On 7/1/2015, I recieved this letter from Amazon, informing me of the new program in KDPS that will pay authors by the page instead of by the download:
In mid-June, we announced a change to the way we will pay for authors’ participation in Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) (https://kdp.amazon.com/community/ann.jspa?annID=786). Starting today, the payout of the KDP Select Global Fund will be based on the number of pages KU and KOLL customers read. (Emphasis mine)
In mid-July, we will post results for the fund in June, expected to be at least $11M, making June the largest monthly payout so far. As previously announced, the KDP Select fund for July and August will also be at least $11M.
KDP authors can now see the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0) for each of their KDP Select titles on the “Promote and Advertise” page in their Bookshelf (https://kdp.amazon.com/bookshelf). Please keep in mind that, because it is based on settings specific to this program and intended to normalize the count across all KDP Select titles, KENPC may well vary from page counts listed on a book’s Amazon detail page or page counts for a print book. As measured using KENPC, during the month of June, KU and KOLL customers read nearly 1.9 billion Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENPs) of KDP Select books.
As a result of this, I have removed my short stories and poetry from the KDPselect program. I have left The Dragon’s Call on there for the moment, but am seriously considering removing it from there as well. I do not like how little information is being given on how many of my books are downloaded versus how many pages are read. The only information I’m given is how many pages have been read for that day. I don’t know what pages in which books, or if multiple books were downloaded – I know nothing at all except how many pages of all my works total were read for the day.
That is unacceptable.
I will not use KDPS for my smaller books anymore, and if the payout is not comparable to what I was receiving prior to July 1st, I will be removing The Dragon’s Call as well.
Well, it looks like Amazon has finally shown their true face. I always knew it was a matter of time, but the lack of disclosure and information regarding who is reading our work, I feel, is ridiculous. Selena Kitt says it best in her blogpost below:
From author Selena Kitt:
Erotica authors were impatiently waiting for July 1, for a look at the new dashboard and the opportunity for a glimpse into the Bezos crystal ball at what they might be paid for the month of July, when the Kindle Unlimited changes took place.
Looks like the numbers are (kind of) in… and the outlook is rather dismal. Erotica shorts authors knew it was going to be bad. I just don’t think most of them thought it was going to be quite *this* bad. Because it looks as if authors will be making about $0.0057 per page. That’s slightly less than half a penny a page, folks.
…We are the most versatile, adaptive and scrappy bunch of people I have ever known. And if Amazon thought we were going to take this lying down?
Bwahahahahahahahahahaha. Then they don’t know us very well!
Introducing the #releasetherate campaign
The objective is twofold:
1. Get Amazon to tell us how many people are borrowing our books, without which our page counts are utterly useless
2. Get Amazon to tell us how much they mean to pay us – NOW. IN ADVANCE. No more of this, “Enroll your books, choose to go exclusively with Amazon, and we’ll tell you later how much you’ll make” crap!
I’m also sending out a request, (for all those who would love to be involved,) for honest reviews of the book. If interested, feel free to download the book, and you can post your reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes&Noble, or Kobo.
If you see any other books of mine that you would like to read (for free) and review (for you bibliophiles out there,) feel free to send me a note ^.^
For the next two weeks, I’ll be interviewing some pretty awesome authors and showcasing various talents while I’m getting ready for the Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse Book Launch and Giveaway. I’m really excited about this because not only are there some pretty talented independent authors on the list – there are also other independent artists in the line up for a feature/interview on the site!
First up on the list is Author Suzanne Dome who was gracious enough to agree to an interview ^.^ Make sure you click through her links and some of her works after you check out the interview below ^.^
When did you first decide you wanted to write?
I remember my first “story” for school was a short story in the 3rd grade. It was about a unicorn named Shelly. I would say the serious writing bug hit in about the 7th grade, and I wrote a 3-notebook story about a future war in Russia, that will NEVER see the light of day. After that came a multitude of attempts at what eventually became The Scrounger Trilogy. I first decided I wanted to write when I was really young, actually. I was writing short stories for class, and journals, and I have written down my dreams for a long time. I wrote pieces my teachers enjoyed reading, and they encouraged me to not only keep writing, but wanted me to enter contests. I didn’t want to stick with short stories and essays, though. I always preferred reading novels, so I wanted to write novels. Those dreams I write down? Many of them run through my head just like a movie, and show me the whole story. They’re super convoluted and in color, with sounds and sometimes sensation upon waking. Professors, teachers, community members, friends, and even my parents would have all kinds of ideas for me about what I should write. I tried out some of those things…I hated journalism. I can’t interview someone when they’re crying. I got really sick of short story writing in college. Poetry is fun, but it’s not terribly natural for me, and even the free-verse forms are difficult unless it strikes me like lightening. When it comes down to it, I like to write long stories, with layers, and lots of characters. Writing novels lets me spend lots of time with my imaginary friends. Do you have a favorite author?
I’ve had several, and my tastes vary. I loved Clive Cussler when I was in high school, and I credit his writing about ships for my being able to write about space craft. I went through a Zechariah Sitchen stage about 2 years ago, as I was researching some alternative archaeological ideas. I enjoy books more than specific authors, really. I loved re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the day job. Charles Scheffield, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Kathy Reichs, and many others contribute to my reading stack. I’m currently reading other authors local to myself, and enjoying that we all get to hash things over together. I toss in an Arthur C. Clarke or a metaphysical book every now and then. Really, for me, I’m not picky or devoted to an author, as much as I find stories I enjoy.
