It’s very interesting to watch the hourly sales reports Amazon provides for self-published e-books. It’s in the form of a graph. Red lines indicate regular sales, blue lines indicate Kindle Unlimited sales. The KU program allows readers to buy all the books they want if they’re willing to pay a monthly fee. I was skeptical about the KU program at first but I can see benefits to it now. For one things its putting more books into readers hands. From what I’ve observed, the hitch is that the initial sale doesn’t register in the book’s sales ranking. And apparently there are no royalties paid initially either. The KU reader must read 10 percent of the book before it affects ranking or accrues royalties.
I had misgivings about that 10 percent qualification under Kindle Unlimited. I thought perhaps readers might just download the book and forget about them. Worse case would be if they read only a few pages and didn’t go any farther, indicating they don’t like it. But it appears so far that once someone starts reading the Mordecai Slate stories, they keep on reading, hopefully all the way to the end.
To illustrate how it works, for example, there were some KU sales of Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto over the last few days. They showed as Blue lines on the graph. There was no change in the sales ranking, and no royalty paid. Today those blue lines turned red and the book shot up from # 44 to # 9 in Amazon’s Top 100 Best Selling Kindles in the Horror Western category and royalties were posted. The readers of those books evidently reached the 10 percent mark. Similarly there are a bunch of blue lines for Hunting Monsters Is My Business. I expect those will turn red and the ranking will go up as well when those readers reach the 10 percent mark. The book is currently # 25 in the top 100 Best Horror/Western e-books.
One thing that keeps a book on the top selling list is word of mouth. Satisfied readers tell others to read the book. If you’ve read Hunting Monsters Is My Business, one of the best ways to get the word out is to post a review on Amazon. That really helps potential readers decide if they want to read it or not. If you feel so inclined, I encourage you to do so.
And if there are other indie authors out there publishing through Kindle Direct I’d like to hear what you’re experience has been. Drop a line here or on facebook.