You got to sit at the big boys’/girls’ table–and then they realized you were sitting there. Huh? December 2012, Amazon announced KDP Select. Tons of us jumped in, many of us made some really good money from it.
That’s when things started to change.
Publishers started to complain. Traditionally published authors joined in the cacophony. Why? Indie authors were shooting up the charts and that was taking money out of the pockets of people/companies with big money in the game. That’s when downloads, which initially counted on a 1:1 ratio for your sales coming out of free, started to slip. The ratio fell to the point where it is now. Where is it now? If you don’t get into the top 100 in free, might as well not do it.
If you sense a bit of an edge from me on the issue, you’re insightful. No one expected the gravy train to last forever, but it was remarkable to see how quickly Amazon adjusted against indie authors to mollify the traditionally published world. Now, Amazon takes away likes and tags from books. Ask yourself this question. Who did the best job getting likes and tags?
IT SURE WASN’T TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED AUTHORS
So, free is largely dead. Now, Amazon takes likes and tags away which hurts indie authors in a plethora of ways. Is it a death knell to indie authors? Certainly not, but it’s another data point in a trend.
And that trend is that not much has changed.
An important concept in the law, where I spend most of my time and make most of my money, is “standing.” I ask myself, has the standing of indie authors changed in the last two years? My honest answer is not really. Will it change? If it hasn’t changed yet, what will be the catalyst for that happening?
Do you really think they’ll leave the door unlocked and let indies sit at the dinner table again? How full is your glass?