How do you set your prices?

Pricing is based on book length. Rather than featuring only three or four price tiers, we have ten different tiers at Riptide. This ensures that the customer never overpays for a book at the short end of a wide price tier (for instance, some houses sell all books up to 15K words for $2.99, but who wants to pay $2.99 for a 5,000 word short?), and that the author is paid fairly for books at the long end of a wide price tier (for instance, some houses sell all books over 40K words for $5.99, even though it may take the author three or four times as long to write a 100K book as a 40K book).

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 M/M 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 tiers are as follows:

Under 5,000 words: $.99
5,000 to 9,999 words: $1.99
10,000 to 19,999 words: $2.99
20,000 to 34,999 words: $3.99
35,000 to 49,999 words: $4.99
50,000 to 59,999 words: $5.99
60,000 to 79,999 words: $6.99
80,000+: $7.99

Most but not all of our titles will fall into these tiers. On occasion and for a variety of individual reasons, a book may be priced in a different (usually lower) tier.