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This is why I want everyone in the world to write a book. Imagine the explosion of reading and books sold!
I very happily self-publish and sell my books on Amazon and it makes up a large proportion of my book sales income. I am not anti-Amazon — but I am anti-exclusivity.
I do not check the KU box. Independence I'm an independent author by choice. Self-publishing was never the second choice for me. Some authors have done very well in KU, and some continue to make fantastic revenue from it. But others have seen their income decimated when the rules around KU page reads or categories changed. They have done this several times already, and they will continue to do so, because it's their business and they can do what they like.
It just happens. There is no peace of mind. I have a personal example of this loss of control that shapes my own need for independence. In early , I was laid off along with four hundred other people in one day from my corporate IT department in Australia. My one source of income disappeared overnight. Few people saw the Global Financial Crisis coming, and we all had to adapt. Change is inevitable, so I choose to spread my bets amongst the retailers as well as selling directly from my own site.
In an interview with Charlie Rose in , Jeff Bezos said that at some point, Amazon itself would be disrupted. He just hopes it happens after he's dead! I think about the future of publishing a great deal. As Amazon continues to rise and rise, we see the push back of many different industries against their domination. There are calls for big tech to be broken up and increased regulation for online retail, so who knows what the next five years will hold?
That's why I am part of the Alliance of Independent Authors because we are stronger together. Of course, most authors have a job or other forms of income, so Amazon is not their only source. I just wanted to explain my own background and decisions as a full-time author-entrepreneur. You can hear about my travels on my other podcast and blog, Books and Travel. My perspective is always global and yet so much of the independent author movement is US-centric.
Fair enough, it started there, but the world is changing and the adoption of digital technologies and mobile-first economies will change the way the world works by Amazon may be the biggest player in the developed digital markets like US, UK, Canada, and Australia, but there are other retail stores and devices that dominate in other countries, plus there are exciting possibilities for where the digital world is heading.
If you stay with Amazon exclusively for e-books you're missing out on selling your books on other retail stores like Kobo, Apple Books, or on Google Play. The latter is particularly interesting because there are 1 billion Google devices around the world now [ CNET ] with growth in developing markets that use cheaper Android phones. Many new markets are mobile first. If you publish wide, your books can be for sale in countries and across apps that you have never even heard of through distributors like Draft2Digital, PublishDrive, Streetlib, and Smashwords.
To stay up to date with global publishing news, check out The New Publishing Standard. Scammers, quality issues and the perception of KU and self-publishing There are absolutely lots of great authors with fantastic books behaving ethically in KU, but there are also a lot of scammers, as reported by David Gaughran on multiple occasions and in a recent article: Kindle Unlimited: A Cheater Magnet.
Book-stuffing to expand page reads, charts flooded with ghostwritten books, and more recently, the plagiarism of copypastecris, which Nora Roberts is trying to tackle by suing the author involved. This bad behavior continues to proliferate because the KU model encourages it. These scandals take us back to the old days of indie when we had to defend the quality of self-published work. From a reader perspective, KU and the rise of Amazon ads have made it harder and harder to find books I want to read on the store.
Long term thinking I understand why so many authors choose to stay exclusive with Amazon. Publishing wide is an attitude, not just a technical choice. When you have a long-term business model, every asset you put in the world helps sell the other assets. I'm not so concerned with e-book sales in launch week, I'm concerned with the long-tail income for the rest of my life. I measure my life by what I create. I focus on creating books, getting them out in every format I can, in every country I can, on every device I can, and then, I know that these sales come, but they take time.
Wide distribution is a long term mindset. It takes time to grow your audience at other stores and having multiple books in a series as well as boxsets can be the best way to gain reader loyalty and sales for the long term.
The more books you have, the more you can play with different options. When you have multiple books, you can adopt multiple strategies. So writing more books in different series for different readers is the ideal situation and then you can have some in Select and some wide. The best of both worlds!
Some authors release a whole series in KU and then make it wide all at once along with a boxset edition. This way, you can still reach libraries and bookstores with your words rather than being locked inside the Amazon eco-system.
How to go wide with ebooks If you are in KU currently, the first thing to do is uncheck the auto-enroll button and note the date that your books come out of KU. You will need an ePub version of your book to publish on the other stores, whereas Kindle requires a mobi.
