Pricing is based on book length, genre, and author. Rather than featuring only three or four price tiers, our unbundled ebook titles range from 99 cents to $6.99 at Riptide. This ensures that the customer never overpays for a book at the short end of a wide price tier, and that the author is paid fairly for books at the long end of a wide price tier.
When deciding how to price our tiers, we took into account the time and expense that goes into producing each book at Riptide. Unlike many other e-publishers in the LGBTQ space, we provide Manhattan-quality developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for each book we produce. We also provide professional layout, hand-coded file conversions to eliminate irritating artifacts and layout errors in your e-book, and gorgeous cover art. All of these things mean that Riptide’s production process is much as fifteen times more expensive than at other e-houses. In most cases, our cover prices nevertheless remain comparable to our competitors, but you may sometimes find a longer novella or novel priced at about $1 more. However, readers repeatedly tell us (and show us through purchasing decisions) that they much prefer to pay a little more for books they'll love and reread, rather than buy a cheaper book they may not even finish.
Our pricing tier guidelines are as follows:
1,000 to 9,999 words: $.99
10,000 to 14,999 words: $1.99
15,000 to 24,999 words: $2.99
25,000 to 39,999 words: $3.99
40,000 to 59,999 words: $4.99
60,000 to 84,999 words: $5.99
Many but not all of our titles will fall into these tiers. For a variety of individual reasons, a book may be priced in a lower tier. A new book will never be priced in a higher tier, although as our tiers have changed over the years, it is possible that a backlist book may be priced according to an older tier model.