Selling Wide, still

I got an email from a reader the other day asking if the Space Rogues series would be in Kundle Unlimited (KU) anytime soon. Sadly the answer was (and will be) ‘no.’ I completely understand the ask (I’m a paying subscriber to KU), it’s a massive boon for voracious readers. It’s also pretty horrible for authors in that it is zero sum, and rife with cheating.

I’ve talked about being wide several times (here, and here) and figured it was time to talk a little about it again.

Since we’re at the beginning of a new year I decided to share how things are split. This is also why I don’t want to go the KU route. Amazon is still the biggest piece of my pie, but it’s shrinking. Those other markets are people, and it’s really hard for me to willingly tell those folks, “You’re not allowed to read my work (unless you buy a paperback)” I respect them not using a Kindle.

Wide authors always say being wide is a long game. That is so true. Over the course of the last year I’ve watched Amazon shrink from 90% of the my sales to 60% (This snapshot was taken 2/27/20). I’ve been wide now for over a year and it’s only roughly now that I’m really comfortable with my choice. There were months when I’d see other authors talking about how much they made in KU and I wanted that.

I also am inherently not a renter. I don’t use spotify, I like to buy/own my songs, movies, TV shows and most importantly books. Even with my KU reading, if I like a book or series and know I’ll enjoy reading it again, I purchase it, and save the file to my computer. Same goes for Netflix/hulu, etc. If I like something I see there, I’ll buy it. I know that’s a me thing, but the idea of Amazon encouraging people to treat my work as disposable reading just doesn’t sit well with me.

So, yeah I’m still selling wide (and now even selling on this site, here) and have no intention to stop.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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