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. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    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. James (of Tallahassee)

    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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