Making a living as a writer has always been difficult so the “these days” really doesn’t apply. When you say “breaking even” you must be talking about indie (the post was on a digital first imprint) and all the indies I hang with broke even and are making a very good profit. That said, I’m hanging with some of the tops in their field. So, yeah, there will be those who won’t break even - but that’s usually because they aren’t releasing a quality product.
Actually pries have been going up. Traditional books that used to be $9.99 are now routinely $12.99 - $14.99. Indies that used to sell for $0.99 - $2.99 are new in the $3.99 - $4.99 range. So we are seeing vast improvements in that area.
Novels aren’t priced on # of pages…I have books of mine that 800 pages long and others that 350 pages long and the publisher charges the same for both. The price is set based on “what people are willing to pay.” – in other words what the market will bear.
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Mine was 35 pages longer, but I was offering more for the reader in turn.
I’m not sure why you are always so hyper-focused on the length of your book. Readers want a story they aren’t buying it like flour to see what the cheapest per pound is.
All books get 1-star reviews. Don’t sweat that. Oh, I just went out and saw you have only 1 review and it’s 1-star. Yeah, that’s going to sting. When your book is in that shape, it makes it hard for others to give it a try. But it won’t always be that way. Other reviews will come in. A word fo advice – don’t give into the dark side and sink to unscrupulous tactics to get your rating up. Buying reviews, trading reviews, or getting people you know to review your books are all no-no’s. Don’t dip your toes in that water. Just wait it out.