Okie, so there’s this…

Okie, so there's this secret project, right? And I'll tell you all about it soon, but it's not quite ready yet. But I do have a question for you, which will have to give away a little bit of the secret project. Which is sad. But I do need an answer to my question. Which is this.

If there were a charming little book, written by me, illustrated by Kat Beyer, suitable for children aged 5-12 and poets of all ages, paperback and saddle-stitch, 32 pages, full color -- would $14.95 seem a totally outrageous price for it?

I ask because I can't price it any lower (and honestly a little higher would be better, like $16.95), given the production method. (At this price, Kat and I make 24 cents/book each, if it's purchased through Amazon :-). This is the only production method I can cope with at the moment (exhaustively researched, trust me), although in future, I may consider other (somewhat more labor-intensive) production methods.

Kat and I will be making the book in any case, so that I can give it to my relatives' kids for holiday gifts. But I'm curious whether anyone else might possibly buy it, or if it really is a purely labor-of-love project with this pricing.

5 thoughts on “Okie, so there’s this…”

  1. You know, I was in B&N yesterday and I was just noticing–$14.95 is a pretty standard price for a basic, soft-back, non-fiction book, and there are many that range between $14.95 – $19.95. I don’t know what the book’s about, but those prices you mentioned seem pretty normal to me.

  2. Will, I’m not sure you noticed the 32 pages part? This is a skinny little kids’ book, not a nice fat nonfiction book. I think they’re usually priced a lot lower. 🙂

  3. Hi again Mary Anne,

    If you decide to market this little book globally, that would currently be around 11 euros and 59 cents where I am in Dublin, Ireland.
    In bookstores displaying products from mainstream publishers, as well as professional self-published paperbacks by printers in Ireland, the price range would stretch from about 7 to 9 euros at the most.
    11 euros would fit a slim hardback children’s book as the average price.
    Still, with the cost you’ve drawn up, I would gladly buy a copy, Mary Anne.

  4. I’d buy it, I’ve been looking for something interesting to give the kids… now that they all have copies of the Santa’s Twin books.

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