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Opinion: Why eBook Sales Have Flattened : Discover-ability

1 Jan

One Night in the Hill Country med v3Opinion: Why eBook Sales Have Flattened – Discover-ability

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One Night in the Hill Country – a thriller

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

5 star review :

“Felipe Adan Lerma has written a fast paced book that will keep you engrossed and entertained.
My only issue was that at the end, I wanted more!
Well, I guess it’s a good thing he has more books out there for my reading enjoyment.
I love a book that allows the author to take us on a journey, and Felipe does just that.
I have to admit that I devoured this book in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. It was unique, different, and thought provoking.
If you want a quick read, here’s a great book for you.
I’m going to keep reading this author, since he has so much to share in his tales.”

by author Morgan Kelley

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Why eBook Sales Have Flattened – Discover-ability

 

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January 02, 2015

Is the Problem a Glut of eBooks?

My simple opinion is no.

Neither because of subscription services (the current favorite target being Kindle Unlimited) nor because of traditional publishing houses finally putting more and more of the their backlist titles in digital format nor because big publisher have lost control of who can publish and publishing’s become so much easier now.

Below are three links to current articles debating and discussing these points, plus some valuable comments discussing same. In the third below, at The Digital Reader, I posted my own comment addressing some of these concerns in detail.

http://www.idealog.com/blog/end-of-a-year-and-perhaps-the-end-of-a-stage-of-the-ebook-transition/

https://ebookbargainsuk.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/as-the-ku-exodus-grows-how-much-longer-before-amazon-puts-all-kdp-titles-in-kindle-unlimited/

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/12/31/kindle-unlimited-content-glut-new-ebook-market/

Bottomline is, I think the flattening of ebook sales, where previously high flying or mid-flying digital authors are suffering the same fate mid-list and lower writers working in print via traditional publishers, ie, a loss of sales, is due to the number one reason I looked forward to the advent of Scribd and Oyster earlier last year:

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why… – 010714

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability – 030314

Ease of discover-ability.

The same I’ve enjoyed via Netflix for nearly a decade.

The ability to enjoy sampling work from previously unknown talent.

And when one can discover quality writing in unassuming places, over and over, equal to or near equal to more expensive or more well known writers, without incurring the huge costs and risks of buying and sampling unknown work, one is – I believe – set free to find work that actually appeals to oneself.

The sense of of discovery can be extremely satisfying.

Examples from my Reading :

The follow are two (of many) examples I’ve enjoyed recently :

Kylie and Her Magical Slippers – by Sherri DeWeese

Thrills and Chills (An Anthology of Poetry Book 5) – by Tom Benson

I list these among, from a list that includes romance and fantasy and non-fiction spiritual books, because these are usually harder for me to find. I hope you give them a look also. And no I don’t get any affiliate fees via the links. :-)

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My comment on The Digital Reader, “Kindle Unlimited, the Content Glut, and the New eBook Market”

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/12/31/kindle-unlimited-content-glut-new-ebook-market/

I found lots of the reasons stated already that help explain the flattening of sales for (mostly) previously better selling authors (I just had the best month in years in terms of revenue, 95% of it through KU).

I do think there’s a huge increase in title availability. Merely through market forces, as Mr. O’Neil points out.

But, as eBook also points out, “that glut did not suddenly materialise after five years, just at the moment KU launched. It’s been building slowly and steadily, no question, and will continue to do so, and is having a slow but steady impact across the board.” And he adds that trad pubs are also digitizing huge numbers of back list, adding even more selection.

And as Daniel points, to most readers, not “all books are the same and that there is only one audience.”

I don’t have “the” answer for a general flattening of sales.

But I would add two more, I believe, crucial elements.

One, is libraries. They are digitizing rapidly, with everything possible available. Yes, there can be long waiting times for a title. But there’s a huge other selection ready and waiting, and I know many folk who use libraries exclusively that continually find new work to read while waiting for a favored title.

Which leads to what I think is the main reason there’s a flattening of sales. Discoverability.

Finding new work of similar interest, or new different work to try out, is the number one reason I gave early last year for being glad Scribd and Oyster were coming on line.

Kindle Unlimited, I believe, just accelerated that.

And I don’t think it matters where bots and algorithms take a reader, a person can simply search and sample categories of interest. Discovering new writers, trying them out.

