The first two books of the Sundered Crown Saga, Heir and War are now live on the Google Play store!
Google Play Store
For a long time, I had kept the Saga solely on Amazon Kindle to take advantage of Kindle Unlimited. At the time I had spoken with many authors who said that it was KU that brought in the bulk of their income and for a time I did receive a fair amount from it.
Then, Amazon changed and began to focus on making authors pay for advertising in order to get their books in front of readers.
Prior to this organic reach had been great and then as they sought even more money and introduced ads that organic reach dried up overnight and so did the KU reads.
The difficulties of marketing
Marketing an indie book has never been harder nor been so expensive. The flooding of the market also hasn’t helped and authors themselves have a lot to be blamed for when it comes to the lack of profitability available these days.
Kindle Unlimited Exclusivity is over
The KU model may appear a good thing for authors but when you look at it closer the income from KU is a pittance.
Prior to its introduction an eBook could easily sell for 4.99 or more and in large numbers. Now, however, thanks to KU many readers now get titles for free via subscription with the author often receiving pennies for every book read.
Going wide and taking my books away from Amazon exclusivity is a big risk and challenge but it’s one I’m prepared to take (at least for a few months). I’ve opted to put Heir and War on Google Play just as an experiment for now and if they begin to sell well, I will put the rest of the saga books on there.
Get Heir to the Sundered Crown on Google Play here
Get War for the Sundered Crown on Google Play here
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