Sorry, I Won´t Buy Your Paperback.

It´s time to take off my ever understanding book blogger glasses and become the everyday reader. The consumer. The poor sucker who doesn´t earn enough money to afford all the physical books I´d like to have. Well, that´s not entirely true. I could, but, you know… Life and all that.

 

Isn´t that who we all are?

Just normal book-loving people who want to read? 

 

To be honest, I don´t necessarily want to take my book blogger glasses off. By doing so I´d have to be the rational person I am. The one who weighs out options and often has to say no. Because more often than not- Many things deserve a big fat no.

It´s common knowledge that authors are starving artists. Everyone knows this whether they care about it or not. And this is where the problem lies:

 

  • The people who care are often the ones who have a lot more insight into what it means to be an author. We know. We understand. We try to support this artistry.
  • The people who don´t care lack the background info or just flat out don´t give a hoot for whatever reason.

 

Many either belong to one or the other. I belong to both except…

Today, I´m going to be the one who´ll turn two blind eyes towards everything I know about struggling artists/authors because I can´t be anyone else regarding this topic. Because it involves my wallet.

 

Self-published book prices. 

 

Now, I´m the type of book blogger who´s chosen to remove all sorts of easy book access ( ARCs, betas, review considerations ) from my book blogging life because I want to support authors by purchasing their books. Their physical books. I´ll consider an ebook purchase if there´s no other way but will otherwise avoid ebook editions. What can I say? I´m a paperback girl.

I know books aren´t always cheap. Reading is an expensive past time activity.

But this… This takes the cake.

 

 

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You´ll have to excuse me for not wanting to shit all over the author. It´s not the name I dislike- It´s the price I´m allergic to.  16.23 Euros for a 370-page paperback?

And this book is the first book in a trilogy. This means that price ( give or take a few cents ) x 3.  I´d be spending somewhere around 50 Euros ( $ 55.00 or 43 GBP ) for 3 books.

 

No. 

 

At this point, I don´t even want to think about the author because I´m a normal Amazon shopper. I´m disappointed that the price is considered to be okay enough to demand. And without my ever understanding book blogging glasses, I´d even go so far and say this is rude.

This is another reason why many readers pick Kindle editions- Because they´re the cheaper option. Which isn´t horrible, by any means. This just means readers can´t afford printed books. Well, no wonder. If they weren´t able to afford them before they sure as Hell won´t be able to afford them now.

I´ve spoken with a few book bloggers about this topic and many said the majority of the self-published authors they´re in contact with are saddened that their printed editions are never purchased. I have a wild guess as to why that is.

Sadly, after having seen this shocking price, I began noticing so many other over-priced printed novels by other self-published authors.

As an everyday consumer, I find it difficult to accept this. A novel written by a novelist who´s demanding almost hardcover prices for a self-published work.

 

Now, for the sake of saving my own ass, I´m going to slip my book blogger glasses back on and see this from a kinder perspective.

Authors are struggling. They´re trying to turn their hobby/passion into a full-time profession that´ll pay the bills. I´ve spoken to many self-publishing authors and have felt their pains to want to make their dreams come to life. The struggle is real in this over-crowded literary world. There´s more at stake than just book sales. It´s also about making a name for themselves. It´s about growing a fanbase. It´s making sure they stay relevant so their dreams can carry them for as long as possible. Their dreams are just as important as anyone else´s. All the sweat, time and love invested in their carefully written stories has to be paid. Their efforts should be paid. I will support authors. I will help any way I´m able to and if that means I´d help more by purchasing their work then I will do that. All within reason.

But… ( removing my book blogger glasses again ), not like this. Not by asking for an unusual amount of money from a reader.

 

Sorry, I won´t buy your paperback.

 

The price is a little over the top. 16. 23 Euros for a paperback is definitely unreasonable for me. The same goes for any other overpriced self-published paperback.

 

Authors need to earn money. I need to save money. 

 

There´s no doubt that there are readers ( especially fans of authors ) who stand behind a self-publishing author´s price choice. They´ll justify the high amount by telling everyone else that “Their ( an author´s ) time is worth money. Authors are artists and books are written art.” 

Which is true. But does this mean I´m chopped liver?  It´s not about the art a person has unleashed upon us peasants. It´s about what they want for their work- money.

Of course, I could just ignore all this and go straight for the Kindle edition. But I won´t. Because I´m a paperback girl.

 

 

So, where does this leave me? If an author wants to be compensated for their hard work and I refuse to buy their overpriced book then I guess there won´t be any progress on either side. I, the stink normal consumer, can absolutely live with that.