Plus, there’s a HUGE number of groups springing up on FB and other ways that cater to showing readers, and writers, new work by new authors.

There is, after all, no sales happening in KU. There’s a transfer of sales to other writers.

Like what happened when ebooks came into existence via Amazon and took sales away from print. New unheard of writers became known. Some of those, now, are unfortunately experiencing the same thing print mid list writers saw when ebook sales exploded.

I anticipate, when Apple finally works BookLamp into their system, we’ll begin to see an even more advanced discovery of writers by readers previously unknown. Bots or no bots.

And I’ve no doubt Amazon is acutely aware of this, and – maybe – the current KU is an experiment is seeing how they will full respond to that.

Meanwhile :-) happy new year all. We need it!

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Readers – Writers : Reviews

As always, if you are a reader and have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

And if you’re a writer, let me know if you’d like to trade sorta-equal length reads for honest reviews!

Thanks so much, all the best, always,

Adan

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Why I’ve Opted for Another Ninety (90) Day Term With Kindle Unlimited

28 Dec

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DayWhy I’ve Opted for Another Ninety (90) Day Term With Kindle Unlimited

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Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

5 star review :

“An awesome short story by Felipe Adan Lerma with Paris as the backdrop.
I’ve traveled there and love anything Paris related, and Mr. Lerma hasn’t disappointed.
This was sweet and drew me in….”

by author Morgan Kelley

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Why I’ve Opted for Another Ninety (90) Day Term With

Kindle Unlimited

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December 28, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Subscription Debates All the Rage

This post was supposed to go live a few days ago, but I senior-momented the publish date for December 2015. Duh :-)

In the meantime, several running online debates have morphed into open flood gates.

These are specifically asking whether Kindle Unlimited, or subscription services in general (including Scribd and Oyster), are helping or ruining or changing how authors can create and publish and reach an audience.

Oh, and have a chance to make a living…

I won’t go into what the details of each thread. Instead I’ll (1) post a few recent links directly below, and (2) give my reasons for why I’m remaining for a second ninety day run in Kindle Unlimited.

I have a history of supporting the idea of ebook subscription services since Scribd and Oyster were first announced, and was thrilled when Kindle Unlimited was started, but also know, I best keep up with changes.

Especially in payment terms, retention of rights, and my own personal success.

Below, is where I currently stand, enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Interesting times indeed :-)

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There’s a Question We Should Be Asking Re Kindle Unlimited and Its Impact on eBook Sales

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/12/28/theres-question-asking-re-kindle-unlimited-affect-ebook-sales/

FB discussion about “Article about KU in the New York Times”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wg2estreetteam/permalink/760057114070159/

Topic: KU Crushed My Sales :(  [note: over 44,000 views at this time]

http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=202571.new;topicseen#new

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Cons Worth Risking

I’ve detailed these many times, and still want this to change or improve, but feel they’re not detrimental enough at this time not to renew :

Exclusivity (but, I can opt out in 90 days)

Payout (when can’t it be better? :-) )

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Pros Worth Renewing

Keep all my rights

Improving number of sales

Improving number of borrows

Good fit with most of books’ price structure (99¢ to $2.99)

Ease and gain of personal time by advertising for and working with one platform

The Amazon book ecosystem – number of FB and other groups (Goodreads) dedicated to promoting Amazon titles, reviews, promotions

The latter reason, Amazon’s ecosystem, is one I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of, I believe. I hope to have more on this aspect in a future post.

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Conclusions

Would I limit my rights?

Only in special specific also-beneficial to me programs: Kindle Singles, Kindle Worlds, Kindle Serials.

I think it’s worth noting that Ms. Ward, you began the giant Facebook thread linked to above, participates in Kindle Worlds, and hasn’t mentioned anything pro or con about that program yet.

Also, under the right terms (promise of promotion / exposure / payout), rights reversions, derivative use, etc, these might be mutually beneficial deals worth looking at.

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Readers – Writers : Reviews

As always, if you are a reader and have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

And if you’re a writer, let me know if you’d like to trade sorta-equal length reads for honest reviews!

Thanks so much, all the best, always,

Adan

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Two Plus Weeks left in Kindle Unlimited – What to Do, What do Do…

6 Dec

One Night in the Hill Country med v3Two Plus Weeks left in Kindle Unlimited –

What to Do, What do Do…

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One Night in the Hill Country

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Three thoughtful 4 Star reviews:

“…especially liked that the children were integral to the plot and the action. They were smart, brave, and ready to help each other in a terrifying situation.”

