I take back everything I said a few months ago about how great the KDP select program is. Amazon has apparently opened up their ad system to everyone, not just KDP select members. So the result has been a flood of people running ads for their books which has resulted in ads only being shown a few hundred times per month. Before this happened my ads were being shown 150,000 times per month minimum.
Considering that roughly ten percent of the displayed ads are clicked and then less than one tenth of a percent of those clicks results in a sale, the ads never were that great for selling books. The value came in people seeing an ad and then going to the Kindle lending library and reading a book there. when someone does that the author gets paid for every page they read.
I’ve noticed a lot of authors on Amazon complaining that all their sales and page reads have stopped over the last few months. Amazon may have screwed up bad with this because from what I can tell most authors who stayed exclusively with them did so because they could make good money. Many of them are now dropping out of the KDP select program and using other eBook distributors, which will only result in Amazon loosing royalties from book sales.
I noticed that some people who read my books only review on Good Reads and some only on Amazon. For those of you who have reviewed my books, but only on one of the sites, could you please pop over to the other site and post your review there also. It will help make the ratings of my books consistent across the sites.
My first book, Infinite Divergence, hit two milestones today: It broke not only the top one thousand science fiction books in the Kindle bookstore on amazon.com, but it also broke the top 500! WOOHOO!
Either my third book in the Infinite Divergence series is going to be very long or I have included a lot more detail in the outline this time. I just compared the outline for the third book with the outline for the second book and it is twice as long.
My second book, Infinite Divergence: Good Intention, has been published. Click the image below to go to the page for the book:
I’m getting close to finishing the first draft of the second book in the Infinite Divergence series. So I decided to reduced the price of the first book to US$0.99 on Amazon and Kobo. It is also reduced on Lulu and iBooks, but they would only let me reduce it to US$1.99
I now have an author page on Amazon
I made this note on Facebook to keep track of all the sites where my books are published.