A Kindle author enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select is an unfair lottery. The Kindle author lottery being of course, the size of the monthly pool of money allocated by Amazon to Select Kindle authors, and which rules Amazon will decide to change or modify, AFTER an author has signed away their rights to sell their ebooks anywhere else other than Amazon, under Amazon’s KDP Select (KDPS) exclusivity clause. Sign here to grant Amazon total exclusivity, and all will be wonderful. Yeah, sure. Six months ago, I decided to enrol all my ebooks in KDP Select once again. Having done this twice before over the last four years, I knew the ropes, drawbacks and pitfalls
I have to kill a book. It’s a dog. It’s not easy to come to the conclusion that a book you have painstakingly written is a failure, but sometimes you have to take it on the chin, and let it go and decided to kill a book. I made this decision today after watching this one particular book fail at every turn. No amount of free ebook giveaways or promotion helped the poor darling, so I made the decision to unpublish it, and file it away to experience. By some weird coincidence though, when I finally got up the courage to hit the kill buttons, Amazon’s KDP and Createspace sites were down!
Would my books sell better in US English? There is no doubt that the popularity, market and acceptance of ebooks is predominantly in the US. In two recent articles I posted on Just Publishing, one confirmed that the US is by far the biggest ebook market in the world, with the surprise being that the UK is sixth, and only represents 3% of the world’s ebook market. The other article highlights how little the UK market values ebooks, with the Brits reluctant to venture beyond £0.99, whereas the US market is strong up to $10.00 for an ebook. These facts bring me to having to rethink my own ebook marketing, because
Yes, I may be way too old to learn new tricks, but that won’t stop me trying. It happened like this. I read a blog article, or three, about Wattpad, and immediately thought it was a site for young people with smartphones in hand, reading little chapter by chapter romance or paranormal series. Not for me of course, as I am not at all an author who would be on a young iPhone porting reader’s radar. That was a few days ago, but then today I thought I would take another look at Wattpad. The biggest surprise I got when I tried to set up an account, was to see a
Are you making money from writing? Of course authors should, by definition, be making money from writing books. But this can become a complete furphy when it comes to matters that concern the Internet, and especially when one looks at writing ebooks as against writing blog posts. I do both. Which means I publish ebooks and blog regularly, and both are satisfying and enjoyable in so many ways, but at the same time it can be a bit disheartening. Let me explain. When I write a book, or ebook that is, I promote it and people buy it and read it. Some like what I have written, and naturally, some don’t. But, they buy a product, and do