Rhonda, Texas

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December 6, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Pros & Cons, So Far

Sales aren’t much better, neither are borrows. So I started looking into what it’d take to go wide again – whew!

Except for D2D’s apparent ease of platform, not sure I’d put everything back out everywhere.

And for my lower priced items, which is most of my titles, even Amazon’s current low pay-out per borrow for authors in KU, a dollar something, is 4x what I’d get having the same titles elsewhere. Including, ironically, on Amazon outside of Kindle Unlimited (KU).

the old american artist audiobookA few, a very few titles, never seem to sell on Amazon, but, like “The Old American Artist,” do, on Apple, sometimes Google. The audio version, pictured left, is of course a separate thing.

Plus, with image books, unless I want to shrink the image file sizes, which limits their clarity after a certain degree of enlargement, I’m also better off via Amazon’s larger file size limit. Only Apple competes on that level, and that would require direct uploading.

So…

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Best (Current) Bet

driving to boot camp night IMG_5116…with just over two weeks to go for the majority of my titles, I lean toward doing another 90 day lap.

Reminds me of some of my early morning fitness boot camp work outs – once the workout starts, gotta stick it out, even if I do have to pause now and then to catch my breath :-)

I’ll have a three month KU commitment-ending update in about two weeks.

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Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

I’ve received three very thoughtful 4 Star reviews for “One Night in the Hill Country” and I’m very grateful for the insight and encouragement they provide, thank you!

Sincerely,

Adan

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Related Articles :

First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 1 –  More Time, No Borrows, One Sale – 102314

First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 2 –  Was It Worth It? – 102414

Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited – It’s Personal – 092914

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My First Spanish Language Yoga Class – FREE at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

4 Dec

One Night in the Hill Country med v3My First Spanish Language Yoga Class –

FREE

at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

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“One Night in the Hill Country”

Immigrant and native Texas children caught in the snare of a mis-guided young man willing to use them as lures to capture men who would abuse them.

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Three thoughtful 4 Star reviews. Sample :

“…especially liked that the children were integral to the plot and the action. They were smart, brave, and ready to help each other in a terrifying situation.”

Rhonda, Texas.

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Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

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December 4, 2014

Category – Yoga, Fitness

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Yoga Class in Spanish

Last night I had the distinct unexpected pleasure of attending a Spanish language yoga class at the MACC, Austin’s local Mexican-American cultural center.

I say unexpected because, though I anticipated a well taught refreshing yoga class, it was the instructor’s presentation that surprised me, taking me back to my earliest years.

Marcella Garza, fluent in both English and Spanish, first checked to see if we all would understand her adequately in Spanish. My youngest girl teased me after I got home, asking me if I had understood her :-) Actually, between my upper frequency hearing loss, and that I haven’t spoken day-to-day Spanish since when I started kindergarten, it was a good question.

But I did find, and I’m glad I did.

Yoga Class Today and Memories of My Past

Besides the usual sun salutations, twists, alignment and breathing cues, all expertly done, there was an aura from my past in Marcella’s intonations and cadences.

In Houston, when I was five and started public school, it was illegal to speak Spanish in public schools. And my parents wisely decided I need to immerse myself in English to be able to do well later on. They were both first generation born and raised Americans, and I was also born and raised in Texas. In the Valley, where Spanish was the first language of many native-born Mexican-American citizens.

So hearing Marcella intone right and left arm and leg movements, derecha y izquierda, and telling us to breathe in a steady patter of reminders between movement cues, became a chant of sorts. Rhythmic. Letting me find and drift into my own personal rhythms.

I look forward to the other free yoga class, this Saturday morning. Though with a different instructor, I have a feeling it’ll be just as nice!

Having been 200 hour certified myself in yoga, and certified nationally in group fitness by AFAA, I perceived the class I attended to be worthwhile on all fitness levels.

Who’s Welcome at MACC

Everyone! Of course :-)

Finding Gratitude, Sheila

Finding Gratitude, Sheila – The Breath Expanding Into the Soul

As most fitness classes I’ve attended here in Austin, the majority of attendees are in their 20s and 30s. Last night’s yoga class did have a few folk with a couple more years under their belt :-) and of course, me, at 64!

