Sell your books as art

Charge premiums!

Daniel Wieser 🔥
2 min readJun 17, 2024
a possible book cover…

Introduction

It’s over, you cannot compete with the regular folks who are selling their stories for $ 0,99 — it’s impossible to compete at this price. And $ 9 for a kindle book? Nobody is going to pay for that.

The book is too expensive.

You wanted to sell it for $15 and people won’t buy it because they think this is too much for a book. As one Medium writer once wrote:

One Reason Why I’m Not Buying Your Self-Published Book

The reason?

It’s too expensive.

Create art instead

Do you know when people do not care about the price? Do you know a market where people even pay millions to get something? It’s the art market.

They pay a premium to get your „thing“ (whatever it is) as long as they see it as art. This is why you should create your book as an artwork instead of a regular book.

Then charge a premium for it.

Examples…

House of Leaves is a novel, but it is also a work of art.

Then do not offer a digital version, make it print only. As one user on reddit said:

I’m all for digital books, but this is one where you need to get the real thing. Much of the book has different fonts, colors, formats etc. — Quitepossiblylying

Even more intriguing is S. By JJ Abrams. You need to check out the book to understand what I mean

Why this is important

You want to earn money and the only way to do this is to charge premium for your products or services. … including books.

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Daniel Wieser 🔥

http://www.danielwieser.com Genius Mastermind 📚 Wrote a lot of books just for fun | ASD | Writes about writing books, technology, AI, ChatGPT.