Since I published my first book last July I’ve learned many things. Most importantly I’ve learned that I really don’t understand Amazon. This doesn’t mean I don’t like Amazon. I do. I really do. Not only do I purchase books from them (probably more than I should) but they have been wonderful to me as a writer.
However sometimes I just don’t get their policies. I scheduled Marionette for a Kindle Countdown deal. For those unfamiliar with the deals, a publisher can list their book for sale for a short time at a discounted price and still receive 70% royalties. That’s a wonderful plus for an Indie writer. In order to earn 70% my book has to be listed between $2.99-$9.99.
During the Kindle Countdown deal, Marionette is on sale for $0.99 and I’m still earning 70%. Granted that’s not much per copy, but still much better than 30%, which is the normal rate for books listed at $0.99.
Here’s the hitch. My sale started yesterday, March 2, 2014. It ends on March 8. When I logged onto Amazon.com (the sale is not occurring in the UK due to another problem) I couldn’t see the sale price. I have some advertisement scheduled for today. When I looked yesterday I panicked. I already paid for the advertisement. And if the sale price isn’t available, the companies will yank my ads and I won’t receive a refund.
I wrote Amazon an email and really didn’t expect to hear back from them until Monday. But they did contact me yesterday and explained that since I live in the UK I can’t see the US Kindle Countdown deals. The kind man did send me a screenshot of the sale to put me at ease.
So I’m announcing right now that Marionette is on sale for $0.99 on Amazon.com—I think. I can see the book on the Kindle Countdown list for the gay and lesbian section; however, I still can’t see the sale price. Right now I have my fingers crossed that everything will work out and that I make a few sales this week.
Indie publishing is like a rollercoaster ride. So many highs and lows and lots of stress. Have a good week everyone!