And, as with the Cantinflas Mexican movies my wife, Sheila, and I have attended at the MACC, folk of all cultures are welcome and present.

Contact information for class for adults and or youth is : (512) 974-3785 .

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Book Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

I’ve received three very thoughtful 4 Star reviews so far for “One Night in the Hill Country” and I’m very grateful for the insight and encouragement they provide, thank you!

Sincerely,

Adan

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Related Articles :

Story Sample plus Links : Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day – Grandparents with Grandchildren, in Paris

Story Sample plus Links : Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +

Teaching Seniors is Like Teaching the (almost) Whole Population

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Second Month in Kindle Unlimited – Erratic, But Better

24 Nov

One Night in the Hill Country med v3Second Month in Kindle Unlimited –

Erratic, But Better

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Pictured Left :

One Night in the Hill Country

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Four star review:

” In many cases, the author’s writing style in this book is succinct, flowing along more like free style verse than strict narrative. Both the flow and the choice of words carried this reader quickly along from beginning to end….”

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November 24, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Risking Exclusivity for More Time for Health

Health Benefits So Far

The above header was the lead in for my first month’s review of being in Kindle Unlimited (KU), and it remains the best constant, despite improvement in sales and the beginning of borrows (or reads) within KU.

In my increased time from needing to do social media for a variety of outlets, I’ve been able to attend five early morning bootcamp classes, five alignment yoga classes, and just this past Saturday, my first kickboxing class.

I’ve also been able to resupply my poetry and image gifts on Amazon’s Marketplace, plus add two new images.

Sales

It’s been heartening to have a few sales begin to show up, despite a flattening on the numbers the last week of the second month period. I’d begun KU in late September, so I use that rolling thirty day period for my count.

Borrows in KU

And I’ve seen a nice beginning of borrows or reads in Amazon’s ebook subscription program, Kindle Unlimited.

Other Creative Work

I also continue to work on other creative work I enjoy, some shorts and some photo-memoirs.

Conclusion

Time is always what’s shortest on supply, and at my age, it seems even more so!

I don’t miss the extended delayed reporting on the distribution platform I was on before, and I remain hopeful.

Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

Thanks so much,

Adan

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Related Articles :

First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 1 –  More Time, No Borrows, One Sale – 102314

First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 2 –  Was It Worth It? – 102414

Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited – It’s Personal – 092914

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New Signed Gift Images – Texas Hill Country and Pansies

13 Nov

Panies w:sig 72 dpiNew Signed Gift Images – Texas Hill Country and Pansies

Pictured Left : “Pansies”

Also available: three other Texas (Austin, San Antonio) signed photo gifts, complimenting my Texas Shorts short stories.

On the Amazon marketplace.

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New Signed Gift Images – Texas Hill Country and Pansies

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Categories : GiftsAustin – Galveston – Texas

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Texas Hill Country w:sig 72 dpi

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBH7WDA

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Panies w:sig 72 dpi

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBGXBAO

Features

  • Signed by the artist
  • Original imagery
  • Standard 8×10 size for use with ready made frame
  • Non-acidic Foam Core backing
  • Printed mat border

About – Texas Hill Country

Photo image of an original 8×10 plein air oil painting done near Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country during a week long painting workshop.

The original, a favorite of my wife Sheila, is still in our personal collection.

About – Pansies

One of Sheila’s favorite flowers, this was taken on the deck behind a house we owned in the Bouldin neighborhood in Austin about ten years ago. The wood planter was an old container with a great rough feel to it.

The flowers also attracted the attention of our two brother kitties we had at the time, Cottonball and Leo.

Other Texas Images

Also available, in the same signed format, are Austin at Night, San Antonio Riverwalk, and Sunset Austin Lady Bird Lake.

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Other Gifts

Gift Writings of original sports poetry.

sample – Volleyball Digger

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Gift Images of my original photography, mostly from Paris and Austin, but hopefully other places too.

sample – Paris! at night :-)

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Audio Books

My Audio page lists links to the three locations where my audiobook titles are available – Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

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Volleyball Gifts – Original Sports Poetry, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s

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Meet Sam, Lead in My New Thriller, One Night in the Hill Country – via Emily Guido’s : Pay it Forward Friday with Author

25 Oct
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Meet Sam, Lead in My New Thriller, One Night in the Hill Country –

via Emily Guido’s : Pay it Forward Friday with Author

 

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A novella, “One Night in the Hill Country”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68

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via Emily Guido’s : Pay it Forward Friday with Author

October 25, 2014

Category – Thriller

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Emily Guido’s Pay it Forward Friday with Author

emilyguido.com/2014/10/24/pay-it-forward-friday-with-author-felipe-adan-lerma-and-his-book-one-night-in-the-hill-country/

Known for her paranormal romances, Emily Guido also displays a heart for helping other authors.

