I woke up this morning to an email from Amazon.com. I cannot disclose the exact amount of money that they were offering me, but it was pretty substantial considering I don’t make all that many sales of the book on a monthly basis.
The name of the program is Amazon Prime Reading. Prime readers can take advantage of this offer where they can borrow up to ten books at a time and read at their leisure. As an author of a book in Amazon Prime Reading, I get a one time fee and I continue to collect the regular royalties that come through book sales through their usual channels.
The real advantage to the author in joining this program is that Sales Rank and Author Rank usually increases astronomically. This can increase sales of other books in the same niche.
For about the last year this book has been selling around 100 copies per month. That is not many considering the niche that the book is in. Other successful books in the same niche are selling thousands of copies per month.
This offer comes at a very interesting time because I was just considering writing another meditation book to help people get further in the process.
The topic for the new book will be something like 30 Meditation Tips to Supercharge your Practice. Or something similar.
Initially, when this offer started with Amazon offering Amazon authors money to join this program, it started out around $5000 USD for 90 days. Some authors are offered $1000 dollars, and others are offered just $500 dollars or even no money at all. Apparently there is some slot to fill in the meditation category that matches my book.
The wording of the email from Amazon was not very specific. It told me that I would have to keep my books in KTPAndAmazon select for the full 90 days if I wanted to take advantage of this offer. The money is paid to me at the end of the 90 days.
Some authors are saying they join the program only to have it take months before they were able to see their book added to the program. So they left the book in Amazon Select for that many months before it even started. Of course, some authors see this as unfair. An email to support usually cleared it right up, though not always in the author’s best interest.
I will let you know how things go in the near future with this. I hope that it gives a substantial boost to my Author Rank and also Author Sales Rank in Amazon.
If you know of another author who has gone through this program and you know some specifics about the results, could you please email me or leave a comment below to let me know what happened?