Volume 24: March 2013
In This Edition
- KDP Select News
- Tip of the Month
- KDP Upcoming Events
- Featured KDP Books
- ABNA 2013
- Expand Your Book's Reach
- Contact Us
- Your Voice: Marie Force
Quarter-Finalists for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award were announced March 12. Keep up to date with the contest.
Expand Your Book's Reach
Make your books available in print through CreateSpace.
CreateSpace is a leading provider of independent publishing tools that empower authors to produce, publish, and distribute their printed work. Click here to learn more about the royalties and distribution options available with CreateSpace.
Create Audiobooks through ACX.
The Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) makes it easy to turn your book into an audiobook and create a new revenue stream. ACX connects authors with professional audio producers to create audiobooks. Read about ACX's distribution options and generous royalties.
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KDP Select News
Global Fund Announcement
You can earn more money and reach more readers by enrolling your titles in KDP Select. Once enrolled, you will earn a share of the global fund amount every time your book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr.
For March, the KDP Select Global Fund amount is $1 million. The total bonus fund amount of $2.2 million, added to the regular monthly fund amount, was earned by authors and publishers during December 2012-February 2013. In the month of February, KDP Select-enrolled authors earned $2.31 each time their books were borrowed.
Visit your Bookshelf to enroll your books in KDP Select or if you are already enrolled visit your royalty report to see your results. If you’d like to learn more visit KDP Select or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
Tip of the Month
Royalty Payment Preferences
Your KDP account preferences can be set to receive royalty payments electronically across all marketplaces in US dollars, British pounds or Euros. In order to be paid by Direct Deposit, your bank account will need to be located in the US, United Kingdom or in Europe.
Here are some benefits of Direct Deposit:
Get paid faster and avoid lengthy delivery times or even a lost check payment.
Take advantage of lower royalty payment thresholds – 10 $/£/€ for direct deposit instead of 100 $/£/€ for check.
Avoid bank fees that may be associated with processing or depositing checks.
Visit your KDP Account Page to set Direct Deposit as your payment preference.
KDP Upcoming Events
Your Voice: KDP Author Marie Force
Marie Force, author of Waiting for Love, The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 8, shares her experiences with KDP.
I think every day about the editor who uttered the nine words that changed my life, "No one wants to read about a super model." Back in the summer of 2010, this latest rejection—resulting from what was supposed to have been a slam-dunk sale to a Big Six publisher—was devastating. It was also a catalyst. After hundreds of rejections, lots of "the writing is brilliant, but this is not for us" responses, it was time to try something new. I'd had four traditionally published romances do fairly well. I had readers clamoring for more and numerous books ready to go. Enter Kindle Direct Publishing. Just over two years ago, I self-published for the first time. True North is a contemporary romance featuring a down-on-her-luck super model who has everything except the one thing she wants more than anything—true love. Since then, True North has sold more than 33,000 copies via KDP. But that was only the beginning.
I'd written the first two books in a series set on a fictional version of my favorite place in the world, Block Island, Rhode Island. The McCarthys of Gansett Island features a family of five siblings and a tight circle of friends. Self-publishing allowed me the opportunity to try something I'd always wanted to do: a back-to-back-to-back release of a trilogy. Maid for Love, Fool for Love and Ready for Love were released in April, May and June of 2011, launching a series that has been a runaway success. Incidentally, Maid for Love was rejected by every romance publisher in the business. Thank goodness for that lucky break!
Last month, I self-published my 16th title—the eighth McCarthy book and have sold well over half a million books via KDP in just over two years. I left a sixteen-year management job at the end of 2011 to write full time, bought a dream home for my family, know how I'm going to put my kids through college and have hired a full-time assistant. To say that KDP has changed my life is putting it mildly! KDP has helped to give me the life I always dreamed of, that of a full-time writer making a wonderful living doing what I most love to do. The best part of my journey has been the many thousands of new readers who have found my books thanks to Amazon's amazing marketing machine. I've also had great success with free offerings. Maid for Love has been free since June with more than 400,000 Kindle downloads, leading to many hundreds of thousands of sales for the other six books in the series. The offering has landed me scores of new readers who never would've found me without the freebie.
During a recent update to my earlier eBooks, I added a dedication to True North: "To the editor who famously said, 'No one wants to read about a super model,' thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. A million times over, thank you." It's the best time ever to be an author, and I'm thrilled to be in business with KDP and Amazon.
- Marie Force
Featured KDP Books
Poor Man's Fight by Elliott Kay
Tanner Malone never bought into military myths of honor and glory. He never wanted to wear a uniform or medals. Yet when family upheaval brings his otherwise stellar performance in school to a disastrous end, Tanner's plans for university lie in ruins. Facing homelessness and a mountain of debt, Tanner enlists in his home planet's tiny navy. It’s a hell of a time to sign up. Vicious pirates stalk the space lanes, claiming to fight an oppressive economic system even as they shed innocent blood. Civil war looms beyond the borders of Tanner’s home star system of Archangel. Corporate security fleets are nowhere to be found when trouble arises. In response, Archangel begins ambitious military expansion. Basic training becomes six months of daily bareknuckle brawls, demanding cross-training and constant stress. Brutal as it is, Tanner will need the preparation. The pirates grow more audacious with every attack. As if that’s not enough, Tanner is assigned to a small ship whose disgruntled crew has no patience for cerebral new recruits, and they’re on the front lines of all of Archangel’s woes. Tanner soon learns there is only one way to deal with his bullying comrades, their ruthless foes and the unforgiving void of space, and that’s to get up close and personal.
Traces of Kara (A Thriller) by Melissa Foster
Kara Knight can't wait to leave her hometown for the promise of nursing school and a fresh start on her future--leaving behind an over protective mother, a broken heart and painful memories. However, twenty-five miles away, the twin she doesn't know exists is determined to be reunited with the sister he cannot forget. Kara is abducted and thrown into her obsessive captor's delusional world. As the past she thought she knew unravels around her, Kara struggles to make sense of the memories that come creeping back, threatening her sanity and her safety. Meanwhile, Kara's mother races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when a long-held secret is revealed. The hours tick away as her captor plays out his plan--to take Kara with him into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again. TRACES OF KARA is an action packed, pulse pounding psychological thriller/suspense novel that features a determined killer who slowly loses his grip on reality as his carefully detailed plan starts to fall apart and a heroine determined to move forward with her life who now must reconcile everything she believed to be true about her family with the reality of their tragic past.
Brothers and Bones by James Hankins
Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world--Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one. So begins Charlie's search for answers, and for his brother, a search that leads him down Boston's darkest streets, into its blackest alleys, and, finally, into its criminal underworld. But if Charlie wants answers he'll have to get them from some of the most feared and ruthless people in the city.