New Payment Report now available for Kindle Direct Publishing

Just received this in my email yesterday from Kindle Direct Publishing:

We’ve added a new Payment Report so you can easily access your royalty payment information at any time through your KDP account:
https://kdp.amazon.com/kdp/self-publishing/reports

The information included in your Remittance Advice (payment notification) is now available in the report, plus some helpful new additions.

Here’s what’s new:

  • View Detailed Payment Information – You can view your latest payment status, tax withholding amounts, and the sales period for which royalty payments have been made.
  • Reconcile Your Payments with the Prior Months’ Royalties Report – The Accrued Royalty column in the payment report helps you match payments received to the royalty amounts indicated on your Prior Months’ Royalties report.
  • Learn About Applicable Exchange Rates – You can see the exchange rates applied during processing of your foreign currency payments.
  • Access Historical Transaction Information – Starting from sales periods beginning November 2013, you will now be able to view payment information for the most recent 12 months. For information about sales periods prior to November 2013, please refer to your previous Remittance Advice (payment notification) emails.

As before, around the 20th of each month, you will receive an email notifying you when royalty payments are issued for sales on worldwide Amazon marketplaces. While in the past, your royalty payment amount was listed in the Remittance Advice (payment notification) email without accompanying detail (like exchange rates), starting today, you will receive an email alert whenever a new payment has been made and when you sign in to access the Payment Report you will find the amount as well as all the detail listed above. These changes do not affect the timing of your KDP royalty payments, applicable royalty rates, or your chosen method of payment in any way. Your current KDP Account Payment Settings will also remain unchanged.

To access the Payment Report, sign in to your KDP account and click on the “Reports” tab. Then, select “Payments” from the list of available report options.

To find out more about what’s in the Payment Report, visit our Help page:
https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A3GQGT47C7LVMP

Kindle Direct Publishing: Minimum Electronic Payment Threshold Removed

KDP News

Minimum Electronic Payment Threshold Removed

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) authors who receive their royalty payments electronically will now be paid in full every month for all their sales without any minimum thresholds for payout. This gives authors greater access to their earnings and a more reliable payment schedule, 60 days after the month royalties are earned.

It’s easy to set your account payment preference for the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) royalty payment option. Simply sign in to your KDP account and under “Your Royalty Payments,” select EFT for each applicable marketplace.

Learn more about royalty payment thresholds and available currencies.

Featured Resource

Create a Reader Profile

By Richard Ridley The criminal profiler has become a popular character in today’s thriller and mystery genres. The concept is simple: It is this character’s job to identify the types of behaviors and characteristics that various types of criminals exhibit. Once the authorities know what type of person is behind the crimes, finding the perpetrator is easier.

So here’s my question to you: Have you put together a profile of your typical reader? Do you know their hobbies? Do you know their hangouts? Do you know if they’re male or female, married, single, etc.? If you knew these things, imagine how much simpler your marketing efforts would be. Common sense suggests it’s easier to find someone when you know who you’re looking for. Read more about how to create a reader profile, courtesy of CreateSpace.

 

Tip of the Month

Changing Your Book’s Price

Once your book is live, you can still update the price as long as it’s not in an active promotion. Keep in mind that you’ll have to wait for books with a status of “Review” or “Publishing” to be “Active” before you can change the price. Also, your book may be unavailable for up to 24 hours while the price change takes effect.
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KDP Select News

January Global Fund Announcement

KDP Select is an optional program for you to reach more readers and it gives you the opportunity to earn more money. Once your title is enrolled, you will earn a share of the monthly global fund amount every time your book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Japan.

For January, the KDP Select Global Fund amount is $1.2 million. In the month of December, KDP Select-enrolled authors earned $1.86 each time their books were borrowed.

You can also maximize your book’s sales potential by choosing between two great promotional tools: Kindle Countdown Deals, time-bound promotional discounts for your book, available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, while earning royalties; or Free Book Promotion where readers worldwide can get your book free for a limited time. Plus, you can earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, India, Brazil, and Mexico.

