BookRix has updated our author contacts with some important revisions that make our services even better for our writers! In addition, we’ve added some cool new features to the site that everyone can enjoy. Check out what’s new!
- With our new contract, authors will receive at least 70% in royalties from each book sold.
- Previously royalties were paid out once every quarter. In our new contract, royalties will be paid out at the end of each calendar month.
- Royalty payments were previously dispensed when the net sales totals reached 25 Euros. Going forward, royalties will be dispensed when the net sales total reaches 10 Euros.
New BookRix Features
We continually strive to make improvements to our site and always work to improve our processes to ensure our members are given the tools they need to succeed. Here are some newly added features to enjoy!
- Getty images are now available for use as eBook covers! Upon purchase, these images will be yours to use and free from copyright infringement.
- Authors can now list their books for FREE by selecting $0.00 as their sale price
- Now leaving book reviews is easier than ever! With one click of a button, you’ll be directed to Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble to leave a review for your favorite authors and eBooks.
We love indie publishing!
Not many authors put their blood, sweat and tears into a writing a book so it can sit on a virtual shelf within their computer. That would be silly. Instead, self published authors tend to have similar goals: To have their work seen, read, and (hopefully) recommended to others. At BookRix, we’re continually coming up with alternate ways authors can promote their work, gain readers and fans, and market themselves to reach their full potential. Not only that, but we’re passionate about it!
This month, BookRix joined forces with Amazon. The result? Our very own shop page featuring our BookRix members work! We’re thrilled about this endeavor and are working hard to promote it so Amazon shoppers can discover new and exciting reads from our talented members.
Whether your eBook is listed on our Amazon shop list, or you’re just a diehard indie reading enthusiast like us, we need your help! BookRix continually strives to get our authors noticed. But our members would greatly benefit from added resources. We worked hard to get that shop page for our authors, and now we’d like to make it known within the reading community. Almost all of us use social media in some form or another, so let’s work together and spread some indie book love! Not sure what you can do? Share the link below on Facebook with your friends! Send a Tweet to your followers (feel free to tag us, @BookRixUS and say hi!). Share what our shop has to offer with your Google+ circles or make a recommendation to one of your groups on Goodreads. If you’re savvy behind a webcam, drop a line in one of your YouTube videos! No matter how you share our shop link, just know that each effort you’ve made has had a positive impact on our members.
Click here for the link to our shop. It’s filled with fantasy, romance, thriller, mystery, young adult and sci fi books. Something for everyone to enjoy. Share the link and share the love!
We Love Indie Publishing!
Cracking the Amazon Algorithms
Joanna Penn, author, internet entrepreneur and international speaker, recently broke down David Gaughran’s book, Let’s Get Visible: How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books. Her article explains that Gaughran’s book will make it easier for self-published authors to understand the basics of achieving successful eBook sales, or at least optimizing them. David Gaughran is an author/blogger known for his in-depth, critical and intelligent analysis of the publishing world.
Basically Joanna says that there are two main ways for people to find your eBooks:
1. Through your eBook
Most people buy the majority of their books from authors that they know nothing about. These sales have nothing to do with the author’s “platform”. Your “platform” is more about putting in consistent, focused effort over the course of a career, and making incremental improvements in extending your network. It’s about making waves that attract other people to you—not about begging others to pay attention. (To learn more about “platforms” read THIS article.)
2. Through you (the author)
This is all about your platform and how you reach people in the world. Joanna believes that #2 is important, having spent a lot of time and effort building her own platform and it changed her life. (Sounding familiar authors?) She is a full-time author-entrepreneur because of her website. (Ahem – Authors: GET YOUR OWN BLOG/WEBSITE!) However, she says that she definitely sells more books to people who haven’t got a clue who she is and nor do they care.
Another important point is:
Readers shopping on Amazon buy more books!
Here is what Joanna says she learned from the book:
(1) Amazon algorithms are different for different charts and different territories
I’m not one of those people who likes to track data, but I have known for a long time how important the Amazon algorithms are for selling books. What I didn’t know was the difference between the Sales Rank, the Recommendation Engine, Bestseller Lists, Popularity lists, Top-Rated in Categories, Hot New Releases, Movers & Shakers and all the other ways you can target the lists and prime the sales pump.
(2) Staggering your launch is better for long-term sales than a big initial spike
A few years back there was a boom in ‘Amazon Bestseller’ promos where people would try to spike sales on one day, hit the charts and that would make everything a success. However, Amazon’s whole aim is to give people fantastic content and those kinds of programs were boosting books that didn’t necessarily deserve visibility. David talks about how the algorithm now pushes those books back down as fast as they rose, so when you launch, you want to have a slow start, with sales spaced out over time. He has a lot of specific ideas around the launch, definitely worth taking note of.
There’s also a great section on free pulsing and price pulsing which you should read if you’re still confused about ebook pricing! Plus a detailed method of evaluating paid advertising and doing group promotions.
Joanna also mentions that Gaughran’s book emphasizes that most of the strategies are only effective if you have more than 2 or 3 sale books (so get publishing!). Joanna says that it’s really important to “remember that one of the best ways to sell more books is to write more books!”
To read the full article, visit Joanna’s website, The Creative Penn.