What was it like writing The Scrounger Trilogy?
Writing The Scrounger Trilogy was 12 years of blood and despair and joy and rage, and publishing was a roller-coaster of anxiety, self-loathing, and pride. The specific idea came when I was 16, and I slowly compiled everything that became the story over that period. For years before that, I was playing around with some space-themed stories, but none really satisfied me. I was also writing on other projects off and on during that time. My goal was to publish at least the 1st book before I was 30, and I succeeded. With a lot of support from family and friends, I pushed through, and then continued to nit-pick my writing until the most recent iteration. There was lots of coffee, ramen noodles, nacho chips, scrubbed carrots, and apples involved. The short stories from college were an oppressive force, and I feel like it was one level of my personal writing hell. The way it was handled in college was stifling—I put myself through that for experience though, even when I was denied the opportunity to workshop the first little bit of TST. The parts of working on the Trilogy I enjoyed were: when I re-read something and giggled with giddiness, editing (yes, I like the hack/slash/marking!and I edit viciously) and envisioning covers. More than anything, I like having an excuse to daydream, all the time. Despite the trials, I really am in love. And, yes, reader response is fun—it gives me anxiety, but it’s fun hearing from my fans. Did I say I love to just daydream? It feels like I have a constant stream of stuff in my head…forget a number of tabs, I have conduits…I also love drawing in the middle of a passage. I spent lots of time, when I was 16 and scribbling the original 1st eight chapters of Empty Space into a notebook(I’ve since abridged the story and taken the original manuscript out, and it felt AWESOME, like cutting a watermelon with a broadsword), I would stop sometimes and sketch in the margins.
Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?
There are many topics I want to write about, but I don’t feel like the ideas are developed enough, or that I have enough information. Some topics concern my day job, which is Special Ed para in a high school, and I’m not comfortable writing about those observations while I still work there. I would also like to write a metaphysical book on stone usage someday, and again, I feel like I need more information. I will write them someday. There are lots of science topics I would like to explore philosophically, and again, I feel like I need to absorb more information first.
What is one silly fact about you?
Just one? There’s so many…I’m really a big, nerdy dork. I learned to belly dance for the main character of The Scrounger Trilogy, and I used to pass the dance lessons on to my college dorm mates. I grew up eating Star Wars and drawing dinosaurs and playing with clay and Legos. I prefer documentaries about space and nature and science to anything else. I like metal music.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
I fall in love with side characters easily. From TST, I really like Eleksi, Grem, and Irena. From my various WsIP, I really like an older gal named Aunt Frieda…I kindof see myself as her in 10 years.
Is your writing influenced by people in your life?
Not specific people, necessarily, but when I’ve run into similar people, sometimes an amalgamation of those similar personalities makes its way into my writing. I don’t actually like to put specific people into my work—I prefer when the characters develop on their own, and take over their word-lives. I like it even better when they come to me in dreams first, because observing their behavior gives me clues. I’m a people-watcher too, so when I go to events, part of my fun is meeting/watching/talking with everyone, whether they’re interested in my books or not. I watch gestures and facial expressions, and how lips curl, and the edges of someone’s eyes go red when a touchy subject comes up. Occasionally I might base a character’s specific tic on someone I know.
Thanks for agreeing to do this! Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog?
dolphin squeaking noises< …Because I love dolphins.
Creativity and Imagination are the best tools humanity has, so I hope that no matter how it’s expressed, from science to McGuyver-style fix-its, to the next best-seller or most fantastic painting, that Creativity is never boxed, contained, constrained, and that if it is, that we are all able to break those restraints. I feel that Imagination isn’t meant to be controlled…learning the rules for something ethereal means they can be broken. No matter what, it starts as an idea, which starts with a vague sense of a dream, and a realization that something could be different…so be different, don’t conform.
So, all this month I’ll be holding a raffle-copter giveaway to get ready for the book launch party for Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse. Two winners will receive a free audio copy of the book once the audio format has published, and three other winners will win The Dragon Call bookmarks!
So, I’ve completed one part of the new project I’ve started, “Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos.” I chose the word Psalmosbecause it doesn’t always mean a poetic work from the Bible.
The poem Hunger is the first of several new works that I’m in the process of completing. I’m really excited about this because my Muse has been riding me pretty hard. All of my poetic works are experience driven – and so I hope that you’ll enjoy each one as I post them up.
Please go check it out! If you like it, hate it, don’t much care for it at all – feel free to leave a comment and let me know ^.^
So, I’m looking for artists of all types to do a hangout with. Whether you’re a writer, photographer, painter, digital artist, rapper, singer, music producer, dj, etc, etc, etc… I want to get to know you and ask questions face-to-face (or as close to that as is possible with google anyway!)
If you’re interested and have some skills, products, or wisdom to share, or maybe you are a nosy person and simply want to hangout – feel free to leave a comment HERE and we’ll set something up!
Today an interview I conducted with a grammy-nominated music producer was featured on GlobalGeniusSociety.com! I’m really excited about this because I’ve been learning a little bit about the world of music from the eyes of DJs, rappers, singers, and music producers. Please support and check it out!