Adios to Kindle Unlimited
I know a lot of authors who have had great success with Kindle Unlimited over the years. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them.
I’ve been exclusively Amazon since I started my publishing journey–why bother with the rest of it when you’re getting the lion’s share of the market through just one platform? But that approach hasn’t worked out as I’d hoped, and I’m just kind of done. The per-page payouts have been dwindling for a while, and you can forget the royalties for any international reads. And that doesn’t even take into account all the AI scammers out there diluting the pool of funds available to participants.
That being said, I’ve made the decision to remove the Danny Diamond series of erotic mysteries from Kindle Unlimited. I’ve been toying with the idea of “going wide,” as they say, for a while, but hadn’t really found the impetus to do so. That is, until I joined Medium and KU was revealed to be the dank hole that it is. I recently started publishing micro-fiction on Medium (follow me there?), and my first month’s payout looks like it’s going to be more than my entire take during the nearly eight years I’ve had my books enrolled in KU. Granted, a lot of that time was a dead period where I wasn’t pushing anything and had only one book out, but you get my point.
It will take some time to get my books set up with other publishers. I’m planning on working directly with Kobo, Apple, and Google platforms and then catching the rest of them with Draft2Digital. For a while (probably a few months?) my stuff will still be exclusively Amazon until I can get the rest of it rolling.
The good news is, if you’re a KU subscriber, there’s still time to read at least some of the Danny Diamond books with your KU subscription. The below schedule outlines when each of the titles will leave the program.
- The Money Shot – 9/4/2023
- Sticky Fingers – Already Gone
- The Kitty That Got the Cream – 10/4/2023
Questions? Concerns? Hatemail? Leave ’em in the comments, or hit me up at email@example.com.