Earning royalties off Kindle Unlimited – whoop!

My KDP Amazon dashboard

Over the past month this exciting-looking graph has been building on my KDP dashboard. It’s somebody using their ‘Kindle Unlimited’ membership to read my e-book version of Medar. They obviously did a big push at the end. Maybe it got really exciting for them? Now they have started reading Tyrelia.

It’s another way of earning royalties, and it’s pretty much the first time this has happened since I started advertising my books on Amazon. I know I only earn a few cents per page, but still, with much anticipation I checked my royalties. Can you guess?

I have earned a whopping (wait for it … drumroll) $3.25! And that’s US dollars. Sigh. Won’t be leaving my day job 🙂

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I’m a finalist for SJV Award!

SJV_AwardI found out today that my book Tyrelia has been successful in getting into the final ballot for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel (SJV) Awards in the category of ‘Best Youth Novel’.

This award is administered by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of NZ (SFFANZ). Voting will be open to members of SFFANZ only, and the awards will be ‘presented’ at a ceremony during CoNZealand. Disappointingly, because of COVID-19, CoNZealand has been turned into an online event. It was originally planned to be hosted in Wellington and chaired by the one-and-only George R R Martin! I had been hoping to get a handshake and launch my 3rd book, Golden City whilst there, but never mind …

There are 5 finalists in this category. I know a couple of other authors who are also finalists in this category, and they are amazing, so it would be a huge achievement if I were to win.

Thanks for everyone who nominated me, allowing me to get this far.

THANK YOU!

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Lock-down up-side

For me, one of the hardest things about writing is finding the time to write. I work full-time and have a family, so me-time has to be squeezed in between work and family commitments. Although our kids have ‘technically’ left home (and I say ‘technically’ because we’ve got them both back home at the moment), they are around and I want to spend time with them.

My husband already calls himself a writing widow, and that’s after I’ve spent hours going on bike rides and playing board games with him!

But, suddenly, being in lock-down has removed so many obligations and I find I have time to write. I think I’ve finished the fourth (fifth?) draft of my Golden City manuscript. I’ve made all the edits from 2 beta readers and my content editor. Now I’m just reading it through one more time.

Actually, I’m using the word “Read Aloud” function. It’s a first for me. Apart from not being able to pronounce some of my made-up words correctly (like ‘Tyrelia’, and they spell out T-H-Y-S-T every time!), it’s pretty good, particularly for picking up repeated or echoed words.

So I reckon I’ll be ready for Beta readers very soon! Still targeting a July 2020 release date (e-book – not sure if I’ll be able to pull off a print copy). I’m feeling optimistic 🙂

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Ups and downs

My down this week was that I found out that my manuscript for Golden City did not make the shortlist for the Tessa Duder category (YA) in the national Storylines competition.

My up was that, for the first time ever, I technically made more in sales than I paid in advertising on Amazon. No, hang on a sec – I just checked my dashboards to give you some numbers and one of the sales has disappeared. I take it back: I’ve consistently spent more on advertising than I’ve made off sales 😦 We’re not talking big numbers, though. After an initial misunderstanding of how to set up my campaigns and rather big overspends for 6 months, I have now learnt how to limit my advertising costs to around $20 per month. But with only 1 or 2 sales per month, I’m only (technically) making $6. You can do the math.

I say (technically) because Amazon has not paid out a cent in royalties, due to the fact I have not signed up to ‘Amazon kdp select’ (which means I can only sell exclusively on Amazon). I will only get royalties paid out when they accumulate to over $100. So after a year of advertising on Amazon, I have spent over USD500 on advertising, made 35 sales (mostly e-books at $2.99 of which I got 30%) and theoretically earned about $75 in royalties. Hmmm, I’m not giving up my day job anytime soon. On the up side (ever the optimist!) I think I’m getting better at targeting my campaigns at the right audience, but time will tell.

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Tyrelia has been nominated for SJV Award!

Thank you, thank you, everyone who nominated my 2nd book Tyrelia for the Sir Julius Vogel (SJV) Award in the Best Youth Novel category.

I have received confirmation that I have made it through the initial nomination round. However, I still need as many nominations as possible to go further in the competition. The more nominations it receives the more likely it is to be shortlisted. Here is the link https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfTIK1YJi6GBXX0lZ…/viewform

Fill in the following details:
Title of work: Tyrelia
Author: SR Manssen
Category: Best Youth Novel
Publisher: Manssen Publishing House

Further contact info: Email: realmtrilogy@gmail.com Website: http://www.srmanssen.com FB @Realmtrilogy

It costs nothing, takes less than a minute & your information will not be stored after the awards round.

THANK YOU!

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