Visit your Bookshelf to enroll your books in KDP Select, or if you are already enrolled, visit your royalty report to see your results. If you’d like to learn more, visit KDP Select or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Here’s what authors are saying about KDP Select and Kindle Countdown Deals:

“From Kindle Countdown Deals, to increasing access to emerging international markets, to the most competitive royalty rates in the history of book publishing, KDP Select is becoming more and more essential, a veritable toolbox for the 21st Century writer, loaded with everything you need not just to publish your book, but to have a real shot at reaching a wide, voracious audience.” –Blake Crouch, Author of Snowbound

“Kindle Countdown Deals are a great way to generate attention for your book, attract fresh readers, give your sales rankings a boost, and make money. The ticking clock on your book’s product page, counting the minutes until the next jump toward full price, spurs readers to buy now rather than clicking through to something else.” –Lee Goldberg, Author of The Walk

Kindle Direct Publishing December Newsletter Update

Tip of the Month

Link Your eBook and Print Book

Customers can find your books much more easily if you link your print editions and digital editions. This allows potential customers to click back and forth between your books without having to search again. When you have both editions available, the best way to see to it that they’re linked successfully is to make sure the titles match exactly.
Read more

KDP Select News

December Global Fund Announcement

KDP Select is an optional program for you to reach more readers and it gives you the opportunity to earn more money. Once your title is enrolled, you will earn a share of the monthly global fund amount every time your book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Japan.

For December, the KDP Select Global Fund amount is $1.1 million. In the month of November, KDP Select-enrolled authors earned $2.46 each time their books were borrowed.

You can also maximize your book’s sales potential by choosing between two great promotional tools: Kindle Countdown Deals, time-bound promotional discounts for your book, available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, while earning royalties; or Free Book Promotion where readers worldwide can get your book free for a limited time. Plus, you can earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, India, Brazil, and Mexico.

Visit your Bookshelf to enroll your books in KDP Select, or if you are already enrolled, visit your royalty report to see your results. If you’d like to learn more, visit KDP Select or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Here’s what KDP Select authors are saying:

“The new Kindle Countdown Deals promotion exceeded my every expectation. Financially, the increase in sales more than made up for the lower price. I was able to expand my readership base and my sales rank improved dramatically. I am living my dream right now.” –Douglas E. Richards, Author of Wired

“KDP Select has sent my business rocketing. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library enabled me to reach tens of thousands of new readers, many of whom became loyal readers. And the Kindle Countdown Deals promotion is another way KDP has proved to be a terrific business partner. These time-bound promotions generate buzz and excitement and have given my books a terrific boost this holiday season.” –Joel Goldman, Author of Chasing the Dead (Alex Stone Thrillers)

 

Kindle Worlds Tip: Unlock the Keywords to Your Story

November 2013
Volume 32

Featured News

Introducing Kindle Countdown Deals

We are excited to introduce our newest KDP Select benefit – Kindle Countdown Deals. This is a new book promotion tool that lets you provide readers with limited-time promotional discounts for your Kindle books, available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Here are some of the benefits of Kindle Countdown Deals:

  • Set time-bound promotions – You control how long your book is discounted. The time remaining for your promotion will be visible for customers to help generate excitement for the price discount.
  • Customers get a great deal – Your customers will see the great deal they’re getting with the regular price included on the book’s detail page, right beside the promotional price.
  • Retain a 70% royalty rate – You will earn royalties based on your regular royalty rate and the promotional price. As a result, if you are using the 70% royalty option, you’ll earn 70% even if the price is below $2.99.
  • Increase discoverability – Customers can easily browse live Kindle Countdown Deals at www.amazon.com/kindlecountdowndeals – a great way for you and your books to get discovered.
  • Monitor performance in real-time – A new KDP report displays sales and royalties at each price discount side-by-side with pre-promotion performance, so you can compare results.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to enroll your titles in KDP Select, and click on “Manage Benefits” to get started.

