Erotica Authors Pull-Out on Amazon KU – Time to Come To The Dark Side!

releasetherateErotica authors were impatiently waiting for July 1, for a look at the new dashboard and the opportunity for a glimpse into the Bezos crystal ball at what they might be paid for the month of July, when the Kindle Unlimited changes took place.

Looks like the numbers are (kind of) in… and the outlook is rather dismal. Erotica shorts authors knew it was going to be bad. I just don’t think most of them thought it was going to be quite *this* bad. Because it looks as if authors will be making about $0.0057 per page. That’s slightly less than half a penny a page, folks.

This was every erotica shorts author’s face when they heard this news:

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But we’re erotica authors. We are the most versatile, adaptive and scrappy bunch of people I have ever known. And if Amazon thought we were going to take this lying down?

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha. Then they don’t know us very well!


Introducing the #releasetherate campaign

The objective is twofold:

1. Get Amazon to tell us how many people are borrowing our books, without which our page counts are utterly useless

2. Get Amazon to tell us how much they mean to pay us – NOW. IN ADVANCE. No more of this, “Enroll your books, choose to go exclusively with Amazon, and we’ll tell you later how much you’ll make” crap!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1. We don’t want to make Amazon mad at us!

Look, if we don’t stop this ride now, we may never be able to get off. And this particular ride ends at welfare-ville. So let’s not go there. There are plenty of erotica authors who have made a nice living from writing. And we are satisfying a very voracious readership. Why shouldn’t they have books they want to read, too? And why shouldn’t we get paid for them?

2. We’ll just opt out of KU and distribute our books everywhere!

That’s part of the message we need to send. If you haven’t already sign up for an Excitica Publisher Account, do that now.

3. Aren’t you overreacting? You sound kinda mad…

Yeah, losing 50-70% of my erotica shorts income? I’m mad.

Erotica authors are awesome. They provide you with some great, fun, thrilling, and let’s face it, damned hot stories to get lost in – they deserve to be paid for their work. Don’t you think?

I really don’t think a short story’s worth should be judged by the time spent reading or writing it. O’Henry would be appalled by this new system. Plenty of people pay a hefty ticket price to ride a roller coaster. That only lasts minutes. The length of something should not determine its worth.

AUTHORS: WHAT YOU CAN DO

A. PULL YOUR EROTICA BOOKS FROM KU. If you want to keep your longer romances in, great. But if you have erotica get it OUT.

B. COMMENT, LIKE, SHARE THE FOLLOWING FACEBOOK POST & TWEET:

TWEET

FB POST

C. EMAIL jeff@amazon.com

Don’t yell. DON’T USE ALL CAPS (even though I am :) ) Be nice. Concise. And clear!

Tell Jeff, hey look, this is simply a courtesy for business owners. We need to know these things to run our business.

-Show us the borrows. How many people are actually borrowing our books?

-Show us the money. How much are you actually going to pay us?

-Tell him you pulled out (heh). I understand not everyone will. But if you pulled out, yell it from the rooftops!

D. ASK EVERYONE YOU KNOW to email jeff@bezos.com. We want him inundated with letters. We want him yelling, “Oh Em Gee, STAAAAHHHHP these self-published authors, Jane, get me off this crazy thing!”


Here’s a form email you can give to your readers:


Hello, Mr. Bezos

I am an avid reader, and I am contacting you today on behalf of my favorite authors who participate in your Kindle Unlimited book subscription program.

Under the new reporting system, authors have no idea how many individual people are borrowing their books through KU. This is vital information and authors NEED to have it. Please amend the KDP reporting system to share this information, which you are already collecting anyway and shared up until July 1, with authors.

Also, authors have no idea how much to expect to be paid. The email they received today suggests the payout could be as low as $.0057 per page. As a reader, I want as many authors to keep as many books in the KU program as possible, and it would help if Amazon would tell authors how much they’re going to be paid. It’s not  fair that they have to guess and hope for the best when they sign up for KU and give up the fixed royalty rates they receive outside the program.


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(and feel free to right-click and use the graphic at the top of this page).

Thanks go to Natalie Deschain and Cassandra Zara for spearheading this campaign!


Help Authors Spread the Word – PLEASE SHARE!

