Surviving KU 2.0

1235 Steve Konkoly KWPC cover_7I’ve thought long and hard about my strategy moving forward, and I’ve decided to…

WRITE THE BOOKS I LOVE AND PUBLISH THEM WITH AMAZON. 

THE SAME THING I’VE DONE SINCE THE BEGINNING. 

Somehow this has worked for me amidst all of the changes, controversy, new programs, tweaks to the programs and general shifts in the publishing landscape. I suspect it wasn’t a fluke. 

AND I’m not suggesting that I don’t have a plan. I DEFINITELY HAVE A PLAN, but it involves a steady, non-reactionary approach to building a career. In fact, I’ll share some exciting news with you next week that casts more light on this plan.

STEADY ON THE HELM WITH AN EYE ON THE HORIZON. 

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9 responses to “Surviving KU 2.0

  1. Gpdc

    KEEP ON WRITING!!

  2. As a KU member and a fan of your fiction, I’ve often wondered how you and others get compensated from KU purchases. I’d love to hear about it sometime.

    • Burt, it’s relatively simple. Sort of.

      Prior to yesterday, if you borrowed one of my books and read more than 10% of it, Amazon paid me around $1.50. Less than I would get from a sale, but Kindle Unlimited exposed me to MANY, MANY more readers, so the lower payment was more than made up with the volume of new readers.

      As of July 1st, I am paid for every page read. Sounds crazy, but Amazon somehow has the capability to calculate this. Based on the educated guesses out there, I will make roughly .6 cents for each page, which sounds kind of sad, until you do the math. Based on the way Amazon calculates page count, most of my books fall in the 700-800 page range, which means if a fantastic fan and reader like you borrowed and finished one of my novels today, I would be paid $4.20-4.80—more than my normal royalty/sale rate. A better deal for me, but it’s dependent on the reader finishing the book, or better yet, it’s dependent on me being able to keep the reader around for the whole book.

      Thanks for asking! I love exposing some of the madness behind the curtain. And THANK YOU for reading.

  3. El

    Glad you have decided non-reactionary is better. At 68 life has taught me, that is generally best. The world is overall too often, reactionary – and it spirals… house of cards and more. Thinking things through, as you so artfully do in your books, has usually made the world or the neighborhood, a better place. People need to recognize there is generally a ‘back story’ in most crises and many pieces to the picture, that should be considered. Cannot imagine a seasoned reader or thinking person not appreciating your books, and it is great news to know that you are being paid (it seems) equitably enough. I am on board and will keep reading.

  4. Seems you’ve done well with a steady on the helm approach. I look forward to hearing your latest news.

  5. Leif Reese

    I don’t care if you publish on stone tablets, I will find them where ever they may be and gladly revel in the privilege. When one is an author of Mr. Konkoly’s level of brilliance that is what readers and fans will do….sniff out that authors latest work like a pig to a white truffle. Please keep doing what is best for yourself Steven and your readers will follow. As always, thank you so very much for your amazing stories!

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