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The Pricing Game

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Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday!

Ever since I published my first book,to even now, one of the things that I have always wondered was how to price my books. Whether it’s $0.99 or $2.99, I wanted to be fair to my readers and price my stories at a reasonable amount. But what is a fair price for certain books?

As many of you may know, majority of my books are priced at $0.99; there were a few that were priced higher, and that was because of the books from my publisher. With my stories, I have received several messages from readers wondering why I priced my books so low, especially since some of my stories are over 200 pages. One reader even mentioned that by setting my price so low, it could make people wonder whether the story is any good, especially since there are other authors to choose from.

Ever since that conversation, I had to wonder myself why I set the prices for my books so low. Could it be because I want readers to purchase my books, or could it be because I’m doubting myself as an author? Authors take a lot of time and their hard earned money to release a book; from the book cover, to the editing and promotion, it could take a lot from an author to self-publish; that’s why so many authors price their books higher than $0.99. Publishing a book is also a livelihood for majority of us, so we have to do what is best to protect ourselves financially. For me, there’s a reason to why I set my book prices at either $0.99 or $1.99. It all stems down to recognition.

Throughout my writing career, I try to be reasonable with selling my books; therefore, I keep the price low so readers could purchase them. Sometimes, it can be hard to determine that a book that is over 200 pages to be priced under a dollar, but I can understand that majority of readers does have budgets to maintain, so in order for readers to be able to purchase a book, I’ll be more than happy to place mines at that price. By doing this, it doesn’t question my abilities as a writer and whether my book is good; it’s just for me to be more relatable to my readers. I’m also a working person who has a budget, so I can definitely relate to readers who want to look for a good book at a reasonable price.

As for future releases, I might test out a book at $2.99, but that’s the highest I will go in book pricing; I will not go beyond that, so that you would never have to worry about from me. Call me cheap, but I do look out for my readers as much as they look out for me when you all support my projects.

So there you have it; my take on book pricing. How do you feel about this subject? Do you feel authors should price their books a certain way to satisfy readers? If you are a reader or author, I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. If you do have a comment, please post it in the comments section below.

 

What’s Next For Sheena Binkley?

Hello everyone! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! I have been so busy that I forgot that In Love With My Best Friend was released on this day four years ago. That day, I was so proud of myself for doing something that I never imagined doing, and that was publishing a book. Sure, I’ve written books, but I never thought about publishing them. That day still feels like it was yesterday because many of the things that I have experienced then I’m still experiencing now as an author.

After In Love With My Best Friend, several other books were released, including Our Love, and Love Unbroken; but the book that really got me noticed among the romance genre was A Chance At Love. Not only did that book reach #1 in the African-American Women’s Fiction category, but it also became my best-selling book of my career. That story made readers want to read more of my stories, which made me a bit surprised, but also happy, because my dream was coming true.

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As time progressed, so has the books that were released. From romance, to new adult, to even urban, I wanted to tackle all of the genres that I were interested in and have even read as a reader. I wanted readers to relate to my stories as I would when I read another author’s work, because that’s what being an author is all about. You want to be able to create a story that not only touches you as the writer, but touch your audience as well.

Throughout my writing journey, I have seen a lot of success, including another #1 best-seller with Trust Me, great series with In Love With My Best Friend,  and Love, Life, & Happiness, signed with an urban publisher, launched several great series that were edge of your seat drama, and even started my own publishing company. There have been a few bumps in the road and probably burnt some bridges with some people, but no matter what, I have learned a lot along the way. I’m still learning to this day, which to me helped me become a better writer. As I look back on everything, I know I have came a long way, and I know there is still some room for improvement. I may not have the recognition as other authors, but I’m still proud of what I have accomplished so far in my career. There may be some things that I wish I could change, but it’s all a learning process.

Now that I have been in the writing business for four years, there are still some things that I want to accomplish, including reaching a bigger audience and writing more books. One of the books that I will be working on will be If It Isn’t Love, which will be a spin-off from the Something Just Ain’t Right series. This will be Lamar and Tamara’s story as readers get to learn more about their relationship. Not only that, but I will be doing a short story involving Hayley and Morgan, which I will probably add to If It Isn’t Love (I’ll keep you all updated on that soon).

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Not only that, but I will be doing another spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series involving Cheryl and Marcus as well as write the third book from The Love Chronicles series, How Deep Is Your Love. The third book from The Lost Story will also be released sometime this summer.

