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I'm a traditionally and self published author. I write in the genre of children and YA at the moment but working my way up to adults. I'm a sports loving, photo taking gal who loves to sing/dance to my own enjoyment. I love to laugh even at myself. I am also owned by 8 birds and 2 hamsters, and yes they know it. :)

When did the price of an ebook or a hardcover book become so ridiculous?


When did books become so expansive? More precisely, hardcover and ebooks.

One of my publishers has been using different formats for the books, and now Jasper is in hardcover and large print for starters.

Loving the feel of a hardcover, I happily went online to buy a copy of each of my books. Well, until I saw how much they were charging.

When did things get so out of whack? Has it been a while, and I’m just noticing?

I have no clue, yet the prices that booksellers attach to a book by a publisher or author have gotten out of hand.

I have found ebooks that are priced in the high teens and even in the twenties. Why? I mean, after all, their printed book is much less. Even if am an ebook reader, which I am not, I would go to paperback first. Logically and wallet wise I am not going to do it.

I get the big-name authors getting those prices. Now, this does not mean I agree with it, but I see the logic.

I am glad I prefer printed books over ebooks. I am sure I will get a hard copy of my books eventually.

But when the print format is way less than a hardcover or even an ebook, I will be going that route for the most part.

Have you encountered a book where the print was small?

Have you ever read a book where the print was small?

For Christmas, I received a book from one of my favorite authors, Bentley Little. I was so excited. Then I opened the book and was shocked. Usually, the font and size of the words are 12. This book was at 10.

I purchased a magnifier just to read the book. I didn’t get far.

When one creates a book, everything needs to be taken into consideration. Everything. One has to consider the book cover, editing, revising, and repeat.

But it never occurred to me about the size of the words. I never had to. I have publishers who are good at what they do. It was not until I opened this particular book did this came to mind.

Even on a good day, when I was younger, would I be able to read this without getting a headache.

I still have not finished it. I have completed two books since opening the cover of this particular novel. Considering how long I have waited for a new book by Little, this is frustrating. Maybe I will buy it in large print. Who knows, that might be what is a regular for the rest of us.

Sorry, Bentley, I adore you, but this book will be where it is at gathering dust for now. But it is now something I will keep in mind for future books that I write or buy.

FInding a title for your book: Easy or hard?

I am close to being done with the final edits for Jasper 4. The manuscript has been done for a while now but the editing process has taken longer than I wanted.

At the moment I do not have a working title. That reminded me of my past titles for my five books that are out. Of the five four were named by someone else. I know how that sounds.

So, I am thinking of ways to title this manuscript. Perhaps a contest, a giveaway or just suck it up and sit down and come up with a title.

It makes me wonder how people come up with titles for their works. If they get help from others or if they are good at figuring it out for themselves.

Some authors will use the main character as a title. Others will use the location of the book. From my titles alone it shows a tease of what is to be found inside between the covers.

One has to make sure that the title is relevant to what a reader will find. If there is a point to your book one can use that.

For example, in Jasper 3 the animals were in peril so I included that in the title. I did get cocky when I finally pulled out a book title on my own. So cocky.

One can’t just slap a title, any title, on your cover. It represents your work and it needs to correlate to the material

So I am back at square one in figuring out a title for this book. Hopefully, something will come to mind soon.