Letters from Letty Advice for authors and readers who love them Dear Author (and Reader on this one!) How about we look at the numbers, eh? Please understand how the $0.99 book isn’t always the best decision, and how this hurts the market. It’s a bit odd to say this, but it’s very true. Everyone loves a good deal, right? And you’re right. It’s great for a first book, a special pre-order price, and a special gift to readers (because truly, we wouldn’t be here if not for you guys!). But that doesn’t mean that readers should then turn around and feel that all books should be that price. 0.99 gets an author 35% royalty, that means 0.34. Hey, if the book is less than 100 pages, then I’m all for that. More than that though? Now, you’re coming into darker territory. 2.99 or more gives the author 70% royalty, that means 2.24 a book. See the difference now? From 2.98 to 2.98 that is the difference of dollars for an author. So please, understanding that 0.99 can be great, wonderful, and amazing, but not all books shouldn’t be at this price. You shouldn’t expect books over 100 pages to be that rate, especially when many are willing to pay 6.99 for a Big Publisher author. So, hey Indie Authors, stop hurting yourselves. Readers, support the Indie livelihood, and make sure that you are loving the authors you can’t stop reading. Until next time stay Fab, Fierce, and Geeky. Letty 18
Meet the Co-Founders of <strong>Lust</strong> <strong>Bites</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> LETEISHA NEWTON is an author, blogger, massive geek, and villain lover. Professionally published since 2008, she really didn’t seem to catch her stride until 2012. (You know how it is, life and all that jazz takes over). Then she used her love of Anime, random trivia knowledge, and excessive world building to create her paranormal romances. Somewhere along the way she got a bunch of scrapes, bruises, and thick skin. That probably has more to do with her mini-alpha in training then writing, but we won’t tell her that. When she’s not tapping away at the keys, she’s watching Anime, playing her Playstation, or arguing about why female superhero poses are IMPOSSIBLE, albeit sexist. One day she’ll have her own comic, and she’ll do it the right way (she just has to learn how to draw!) JESSICA ADKINS-CHARLES is a blogger, PA, and mom extraordinaire. Owner of Bottles & Books Reviews and Anchored by Books Promotions, she spends her days writing rocking reviews, wearing her Personal Assistant tiara while promoting authors & sipping on champagne in her pajamas (she only wishes!). The best part of her day though is spent pretending to be a variety of Nick Jr. characters while chasing after an over-active toddler boy. She dreams of skydiving out of a plane, visiting the Eiffel tower and taking over the world one step at a time. <strong>Lust</strong> <strong>Bites</strong> Submissions Don’t forget to send your submissions for Show Us YourShelves and Tasty Treats to: email@example.com with Subject: Show Us YourShelves or Tasty Treats !