Making Money Mondays – Self-Publishing – KDP Select Report

Hello to the future! Thanks to the scheduling feature on WordPress I’m able to write this post on Wednesday and have it post on Monday, because I’ll be at Dragon Con Monday rushing from panel to panel and will not be able to make a blog post. So hello, future friends!

This week we’re going to talk about something very specific to self-published or very small press authors – KDP Select (or Kindle Unlimited). For the purposes of this program, many small presses are treated just like self-published authors, so we’ll refer to them all the same way. Larger presses have different levels of access and different ways of dealing with Amazon, but that’s a little more about how the sausage gets made than anyone actually wants to know. Also understand that nothing I’m going to talk about includes my Black Knight Chronicles series, we’re only talking about my self-published/Falstaff […]

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Making Money Mondays – Yog’s Law

Hey y’all – I’m having some real life headspace issues today, and can’t quite get the post I wanted to write formulated in a coherent fashion, so this is a reprint from my website from several years ago. It still remains pretty relevant. I’ll be back in two Mondays with my head on straight. Thanks!

Blame Kris Rusch and her excellent blog for this post. Kris writes one of the best business of writing blogs out there, and if you desire a career in this business and aren’t reading her stuff, you’re probably missing opportunities. But anyway, that’s irrelevant here, except that she mentioned Yog’s Law in a recent post, and it inspired this rant. So…sorry about that

Yog’s Law, simply put, states that “money flows to the writer.” Traditional publishing companies and writers use this anthem to decry shady business practices by vanity presses and unethical agents, […]

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Self-publishing Part 4

For the last couple of months I’ve been talking about self-publishing my first indie title. At the bottom of this post, I’ll put links to the other three parts in case you missed them and want to go back and have a look.

The Incubus Job released a little over a week ago and I want to talk about a couple of miscellaneous issues that I ran into in the process. Things I learned, as it were.

First, where to upload to and setting up accounts. The most major outlet is hands-down Amazon. If you aren’t selling there, you are shooting yourself in the foot. Typically you make 70% if you price above $2.99 and 30% if you price below. You can go into the KDP Select program, which potentially will pay more and pays according to how much of your work is read. To join that program, you cannot […]

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The Beginning of the END part Four — More on the Small Press

Morning, y’all!

I ended two weeks ago with a bit of the pros and cons when dealing with small presses, over big presses, and there were just as many cons as pros when it came to dealing with and being published by New York houses. I’d like to concentrate on one single pro today, and how it may often be better than dealing with big houses and with self-publishing.

(With apologies to Di, and her post on Friday!)

Pros for working with a small press? In my opinion is this – Writers get a bigger percentages on electronic sales. NYC offers a standard 25%. Most small presses offer 50% net. And the money flows to the author. A lot of people are going the self-pub route, because they think they can make a high percentage with the first check, and they are right on a sale-by-sale percentage. But that isn’t […]

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Self-publishing Part 3

In the previous posts, I’ve talked a lot about getting the book ready for publication. Today I want to talk about the cover. Let’s first start with this old chestnut: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Probably good advice, but most of us absolutely judge books by their covers. Some of us (like many of us) won’t even pick up if the cover doesn’t signal to us that we might like the book.

Which brings me to my first point. The book has to talk to your target audience. A lot of publishers wonder ‘how they will position’ a particular book that doesn’t quite fall into a particular category. Or you’ll hear people say that a book ‘hasn’t found its audience.” The cover is the key to solving both those issues. Different covers signal different things. Take for instance, romance:

So here is a random sample of some […]

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Yog’s Law—It’s More of a Guideline

You’ve no doubt heard of Yog’s Law. It was coined by James D. McDonald and advises ‘money always flows toward the author.’

That’s generally good advice when you’re dealing with scam agents who want to charge ‘reading fees’ or vanity publishers with contracts that steal your rights and obligate you to buy thousands of dollars worth of your own books for the ‘privilege’ of publishing with them.

It’s also a relic of a time in distant memory when big publishers fully underwrote all the costs of publishing their authors—including promotion, tours, advertising, giveaways, and full-service editing. Nowadays, like the pirate code, it might be best to consider it more of a guideline, really.

(John Scalzi and John Hartness have already done excellent discussions on how when you self-publish, there’s ‘Writer-You’ and ‘Publisher-You’ and you pass the wallet back and forth. You can read those here and here for their […]

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Self-publishing Part 2

Last time I talked about starting the process of self-publishing. For me, anyhow. This week I want to dig into the nitty-gritty a little bit. Before I begin, however, I want to mention that I’ll be talking only about the e-book stage. I’ve not yet embarked on developing the print version, but when I do, I’ll talk about that process. Frankly I’m a tiny bit terrified of it, but then I’ve been terrified of the self-pubbing process from the get-go. I’m not entirely sure why, except maybe that I’ve always imagined this mysterious and complicated process behind the scenes. It’s somewhat complicated, but once you break down the steps and also hire out parts of it, it turns out that it’s not so scary.

Let me remind you of the list of steps I gave in my last post:

get the book beta-read and edited (I did this in two […]

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