KDP News

KDP Now Available for Amazon.com.au

Announcing Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for Australia. You can quickly and easily publish at kdp.amazon.com.au and if you have indicated rights to publish in Australia, your book can appear in the new Australia Kindle Store within two days. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Keep control – Maintain complete creative control and own your copyright.
  • Reach readers worldwide – Make your books available in the Australia Kindle Store and in more than 175 countries worldwide.
  • Earn up to 70% royalties – Set your list price in Australian dollars and be eligible to earn up to a 70% royalty for book sales to customers in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Get paid in local currency – Receive payment in your local currency for book sales, if your bank account is in Australia or New Zealand, and track your progress with KDP sales reporting detailed by marketplace.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to review your preferences or learn more in our Help section.

Tip of the Month

Draw Attention to Your Book

Once your book is published, you might wonder about the best ways to help readers notice it. Think about linking to your website or making sample chapters available. Also, be sure that you have indicated all countries that you have rights to publish in. There’s more information in our Help pages.

KDP Select News

November Global Fund Announcement

KDP Select is an optional program for you to reach more readers and it gives you the opportunity to earn more money. Once your title is enrolled, you will earn a share of the monthly global fund amount every time your book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Japan.

For November, the KDP Select Global Fund amount is $1.1 million. In the month of October, KDP Select-enrolled authors earned $2.51 each time their books were borrowed.

You can also maximize your book’s sales potential by choosing between two great promotional tools: Kindle Countdown Deals, time-bound promotional discounting for your book while earning royalties; or Free Book Promotion where readers worldwide can get your book free for a limited time. Plus, you can earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, India, Brazil, and Mexico.

Visit your Bookshelf to enroll your books in KDP Select, or if you are already enrolled, visit your royalty report to see your results. If you’d like to learn more, visit KDP Select or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Featured Resource

Life Outside of Writing

By Richard Ridley

Is there such a thing as life outside of writing for those of us who’ve chosen to pursue writing as a career? Most of the world thinks our job is done solely in front of the computer, as if we clock in as soon as our fingers hit that first key. Try as I might, I’ve had a difficult time explaining to some people that writers are never truly “off the clock.” Read more about life outside of writing, courtesy of CreateSpace.

Kindle Worlds Tip: Unlock the Keywords to Your Story

Help readers discover your story by utilizing the power of search keywords in your metadata. Kindle Worlds and KDP authors can easily customize their genres and increase discoverability by picking specific keywords. Click here to learn how to help more readers find your book across Amazon.com. Start writing your Kindle Worlds story today!

Expand Your BOOK’S Reach

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CreateSpace is a leading provider of independent publishing tools that empower authors to produce, publish, and distribute their printed work. Learn more about the royalties and distribution options available with CreateSpace.

Join CreateSpace

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The Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) makes it easy to turn your book into an audiobook and create a new revenue stream. ACX connects authors with professional audio producers to create audiobooks. Learn about ACX’s distribution options and royalties.

Read more

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Manage your author profile and view detailed sales reports for your print books for free.

Author Central

Kindle Reading APps

Did you know your readers don’t need a Kindle to read your book? Simply download one of our free Kindle apps–available for every major smartphone, tablet and computer.