Many of you know that I’ve been a HUGE proponent of the Kindle Unlimited program. It’s allowed me to gain a broader readership and new fans who would have never discovered me without being able to borrow my books and take a chance on them through KU.

That said, you may not be aware that Amazon made massive, sweeping changes to the KU program starting today. Beginning today, they will only be paying based on pages read, rather than books borrowed.

This change has left authors in the dark regarding royalties since Amazon isn’t telling us how many readers are borrowing our books or how much we’ll earn for each page read.

How can authors make good business decisions without knowing how much money they are earning? The short answer is, we can’t. And that makes many of us question whether we should remain part of the Kindle Unlimited program at all.

That’s why I’ve joined #releasetherate, an author-led initiative with a simple goal: getting Amazon to release more information to authors. We’re not asking for much. We’re asking for two small pieces of data that Amazon can easily produce that will help self-published authors make informed business decisions.

1.) Number of units borrowed per book — Amazon has this data; they have been providing it to us since the Select program began. Why withhold that number now? The only reason is to confuse authors. Give us the total number of customers who have clicked the “Read for Free” button on our book’s sales page. Or, at the very least, give us the total number of customers who have read a minimum of one page of our book.

2.) #releasetherate – Authors are aware that Amazon has a ballpark rate-per-page-read that they are expecting to pay for Select and KU pages read in July 2015. We hope it’s not the .0057 cents per page based on the June 2015 Select Fund and pages read, a rate that would decimate the income of many authors and make it impossible for us to remain part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

If you’re an author or reader who feels that Amazon should #releasetherate, please help us spread the word by sharing this post.

And if you’re as angry and frustrated about the lack of information being provided to authors, as I am, please let Amazon know by sending an email to jeff@amazon.com and letting him know that withholding basic business information from authors is making many of your favorite authors wonder if Kindle Unlimited is really the right program for them after all.

Selena Kitt
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Shauna’s in trouble. Her parents have kicked her out for getting knocked up. She has nowhere to go, nowhere to turn, and a small baby to take care of. That’s when her big, sexy, older construction-working stepbrother rides in like a white knight to rescue her.

Ryan has always looked out for her, and when he invites her to move in with him, Shauna thinks it’s just a convenient arrangement—he’ll provide food and shelter, while she’ll do the cooking and cleaning.

But Shauna finds her needs are far greater than she expected. And she needs her stepbrother, in ways she knows are wrong, but she just can’t help herself. He’s so ripped, so big and strong, wearing his tool belt all the time, and he makes her feel safer than she’s ever felt in her whole life.

Shauna takes the perfect opportunity to ask her stepbrother for help, when her nursling doesn’t cooperate, and she discovers that her stepbrother has another proposal to make—a different sort of arrangement. One that will benefit them both beyond their wildest dreams!

 

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Maddie hates asking for help, but she lets her older stepbrother, Greg, come to her rescue. He agrees to accompany her to a friend’s baby shower in a strange city, because her guide dog, Ruben, is “in the shop,” as Greg puts it.

She adores her bright, funny, handsome stepbrother’s company, and even if her friend, Lisa, didn’t tell her constantly what gorgeous, ripped hottie he turned out to be, she remembers what he looks like—because his was the last sweet face she saw before a high school case of meningitis left her blind.

When Maddie comes back from the baby shower feeling sorry for herself—still a virgin at twenty-two, afraid no man will ever come calling, and her just ripe for the plucking—Greg tells her he has a surprise. He’s booked a massage for her with a fellow masseur to cheer her up.

As Maddie’s mind and body begin to relax, she confesses things to the foreign, non-English speaking man with the magic hands that she’s never told anyone. Taboo things about her stepbrother, how she lusts after him, how much she wants him to take her, and make her his own.

And that’s when she finds out that the stranger who’s making her feel so good, might not be so strange after all…

 

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Curvy little brat Sara keeps late hours at the bakery with the man of the house, much to his wife’s annoyance. She thinks the bakery is making Sara chubby, but the man of the house appreciates the younger woman’s curves.

The man of the house decides to give innocent BBW Sara what they both want—hot, hard and unprotected—so she can finally prove her talents, in more ways than one.

And Sara’s big, juicy, sweet buns turn out to be some of the best he’s ever tasted!

