03/04/2017 – 09/04/2017

First week back and I forget to write the post on the Sunday. Argh!

Anyway, what have I done this past week? Well, I continued with an on-screen edit of the fourth book in the Midgard Born Series, which I finished. It’s all printed out ready to do a hard copy edit. However, before that, I need to finish the hard copy edit of my second Hunter Vampire Chronicles short story. This is already half done. When I’ve done that I’ll type up the changes and get back to the other book. It’s a juggling game, as always.

Today, which isn’t really last week, but hey, this is my blog, was the launch of Metally Fatigued, the first of the short stories in The Hunter Vampire Chronicles. It’s Amazon exclusive, and in Kindle Unlimited, if you want to go and check it out.

Metally Fatigued Cover

Reading has been going better this week, but I haven’t finished another book yet. I hope to do that today, or tomorrow.

Hope to see you next week.

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Thoughts on the New KU Payout Structure

I’m sure everyone’s heard about the new KU payouts for authors, starting next month. If you haven’t, they’re going to start paying on number of pages read, not passing 10%. Some people think it’s a positive step, others see it as negative. I suppose that depends on the length of the books they have in the programme.

But, let’s not forget that Amazon’s ultimate aim is to benefit Amazon. They need to make money.

The thing is, when you have an all-you-can-eat subscription service, you don’t care about finishing books. You might read beyond the ten per cent, because that’s only 30 pages in a 300 page book. But if you decide you don’t like the book and you’re a quarter of the way through, or half way, you can just give up on it and try something else. It doesn’t cost you any more.

Amazon already knows how many books are abandoned, and exactly where.

I imagine there will be a significant number of authors who are shocked by how many people abandon their books a long way from the end and how little money they will now make.

Is it fair? Yes, and no. It is fair that if you have a great book that people can’t put down, that you are properly compensated for that. But, if someone bought the individual book, you’d get paid for the complete book, even if it was abandoned.

This is the digital age, and things change every day. Everyone who wants to be a success in KU is going to have to start writing page-turners. I wonder how long it will be before the other subscription services decide to do something similar.

Select Your Price

Amazon has today announced yet another new type of promotion. It’s now possible to discount books that are enrolled in KDP Select for a short period of time. This is something people have been requesting for a long time – a discount promotion where the purchaser can see that it is a discount from the original price. It’s just a shame you have to be in Select to do it.

Also, this week, Smashwords has announced that they are starting to ship to Oyster. After all the initial secrecy, the payment terms for authors are pretty much the same as for all the other retailers they distribute to, except that the Oyster subscribers will only have access to the books for the length of their subscription. Personally, I can’t see the attraction of such a service. I would always want to be able to keep my copy of a book, but I suppose you can never guarantee that a digital book is going to last forever.

I wonder what the next development in this fast-changing market will be.