Amazon only or wide – that is the question…

My blog posts are like buses – you wait ages for one, then a bunch come along at once, although I’m not certain two constitutes a bunch. Then again, who knows what tomorrow might bring?

This post concerns the vexing question in its title.  At least, it’s a vexing question for indie authors like me, who have control of all aspects of the writing and publication processes. I started off wide – that means I listed my books on all the websites I felt comfortable with: Amazon, Kobo, others via a service provided by Draft2Digital (D2D), mainly so I could list on iBooks. For those of you who aren’t aware, you need Apple kit to list on iBooks, unless you use D2D or other similar services.

However, the vast majority of my sales were on Amazon, so I found myself facing a decision over a year ago – do I stay wide, or limit the availability of my books to Amazon? The question arises, because if you restrict your availability to Amazon, your books are then available in the Kindle Unlimited (KU) program, where subscribers can read your books for “free”, as part of their subscription fee. For a relative unknown like me, it represents an opportunity to present your books to new readers in a way that is financially risk-free for them.

The author/publisher is paid per page read; however, this is not at a standard rate, because it fluctuates from month to month, according to how much Amazon decides to put in the KU fund, and the number of pages read in total. It’s also a whole can of worms in its own right, and one I’m not going into now.

I put all my books in KU in January 2017. They go in for 90 days at a time, and you can renew indefinitely. The current 90 days for my books ends on Christmas Day. I am now in the process of deciding whether or not to continue beyond 25 December 2017, because in early December, after too long a gap, I’m hoping to make available the next book in my Club Aegis series.

Do I put it in KU, or do I go wide with it? That’s what I’m trying to decide at the moment, because I know I have some readers who use iBooks, who will only be able to access the new book if they use the Kindle app, and I completely understand that they may not wish to clutter up their devices with yet another app.

As I write this, I’m erring on the side of going wide. At the back of my mind is the saying about putting all of your eggs in one basket. At the same time, though, that basket offers an avenue not available if you spread your eggs among a number of baskets.

I probably will go wide. If you have access to KU and you would like to check out my books, you have until Christmas Day to download them. If you have them in your account at that point, as far as I’m aware, you’ll still be able to read them, even though they’ll no longer be available for download through KU.

Like many indie authors, I’m trying different strategies to get my books out there, and although I’m coming out of KU in December, it doesn’t mean I won’t go back in future. As in much of life, it all depends on what happens next.

However you access my books, I hope you continue to enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them, and a huge thank you for taking a chance on an unknown author.

Club Aegis Update

Things are moving in the Club Aegis universe! Winter’s Fire (#5) is now with my editor. I’m hoping to have it up for order in early December, but that’s dependent on her schedule.

In the meantime, I’m using #NaNoWriMo as a springboard to get No Going Back (#6) started. #NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and the challenge is to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in a month. I have no idea how long No Going Back will be, even though I’ve done some plotting of the story, but even if it’s longer than 50,000 words, if I can hit that target, it’ll be a good start.  So far, it’s going pretty well.

So, what’s it about? Good question, I’m glad you asked. No Going Back picks up soon after the end of Passion’s Last Promise (#4), which was Ros and Simon’s story, and in this one, we have a more mature main male character in Sir Guy Somerton, Ros’ uncle and former guardian. There’s a lot more to this man than has so far met the eye, as we found out at the end of Passion’s Last Promise

OKRWA International Digital Awards 2017

A few months ago, I entered Passion’s Last Promise (Club Aegis #4) in the International Digital Awards contest run by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America. This morning, I woke up to an email informing me that it was judged second in the Erotic Novel category.

You can see all those who either won or were placed in the various categories here:

https://okrwa.com/con…/international-digital-awards/winners/

So, one more thing remains, and that’s a huge thank you to the organisers of the contest, for all their hard work,and all the judges, for their time and effort.

Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – latest news

At long last I can bring you a meaningful update on Winter’s Fire.

The book is currently with my beta readers, three lovely ladies who’ve agreed to take a look at the manuscript before it goes to my editor. I don’t have a specific release date yet, as I’m now dependent on receiving their feedback and making any necessary changes, and then the book goes to my editor.

If all goes smoothly, I hope to have the book available in December, but that depends on multiple factors, not all of which I can control.

Watch this space!

Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – an update

Just thought I’d give you a little update on Logan and Lucy’s story.

Things are finally moving. This is a tough one, and for the last few months, it’s been like trying to push a stationary boulder. At long last, I feel as if I’ve got some traction, and the boulder’s finally moving. Still a way from completing the first draft, and when I do, I have a feeling there’ll be a lot of darlings to kill before it goes for editing, but at last there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

I am so ready to get this book out there. I have a few more books in this series to write, and other projects I’d like to work on. This has taken up too much time already, and I offer you my heartfelt apology for making you wait so long for the next book in the Club Aegis series.

RT Booklovers Convention – Atlanta 2017

Well, I’m back, from what was one of the most enjoyable experiences ever, in spite of a bout of food poisoning.

First of all, the food poisoning. It was entirely self-inflicted, the night before I flew to Atlanta. In the early hours of departure day, I even contemplated cancelling the trip. However, I made it to the airport, and was met on the other side of the Atlantic by Becca Jameson and Cherie Nicholls (a fellow Brit), with whom I spent some pre-convention time, along with Lea Griffith and Susan Stoker. Thank you, ladies, for putting up with someone who could have been an extra on The Walking Dead, and for the enormous pleasure of your company!

The convention itself took place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. What a hotel. Without doubt, the largest I have ever stayed in, and a fantastic venue for the convention, with plenty of space for all the workshops that took place. I attended as many as I could, but there were so many more I would have liked to attend, but for scheduling conflicts. I learned so much. There was even a demonstration in practical fighting techniques that can be used by our female characters. This was given by Rachel Rivers. Not only is Rachel a paranormal and romantic suspense author, she’s also a serving police officer, and she demonstrated a mind-blowing collection of moves to bring down the bad guys.

It’s all in the hips…

Would I go to another RT Booklovers Convention? Without doubt, yes, although I won’t be going to Reno next year, and for me, attendance the following year will depend on location. Some places are easier to get to than others, and for me, driving in the US is not an option. Having said all of that, I want to go back with the benefit of experience of my first RT, and fill in some more gaps in my knowledge and experience as a writer.

So, I only have one more thing to add, and that’s my thanks, to RT for organising this event, which is a mammoth undertaking, and to Becca, for taking such good care of me when I arrived in Atlanta. And last but by no means least, a huge thank you to all the readers who turned up and the ones who couldn’t, for reading our books and allowing us, as authors, to do what we love, which is tell our stories.

Thank you, all.