Finally, a retailer breakdown

On September 16, 2013, in Blog, by Laura

Thanks to Hedonist Six for allowing me to refer to her blog post today, showing off some stats she has uncovered after compiling her sales data for the past year.

See the original blog post here; Exclusivity or not; are other retailers worth it?


(The figures quoted represent royalty income, not number of books sold.)

For her particular work, in her genre – erotica – the breakdown is as follows:

68% Amazon

14% Smashwords (almost exclusively Barnes & Noble since Apple has not yet added her work to its catalogue)

10 % Google Play

6% All Romance Ebooks

2%  Kobo

While these results may not be indicative of how these retailers may perform for you, it’s still pretty interesting. Especially when you bear in mind that beyond linking to book listings on her website, she hasn’t done any advertisements of anything other than Amazon listings. The only significant marketing activity so far has been to just make part one of her serial novel free on all platforms, and wait for readers to find it themselves.


Amazon expands EFT payment options!

On February 8, 2013, in Blog, by Laura

Great news from Amazon KDP; if you’re a UK or European author publishing on Amazon KDP, you can probably now receive all royalty payments by Electronic Funds Transfer directly to your bank account! (Many thanks to Catherine, Caffeinated for alerting us to this change, since Amazon didn’t bother to send out any email announcements!)

At WriteHit, we have already been able to receive payment for most outlets in GBP into our UK bank account except Amazon.com. These royalties used to be paid only by cheque in USD.  With this new change, we are able to instead opt for bank transfer for this type of payment as well, which is quite wonderful actually!

Receiving payments by cheque can be frustrating; not only is there a high payment threshold before Amazon will actually cut the cheque, also cheques can be lost in the post and some banks charge a hefty amount to cash them. Plus it’s SLOW; you might wait for a while for it to come in the mail, and some banks take weeks to process foreign cheques as well.

Assuming your bank won’t charge you a lot to receive bank transfers, clearly this is a massive improvements for those authors living in Europe or the UK. Sadly our colleagues elsewhere in the world will have to wait until Amazon rolls out this type of payment for more countries.

So, how to make the change:

  1. Log into KDP
  2. Go to your payment settings (top right corner, where you’ll see your name written; SO AND SO’s account)
  3. Scroll down to “Amazon Marketplaces” and select Amazon.com (including India).
  4. Select “EFT” in the first dropdown list and your preferred currency in the second.
  5. Hit save and wait for the first payment to come!

For more information about how to get paid on Amazon KDP, check out their help page on the matter.




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Brilliant news for Indian Kindle Publishers!

On September 19, 2012, in Blog, by Laura

After the recent announcement that Kindle Direct Publishing has launched in India, yesterday there was even more good news for Indian Ebook publishers! Amazon has included Indian Ebook sales in the list of markets that qualify for 70% royalty, subject to some extra requirements.

If you’re familiar with selling on Amazon Kindle, you will already know that there are two levels of royalty depending on the circumstances of the sale. In simple terms: books priced below $2.99 will earn you 35% royalty. Books priced higher than that AND sold in a select number of countries could earn you 70% royalty.

The countries that qualify for this used to be only :

• Andorra
• Austria
• Belgium
• Canada
• France
• Great Britain
• Guernsey
• Germany
• Italy
• Isle of Man
• Jersey
• Lichtenstein
• Luxembourg
• Monaco
• San Marino
• Switzerland
• Spain
• United States
• Vatican City

But now India has been added to the list provided you have enrolled the book in KDP Select (meaning you’ve agreed to only sell your book via Amazon Kindle, and none of the other ebook marketplaces). Although this isn’t a perfect arrangement because not everyone wishes to opt for KDP Select, it is still a step up from how the situation used to be. Add that to the recent launch of KDP India (meaning you can set pricing as well as receive royalty payments in INR if you wish), it is a promising move in the right direction.

Ebooks are becoming bigger business all the time and it is very encouraging to see Amazon take the lead in recognising India as an emerging market when most other Ebook platforms don’t acknowledge it at all.

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