Dear reader, what is the worth of a story?
Yes, you have probably guessed it, I am contemplating to ask a modest amount of money for the Hilda stories that are to come out (and perhaps other ones as well). This is not a new thing for me, I have contemplated this many a time, and each time I dismissed it as something I can’t decide upon.
Lately however, I have tried to keep an eye on the amount of work, time and energy that goes into writing the stories, and that is quite substantial. I have talked about this with a few people already, and they agree that asking a small donation for the work is in place. In several reviews I found here and there I also read that people would be willing to pay for the Hilda stories, the more as they are getting better (for which I am very grateful. The getting better part, I mean.)
But what would be a proper price? There are rules of thumb, which simply determine the number of words that should decide on the price. Some opinions state that a low price is good, so it is affordable for almost everyone. Other opinions state that once you started selling e-books for 99 cents, you are forced to keep your prices low. And others again say that many people will deem it a bad book if you only dare ask 99 cents for it.
So I turn to you, dear reader. Probably you are one of the people who has read one or more of the Hilda stories, so you have, I think, a feeling for what I am talking about. What would be a proper price for such a story? Seven of them are available for free, so it should be possible to make an educated guess, after reading them.
Would you lay down $2.99 of your hard-earned pay for an e-book version of the next Hilda story?