Long post ahead, brace yourselves.
Now that I’m going back to school and am probably going to have to slow down work on Fiverr, I’ve decided to play around with the pricing structures on my gigs a little. At the moment, I’m considering changing pricing on my short story gigs. This doesn’t mean just upping the price, but also changing how I structure my gig packages.
Originally my basic package was 600 words for $5. But over time I’ve come to realize that because of how I write, it’s proving very difficult for me to keep my word count down to that level. I consider myself pretty lean prose-wise, but because I’m a fan of packing in a twist at the end, I tend to overwrite. Because I was starting out and didn’t have the heart to demand more payment for clients who asked for a 600-word short story, I’ve ended up delivering 1200-word stories for just $5. The clients seemed happy with that, but obviously I want to be compensated for the actual work I end up doing.
So my question is this: would it be a good idea to get rid of the 600-word short story package entirely, and just go from 1000 words or so as the basic package (most likely for $10)? I still don’t have a ton of reviews and I don’t want to be affected too adversely by having my base price at $10 instead of $5. But at the same time, school starting back up means I have less time to work on Fiverr anyways, so slight reduction in orders might actually prove beneficial for me. Any suggestions?
TL;DR: Chaging $5 for 600 words doesn’t work for me because I have a hard time keeping my short stories within that limit, considering upping basic package to $10 for 1000 words so I don’t end up just adding words for free. Suggestions?
Thanks in advance! (And apologies in advance to mods if this is in the wrong section!)