 

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They’ve worked for years to get their band, Strange Angels, recognized, to make up for their parents abandoning them—and they’re finally on their way. They even have groupies who want nothing more than to sleep with the lead singers of Strange Angels.

Viv is happy to comply—but only because it gives her an excuse to be closer to Quinn. Almost as close as she wants to be.

Then, one night, the stepsiblings cross a barrier that was never meant to be crossed, and discover a backstage door to the sweetest song they’d ever imagined.

 

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NEW INFORMATION: The New Kindle Unlimited – What It Means For Authors and Readers

I’m writing this as an ADDENDUM to clarify information in my blog post: The New Kindle Unlimited – What It Means For Authors and Readers!

After getting such conflicting information about whether or not we were going to get just the metric, “borrowed pages read” replacing the number currently in the “borrows” column, or whether or not we were going to get “borrowed pages read” AND “number of borrows,” I asked Amazon to clarify.

I was told that they have been getting an overwhelming amount of feedback (you go guys! 😉 ) about not getting BOTH the number of borrows AND the number of borrowed pages read.

In light of that, they are CONSIDERING this as an option. They cannot say that it will be out by the time the program is implemented in July, nor can they say that they will ever give both numbers (number of borrows AND number of pages read).

But they have heard the outcry from authors, which has been far bigger and more vehement than they expected, and they may introduce both numbers in the future.

For now, we’re going to have to deal with “borrowed pages read” replacing the number currently in the “borrow” column.

P.S. EROM and EROTICA AUTHORS: www.excitica.com

When KU stops paying you, come to the dark side. We have cookies! 😀

ETA: This is hilarious!

Selena Kitt
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The New Kindle Unlimited – What It Means for Authors & Readers

Well, authors and readers, the heyday of erotica shorts filling Kink Kindle Unlimited may be coming to an end. I hope you made hay while the sun was shining, authors. And readers, I hope you got your fill of the all-you-can-eat buffet that was Kink Kindle Unlimited while it lasted, because many of the erotic shorts that glutted the program may be going back to sales-only and being distributed wide, if the rumblings of authors about this new “pay-per-page” system is any indication. I know some (non-erotica) authors who think this is a great thing!

It’s not.

For erotic or non-erotic authors, this is a slide toward being paid by the word. And not words SOLD, like our old friend Charles Dickens, but words READ. If I go into a restaurant and order a steak, but I fill up on drinks and chips and salsa, do I get to send the steak back because I’m no longer hungry? No. If I buy a DVD but never open it (I have Keanu Reeves in “The Day the World Stood Still” AND “Pumpkinhead” on my shelf still in shrinkwrap… sad…) do people not get paid for it? Uhhh no. If I get sick in the middle of a movie and spend 3/4 of it in the bathroom, do I get my money for admission back? No. If I pay for concert tickets and my car breaks down on the way, do I get my money back? No.

So why in the world would an author not get paid for a sale/borrow, based on the initial interest of the consumer to buy/borrow it? Why are authors opting into Kindle Unlimited (the best place for a self-published author to make the most money with the vendor who happens to have the largest share of the ebook market) now going to be paid by “pages read?”

Because Amazon’s been losing money on Kindle Unlimited. And this is a way to “spin” it to make it look as if Amazon is actually listening to authors, while screwing both short and long writers. Yay! Oh wait…

Amazon said:

One particular piece of feedback we’ve heard consistently from authors is that paying the same for all books regardless of length may not provide a strong enough alignment between the interests of authors and readers. We agree. With this in mind, we’re pleased to announce that beginning on July 1, the KDP Select Global Fund will be paid out based on the number of pages KU and KOLL customers read.

So those of you who were complaining that “short erotic dino porn” was glutting up the Kink Kindle Unlimited program and eating up all your precious borrows in the global fund pot?  Be careful what you wish for. You got it now. I guess we’ll see how many people are actually reading to the end of your 500 page epic fantasy tome. 😉

I predict that many “shorts” authors will opt out. (Poor Chuck Tingle – from $1.30 a borrow to… probably less than a $0.99 buy would net. But I guess we’ll see! Not that I’m dissing Chuck Tingle – if there’s an audience for Sharknado, there’s an audience for anything!) Not that you should, but many may, just out of fear. But shorts are, in our attention deficit world, not necessarily a bad thing. Erotica writers have always written short – and we’ve generally been paid more for it, too. (Much to the chagrin of authors in other genres!) But for those, like this guy, who say that anything under 30 pages is a “scam?” Dude, go tell O’Henry that, eh?

