There isn’t a single day that I don’t hear about the problems my author friends suffer. One mentioned this week that she has to look for a full-time job, and wonders if her writing will even survive. That was a common thread this week.
So many authors have seen their both their publisher royalties and self-publishing profits cut in half or more. One very successful self-published author admitted she’s never had such low Amazon royalties. Her popular BDSM self-published series put her on the New York Times and USA Today’s Best Sellers lists. You might wonder how an author can make prestigious lists, but not make money.
Some authors are prolific enough to keep up a steady flow of books which helps keep their income up enough to survive.
When Amazon instituted their Kindle Unlimited…many saw it as a way to sell more books. However, if an author sells a book using Kindle Unlimited, they can’t sell the book to ANY other vender, Nook, ARe, and so on…it’s Kindle only…period. To me that smacks of Amazon trying to monopolize the world of books. I tried it once when I first started self-publishing, but the book didn’t sell any better than when it wasn’t KDP.
In August, when the program rolled out, my royalties tanked. I went from steady income to sporadic sales overnight. With the release of Unconditional Surrender, I’ve seen an increase with the Cactus Creek Cowboy Series, which was rockin’ the best sellers list for months., but I have little confidence it will last.
With Amazon sales beyond our control, one would think that would be enough to worry about. Nope.
Day to day living can be a bigger pain in the ass than Amazon.
I’m having a negative day. I don’t have them often, but when I do, I empathize with people who suffer from depression. I’ve lost track of how many authors I know who battle this horrific demon.
So many authors are fighting cancer, as I am. My battle with cancer began with losing my younger sister in the fall of 2000. Next, my dear aunt, Momma Mary, was diagnosed. She lived to see her 87th birthday, but living in a nursing home broke her heart and spirit. My mother came next in 2005. They operated and got the cancer, but she died months later with another problem. In 2006, my daughter was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer when she had three children ranging from two months to five years. We came so close to losing her. Then in 2011, it was my turn. After a decade of living with cancer in my life, it didn’t surprise me. The illness of loved ones is a big stress.
I haven’t had time to write when I wasn’t dealing with cancer in my life. I often wonder how this affects my stories.
Life isn’t easy. Many have a daily fight; illness, bills, jobs, bosses who make the job miserable, not being able to fine work, family, relationships, children, homelessness, war and the list goes on and on. Getting lost while reading a good book is a slice of heaven on earth.
I’ve been very thankful that I’ve been able to keep writing. Now if Amazon would just stop messing with the algorithms and everything else they can get their hands on.