I will also continue with my short story, Love. I released the first three chapters last year, but I will relaunch it in the next few weeks with the entire story released on my blog. I think you will love the story of Sophia and Patrick.

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One of the things I have always been grateful for is you, the readers. Thank you so much for supporting me and reading my stories. I’m extremely grateful for the readers who have stuck by me and have been a reader since my first story; so for that, I’m thankful and blessed that you all continued to support me.

Again, thank you. 🙂

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Available Now!!!

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Hi everyone! Today is the day!! Real Love, The latest spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series is available now only on Amazon and can also be read for free with Kindle Unlimited. Catch up on the couple that started the series in their latest book.

Riana:
Shawn and I have been in love with each other since our first encounter in college six years ago. Despite our share of ups and downs, the two of us have a bond that no one could ever break. No other what, we have supported each other; so when Shawn accepted a position in Atlanta, I wasn’t too happy about moving, but I would do anything for him. With living in a new state, things can become very complicated. I know our love is strong, but is it strong enough to get through the issues we’re currently facing?

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I knew the first moment I saw Ri that she was going to be my wife someday. Although we had a few bumps in our relationship, we were able to get through them and is more in love than ever before. When I accepted a huge opportunity in Atlanta, I knew Ri wasn’t on board with leaving Baker, but she did it for me, which I was grateful for. But with new challenges facing us, including issues with my co-worker, I have to wonder was moving worth risking my marriage for?

Coming May 3rd!!!

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Hi everyone! For those of you who have preordered Real Love, the book has been delayed by a couple of days to May 3rd. Not to worry, though, because preorder copies will be sent on the new release date.

For now, here is an excerpt from the first chapter of Real Love. It’s from Shawn’s POV. Enjoy! 🙂

 

When I first stepped foot on the campus of Shaw University, I didn’t know what path I wanted to take in my career. I was an undeclared major, just taking things day-by-day. I never imagined I would be where I am today, a reporter for a national news network. I can’t help but smile at what I’ve accomplished. God has definitely been good to me, in more ways than one.

“Baby…”

I looked over and saw my wife, Riana, staring at me. A huge grin spread across her lips as she came closer to me.

“Reminiscing again?” she asked.

“I wasn’t trying to.”

“Well, it’s expected. You’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time.”

“You have, too, Mrs. Best-Selling Author.”

Riana blushed. “I have, but it doesn’t compare to where you’re heading. Your dreams are coming true, and I couldn’t be happier for you.”

Our dreams are coming true, baby. Don’t ever forget that.” She smiled then kissed me.

After our vacation at Riana’s family’s cabin, we took a four-hour flight from Houston to Atlanta. Since the African-American News Network had provided transportation to our new digs, we were more than excited to get there.

The driver was now pulling into the driveway of our new, temporary, home, courtesy of the network. I don’t know how long we’ll be staying here, but I’m going to live it up for as long as I can.

“Is this our new home, Daddy?”

I looked over at my son, Elis, and smiled. “It is, lil man.”

“Wow, it looks huge!”

“It really does. Are you sure this is the right place?” Riana asked, skeptically.

“It’s the address Oliver gave me.”

“Wow, it’s amazing! And we’re just outside.”

The driver stopped the van, and we all got out.  He stopped me to hand me the keys and welcome me to the network. We rushed into the building. Once we stepped inside, my feet felt like they were glued to the hardwood floor as I looked around the place. It was amazing.

“Wow! I can’t believe we’ll be living here!” Riana gushed. She walked a few steps then spun around in the middle of the foyer.

I continued taking in everything: the golden brown walls, the elaborate tan and cream furniture in the living room, and the sculptures located throughout the penthouse.

While Elis ran up and down the foyer, Riana came to me and gently looped her arm through mine.

“Just think of all of the places we can make love,” she whispered with a sexy smile.

“I knew you would notice that,” I teased.

“I did; I guess I’m in awe of everything. We are officially home in Atlanta.”

“We are, and I have to admit, we’re doing it in style.”

“We certainly are,” she agreed.

“I’ll have to call Oliver and thank him for everything he’s done so far. I haven’t even started the position yet, and I’m already overwhelmed.”

“I wouldn’t feel that way. It’s just a new chapter in your life; be proud of it.”

I smiled. “I’m just happy that you and Elis are with me and that Melanie will be here soon.”

“Yes! I can’t wait to see her.”

