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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon scores a point.
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 16, 2019, 12:44:21 AM »
It would be nice to think that Amazon is making an effort to do those new release email faster. Of course, it could just be a fluke.

Not a new release email. It's the Your book is available in the store email.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon scores a point.
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on July 16, 2019, 12:42:56 AM »
It would be nice to think that Amazon is making an effort to do those new release email faster. Of course, it could just be a fluke.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Amazon scores a point.
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 16, 2019, 12:37:29 AM »
Legend of Dreamwalker was up and live in just under an hour, and the email notification just arrived in 4.5 hours.

Amazon scores a point for fast work.

Now if only they could do that all the time?
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Publisher's Office [Public] / MOVED: 70/30
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 15, 2019, 10:02:54 PM »
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / 70/30
« Last post by Leegreg on July 15, 2019, 09:59:08 PM »
For whatever reason the 70/30 split seems prevalent across digital stores, although, at least with ebooks, there are many hoops and exceptions.

The reason i started this topic is that Iíve noticed there is some pushback in other media.

Apple is getting sued over its version. This has a bit of a twist in that developers are arguing that the 70/30 split is unfair because the Apple App Store is the only way to delivery products to Apple ios devices.

If anyone else is a PC gamer, youíre probably buying games on Steam. Which uses 70/30 of course. Or did. Some time ago they added tiers where when a game gets into the high end (millions of $) the revenue split is reduced in favor of the publisher. This was an inducement to keep big publishers, who are and were starting to sell directly.

However, Epic Games recently came into a pile of cash (Fortnite) and for some reason decided to open a digital game store with an 88/12 split. They are also dumping that cash into signing exclusive deals and paying off returns for people pissed they canít get the game on Steam.

So far, Steam hasnít responded with a better revenue split, they appear to be relying on their better store front features and riding out the storm.

Now, to books!

While Amazon dominates, there are a wide variety of places to buy and sell, yet the 70/30 (or worse) still holds on.

Any ideas why it exists? And any soothsayers willing to guess if it will change for the better? Or get worse?

Iíd speculate the KDP select is simply too dominant for another company to break the Amazon near-monopoly by offering better revenue splits in exchange for temporary or permanent exclusivity. Without that exclusive period, there wouldnít be an advantage for a retailer to pay better.

 
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Legend of Dreamwalker, book 5 in the Hunter Imperium series, was just released.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V8JQP1S
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I changed another cover!  Hoping to have more words tomorrow.   :writethink:
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Promotion Signup Desk [Public] / Re: The Speculative Fiction Showcase thread
« Last post by CoraBuhlert on July 15, 2019, 12:14:35 PM »
Today's featured new release at the Speculative Fiction Showcase is Memory Aether, a Cyberpunk novel by R.J. Rugroden.

Do you want your science fiction, fantasy or horror book featured at the Speculative Fiction Showcase or would you like to be interviewed or submit a guest post? We look forward to receiving your submissions.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Electric Dan on July 15, 2019, 11:36:57 AM »
Wrote 1,130 words yesterday and 1,440 words today in the lame space opera.

Wrote 219 words today in the regular space opera.

Sent copy of the fantasy epic to my beta reader yesterday.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Kristen.s.walker on July 15, 2019, 10:15:43 AM »
Spent time with family yesterday. 2565 words today.
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