It’s going to be an e-book, probably 100-115,000 words in length (possibly more, certainly not less). I read an article a few weeks ago suggesting that, counter-intuitively, lower prices are better. Using my Sherlock Holmes-like sleuthing power (checking the Amazon Kindle bestsellers) I was slightly surprised to see that the advice seems sensible. Most of the top 20 are below £3 in price, and many are less than £1.
E-readers have prompted a rise in reading for many, and the purchase of books is quicker and more convenient than ever before. Authors can also benefit from a higher percentage return per book as it’s rather easier to self-publish an e-book.
A lower price would, one would hope, yield a higher number of sales. On the other hand, I would like to make some money, which pushes me towards a higher price (in relative terms; this would be something like £1.50-£2.99).
I do ultimately want to get as much as possible from writing, and whilst this will be largely down to the quality of what I’ve written the price will also play a factor. There are tons of cheap or free e-books jostling for attention and downloads, and whacking a £7.99 price tag on book 1 would probably be a good way to scare off most potential readers.
Right now I’m thinking of something like £1.99, but it’s just a pencilled-in figure at the moment. As indicated above, I’ve got quite a lot of other finickity technical thingummyjigs to consider before I get to seriously consider the vulgar matter of the price tag.
On writing the new bits: progress has slowed lately due to a minor but irksome malady. On the plus side, I had actually written more than I’d imagined (I think I guessed it was about 5,000 words but it was actually just a little under 10,000). Before fitting in the new bits I’ll read through and redraft (the Kindle is handy for this), and then do a final redraft of the whole book (partly to make sure the new bits don’t jar with what went before or feel out of place).