The Eight-Year-Old investigates retail book pricing

Now that NaNoWriMo is finally over, it’s only natural that The Eight-Year-Old, who spent November drafting tales of Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace on her manual typewriter, would find her thoughts turning to how she could use her words to bulk up her allowance.

In an effort to understand the potential profits to be made from a lifetime spent spinning out words, The Eight-Year-Old asked me one Saturday morning: “Mommyo, when you finish your book, will you sell it for $20?”

Mommyo: “No. More like $8, or $5. But only if it’s in print. Ebooks sell for less.”

The Eight-Year-Old, disappointedly: “But why not $10?”

Mommyo: “Most print books sell for $8 or less. A lot of work for just eight dollars, huh?”

The Eight-Year-Old, hopefully: “But what if it’s a classic? Could you sell it for $10?”

Mommyo, guardedly: “Maybe.”

The Eight-Year-Old, decidedly: “If I’m president before you finish your book, I’m totally going to make it a classic.”

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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