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To: Gilbo_3; Will88; The Working Man
I may be Amazon's biggest fan. Not only did Amazon smash the gates to publication wide open, they offer a 70% royalty on their Kindle books for U.S. sales. (Compared to 7 to 10% from conventional publishers.) I've been selling printed books for a decade (75% via Amazon Advantage) and Kindle ebooks for one year, and already my ebook income has far outrun my printed book income.

My 560 page/250K word novels retail for $20 in "trade paperback" (8.5" X 5.5") format. At first I set my Kindle price at $9.99, figuring half of printed price was about right. But since then I've dropped my price to $6.99 and seen my income go way up. I think folks are just hesitant to buy a novel, even a big, long novel, by a no-name author. $6.99 seems to make it easier for folks to click "BUY."

Amazon Kindle also allows authors to put their titles into a free promotion category for 5 days out of 90. I did this with my first novel back on March 1 ("Operation #EFAD"). This resulted in 35K free D/Ls, and another explosion in paid sales for all of my books. I also reduced the permanent price of EFAD to $4.99, to encourage readers to test the waters of the Enemies Trilogy.

I hope Jeff Bezos becomes a gazillionaire: he has opened the doors for "nobodies" like me.



12 posted on 04/23/2012 5:46:23 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
Baen has a very interesting model which might be even better for little-known authors. For most of their books, when you click on one, it brings you to a web page from where you can start reading the first few chapters. If, by the end of the free sample, you find yourself hooked, you order the book to read the rest.
14 posted on 04/23/2012 6:03:25 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Travis McGee

“Thank You” Matt, this thread needed an authors perspective...glad to hear sales are up, and having just finished the Reconquista, thanks also for the epilogue...8^}


15 posted on 04/23/2012 6:05:36 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Travis McGee
"Thanks, Scott!
Enemies Foreign And Domestic (The Enemies Trilogy) will be auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle via Amazon Whispernet. You can go to your Kindle to start reading."


Good advertising and excellent marketing. Looking forward to re-syncing my Kindle tonight.
19 posted on 04/23/2012 12:21:31 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Travis McGee

I’m a big Amazon fan too.....they give great service and sell EVERYTHING.


25 posted on 04/23/2012 4:29:35 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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