 

On a kind note: Should anyone feel it´s okay to invest in overpriced books then by all means- You have my blessings.

 

I´d also like to add that whatever type of reader you are: You´re fine. I won´t judge you for wanting to support an author nor will I judge you if you couldn´t care less about an author. I understand both sides and find each is acceptable.

 


 

What about you? What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you have a book price limit? What´s an acceptable book price for you? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


 

As always, thank you for reading my blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

 

XO´s

Morgana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Editing Ignored

I´m in no way a writer. I have never studied anything that comes close to literature, nor have I spent my free time trying to be overly intelligent in any way. I write about books because it´s a great thing to do that doesn´t require any qualifications at all. Anyone can blog ( apparently…* giggle * ). But not everyone can edit a book.

Self-publishing might have alot of perks but it does have one major downside: Self-publishing writers have to edit their stories themselves before they put them up for sale

read the pro´s and con´s for self-publishing here.

 

And it often shows.

Many self-published authors fail to see the importance of a proper, professional book polish. Why?

Well, money is an issue. Some authors can´t afford a professional editor. Some authors are too cheap to invest in a professional. Some think it´s not important at all. Some believe they can polish their book themselves. For whatever reason… it´s wrong not to have a book looked over by someone who can work book magic.

Here´s how it usually works with self-published authors who want to sell their books. They often chose a path that´s more convenient for themselves ( mentally and financially) and depend on other sources:

Step 1 ) Author writes a great story

Step 2 ) Author wants to publish said story but wants it polished before they hit the upload button.

Step 3 ) Author checks out pricing for editors and has a near death experience because they find out how much editors cost

Step 4 ) Author becomes frustrated and searches the internet for someone who´ll edit for pennies or who´ll edit for free ( because they want their books on the market ASAP).

Step 5 ) Author tries to edit without help, becomes impatient then hits a fan/ blogger up who gladly offer their non-existing services as an editor ( Or, blogger / fan offers to edit ).

Step 6 ) Impatient author blindly trusts the so-called- professionals and hits the publish button.

Step 7 ) Author waits for a miracle to happen.

Might I add that not all sel-published authors go down that road but many do. I´ve seen it happen. Not only once, but hundreds of times throughout a 7 year blogging career.

Ever wonder why the book you spent money on had tons of typos and mistakes? Yeah.

I´m not criticizing self-published authors for wanting to save money. In fact, I understand why. Professional editors are expensive. I´m only criticizing the fact that I´m paying for books that are poorly edited. Because, at the end of the day, it´s my money I´m spending.

And when I´m distracted by more than 10 editorial issues while reading a story then I´ll become an unhappy reader. An unhappy reader who´ll write a review and gladly point out the mistakes.

But most self-published authors don´t realize the importance of a readers opinion ( should a reader ever publish their opinions ). Most self-published writers have their focus on making money and maybe make a living off of writing. That´s the dream and it will unfortunately stay a dream.

I´m sad to say- That´s not how it works. Yet, I do know how it works….

Crappy edited story = High risk of receiving negative feedback

Negative feedback influences sales.

My best advice for newbie writers, or self-published authors who rather not invest money: INVEST money in a professional editor ( or someone who has years of experience in editing). And if you can´t invest then start saving money. It´ll hurt, for sure, to spend all that money on someone who „only“ polishes a book, but in the endgame… it´s worth it. The money invested will be well spent, because there´s nothing worse than having people notice unwanted issues.

No one ever said that self-publishing would be cheap. An author has to invest anyways because every stinking detail that´s connected to self-publishing costs money. Print, paper quality, book cover, print size, ink, etc etc… Why not save up for someone who can help to fulfill a dream?

As for the bloggers who offer their editorial service… They fascinate me. Not only do they write reviews, they also host blog tours, manage book signings, work as PA´s for authors AND they have the ability to edit a book. All for free.

Those bloggers who do want money for their non-professional work aren´t doing self-publishing authors any favors. They´re not doing me any favors either because I demand a better edited book if I´m supposed to pay $12- $16 for a paperback.

The struggle is real and I see it. But what about a readers struggle? Reading can be an expensive hobby, especially for avid readers. Alot of readers have a book spending budget and when they purchase a 350 page book for $12.00 and get a poorly edited story then that´s just rude. That´s called ripping someone off.

Bottom line is: No one can polish a book better than a professional editor or someone who has years of experience in editing and knows their way around the profession. Multitasking bloggers don´t have that know-how. Fans don´t either.

Authors should shine through their work. Not look like fools who want to make a quick buck.

Next up: Weird Book Heros