I know there are scammers out there who have been taking advantage of the Kink Kindle Unlimited program – writing (literally) 500 words, throwing it up there with provocative covers and blurbs to make people one-click, and boom! Just opening it is 10%, so they now collect $1.30ish per borrow. And that sucks. There are always a few bad apples, right? But let’s not lump shorts writers in with scammers, okay? To each their own. If my readers want to read a hot little short about an illicit relationship between stepsiblings, why not? That’s not a scam. Nor is it or should it be penalized, simply because it’s short.

The SkyJump in Vegas costs you $119 and lasts a few minutes. I rest my case. 😛

I predict that mystery, thriller/suspense and horror writers will make a killing. People read those books to the end to find what happens! I predict short chapters with “cliffhanger” endings. I know people have been complaining about serials and cliffhangers – but I think we’ll see more of them. Because cliffhangers! I predict the sweet spot will be 25-35K. 50K at most. I predict pages of short, snappy, untagged dialogue! 😉 Oh the places authors will go…

As a publisher (and self-published author) I had some questions for Amazon about the new system. Below is a summary of what I was told. I’m providing it to you as information. Do with it what you will!

  • **Borrows will be displayed as PAGES now instead of BORROWS. So TOTAL number of PAGES (not broken down by number of borrowers) will appear on the report where the “borrow” appears now. We’ll be getting no other information besides this. We won’t know the number of people who borrowed each book – will will JUST know the TOTAL number of pages read in each book.
  • Pages will display and count in the report as they’re read by the reader. This will be when a user syncs up. Whether that’s hourly or monthly. Pages will appear as they’re read/synced, and you’ll get paid for those during the next payment period.
  • The 10% rule applies no longer. Pages are pages. They click into it and back out? One page. Click in and swipe left? Two pages. Swipe all the way through the backmatter? You get paid for all the pages.
  • There will be an SRL (Starting Read Location) determined by Amazon (start of Chapter 1). The ERL (end read location) defaults to the end of the Amazon book. If someone flips all the way to the end, you’ll get paid for backmatter pages. However, linking from the TOC to the end of the book? That would be two pages, no matter how many there were in between.
  • They do not have “average number of pages read” information up to this point (yeah, sure) and cannot provide that information currently.
  • Page averages will be done using the new “KENPC” system. The current page estimation system will change to the new (KENPC) one once the new KU rolls out in July.
  • You only get paid for pages once. If they read the page again, it doesn’t count.
  • Rank – ghost borrows for rank will still have the same effect. A person borrows, rank goes up, but they may never open or read the book, meaning you may never get paid for it. But authors will still get the same rank boost for being in Select.
  • For the first 90 days, everyone enrolled in KU will be able to opt out AT ANY TIME. You are NOT TIED TO THE 90 DAY PERIOD. This is the best and most important news (which is why I saved it for last? heh) This will apply for at least the first 90 day period of the new system.

So authors, if you’re thinking of jumping ship, Amazon wants you to stay. They’ll let you opt out as you wish for the first ninety days. Clearly, they’re trying to prevent a mass exodus here. That, of course, will depend on how much a “page” ends up being worth. And we’ll have to wait until mid-August to find that out…

Ooooo a cliffhanger! I see what you did there, Bezos…! Curses!


**ADDENDUM: 

After getting such conflicting information about whether or not we were going to get just the metric, “borrowed pages read” replacing the number currently in the “borrows” column, or whether or not we were going to get “borrowed pages read” AND “number of borrows,” I asked Amazon to clarify.

I was told that they have been getting an overwhelming amount of feedback (you go guys! 😉 ) about not getting BOTH the number of borrows AND the number of borrowed pages read.

In light of that, they are CONSIDERING this as an option. They cannot say that it will be out by the time the program is implemented in July, nor can they say that they will ever give both numbers (number of borrows AND number of pages read).

But they have heard the outcry from authors, which has been far bigger and more vehement than they expected, and they may introduce both numbers in the future.

