While you may be flattered by a high "cover price" on your book, you may make more money in total if the book has a lower price.
Here are comparisons (rounded off) of an author's monthly income for one independently self-pubbed book:
- January 2011, for a $15.95 paperback: $64
- January 2012, for the $4.99 ebook, discounted to $4.12: $220
- January 2013, for the ebook reduced to $2.99 and discounted to $2.51: $345
For a Lamborghini, high price is a marketing device. For a book, low price is a marketing device.
The low price enables and encourages more people to buy the book, and they apparently recommend the book to others. Maybe a reader will recommend it to a movie producer.
Writers who use self-publishing services should be wary of mandatory pricing that makes the books non-competitive.
While no author in 21st-century-America can live on $345 per month, if you have 10, 20 or 30 books generating that income, you can think about quitting your day job.
dollar sign from http://bma-wealth.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-does-dollar-sign-represent.html
Lamborghini Aventador photo from www.lamborghini.com/en/home/