With a few guidelines, she offers her site on Fridays to feature other authors.

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My thoughts about Samantha by Author Felipe Adan Lerma

In a short piece, I have an opportunity to say a little more about my main character in my new thriller, Sam (Samantha.)

I hope you have a chance to drop by Emily’s site, plus see all she has to offer.

Her specialty is paranormal romance :-)

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin –  A Short Story Companion to the Thriller : One Night in the Hill Country – Featuring Sam (Samantha)

Interviewed by Andrew Updegrove –  Attorney, Author of The Alexandria Project

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First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 2 – Was It Worth It?

24 Oct

lunch with grandma and grandpa medFirst Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 2 –

Was It Worth It?

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Pictured Left :

Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Intergenerational fiction for the whole family.

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First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 2 -

Was It Worth It?

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October 24, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

Related Articles :

Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited – It’s Personal – 092914

First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 1 –  More Time, No Borrows, One Sale – 102314

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Personally – Yes

As detailed in Part 1, I now have time to exercise properly and do things that are improving not only my health, but we sense of well-being.

That’s a hard thing to say hasn’t been worth it. It has.

If things change in the future, regarding staying exclusive for so much of my work on Kindle Unlimited, marketing time will have to remain where it basically is now, ie, much reduced.

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Business Wise – To Soon To Say

Why

Despite the fact that nothing was borrowed my whole first month in Kindle Unlimited (KU), and only one sale occurred –

And that more was still made on other outlets, despite about 90% of my titles now in KU –

There are factors still mitigating for experimenting with Kindle Unlimited :

  • Other Sales are not so significant on the other outlets that a temporary trial in KU wasn’t worth it.
  • KU Sales and borrows “may” pick up in Kindle Unlimited. If they don’t, that means discoverability, for me, wasn’t enhanced being in KU. But there’s two more months to see.
  • Reporting Time : Some sales/borrows for both Apple and Scribd from mid-summer weren’t reported to me on Smashwords until the last week, and even today (see Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa at top). Whatever the problem, it’s magnified by the fact that free downloads (via Selects marketing promotion tools) show up almost immediately in Amazon.
  • Timely Payments : Getting email notices of impending payments from Amazon from Europe and the U.S., however small (and currently MIA the last 30 days since joining Select and Kindle Unlimited), dwarf getting months-long reports and once-every-ninety day payments from Smashwords. If exclusive on Amazon proves unrewarding for me at the end of the ninety day period, D2D might be worth seriously looking into.

These are serious issues : sales, reporting time, payment time – and would need to be balanced with having time for a balanced enjoyable life.

If sales are not factor at this time, whichever route I take, and I register my work with the Library of Congress to further protect my intellectual property (IP), then I’m ok with the route I’m on at this time :

Experimenting on Kindle Unlimited regarding discoverability, and, sales or borrows (ie, money to me).

Best wishes everyone (smiles).

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First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 1 – More Time, No Borrows, One Sale

23 Oct
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First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part One –

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

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“Love’s Travels is one of the best books/poetry I’ve read recently. The rhythm of the words with the incredible photos creates a lovely picture of love shared. Mr. Lerma paints a beautiful story. I highly recommend this book. ”

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October 23, 2014

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Risking Exclusivity for More Time for Health

Recap

A month ago I decided, for both business and personal reasons, to move the majority of my titles to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU).

Hugh Howey had laid out some compelling reasons in his post, Ruminations on Exclusivity.

One of which was the huge savings in time by having one outlet.

It made sense to me, and, because I was spending so much time trying to get readers to so many locations for so many titles, felt it was worth the chance.

Growing Voices Against Exclusivity

Hugh has recently posted another article, saying that maybe writers in the middle, might not benefit as much as those at the bottom (who need exposure and time) or those at the top, getting huge bonuses from Amazon for staying in the program. And that exclusivity, as I’ve posted many times, may not even be in Amazon’s best interests anymore.