Learn more

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Tools & Resources

 

Announcing Kindle Countdown Deals – A New KDP Select Book Promotion Tool

Latest news from:

Hello,

Thanks for publishing your book with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). We want you to know about an exciting new KDP Select benefit – Kindle Countdown Deals. This is a new book promotion tool that lets you provide readers with time-bound promotional discounts for your Kindle books, available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Here are some of the benefits of Kindle Countdown Deals:

  • Set time-bound promotions – You control how long your book is discounted. The time remaining for your promotion will be visible for customers to help generate excitement for the price discount.
  • Customers get a great deal – Your customers will see the great deal they’re getting with the regular price included on the book’s detail page, right beside the promotional price.
  • Retain a 70% royalty rate – You will earn royalties based on your regular royalty rate and the promotional price. As a result, if you are using the 70% royalty option, you’ll earn 70% even if the price is below $2.99.
  • Increase discoverability – Customers can easily browse live Kindle Countdown Deals at www.amazon.com/kindlecountdowndeals – a great way for you and your books to get discovered.
  • Monitor performance in real-time – A new KDP report displays sales and royalties at each price discount side-by-side with pre-promotion performance, so you can compare results.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to enroll your titles in KDP Select, and click on “Manage Benefits” to get started.

Kind regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

Announcing Kindle Matchbook

September 2013
Volume 30

In This Issue

Expand Your BOOK’S Reach

CreateSpace is a leading provider of independent publishing tools that empower authors to produce, publish, and distribute their printed work. Learn more about the royalties and distribution options available with CreateSpace.

Join CreateSpace

The Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) makes it easy to turn your book into an audiobook and create a new revenue stream. ACX connects authors with professional audio producers to create audiobooks. Learn about ACX’s distribution options and royalties.

Read more

Manage your author profile and view detailed sales reports for your print books for free.

Author Central

Kindle Reading APPs

Did you know your readers don’t need a Kindle to read your book? Simply download one of our free Kindle apps–available for every major smartphone, tablet and computer.

Learn more

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Featured News

Announcing Kindle MatchBook

Kindle MatchBook is an innovative new program which enables you to offer your Kindle book at a discount when readers purchase your print book, so you can sell more books. Here’s how it works:

  1. Select your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) title on your KDP Bookshelf and check the enroll box for Kindle MatchBook on the “Rights & Pricing” page.
  2. Set the discount for your Kindle book, available on Amazon.com, by choosing a promotional list price of $2.99 or less.
  3. “Save” your Kindle MatchBook preferences.

The Kindle MatchBook discount you select will not appear on Amazon.com until the program is fully launched in the coming weeks. You will receive an e-mail notification once your Kindle MatchBook discount is live. Your readers will soon have an easy and affordable way to read your book in both print and digital formats. If you don’t already have a print version of your book, you can create one with CreateSpace.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to enroll your books in Kindle MatchBook today.

New to KDP

KDP expands to Mexico

It’s fast and easy to make your KDP published books available for readers in the Mexico Kindle Store.

You can increase your sales potential by setting the list price of your book in Mexican pesos and track your book sales with KDP sales reporting detailed by country. Plus, you can earn up to a 70% royalty for Mexico book sales, eligible for titles enrolled in KDP Select. Also, you’ll get your royalty payments in pesos if your bank account is in Mexico.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to review your preferences or learn more in our Help section.

Merchandising Tip

Make Your Book More Discoverable with Relevant Keywords

One of the most effective steps in promoting your book is also one of the quickest, since you only need a moment to add keywords to your book listing. But the impact can be huge: selecting relevant search keywords can make your book more discoverable, which brings it to a wider audience. We’ll walk you through selecting the right words and formatting them properly so that when customers search for books like yours on Amazon, your book is more likely to appear in their search results. Even if your book is listed already, you can always update your keywords to see which ones produce the best results.
Learn more

KDP Select News

September Global Fund Announcement

KDP Select is an optional program for you to reach more readers and gives you the opportunity to earn more money. Once your title is enrolled, you will earn a share of the monthly global fund amount every time your book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Japan.

For September, the KDP Select Global Fund amount is $1.1 million. In the month of August, KDP Select-enrolled authors earned $2.26 each time their books were borrowed.

You can also promote your book as free for up to five days for each 90-day enrollment period in KDP Select. In addition, you can earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, India, Brazil, and Mexico.

