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. :-)

Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans — Make A Solid Income From Your Fiction FAST

Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans — Make A Solid Income From Your Fiction FAST

Serial fiction has been around since the days of Charles Dickens. Self-publishing authors love it. Discover how to write serials in our new four week class. Coaching is included — you’re not writing alone.

By the end of the program, you’ll have published several episodes of your serial fiction. You’ll also be steadily marketing, while you’re writing and publishing.

Join us: you’ll have a lot of fun, and you’ll boost your fiction writing career.

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How to profit from your writing: online store.

Ebooks: A 3-Minute Strategy to Write and Sell

If you’re getting into self-publishing, you need a strategy which you can put to use immediately.

I’ve created an easy one for my book marketing students. You can understand and memorize this simple presentation in three minutes. Then put it to use — use your creativity.

Here’s a quick transcript of the slides.

1. Kindle Ebooks in 3 Minutes Write Your Ebooks FAST

Presentation: Angela Booth angelabooth.com

Twitter: @angee

Writing Genii: writinggenii.com

2. 3-Minute Strategy • Select a topic that sells • Decide on an angle • Define your “hook”

For nonfiction

3. 3-Minute Strategy • Choose a genre • Character, setting and plot • Theme and meaning

For short stories

4. Create a List Outline

5. Write!

6. Publish on Amazon Kindle

7. Promote…• Review copies• Twitter, Facebook• Blog• Blog tour• GoodReads, LibraryThing• Reader list

8. The Easiest Promotional Method: Book Two

Each book sells the next, so write your next book.

9. Cherish Your Readers (Build Platform)

10. Survey: What Did Your Readers Love?

11. Give Your Readers What TheyWant in Books Two and Three

• Is your ebook selling? • Write a series. • Talk to your readers… • Give them what pleases them… and • Magic happens. You’ll sell more ebooks.

12. The Ebook Revolution Is Here: Get Help Now

• Want help writing and selling your ebooks? • Angela’s been doing it for years. • Get help now…

13. Contact Angela Booth: get help with your ebooks today.

Ebook Creation and Sales: 5 Easy Ways to Sell Your Ebooks

Write AND Sell Your Ebooks With Angela's No-Fail Ebook Sales Formula

You’ve written a book, or an ebook. Or perhaps you’ve written several. Either way, you want to sell them. You’ve got lots of options, and in this article, we’ll look at some of them.

Many people are making big money from ebooks. Some are making a few hundred dollars a month, others like Mike Geary make millions. Either way, you need to promote your ebooks. If you’re clever (see my ebook sales formula), you’ll do both at the same time.

Before we get started, a little hint. There’s no magic bullet when it comes to sales. I know some people advise hammering your social media connections with sales messages. Please don’t do this. The people who tell you that it works as a solo strategy are lying. You need an integrated marketing program.

Here are five easy ways to sell your ebooks.

1. Create a Website Page and a Mailing List

Basic, and boring, right? Yes, it is. However, it’s also the foundation of your ebook writing and selling success. It’s VERY difficult to get attention in the online world. Once a reader is interested in your ebooks, you need a way to communicate with them again; your list helps you to do that.

I’ve used aweber (affiliate link) to create my mailing lists for many years. I heartily recommend them.

2. Create a Blog: Use It to Feed Traffic

Next, create a blog, and feed the traffic from that blog to your website, using links.

You can blog about anything you like, however make sure it’s relevant to your ebooks, in some way.

For example, if you’ve written an ebook about dating and romance, blog about those topics.

If you’re writing fiction, then stick to blogging about your genre (mystery, romance, thrillers, whatever.) You can throw in the occasional off-topic post, but don’t make a habit of it, unless you’re JK Rowling.

3. Goodreads’ Author Program

Use this program. It’s excellent. Authors do very well with it; you can too.

4. Social Media: Broadcast, and Interact

Now we get to social media. The key word is “social.” Use social media to feed traffic to your blog and website. Don’t try to sell on social media, you’ll only annoy people.

Create pages for your ebooks on Facebook, and on Google+.

5. Press Releases: Get Attention

You can’t get more old-fashioned than press releases. However, these days, you’re writing online press releases, and you’re writing them for your readers, rather than for the media.

Of course, if the media pick up on your press releases, that’s great. It’s not essential however.

There you have it — five easy ways to sell your ebooks. Use them all. They work.

If you’d like personal coaching in your ebooks business, please get in touch. I’ve been writing and selling ebooks for more than a decade.