Monday, September 10, 2012

Learning From the Indies

I learned a cool little trick the other day.

I'm on a self-pub loop mostly for information's sake. Times are changing and it's good for authors to be aware of what's going on, what works, what doesn't work, etc. Writing for publication isn't just an art, but a business.

Anyway, I found out Amazon likes to match prices, so when my book Love On The Range went on sale at Harlequin for $3.45, guess what I did?

*grin* I told Amazon! And sure enough, about a week later, my Amazon price started dropping lower and lower. It was a fun experiment and good to know for the future.

Have you learned any cool tidbits recently?

Oh, and on Wednesday I'll be hosting my fabulous critique partner Cheryl Linn Martin. She's a middle grade writer whose first series is fixing to release. If you love Nancy Drew and have kids who like mysteries, Pineapples in Peril is for them!

18 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

Smart lady! :)

Cathy said...

It's currently $3.82. I had noticed a $.40 range in price of LIs on Amazon and wondered why some cost less. Honestly, they are always more expensive on Amazon than they are direct from Harlequin, but I'll buy the Kindle version any day, rather than having to deal with Harlequin's nasty, nasty format. (Nasty meaning tech-unfriendly.)Even if Harlequin does offer them a month in advance of Amazon.

Lindsay Harrel said...

Wow, that's really cool to know, Jessica! Thanks for the info. :)

Crystal Collier said...

Interesting. I didn't realize Amazon set the price--but of course, that would be insider information, eh?

Cheryl sound pretty cool. I'm going to send my middle grader to check out her book.

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's good to know!

Susanne Dietze said...

Very cool info, Jessica! Thanks for sharing.

We'll also have to check out Pineapples in Peril. Sounds fun.

Nancy said...

You are very good at keeping up with the trends. I love Nancy Drew so Pineapples In Peril sounds right up my alley. Thanks.

Loree Huebner said...

Great tid bit to know, Jessica.

Looking forward to Cheryl on Wednesday!

Terri Tiffany said...

I love that writers share--helps us all so much!

Sarah Forgrave said...

Cool info, Jessica. There's always something to be learned, isn't there? :)

Caitlin said...

That's neat! Haven't learned anything new lately. Well, except this.

Melanie N. Brasher said...

Very good to know, Jessica! I always learn interesting tidbits here. :)

K. Victoria Chase said...

Found that out when Amazon dropped the price of my ebook a couple weeks after release. Amazon hasn't found the lowest price yet...hehe. :-)

Sandra Orchard said...

Thanks for the tip. Wish I'd known it back in May when mine was on sale. :)

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

Thanks for the tip, Jessica! I wouldn't know how to let Amazon know! Let me know, okay??

And thanks for the little plug for Wednesday!! I was just trying to do some blog reading catch-up and saw that. You're such a sweetheart!

See you on Wednesday! Aloha! --Cheryl

Georgiana Daniels said...

That is a great tidbit! I need to absorb all the info I can :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I've never heard about Amazon price matching. The whole concept makes this bargain-hunter's heart pump a little faster.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, you are so smart! Thanks for the tip!