Kindle Unlimited Makes Sales For Authors

Kindle Unlimited Makes Sales For Authors

I shared the story of my ill-fated “let’s not publish new stuff in KDP Select” experience on my Just Write a Book Blog. I definitely lost money with that little experiment. All the ebooks I which I hadn’t enrolled in KDP Select, and which were therefore not available in  Kindle Unlimited, are selling well now that I’ve enrolled them.

It’s amazing to me that I’m making many, many sales, just because the ebooks are free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Not what I would have predicted, but there it is.

Here’s one more author’s experience, Let’s Talk Numbers: It’s official! If you write novels, the new KU is AWESOME!:

“Not too shabby! As you can see, I was averaging about 15-20k pages read per day for a monthly total of 604,268 pages read in July. Multiply that by the official $0.0058 per page payment, and you get $3504.75 for the month.

“Thirty five hundred bucks!!! That’s almost twice what I earned from sales in the same time period!! And keep in mind that OGDDA didn’t come out until August 1, so these are earnings from only one title in one month.”

It’s not just novels, of course. I write a lot of short fiction, because I like to write, and short fiction is fun, and the read-throughs are there as well.

What I take from this: Amazon wants people to read. When people read, authors make SALES.

Test, to see what works for you

When Amazon changed the Kindle Unlimited (KU) rules, and decided to pay authors by pages read, the shrieks of doom abounded.

A couple of my Serial Fiction Bonanza students asked me whether Kindle Unlimited would still “work”. I told them that I trust Amazon to look after their customers — readers. And what’s good for readers is good for authors.

I’m a reader first. From the time I became aware that people wrote the stories I loved to read, I decided that one day I’d write books too.

As a reader, I adore Amazon. I can order as many books as my wallet will accommodate, whether the books are recently published, or were published years ago. Amazon is heaven for people who love to read.

It’s my experience that Amazon is heaven for authors, too. Your mileage may vary of course; everyone is different.

Test. See what works for you. If you decide that you don’t want to give Amazon exclusivity, that’s fine. You don’t have to, but if you haven’t tried KDP Select, test it. You may be surprised that it sells ebooks for you.

Have fun. :-)

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Market Your Ebooks To Get Out Of Keyword Hell

Market Your Ebooks To Get Out Of Keyword Hell

Authors complain about marketing, but it’s necessary, otherwise you won’t make sales. There are endless ways to market your ebooks.

Sadly if you’re relying on tags and keywords to make your ebooks discoverable, you’ll hit a snag. Some authors on Amazon cram their titles with a dozen keywords, so your book is pushed back ten or 30 pages deep in the search results.

Authors have complained about keyword-cramming for years. Sooner or later Amazon will conduct a purge. In the meantime, do some easy promotions yourself. It’s not difficult, and it needn’t take much time.

The process I share in Ebook Dominance works. And yes, it takes just 15 minutes a day. Be consistent; do a little each day. You’ll start selling, and then you’ll sell more.

What if you can’t spend 15 minutes a day?

For most of my pen names I can’t spend 15 minutes a day either. I’d be lucky to spend 30 minutes a month promoting most of them.

There’s a solution — your readers’ list.

The marketing key: your readers’ list

As soon as I set up a new pen name, I set up a readers’ mailing list for that name. I add the signup code to a page on Facebook, or on a blog. Then I add the signup page’s URL to the back matter of each ebook under that pen name.

Try this simple strategy yourself.

You’ll slowly get subscribers. To build subscribers quickly, make an ebook free, and then promote it on one of the many “free ebooks” promotional websites. Or run some Facebook ads.

Be patient: everything you do counts, it’s cumulative

I discuss consistency in Ebook Dominance . Keep up your marketing chores. You’ll see results.

The other day I burst out laughing when I read a gleeful email message from a student. She forwarded her message of her pending payment from Amazon, and told me how much the payment was. The sum made me blink. I laughed because this was student who “hated” marketing. Her message ended with: “you were right! I’m glad I didn’t quit.”

Don’t you quit either. Market your ebooks. It doesn’t take much effort.

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Ebook Promotion: Fast, Easy And Powerful

Ebook Promotion: Fast, Easy And Powerful

If you’re an author who hates ebook promotion, you know you need to build a readers’ list, but it seems complicated. It’s not. You can create a simple webpage, and direct your readers to that so that they can sign up to your list.

We’ve discussed using Squarespace for simple one-page websites. Squarespace creates gorgeous one-page websites, which look great on any device. A couple of readers asked about other options. While there are endless ways you can create an ebook launch page, from the simple to the complex, it’s best to stick to something simple if you’re new to website creation.

Booklaunch.io, for example, is simplicity itself. It even offers integration with web marketing tools like MailChimp, and aweber, as well as with WordPress.

If you’re on Facebook, you can create a page there for your new ebook, and add your signup form. Here’s how to do it with aweber.

What you need for a ebook promotions page

Gather your materials before you create your page.

You need:

  • LINKS! You know I’m adamant when I use an exclamation mark, because I hate them. To repeat: LINKS! :-) It’s amazing how often I reach an author’s page, and find zero links to ebook product pages at the online ebook retailers so that readers can BUY. I’ve no idea why that is. Lack of links affects traditionally published authors as much as it does indies. So, again… LINKS!
  • Images: your ebook cover, a logo if you use one, your author photo, and other images too, if you like;
  • Content — your ebook’s description, plus a brief excerpt;
  • Signup content: a brief call to action, so that readers who arrive at your page know that they can sign up to your mailing list.

Do you need a freebie?

Authors often ask about a freebie, as an enticement for readers to sign up to their mailing lists. They get frantic about their freebie. Relax. You don’t need one. You can offer one if you wish: a short story, or a short report, but it isn’t essential.

After you’ve gathered your materials, it won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to put up your ebook promotion page. Remember — add the URL to the front or back matter of your ebooks. Then start promoting your page. Have fun. :-)

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Writing Short Fiction Roundup

Writing Short Fiction Roundup

Over the past week or two, we’ve been talking about writing short fiction, in conjunction with the prelaunch of our new program, Kindle Short Fiction Domination: Today’s Blueprint For Writing Success And Income.

Kindle Short Stories: Profitable, And Fast To Write

Today, short stories are profitable. Amazon doesn’t care whether you publish a 90,000 word novel, or 9,000 word short story. Ebooks can be any length you choose.

Read the post.

Write And Sell Kindle Short Fiction: New Online Class

Over the past few months, I’ve been tinkering with my Kindle short fiction publishing, and working with several other writers. We’ve developed a blueprint which works across genres. Our new online class gives you that blueprint. You’ll write, and sell, using a plan which works.

Read the post.

Write And Sell Short Stories: Conflict Is Essential

You need conflict on every page of your story. How do you achieve that? That’s easy. You add conflicting emotions. We’re human. We’re conflicted. All of the time. So are your characters. If you can take that insight, and use it, your stories will be much more powerful, and you’ll collect fans.

Read the article.

Write Short Stories Readers Love (And Read)

If you want to keep readers reading: start in the middle. In a word: ACTION. Skip introductions.

It’s essential that you start a short story as close to the end of the story as possible. Experienced authors do this instinctively with short fiction. Their goal is to grab readers, and keep them reading.

Read the article.

We’ll be talking more about writing short fiction. Short stories and novellas are huge fun to write. And now they’re profitable too.

Keep an eye on the Just Write a Book Blog, and on the Fab Freelance Writing Blog for more.

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How to profit from your writing: online store.