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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