Should you translate your book for international markets?

Cases where it makes sense to Translate Your Book for An International Market If you are wildly successful with a book or a book series, and want to expand to international markets This makes a lot of sense, actually If you have written a book that is a very good fit for a particular country, and you translate it for that country If the country/market is big enough, then it is worth doing If you...

Kindle Select Global Fund History + Kindle Unlimited Payment per Page Read History

Kindle Select Global Fund History for July 2018 to Dec 2019 Thanks to Chris McMullen and The Digital Reader for the above data and the below data   Kindle Select Global Fund History for Before July 2018 Kindle Unlimited was launched in July 2014, partially as a response to the growth of Oyster, the first subscription app for books, which had begun to do quite well on Apple devices and had...

How much are KDP Select All Stars Paid?

What are KDP Select All Stars? Each month, Amazon determines the Top 100 Authors in KDP Select (Kindle Digital Publishing Select) whose books were read the most in Kindle Unlimited (KU) and Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL). They get designated as 'KDP Select All Stars' and get a special bonus, on top of whatever they get from their pages read earnings How much are KDP Select All Stars Paid?...

How to Use Your Kindle Free Days (KDP Select Free Book Promotions)

What are Kindle Free Days AKA 5 Days of Free Book Promotions Books that are enrolled in Kindle Select, get to run Free Book Promotions on the book for a total of 5 days, every 3 months To be more precise - Every 90 day KDP Select enrollment period, you get FIVE Kindle Free Days where you can promote your book as a free book You can use these days together as a single continuous 5 day stretch You...

Is a Publisher an Author’s Best Friend, or their Worst Enemy?

This is a surprisingly nuanced question to answer Cases where a Publisher is Worse than your Worst Enemy If the Publisher takes money from you to Publish, does not invest anything of their own, and adds no value If the Publisher encourages you to spend a lot, and focuses your spending on things you don't need, such as printing 5000 copies of your hardcover which are going to spend all of eternity...

Wrong Reasons to Want to Be An Author

In no particular order Because you hate your day job - Much easier to figure out a different day job. Writing is not an occupation you can just ease into To Get Rich Quick  - nobody gets rich quick in books. Often decades go into making the 'overnight successes' you hear about To Get Rich - very few authors get rich To Get External Validation - much better to chase Likes on Instagram. It will...

3 things Authors and Publishers ignore, which they should not

How they choose to interpret things What readers actually mean when they give feedback Which readers to listen to Let's delve into each of these How to Interpret Things There are three stages during which you will get feedback While you are writing the book/creating the book The first year after launch The years after that - when your book is becoming a back list book While you are writing your...

Starting off on the Review0 & Write0 Journey

This is another step in our wonderful journey. We feel blessed by God to be living the dream We began curating books in January 2008. By Dec 2009 we were the largest Kindle related website with 300,000 monthly unique visitors Our Focus shifted a bit to selling paid apps in Mar 2010. However, we continued to blog about books and share book deals and free books In parallel with selling over 1...