I turned her so she was facing me then gently grabbed her hips. She put her arms around me and smiled wider.

“You know I would go anywhere with you, just like you would for me.”

“No doubt, baby. I love you.”

“I love you, too.”

Just as we were about to kiss, Elis pushed his way between us. We laughed as he grabbed our legs.

“Can I see my room, please?” he asked.

“Yes, you can. Come on,” I replied, picking him up. He giggled as I threw him over my shoulder. I glanced at Ri, who was looking at us adoringly.

I have a feeling that the move to ATL will be pretty interesting. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead for myself and my family.

 

There is still time to preorder. The spinoff to the Love, Life, & Happiness series will be available only on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi everyone!! After a brief hiatus, Love & Drama: The Root Of All Evil, the interracial standalone, is back on Amazon! The story was originally under my former publisher, but now, I’m releasing it as an indie standalone. It’s the same story, but a different cover. That’s all.

If you are unfamiliar with this story, here is the blurb:

He’s a hitman who’s trying to change his ways.
She’s the good girl that loves to do bad things.
When these two are together, anything is possible.

When Zuri Caldwell meets Damon Baxter at a club five years ago, she never expected for her life to be turned upside down. After having a one-night stand together, she never realized she would be seeing him again, until she sets foot in his classroom.

While they try to stay away, the attraction is still there that the two cannot deny, leading them to have a discreet relationship. That is, until Zuri moves to California for an executive position.

Five years later and she is back in Houston, lost on her luck since she was fired from her job over an event that went extremely wrong. She encounters Damon again, which sparks up old memories. Even though Damon wants her back, Zuri doesn’t since she just got over an engagement. However, that doesn’t mean she won’t sample a little of what he’s offering.

The two fall back into a sexual relationship that could prove dangerous since Damon has been living a double life. He tried to leave his old life as a hitman behind, but his past keeps catching up with him, forcing him into doing one last hit. He never wanted to do it, but there’s a reason he has to, Zuri. There’s one catch though, she has to be involved as well. Mainly because her ex-fiancé is the target.

The two have to find a way to get what the men need without tipping off anyone, including their friends, Zuri’s parents, and most of all, her ex. But can the two do it without having their feelings get involved?

1-Click Love & Drama for only $1.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited.

 

Free This Weekend!!!

 

Hi everyone!  Starting  today, both Renewal To Passion and Our Love will be free this weekend! Make sure to grab both books for free now until Monday!

 

Renewal To Passion:

 

If looks and talent alone is all he needs, TV design host, Gavin McCoy, has nothing to worry about. But it is much more to the list. He is in need of an image makeover. Gavin has family drama that is now wreaking havoc in his professional life. And the woman who broke his heart four years ago is the one hired to coach him!

Corliss Adams has come back into town and professionally ready to take Gavin on as her newest client. Not only will she be growing her client list, she is hoping for forgiveness and a chance to earn Gavin’s trust and love in the process.

 

Our Love:

 

Charlie Perry is faced with a huge dilemma. After having an altercation with a classmate, she is given an ultimatum- transfer schools or face criminal charges. When Charlie is left with no choice but to transfer, she steps into Belmont High not knowing what to expect, especially when she crosses paths with Michael Collier.

Michael Collier is the most popular guy at Belmont. He can practically have any girl he wants, but when he sets his brown eyes on Charlie, he is instantly hooked, wanting to know more about the honey-colored beauty.

But when secrets from each other’s pasts begin to surface, will the two be able to find their way to each other, or keep them apart for good.

(This book is considered mature YA/NA and contains mature subject matter, including mild violence, alcohol use, and sexual language/situations).

Love, Life, & Happiness Giveaway

Good Evening everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Monday. I know some of you have probably seen this giveaway under my “Contests & Giveaway” section on this blog, but I wanted to fully advertise the cool giveaway that I have started on my newsletter!

For this giveaway, you will be receiving two great prizes: An Amazon Fire and a $10 gift card from Amazon! That’s right, not only are you receiving a brand new Amazon Fire but $10 to spend on books to add to your new tablet. How cool is that?!

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Here are the rules for the giveaway:

 

1. Sign up to my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bY22E9
2. Read the entire Love, Life, & Happiness series.


3. I will be sending a special newsletter with trivia questions pertaining to the series.
The person who answers all of the questions correctly will win both prizes.
It’s that simple!

The giveaway starts now and ends May 31st.

Good luck to all the participants! 🙂