Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I've been struggling all month, trying to get the price of Fallen Angel updated at the outlets other than Amazon. Amazon has a requirement that the price of an Amazon ebook title can't be higher than it is at other retailers. My book is priced at $2.99 at Amazon, but they discount it to $1.99, so I had priced it at $1.99 at Smashwords, who controls distribution to other outlets.
Amazon emailed me that they were removing my book from sale until I got the price corrected. I needed to either reduce the price at Amazon, or increase it at the other outlets. I didn't want to reduce the Amazon price, because although they discount it, I actually get paid the commission at the $2.99 price, since that is the price that I set. So I had to increase the price at Smashwords, which I did, but for whatever reason, it never got changed at Kobo or Sony. As you can imagine, it's difficult to get changes made that require human intervention, since these sites (Amazon and Smashwords) have so many authors, and are so busy.
I sell by FAR the most copies at Amazon, so I hated for it to be gone from there. I lost almost an entire month, but today I was finally able to get everything accomplished, and it's back on sale. I don't know how much it cost me--probably around a hundred dollars, since sales have dropped off since the peak at about this time last year--but at least it's back!