This being the case, I diligently edit and re-edit, add sections and take out bad sections; to the point I get tired of what may be good stories.
For example my last novella "A Sailor's Love" https://www.draft2digital.com/book/34522 &
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVHY6PU took over a year to write, at 106 pages it is my largest book by a good margin, and yet I ask only $2 for it. A years work, 100+ pages and all for $2.
I can understand the reasoning behind Julia's point of view. At the price I charge and the pittance I get for a sale -- if I get one -- do you seriously expect my best work for less than the price of a small coffee?
Let me break down the argument into logical segments for you.
If I don't put out my best work, I won't have much opportunity for sales. From my point of view, I don't have an opportunity anyway, ASL has been on sale for 3 months and other than the one I paid Julia to buy for appraisal, there has been one sale.
Bad work can damage my reputation as a writer, you can't damage what does not exist. I had a reputation about 2 years ago but that was ruined http://alsdomain.weebly.com/9/post/2013/11/she-won.html ( I was upset and put the wrong year in, it should be 2012).
Bad work turns people away from my books, you can't turn people away if nobody cared in the first place.
Bad work shows badly on me as a writer, as if anybody knows me -- who do you think I am? -- Karen Dale, Shaun Allen or Danny Kemp.
Why should I spend hours/months on books nobody wants? If I was getting some income from the work, I would care what I put out -- I used to have high standards -- I don't care any more. Why should I? I got paid last night by Draft2Digital, for Jan/Feb on Kobo, B&N and Apple I made the HUGE sum of $3.34.
Two months and all I got was the price of a coffee, and you expect me to care what I turn out in future. I see sales as a thank you for the time I spent writing the book, as you can't thank me. Give me a reason, why I should bother.