Another Rant

OMG!

Romancing the WhineAnother box set for $0.99.

Wow!

This one has nine novellas by nine different authors. What a bargain!

It is unfortunate readers don’t understand the many hours of hard work that go into making a box set happen. Let alone all the time and money each author invests in their individual book.

Each author must pay a cover designer for a professional book cover for their own book plus the 3D and 2D covers for the box set itself. What about the expense of an editor and proofreader? They too cost a great deal of money. Let’s also consider the hours the author spends in creating their masterpiece. Now, let’s not forget all the money that must go into marketing the set. That’s not all, the set is turned over to a publisher who formats the novellas into one e-Book, making sure each author is awarded his/her share of the sales but the publisher takes 20% of the profits.

CPK2 Box Set 3D CroppedWe’re talking big time money.

Yet, I’ve heard so many readers complain about the price of books. Some have had the nerve to ask why we as authors don’t make them available for free. Are you willing to work at your job for free?

Time.

Another important factor to consider. Each author spends a great deal of time to create the novella, but then the authors all come together to work on the set. The lead coordinates all aspects of the different tasks needed to bring the set to fulfillment. The marketing person deals with all paid ads and must come up with a scheme that will bring forth as many sales as possible. The ads must be strategically chosen and dates carefully picked so readers will see the set at the right time. As I’ve found out, it is a very difficult thing to accomplish considering many of them like Bargain Booksy, Kindle Nation Daily, Booksends, etc. have their ups and downs so getting good sales for the ads is always a hit of miss endeavor.

Next time you pick up a book think of all the hard work and money that went into publishing it. Most of all think of all the love that went into creating the story.

About Annamaria

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.
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