EVERY AUTHOR NEEDS TO GET AWAY FROM EVIL KINDLE UNLIMITED! (Except for me)


My, us authors are an impatient lot. Over and over.

With the new change in Kindle Unlimited, I’ve seen some horrific comments on Facebook about how Amazon is going to kill their sales, and they aren’t author-friendly, and blah blah blah…

Amazon is a business. They are in the business of making money, not pandering to an indie author making them $50 in sales a month. Get real. If you want to jump ship and never use Amazon again, so be it… but there isn’t a viable alternative. I’m sure someone will jump up and ‘brag’ they sell more on SmashWords or Kobo or some other portal, but you’re a rare author indeed. The last time someone shouted about it I found out they sold about $100 a month on Kobo and $75 on Amazon. Under $200 in sales a month is not a career to me. It’s a fun hobby and it gets you beer money. Or coffee.

Everyone calm the f**k down and let’s see how this plays out. We’re 15 hours into it and already authors are bitching. I saw a guy complain he lost $2.10 in sales from last night because it reset. Seriously? Somebody buy him a cup of coffee he lost. I really hope you don’t miss a million dollars in sales this month by those two bucks… 

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I’m in. I’m (mostly) all in. You know why? Because if it doesn’t work Amazon will tweak and change it again. And again. Until they make money, and we make a few bucks as well. Never as much as they do. What company in their right mind would? Stop being delusional and thinking Amazon is the Evil Empire and is out to crush you. Maybe Mr. Robot will end this season by trying to destroy Amazon, and then we’ll all be safe. 

And broke. 

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I don’t want to go back to a ‘real’ job. I like writing in sweatpants all day and making shit up. Amazon lets me do this, and until a competitor steps up and bumps them from the top post, you do what you have to do. I do it with a smile end of the month when Amazon dumps a chunk of money into my bank account, unlike the rest. THAT money is my coffee money, unfortunately. 

I wish all the whiners would take all of their books out of Kindle Unlimited. Please, please and thank you, go ahead. Stop complaining and just do it already. 

The split of the $11 million pot for me just went up. It might only be pennies, but there’s more for me to buy a cup of coffee. And I drink a lot of coffee every month. 

End rant. 

Armand

Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC): The new KDP Select & Kindle Unlimited


Armand Rosamilia:

Kindle Unlimited Page Count

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

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KINDLE EDITION NORMALIZED PAGE COUNT

As of July 1, KDP Select books will be paid for the number of pages read—rather than by the borrow—for Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime borrows.

Authors can now visit KDP to learn what the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC) is for each of their KDP Select books.

  • Visit your KDP Bookshelf.
  • Click the Promote and Advertise button.
  • There you will find the KENPC for your book.

The KENPC tells you how much you will earn if a customer reads 100% of your book.

My ‘Detailed Guide’ self-publishing books weigh in at over 600 pages each with KENPC, which is quite amazing considering they have a little over 200 pages in print at 8″ x 10″.

My 4-book self-publishing boxed set has 2039 pages according to KENPC, while it has 628 printed 8.5″ x 11″ pages.

Fixed layout books, such as…

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“The Carnival 13″ and Authors Writing for Scares That Care!


Armand Rosamilia:

Scares That Care and Carnival 13

Originally posted on Our Darkest Fears:

Click to purchase. All sales go to Scares That Care. Click to purchase. All sales go to Scares That Care.

Two summers ago, I worked with a group of thirteen amazing authors to put together a book with the goal of raising money for Scares That Care. Here is their mission from their website:

“Scares That Care is an approved 501(c)(3) who fights the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns and breast cancer by helping families that are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with the financial burden.

Our non-profit organization provides money, toys and other items to help sick children. We have two other programs consisting of “Scares For Pairs,” where we help women fighting breast cancer and partnered with horror icon Kane Hodder for the “I Helped Kane” program, where we provide assistance to those children who have suffered serious burn injuries.

We are a 100% VOLUNTEER organization in order to maximize our supporters donations to those who…

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The Great Amazon Hysteria… Part 31


Armand Rosamilia:

Amazon Hysteria… again…

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

ChickenLittleAre you scared yet? Because you should be scared. Something really bad is about to happen. It affects all of us.

Our livelihoods are at risk. The ability to support our families. It’s just over the horizon. It could happen any minute. It’s coming for all of us!

WE ARE DOOOOOOOOOMED.

Ahem.

I’ve been around for long enough to know that authors can be a skittish bunch. Probably something to do with our over-active imaginations, with an assist from that old writers’ favorite: the whiskey brunch.

More seriously, we are going through a period of unprecedented change so it’s perfectly normal for people to be a little fearful. I think the disruption we are all experiencing is greater than that which has been faced by similar industries. In fact, I think the transition from print book to e-book is akin to going straight from vinyl to MP3, with all that…

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Cliffhangers and Amazon KU


Armand Rosamilia:

No cliffhangers? #dumb

Originally posted on C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m:

So there I was reading a blog from Wise Ink about the ups and downs of Amazon’s new page count policies for Kindle Unlimited payouts. I ran across this concern:

“But no piece of writing should have a cliffhanger at the end of each and every chapter.”

That’s one of the dangers? Compelling page-turners?

Um…hm.

I think some people (a vocal minority) say they hate cliffhangers. It’s that thing that keeps us reading and keeps us coming back to television shows from week to week and year to year. Even if we think we hate it, we keep coming back.

Dickens did it. Many authors I love do it. I think every chapter deserves a word button that encourages the reader to stay up all night and get fired for falling asleep at work the next day. Isn’t that part of the fun?

Wise Ink is a fine blog with a lot…

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Why You Will Probably Never Make A Living As An Author


Originally posted on Brandon R. Luffman:

A long, meandering post wherein I grind your dreams under my boot heel – and then lift you back up, maybe.

That’s a pretty grim headline isn’t it? After all, so many of us are chasing just that exact dream: Quit the day job and spend all day following our imaginary friends around our fictional worlds – in between rounds of Candy Crush and Peggle, of course. Sitting in your underpants, swilling coffee and slinging words. What’s not to like?

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Is Kindle Unlimited Hurting New Indies?


Armand Rosamilia:

I am personally a fan of Kindle Unlimited as an author and reader… how about you?

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I was planning on posting the new TOC how to using Calibre this week, but I’m afraid that I haven’t been able to get to my computer to get the screenshots together this week – so next week it will be – promise. Getting back here today though, it seems that the whole writing world is up in arms about Amazon’s announcement that authors will earn by the page read, rather than by the percentage of a book read when a book is borrowed with Kindle Unlimited. Having vivid memories of starting out as a newbie to self-publishing of how easy it was to get totally confused and thrown off course by announcements from some established authors, I’m really glad that this didn’t happen back then.

It’s a fact that any Indie author out there right now with one, or maybe two books published, is not going to be laughing…

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