Le sighs. Work, its killing me right now. It’s taking all of my writing time, so I have 90% less time which means that you will see about 90% less books from me, but that’s life, right?

Now, onto the post.

I know that this is something that we’ve all touched on and I’ve touched on as well.


Unfortunately, because of Amazon readers (trust me, we love you all) expect our books to all be free or 99 cents, but realistically that’s just not possible. As much as I would love to be able to do that, it’s not viable. **did you see the above part about me working a full-time job? That’s right. I work full time because … I DON’T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY AS AN AUTHOR TO WRITE FULL TIME…

That’s right.

I wish I did.

Hell, every single author on Naughty Quills wishes that they did but the realistic truth is that we don’t. Most authors don’t. Period.

There are a handful that can and I applaud them, I’m happy as can be for them but honestly, about 90 percent of the authors that you read all hold down full time jobs, they work their craft in time that they carve out of their days. This is time that they could be spending with their families, friends, doing other things but they write because every single writer that I’ve encountered has a spark inside of them – a story – and they all love what they do.

Now, I know you are scratching you head and asking, come on April, WTF is this post about?

It’s simple.

Our books are worth more than 99 cents or free. I just wish that other authors would see that as well. Until all other authors would see the truth that our books are worth far more than that. Why?

  • We put hours into crafting the story
  • We pay an editor to edit the story
  • We spend hours editing the story
  • We send the story back to the editor and then re-edit the story
  • We pay a cover artist for a beautiful cover
  • We pour our hearts and souls into these books

I think what I listed above is worth a heck of a lot more than 99 pennies. If you don’t think so then you are seriously undervaluing yourself and that’s too bad.  L


Anyway, that’s it for me today. For now, I’m going to bed so that I can go to work tonight. Until next week my darlings. ❤



5 thoughts on “Valuing Your Work with @aprilzyon

  1. Actually, I have to in part disagree. To me sometimes offering a book at a low price is the thing to do. Something to showcase your work and introduce yourself to new readers. One of my publishers did this with the first book in a series to introduce me to their readers and I can say will all honestly I still earned as much from that book as one of my full price once. (This company knows what it is doing, believe me) Plus, I got a lot of messages saying that by reading the cheaper book, they then bought the others.
    I don’t advocate selling every book at that price, because yes we are worth more than that, but on the odd occasion, well it’s a treat to readers, a way of saying thank you and also a way of saying hello, why not try me.
    So sometimes it is the way to go. Just not all the time.

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  2. Raven, I’m not talking about the occasional 99 cent treat or special, what I am talking about are the ones that are always 99 cents no matter what – or free. I’ve had books on special for 99 cents myself to give the readers a treat.


  3. I have permanently free books for the same reason as one on 99c for a while. Plus I deemed them too short to ask for money. Again a thank you. I guess we all do as we see fit. (or as our publishers do) Not an easy decision to make I reckon.


  4. I agree that the occasional free read is a great present for our readers, I think every author should have at least one. I also agree that not every book should be listed at $0.99. Too many readers think anything over that $0.99 is too expensive. The number of readers I hear whine, snivel, and otherwise to authors that their $1.49 book is toooooooooo expensive, they’re the authors fave fan, they read EVERYTHING, and the author should just “give” them a free copy because they are so dedicated is unending. If a book is long enough, has the work put into it, and is good quality then it should have a price tag befitting that.

    Yes, doing a $0.99 sale price now and again is a good idea, rekindle interest in the book, in the author, and the series (if it’s part of one). And while most of us write for the sheer love of writing, we take time away from family, friends, and other pursuits to write – we should be fairly paid. Thankfully I’m not an Indie author so I never have to do the hard consideration of what to charge for a book and can leave that to Evernight. I sympathize with those who are responsible for every single aspect.

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