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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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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YOU can begin to build a great writing career too. Write with Angela — Team Up is fun. :-)

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How to profit from your writing: online store.

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.

Kindle Short Fiction Domination: Today’s Blueprint For Writing Success And Income (4-week class)

Short Fiction Domination

Want to write short fiction and build a successful career? For the first time in decades, it’s possible to write short stories and make a great income. Each week, for four weeks, you receive a new lesson, in PDF format, via a download link sent to your email inbox.

As we move through the class, you’re not only writing your own short stories, you’re also discovering the Kindle short fiction BLUEPRINT… What to publish, and when, so that your Amazon income steadily increases. Join us. :-)

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How to profit from your writing: online store.

Kindle Ebook Cover Creator: Fast and Elegant

Judging by my writing students, sourcing Kindle ebook covers cause more angst that writing a book does. Yes, covers are important. However, you can create them yourself very easily. Perhaps you’ve heard of Canva, the graphics editor? It’s also the easiest ever Kindle ebook cover creator.

Canva does the hard work for you of ebook cover creation for you

Kindle Ebook Cover Creator: Fast and Elegant

In the image above, you can see one of the many images Canva provides for book covers. If you don’t like the image, just upload your own. It takes just minutes to develop your own ecover for your latest Kindle book.

A tip: if you’re writing a series of books, create several ecovers at the same time. Tie the series together with similar images, and use the same fonts. Add all the information which you’ll use for each ebook in the series. Later, when an ebook is ready to publish, just add the title.

As you may know, I have a busy ghostwriting practice. I create cover images in Canvas as a service for my clients. I don’t charge for them; clients are free to hire their own designer. However, it’s so easy to do, I do it so that if they wish, clients can publish to Kindle immediately, then change the cover later.

Canva for Work: coming soon

Canva is becoming the graphic design program of choice for authors, marketers, and others. And Canva for Work is coming soon; I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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Your Creative Business: Coaching to Turn Your Creativity into Profits

Your Creative Business: Coaching to Turn Your Creativity into Profits

Want to turn your writing into a creative business? Over the past few months, we’ve had many queries asking when the Your Creative Business coaching program would return, and we’re happy to announce that it’s back. Get started today: put your creativity to work.

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How to profit from your writing: online store.