The reason why I always post things from the (KDP) Kindle Direct Publishing Newsletter is to let others know what's going on, and to show what so many indie authors are doing things these days. I've posted about how I'm a fan of "Downton Abbey," and that's largely because I find the changes the characters were going through during post Edwardian times are fascinating. In many ways, 100 years later, we're going through the same changes in this century. Publishing alone is changing constantly, on a daily basis sometimes.
I've indie pubbed four works of fiction through KDP and I've enjoyed the experience. I haven't done anything in a while because I've been contracted with publishers, but I do see myself going back in the future and indie pubbing more works. My reasons for doing this are strictly for the control it gives me. And this control covers many areas of getting an e-book out, from creative to actual book pricing...think business person now, not author. I've also been able to offer free book promos with my indie books that wouldn't have been able to offer with publishers.
The following would probably be the most important things for authors who haven't done this at all.
From my inbox:
Kindle Select News
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 February, the KDP Select Global Fund amount is $1.2 million, including the regular monthly fund of $700,000, plus $500,000 bonus. A total $2.2 million bonus amount over December 2012-Febrary 2013 has been added on top of the regular fund amount so you can earn even more money. In the month of January, KDP Select-enrolled authors earned $2.23 each time their books were borrowed.
KDP Upcoming Events
Making plans to attend London Book Fair, April 15-17, 2013? Visit KDP in Earls Court exhibition hall at booth V555.
Tip of the Month...Should you Attend a Writer's Conference?
Here's a link to the article at Amazon. They claim you should. I'm on the fence about this, though. I think if you have the time and the money to spend, go for it. On the other hand, if you don't, I wouldn't worry too much. There are people who've made avocations out of going to these things and I've never seen them with big books or on any bestseller lists. For many, it's more of a social get together than anything else. But as I said, if you feel so inclined, it certainly can't hurt. Just don't feel it's the only way to succeed in publishing.