How do you set your prices?

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
85,000+: $6.99

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.