I have now reduced the prices of all of them to £1.99 - and will have to absorb the reduction in royalty of £0.40.
How much does price influence you? I must admit I get the majority of my books via KU nowadays, and would only spend more than £2.99 for a book from someone like Lee Child or Donna Leon.
Covers - how important are they to sales? I have changed the cover for Lady Emma's Revenge because several people said they looked as if they were asleep. Hadn't occurred to either Jane or I until then - but decided to have a new cover. Would the old cover have put you off buying the book? I know that I don't even look inside a book if I don't like the cover.
What about content? Obviously the story is the crucial thing for any book - but if the price and cover are not right then readers don't even 'look inside.' What I'm asking about is the 'front matter'. I only have a title page, copyright stuff and acknowledgments - my book list is at the end. Some books have pages of information about family etc/book lists'historical notes and contents page before the book starts - would you persevere and read the excerpt or give up?
When KU began and writers got paid if a reader read 10% of the book there were, I'm told, hundreds of very short books published where 10% of the book was just the 'front-matter'. not sure if this is true - but saw it on several loops.
For me it's cover, price and content -what about you?
Fenella J Miller
'Lady Emma's Revenge' will be published in June 2015.