For now, we’re going to have to deal with “borrowed pages read” replacing the number currently in the “borrow” column.

P.S. EROM and EROTICA AUTHORS: www.excitica.com: When KU stops paying you, come to the dark side. We have cookies! 😀

Selena Kitt
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Open Call for Submissions: Excite Spice Boxed Sets

16444000_mlOPEN CALL: BOXED SET SUBMISSIONS

Excite Spice has over 4300 subscribers now and it’s growing! We want to grow even more! To that end, we’re putting out an open call for stories to include in boxed sets that will be used to draw in more readers to see your books! Excite Spice is still free for authors to advertise in (and many of you have seen good to great results, depending on your promo) and will always be free for readers to join. I’d appreciate your help in making Excite Spice another great platform and option to profile your work.

I will likely make these permafree OR I will put them in Kindle Unlimited at $0.99 for borrows (for a 90-day time span). If I do the latter instead of the former, you will get paid (minus Excessica’s 10%) and if any individual bundle receives a Kindle Unlimited bonus, that will also be split among the authors.

I will also be putting something of my own in all of these bundles myself. So if you ever wanted to be in a bundle with me, you’ll have those bragging rights. (If it’s something still worth bragging about?)

If you are interested in being in any of the bundle/boxed sets, fill out these forms. At the moment, I don’t have any dates. I’ll assess what kind of interest I get, collect stories/novellas until the boxed sets are full, and then determine a release schedule.

-LENGTH: stories should be at least 5K or longer
-HEAT: bring it! Anything that isn’t Amazon-blockable
-THEME: see below. Have an idea? Pitch it!
-EXCLUSIVITY: Can be already published, should only be available on Amazon (for Kindle Unlimited purposes)
-PAYMENT: Author split (minus Excessica’s 10%) if book is priced at $0.99 in Kindle Unlimited.

BDSM Boxed Set
Billionaire Boxed Set
Daddy (PI) Boxed Set
Fairy Tales & Fantasy Boxed Set
Gangbang Boxed Set
Gay Male Boxed Set
Historical Boxed Set (any time period)
Lactation Boxed Set
Lesbian Boxed Set
Medical Boxed Set
Menage Boxed Set
Mommy/MILF Boxed Set
Pastor/Preacher/Nun Boxed Set
Professor/Student Boxed Set
Shifter Boxed Set
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Angeline has a confession to make. She’s broken.

When she tells her friends, Heather and Farley, that she’s never been with a man who could take her body to the places it’s desperate to go—and alone, her singular pleasure is wholly unsatisfying—they decide to get her drunk one night to see if they can solve her problem.

But it’s no use. She’s sure she’s broken, unfixable. Damaged goods.

When she passes out, drunk, car still running in the garage, she doesn’t care if she ever wakes up again.

And then she opens her eyes to find that her arrogant, asshat stepbrother, Mason, has not only seen her at her lowest, he’s humiliated her even further by restraining her after her drunken, half-hearted suicide attempt.

Her handsome, older stepbrother has always been secretive about his basement lair, and now she knows why. Mason isn’t just confident, cocky, a self-proclaimed Master of the Universe—he’s Master of much more than that.

Mason is a Dom. And he’s sure he can prove to her that she’s not broken. Just… untapped.

Troubled and desperate, Angeline looks at Mason with new eyes, wondering if he really is the only man who can tap her—so to speak.

But he’s her stepbrother. He’s the man who’s seen her at her worst, her absolute lowest. Can she ever surrender herself to his demands, bend herself to his will, in order to find a deeper bliss than she’s ever known in her life?

 

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Audrey is a horrible c0cktease. Well, that’s not really true. Actually, she’s very good at it. Sometimes too good.

And for some reason, she loves teasing her sexy, well-built stepbrother, Jared, more than anyone else.

Maybe it’s because he makes her so damned hot it’s hard to find a clean pair of panties anywhere at the end of a week.

Maybe it’s because he responds to her teasing with a carefully restrained kind of lust that gives her a heady sense of power.

Maybe it’s because Jared is the only one who’s ever made her feel out of control, not in charge of her own feelings, let alone her own body.

And in spite of her constant insistence that it will be, “this time, baby,” she can’t seem to let him take her all the way.

Until Jared gets tired of waiting. And decides to take what they both really want.

 

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