There are lots of free formatting options now, although I choose to use Vellum because then I can control and test the output. There are hundreds of sites that sell ebooks across the world right now and there is no way to individually publish to them all. Plus, you want to spend your time writing, not updating multiple publishing sites.
Luckily for us, there are aggregators who will publish your books to multiple vendors while taking a small percentage of sales in return. I publish direct to Amazon KDP and Kobo Writing Life because I want to retain control of my pricing and my biggest income sources as well as take advantage of their promotions which are only available for direct publishers.
You can also use Smashwords , which has a store where readers can buy direct as well as an aggregator service. You have to decide what works best for your book and your own publishing process over time.
It takes time to build an audience if you put your books wide. You can't expect to load your books up to a new retailer and expect them to sell straight away. You need time in that market and promotions over time. Moving your books in and out of Select will stop you from building readership on the other platforms. More on marketing wide below. Go wide with print There is no KU for print, no exclusivity for paperbacks, but if you're Amazon-only for print, you're not going to get your book into physical bookstores, you're not going to get into libraries, you're not going to get into schools or anywhere else that requires a discount on your print book, or anywhere that has an issue with Amazon — as most physical retail stores do because of the impact Amazon has on their business model.
Think about how a bookstore makes money. They buy books at a discount e. They cannot buy your books on Amazon and they generally don't want to anyway. They can't make any money that way. The same applies to libraries and schools, literary festivals and other forms of print retail.
They distribute books to 39, retailers including bookstores, libraries, schools, and universities. They have a Global Connect program and printers in different global locations as well as ensuring your book is in the catalogs that book buyers order from. You can do various print formats with IngramSpark including print-on-demand hardbacks, which I love.
Plus, it makes my author brand super professional to have ebook, paperback, hardback, large print, and audiobook editions. My large print sales are also growing. My books have also appeared on physical bookstore shelves as well as next to big-name authors at literary festivals because those retailers can order direct from the catalogs and get a discount.
In episode of the podcast, David Hendrickson explains how he does bulk sales into schools through Ingram Spark. Plus, check out the interview on getting your books into bookstores and libraries with Debbie Young here. You may decide to use an imprint name as I do with Curl Up Press. My books for sale at a literary festival When you publish your paperback through KDP Print, do not select the extended distribution option.
If you have already published there, just go in and de-select it later. IngramSpark have lots of help videos and also a podcast, Go Publish Yourself , if you want to learn more about them.
The lovely Robin Cutler speaks at a lot of conferences as well and they are always at book fairs and expos, so go along and talk about your situation. Find the most appropriate for your books. You will need to choose a discount percentage.
Some authors say that you should select the deepest discount possible as that makes it more likely that stores will buy from you. I also select Non-returnable because returns can mean you end up out of pocket. My book in Blackwells Edinburgh! You can order a proof copy and make any changes and approve for distribution. There are minor charges for publication and distribution but again, check for discount codes. Thanks to Alice Rosewell who sent me her thoughts on going wide with print.
The agent would be wearing a dung-colored blazer over a red knit turtleneck, her heels sensibly low in case the suspect should attempt a quick getaway. I ran down a list of recent crimes, looking for a conviction that might stick. Setting fire to a reportedly flameproof Halloween costume, stealing a set of barbecue tongs from an unguarded patio, altering the word hit on a list of rules posted on the gymnasium door; never did it occur to me that I might be innocent.
You probably won't be back before the bell rings. She walked beside me and asked what appeared to be an innocent and unrelated question: "So, which do you like better, State or Carolina? Those who cared about such things tended to express their allegiance by wearing either Tar Heel powder blue, or Wolf Pack red, two colors that managed to look good on no one.
The question of team preference was common in our part of North Carolina, and the answer supposedly spoke volumes about the kind of person you either were or hoped to become. I had no interest in football or basketball but had learned it was best to pretend otherwise. If a boy didn't care for barbecued chicken or potato chips, people would accept it as a matter of personal taste, saying, "Oh well, I guess it takes all kinds.
When the subject came up, I found it best to ask which team my questioner preferred. Then I'd say, "Really? Me, too! State all the way.