“Quality matters more than ever.”– M.J. Rose on e-book pricing and writing from “Are eBooks Too Cheap” at the Huffington Post.
Now that we’ve survived the initial euphoric rush of the new market, we come back to the essentials: you must offer something of value not merely of price. If you want to survive the market as a professional, you have to produce quality and then price it such that you make enough money to pay your for your efforts and costs or this is just another expensive hobby. I’m not usually a huge fan of HuffPo but this article is worth your time if you’re at all interested in e-books as a reader, writer, or publisher. As some of you know, this is something I’ve been talking about for a long time with respect to e-books and the “indie writer” movement. It’s very gratifying to see the idea gaining currency and exposure from larger names and organizations.)
This is true whether you’re an “indie writer,” a small press publisher, or a New York Times bestseller published by one of the major commercial publishers (“the Big 6” which as of a week ago became the “big 5” when Random House and Penguin merged to become Penguin Random House–or Random Penguins as we’re persisting in calling it–I’m a Penguin Group published-writer, myself.) So, while you’re pounding out words for NaNoWriMo or, as in my case FiMyDaNo, or just writing for your own ends, work for quality–it’s the only true distinction.