Business Results

Unfortunately, as even my first month in KU shows, I’m very much at the bottom, maybe even scrunched down beneath the surface a bit (smiles).

And while my business end has been, if not a bust, a non-starter sputter :-) with less sales than previously, and not even one borrow yet, my personal end has had the intended benefit.

Personal Results

As I told Alison, my personal contact in customer support at Scribd when I left (miss that girl!), I really needed to both cut back the amount of time I was spending marketing, and devote more time to getting myself fit and healthy again. I wasn’t “sick.” But I had allowed myself to become un-toned and much too sluggish.

At my age, I turned 64 this past weekend – yay! – I need, not only to exercise regularly, but time to rest and recover.

I’d been relatively fit before, and I knew what it would take for me – dedicated time.

So in this past month, I’ve signed up for some evening alignment yoga classes, and – a (very) early morning boot camp (via Fusion Boot Camp)!

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Driving to Boot Camp!

I even wrote, “Maybe I’ll get a bicycle for Christmas.”

I was a little off there, my son gave me a great commuter bike for my birthday! :-)

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Bottomline(s)

  • One, it’s much too early to get “too” discouraged regarding the business benefit of Kindle Unlimited for me.
  • Two, if and when I returned titles to being non-exclusive, something would need to change regarding my time spent marketing to other outlets (I still have a handful of titles in Scribd, Apple, etc). My Authors Page and the right side of each page have links to my other outlet author pages.
  • Three, it may be time to try someone other than Smashwords for distribution to Scribd, Apple, and Barnes and Noble. Smashwords does distribute to libraries via OverDrive, but that’s been a protracted no-news no-updates disappointment since June.
  • For now, with two more months commitment in Kindle Unlimited, I remain hopeful, and intend to take advantage of the newly freed time to continue getting fit. Who knows, maybe even my writing, not just my body, will become “unsluggish.” :-)

Below is some info on my new thriller, my first actually. Some requests for reviews are processing, and hopefully readers will have more than mine and m wife’s and a few friends’ enthusiastic response to go by (smiles).

Thanks so much, best wishes!

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One Night in the Hill Country – a Suspense Thriller

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My first thriller – One Night in the Hill Country, is now available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited.

A 3000 word sample (approx 10%) is available on my site.

My blurb reads :

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon.

They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children.

Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A Short Story Companion to the Thriller : One Night in the Hill Country – Featuring Sam (Samantha)

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Dirty Sixth Street, AustinDirty Sixth Street, Austin –

A Short Story Companion to the Thriller : One Night in the Hill Country

Featuring Sam (Samantha)

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Available on both Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

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Original fiction, photo-memoirs, and poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

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A Short Story Companion to the Thriller : One Night in the Hill Country

Featuring Sam (Samantha)

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October 22, 2014

Categories : Thrillers

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About Sam (Samantha)

Via Interview

I very recently had the pleasure of having an interview via Andrew Updegrove, attorney and self-published thriller author of The Alexandria Project.

His list of questions helped me zero in on my many creative interests besides writing, plus enabled me to focus a bit about the female lead, Sam (Samantha).

Though many folk key on the children and teens and tweens in both the new thriller, and Dirty Sixth Street, Austin and its three companion short stories, it is Sam the children circle around, center on, and evolve from.

I don’t know everything about Sam and her life, but I’ve found it worth finding out more about through my stories.

I hope you’ll enjoy the same – thank you much (smiles).

Via Other Stories

While “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” is about how Sam, as a grown woman, meets the six cousins (ages 9-18) in much of my fiction, the stories below are of Sam telling the six children stories about her own childhood, growing up in Vermont.

The story within each story, is itself, a suspense mystery of sorts.

Hello, Darling

A content sample is also available on my site.

The Sound from Nowhere

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

And of course, there’s the new thriller, One Night in the Hill Country

 A content sample is also available on m site.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Blurb

Sam (Samantha) is visiting Austin from New England. Thinking of moving. Works with the police helping children in trauma. And comes across the six cousins in much of my Texas and Paris fiction. The youngest boy, Zilker, has been robbed, and she wants to help out. In the process, she learns much about herself, her young new friends, and a special party section of Austin, Texas. Oh, and solves the crime. (smiles)

Details

7850 story words.

31+ standard pages.

Set in Austin Texas.

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