Pricing Strategies

So I was talking to a few people earlier this week about Kindle pricing, and everybody was basically pointing at the same strategy as always. It goes like this.

Join Kindle Direct Publishing Select, so you get access to five days a month of promoting your book for free. Set the price of your book to $5 and then after a couple days do your free promotion. After your free promotion is over, set the price of your book to $3.

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Feathers in the Headdress

The chief level is tough for me.

Like I said on the man-brain level, it's just frowned upon in American society to proclaim oneself the chief. To elevate oneself as the alpha of the pack, or the dominant male of the troop, or a leader of men... these things are simply not done. We believe in democracy.

But the thing about the chief is that the chief is not in charge.

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The Sixth Day

This is the point where I consider someone a "success" in any given endeavour - when they reach the man-brain stage. Where they engage the prefrontal cortex and engage themselves in promoting a system that has worked for them - actively putting something new into the world for others to use.

You know, like I'm doing. I'm sorry, did I say that out loud? We're not supposed to do that in America - self-promote, blow our own horns, believe our own bullshit. Except that's kind of its own bullshit.

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Monkeys and Chiefs

The astute observer will at some point have noticed that there's a distinct similarity between the monkey-brain and the chief-brain. I mean, it's in the monkey-brain that we first see the concept of the tribe, but of course we want to lead the tribe, right?

Well, that's the monkey-brain view of it. The chief-brain views it much differently. But let's stick to the monkeys right now, just to keep things in order.

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Go For It

The distinguishing characteristic of the lizard-brain is primarily the conservation of energy. Instead of pushing its stuff around all over the place, the lizard puts its stuff in one place and stays there. It only picks up and moves when it sees something useful and desirable, or when something distressing and undesirable shows up.

There are very different problem-solving strategies as you progress through the different animal levels, honestly. I mean the bucket-brain solves nothing. A bucket-brain just kind of sits there and waits for stuff to show up, but if it doesn't land in the bucket the bucket-brain just sits there and bitches that someone else got his stuff.

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