Publishing through Amazon

Posting via Amazon

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is a blessing for some writers He is one of a steadily increasing number of writers who found self-publishing on the Amazon website very profitable. Although he may not be as well-known as the great writers promoted by conventional publishers and does not have as many books sold, Omer lives enviably on his work. Now he earns more than a computer scientist. The self-publishing industry was mocked for many years as an embarassing symbol that an writer could not slice it through in the "real" publishing industry - "the literary interpretation of masturbation", as Salon once put it. Amazon, the world's largest e-commerce site, with its bookselling awards, was portrayed as the authors' antagonist.

Now, however, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) has made it easier for folks to post their book, ship it to the world and make a living. His business has made a place for the reader to find cheap, self-published textbooks. This website, which began by making radical changes where textbooks are on sale, is now redesigning the way textbooks are publicized and widely used.

Kindle Unlimited is key to Amazon's game - and payment for writers. Started in 2014, the service was a reaction to other organizations trying to develop a netflix for textbooks, such as Oyster, which closed in 2015, and Scribd, which is gradually becoming popular with Big Five publishers. Writers can opt to join KDP Select, which adds a work to Kindle Unlimited and can be very profitable.

Every months Amazon puts aside a box of cash that it divides among KDP Select writers on the basis of how many of their pages have been viewed each months by Kindle Unlimited members and Kindle Owners' Lending Library users, allowing Prime members to lend one free copy per months.

Payments end with just under half a pence per page, the writers said, but those who are most widely viewed can also receive $25,000 in bonus per month. Amazon disbursed more than 220 million dollars to writers last year, the corporation said to me. Independently of participating in KDP Select, writers who post on Amazon via KDP themselves also deserve a 70 per cent license fee for titles that range from $2.99 to $9.99, and a 35 per cent license fee for titles that more or less costs.

"If I wasn't on Kindle Unlimited, I really don't think folks would be reading so many of my books," said Samantha Christy, who in 2014 chose to write fiction. Christy's Amazon typing carreer has been so rewarding that she has supported her four kids and her late married man, who left his position two years ago to run her IT, tax and publishing businesses.

Christy, who usually publishes three volumes a year, spoke to me from Hawaii, where she went on vacation with her wife and daughter before going to Comic-Con International in San Diego to talk about self-publication on a pod. There are drawbacks to Kindle Unlimited. Amazons KDP Select writers are required to be exclusive, i.e. they can only buy their book in the Kindle Store and not in other online bookshops or even on their own blogs.

Because of the remuneration system, writers who create many pages, even if they are not particularly good pages, make more revenue than writers who do. Nearly since the introduction of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon has been fighting against" Buch Stuffers", writers who release hundred of pages of Kindle Unlimited contents, some of which are jargon, some of which tempt the reader to browse to the last page of the volume for the volume to be considered to have been finished and payed for.

Self-publication on Amazon portals helps writers in some styles - among them Romanticism and the enigma where people rip through and write them, couldn't last long - about those who spent years composing fiction or who write well-researched non-fiction, Mary Rasenberger, the managing editor of the authors' guild, commented.

Writers on Kindle Unlimited have to work really harder to advertise themselves and win new audiences in a cramped market place; one, I.T. Lucas, tells me that she works 12-hour a day, seven nights a week. It' a lot of work. One part of it is written - she has written 21 full-length books in three years - and one part is markete. A lot of writers buy adverts on Amazon and pay their employers to win more people.

Kindle Unlimited's architecture also means that the authors have to produce a great deal of work. Lea Robinson and Melissa King have released more than 100 books and short stories on Amazon under the pseudonym Alexa Riley since 2014. On the telephone they said they make most of their cash out of KDP Select payment while reading their backlists of Kindle Unlimited music.

The more pages they have on Kindle Unlimited, the more likely they are to become the most widely recognized Amazon writer, earning them ten thousand in atonement. Every women tries to type 3,000 words a days, and Alexa Riley usually releases three volumes a months.

Yet King and Godson said that typing for Amazon doesn't necessarily mean it feels more than any other work. Both have recently given up their full-time positions (Robinson in finance, King as CFO) to author Alexa Riley accounts. "With the Alexa Riley backing list on Kindle United, this formulation will help them since once and for all anyone discovers a product, they incline over the Alexa Riley back list for more of the same that will bring in more revenue for King and Godson.

When they release a new volume and earn $10,000 a months, they guess that only $3,000 of this revenue comes from selling the new volume on Amazon; the remainder comes from Kindle United. There are of course some things that KDP Select does not provide, such as print and shelving in bookshops across the nation or the opportunity to get on the New York Times best-seller index.

However, King and Robinson tried the old tradition and found it less profitable than Amazon. By 2016, they had their first publication from a "real" publishing company, Carina Press, an impression of Harlequin, a business unit of HarperCollins. To see her books "Alles für Sie" on the bookshelves was satisfactory - Robinson wept when she saw the Barnes & Noble books - but working with a conventional editor was an aptitude.

Completion of the project took almost a year before it was released; at Amazon it usually took about two whole-week. It was much longer than her original 95,000 words, but the price was about half that of Amazon.

"Robinson said, "It felt really prestigeous and good for our careers, but the cash wasn't the same as at Amazon. Non-Amazonians are warning that Kindle Unlimited and Amazon's publishing models are endangering the fundamentals of the game. It' will be undermining the whole publishing industry," Mark Coker, CEO and creator of Smashwords, an e-book distribution company for independent writers, told me about Kindle Unlimited.

Although the writers may have the feeling that they will benefit in the near future, he reasoned, the limit free book trainers train those reading them. "Although Amazon likes to buy and sell them, they spend it for even less," he said.

But even Coker does not dispute that Amazon has democratized the publishing world. Writers who wanted many people to read a ten-year ago had no alternative but to try to be publishe by a conventional publishing company that accepts only a small percentage of the works presented to them and the writers only paid 10 per cent of a book's final turnover.

Now everyone can try to get a large public without going through the usual doormen. Writers don't have to buy anything to post on Amazon and have more controls over how it gets into their book, how their book looks and how (and if) it is market. The King and Robinson, by Alexa Riley, said to me that a conventional publisher would probably never have taken her scripts because her works were too soiled.

Friend who used to write romances for conventional publishing companies had to take out crazy sexual sequences, they said to me, because the editors were not satisfied with the conten. It was only when the incumbent publishing companies saw that Alexa Riley's crazy novels were selling well that they approached the writers and allowed them to keep everything they wanted.

However, at the moment, self-published writers seem willing to take this chance. As Samantha Christy tells me, an agency recently contacted her to discuss the path of publishing tradition. She will be meeting with the agents, but the conventional publishing industry has little attraction, above all because it would achieve a much smaller share of turnover in this way.

Mike Omer was still the top writer at Amazon until the media. Now he' s trying to penetrate the beyond-what he describes "the next step," the folks who go through a few volumes a months instead of tens, and who think more about what they do.

This standard will get him a reader, as self-publication at Amazon will earn him the necessary monetar. Already, the release of A Killer's Mind through an Amazon print instead of self-publication has attracted much more interest, which has spurred the sale of his self-published works. "He said to me, "I can't really see how an independent writer makes a living without going through Amazon.

Omer's experiment was like a fantasy, he said to me. However, for the publishing community it may seem more like a bad idea. Dodging the doorkeepers to post his book on Amazon, he won the hearts of millions of readers. It ignored major publishers in favour of an Amazon-led impressum that attracted tens of thousands more.

He' s not very interested in the old-fashioned publishing business. He is a succesful writer and his whole family is Amazon.

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