As most of you, I've been signed for years with small publishers and know how many pieces of the pie get served up before I get my portion. Suffice to say, my earnings have been slim despite the number of books I've published.
With my new publisher, I finally got the opportunity to feel like a true author. Although I've always said I don't write for the money, I think the smile on my face when I received my first four digit paycheck made a liar out of me. And that was for ONE book, but there was a catch....
The KDP program seemed like an answer to a prayer, but I'm sure many are finding it was just a temporary shining star. How do you fall from being in the one thousands in ranking to quadruple digits? Amazon has the power to change the algorithms at will, and we don’t have any say in the matter. Amazon recently purchased Avalon and imported all of their books and authors into their pool. Wanna bet that sales are skewed in favor of in-house publishing ventures? I think the KDP program as a ploy to get mainstream authors on board, and now that they've joined the ranks, we small press and self-pubbed people are at the back of the line again. That doesn't mean we can't compete, it just makes it a little more difficult...and probably out of the financial reach of most of us.
You can find my latest releases along with all my other work at: http://www.amazon.com/author/gingersimpson