I think some of you have published short stories individually on Kindle. I know other authors have done so (Konrath?). It raises some questions for me. Is 0.99 too much to charge? My stories run 8,000 to 10,000 words. I assume that Amazon will not pay 70 % on this, since they have a cut-off price of 2.99. And that is too much to charge.
Have any of you experience with this?
Hi Ingrid: I don't think it's too much. If memory services Al Guthrie has released a couple novellas not much longer than 10,000 words and sold well in the UK on Amazon at a bit more than 99 cents each.
Generally speaking, though, short stories don't sell as well as novels in ebook form, at least based on the internet talk amongst authors I've encountered.
I sell my Maynard Soloman short story series for 99 cents through my publisher. There are three so far. That makes all the difference with short stories. A standalone short is better off being part of a collection. A series can hold its own, though.
Of course, novels are still king. But you've got to stay relevant, give readers new material. Since it takes me more than a year to complete a novel, this short story series is how I keep my name out there.
You wouldn't be overcharging. Amazon won't sell anything below 99 cents. It's that or free.
You're right about the royalty. At .99 to 2.98, it's the 35% royalty. Amazon keeps the majority 65% of the sale.
I published one Kindle short story in May, and I haven´t sold much, but I didn´t expect to do so anyway. Instead I dumped the Smashwords price recently, and Thursday Amazon followed suit.
Result: nearly 6,000 people have downloaded "Heather Farm" for free in three days. One 5-star review, and a small trickle of other books sold. No, I won´t get rich, but I am trying to pave the way for a novel I´m putting out there in August. Next step is a new short story, first for 99 cents, later for free (featuring the same protag as the novel).
But if you want to earn money on stories, I think you´ll have to publish an anthology (as Benjamin suggests).
I took a look. It's hard to know what to make of it. He runs the gamut with genre. How well established is he? Does he have novels published? I think you do need to have name-recognition or some past achievements in order to get decent sales.
I do agree about Amazon reviews.