Visit your Bookshelf to enroll your books in KDP Select, or if you are already enrolled, visit your royalty report to see your results. If you’d like to learn more, visit KDP Select or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Announcing Kindle MatchBook: An Innovative New Program to Help You Sell More Books

Hello,

We are excited to introduce Kindle MatchBook, an innovative new program which enables you to offer your Kindle book at a discount when readers purchase your print book, so you can sell more books. It’s easy to enroll.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) title on your KDP Bookshelf and check the Enroll box for Kindle MatchBook on the “Rights & Pricing” page.
  2. Set the discount for your book by choosing a promotional list price of $2.99 or less.
  3. Save your Kindle MatchBook preferences.

By enrolling your book, you will be among the first to be able to take advantage of this new program. The Kindle MatchBook discount you select will not appear on Amazon.com until the program is fully launched in the coming weeks. We will notify you by e-mail as soon as your Kindle MatchBook discount is live. Your readers will soon have an easy and affordable way to read your book in both print and digital formats.

Don’t have a print version of your book? Create one today with CreateSpace – Amazon’s independent publishing platform for print books.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf today to enroll your books in Kindle MatchBook.

Best regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

Publish Fan Fiction Stories with Kindle Worlds

July 2013 | Volume 28

Expand Your BOOK’S Reach

CreateSpace is a leading provider of independent publishing tools that empower authors to produce, publish, and distribute their printed work. Learn more about the royalties and distribution options available with CreateSpace.

Join CreateSpace

The Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) makes it easy to turn your book into an audiobook and create a new revenue stream. ACX connects authors with professional audio producers to create audiobooks. Learn about ACX’s distribution options and royalties.

Read more

Manage your author profile and view detailed sales reports for your print books for free.

Visit Author Central

KINDLE READING APPS

Did you know your readers don’t need a Kindle to read your book? Simply download one of our free Kindle apps–available for every major smartphone, tablet and computer.

Learn more

Featured News

Publish Fan Fiction Stories with Kindle Worlds

Kindle Worlds is a new a place to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. Now you can write in licensed worlds and earn up to a 35% royalty. Some of the current licensed Worlds include: Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars; Valiant comics including Bloodshot and Shadowman; The Foreworld Saga by Neal Stephenson; and worlds from renowned authors Hugh Howey, Barry Eisler, and Blake Crouch.

“I loved writing the characters in this world. I really enjoy the ongoing mysteries and surprising twists that always keep the reader guessing.” –Barbara Freethy, best-selling KDP author writing in Pretty Little Liars

Start writing today! Check out the submissions portal so your stories can appear in the Amazon.com Kindle Worlds store. Stay up to date–follow the Kindle Worlds blog and Twitter @kindleworlds

KDP Select News

July Global Fund Announcement

KPD Select is an optional program for you to reach more readers and gives you the opportunity to earn more money. Once your title is enrolled, you will earn a share of the monthly global fund amount every time your book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and France.

For July, the KDP Select Global Fund amount is $1 million. In the month of June, KDP Select-enrolled authors earned $2.24 each time their books were borrowed.

You can also promote your book as free for up to five days for each 90-day enrollment period in KDP Select. In addition, you can earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, Brazil, and India.

Visit your Bookshelf to enroll your books in KDP Select, or if you are already enrolled, visit your royalty report to see your results. If you’d like to learn more, visit KDP Select or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Marketing Tip

Find Advocates with Free Books

This may sound a bit odd, but if you’re an unknown brand in the world of publishing, making sales shouldn’t necessarily be your first priority. You should be focused on getting readers. Perhaps “readers” isn’t the most accurate term; what you really need are advocates.

Advocates are more than readers. They are the people who feel a sense of discovery when they find a book by an unknown author, and they take to the Twittersphere, the Facebook universe, and any other tool of communication, to shout from the virtual rooftops about their new find. They are the ones who will drive sales your way. Read more about finding advocates with free books, courtesy of CreateSpace.

