Friday, October 24, 2014

Best for Business?

For as long as I've been selling electronic versions of my books, I've tried to diversify them, so they may be available on multiple platforms. Not only could you find them for Kindle readers and apps, but ones for Kobo eReaders/apps, Apple iBooks, Sony, and Nook eReaders/apps. However, as much as I've done my best to make them available for everyone, only one have I actually received positive returns on: Kindle.

Now, I understand different services have different thresholds before you get paid. For example, Kobo requests you earn $100 in royalties before they cut you a cheque. The only problem is, in the 3 years I've been self-publishing, I've only made $18.34 from my Kobo sales; the bulk of that were purchases I made myself since I own a Kobo eReader. To say that it's not disappointing (if not pathetic that I have to buy my own books to see a return), is an understatement. But, until I make that c-note mark, I won't see a red cent of it.

On the flip side, Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service is kind enough to pay royalties in a more timely manner, regardless of threshold. Sure, I still get dinged 30% withholding tax for Canada and U.S. sales because I'm a non-U.S. resident (why that applies to Canadian sales is a confusing and convoluted matter), but at least I still receive a direct deposit two months after the registered sales month ends.

Therefore, in order to be more financially feasible, it is with a heavy heart that I've decided to remove my ebooks from all services, save from Amazon's Kindle Store. It might be better in the long run as most of the fans I've polled use Kindle eReaders/apps to begin with.

I know this will cheese off a few who are still loyal to their Kobos and Nooks; however, if you have a computer, you can download a free Kindle app and read my books that way. Soon, my books will be enrolled in KDP Select, so if you're part of Kindle Unlimited, you'll be able to download my books under all three of my personas for free with your monthly subscription..

Fear not, the paperback versions of my books will still be available on Barnes & Noble, and other sites, but the ebook versions will be Amazon exclusive until further notice. It's more of a bid to streamline things in the future as some of you know, 2015 will be filled with a lot of life changes for me.

I just want to make things easier ahead of time.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Prepping to Start the Journey Again

To say I've had a busy year writing and editing would be an understatement. Yet, I plan to add more to my annals in a couple of weeks.

One would think after releasing six books in 2014 (two under my C. D. Melley banner, the erotic romance series as Crimson Nuage, and the upcoming Rouge Numbered Week under my real name), I would want to take time to catch my breath. However, my annual tradition is about to commence within a fortnight. November is around the corner, which means one thing: it's time to start thinking about NaNoWriMo.

For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Every year, over 300,000 budding writers from around the globe set out on a trek of creativity. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to write a 50,000-word novel within the 30 days of November. Last year was the first year since I started participating in the writing challenge in 2009 where I did NOT finish, so needless to say, I need to get back on the wagon.

Now, I realize it's going to be difficult again this year due to my real life commitments. It was the same thing that made me give up last year. However, that being said, I'm going to put a more valiant effort into it, instead of writing 1,000 words, and saying "I can't go on." The thing is, if you want to be a successful writer, you NEED to write. It's the only way you can truly hone your craft. Yes, life can, and will, get in the way, but you have to put in the effort. 

So, set out a schedule, plan your day accordingly, and when the time comes to write, shut out all of the distractions, and focus on scribbling, or typing the words out onto the page. Your muse will thank you for it.

As for my attempt this year, I plan on returning to a project I've tried to write twice before -- one of which was my attempt last November: a murder mystery involving some people from my local NaNo Chapter. I'm hoping to parlay it into Celdom IV, but first things first. The first draft has to be written and completed. November is nigh, and my laptop is ready, so in the words of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, "Just bring it!"