Tip of the Month

Use Word to Design Your Text

We recommend using Microsoft Word to format your books. Word offers many tools for easy formatting, and you can also use HTML to design your text. See our Simplified Formatting Guide for more tips on formatting your book using Word.

Notes for Authors & Featured Editors

I jotted down these notes during a training I was listening too (note: not 100% sure where it came from but looks like it could be helpful to anyone who is an author or editor!)

Email your article to the featured editor of the chosen publication.

Follow up with a fax on day 2.

Leave voicemail after hours on day 2 (note: yes, this is the same day that you faxed).

Email reminder on day 4.

This is the process you will use to try and get your article featured and not just put to the bottom of the stack. Wish you best of luck!

To Your Success!

How to Self-Publish Your Own Book – Lesson 5: Profit-Generating Strategies For Your Book

While there has to be a concerted marketing and publicity campaign once your book has been published, activities to promote your book should begin even before it has been released. In fact, along with planning on the content for your book, you should also plan for the promotion of your book. You need to have a clear understanding of the market that exists for the book you are about to write and how you can maximize the exposure in that market.

Before you started writing your book you may have carried out a preliminary market research to find out who your readers are going to be. Once the writing of the book is done and as you are waiting for it to be published, you need to start taking steps to reach out to your target market. How will you tell them what your book is about so that it generates instant interest, why do you think it will prove to be helpful, what motivated you to write it in the first place and most importantly, why do you think they should spend money to buy your book.

You can now do all the above through a combination of strategies, some traditional and some non-traditional, but all aimed at generating profits for you.

  1. Have an online presence.

    In the present day and age, you simply cannot do without an Internet presence. Have a professionally designed website for your book (this could be part of your publishing company website or an independent one just for the book) that effectively showcases your book, talks about you as an expert author, highlights the cover, discusses the main points in the book, provides reviews and testimonials and of course, has a place where one can purchase the book online. Remember the website needs not to be elaborate or extravagant; a website with complete information is far more effective in attracting customers than an expensive one with incomplete or confusing information. You could also consider having an online media room as part of this website.

  2. Gather marketing and promotional ideas.

    You can gather a group of friends and family members who have taken an interest in your project to brainstorm marketing ideas. You could seek their help in understanding various groups of prospective readers and possible places where you could find them. Ask your friends to list as many places as possible – where do they shop, have lunch, meet for coffee; what kind of organizations could they belong to; what kind of jobs might they have and what kind of hobbies. Use a spreadsheet to note all this down. At the end of the discussion, you will have a very comprehensive view of where you are most likely to find your prospective readers.

  3. Submit online articles.

    Your book probably is a goldmine of ideas. You can write up a short article on each one of these points and submit it to publications that cater to your target audience. Have a short blurb about you and what motivated you to write the book. This will appear at the end of each article.

  4. Participate in book fairs.

    Book fairs are a great way to get in touch personally with prospective readers. You can speak to them directly about what made you write the book and why you believe people will find it useful. It is possible that many people will be moved by your conviction and make outright purchases.

  5. Give free presentations and seminars.

    In order to increase the visibility of your book, you may want to give free presentations or seminars at local bookstores or libraries. You will be able to give the bookseller some added publicity, connect directly with prospective readers and also enhance your reputation as an expert in the field of your knowledge.  However, you have to ensure that you are comfortable speaking before a group of people. If not, hire a speaking coach for a few months to get used to speaking before crowds.

  6. Have a press kit ready at all times.

    As soon as your book is ready to be released, you should also have a press kit ready with it. This will typically contain a news release with relevant information about the book and the author, favorable testimonials and reviews, sample book cover and upcoming appearances. This will at least help you get a foot in the door of local TV and radio stations and will make local publications take notice.

We hope that through this blog series you have found the information and guidance you needed to self-publish your own book successfully. We also hope that you will treat it as a useful reference even as you write, publish and market future books.