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Paid by the page, first month results

Those of you who participate in Kindle Unlimited or KOLL as an author have probably been curious to see how per page payouts would shake out versus getting paid a fixed amount per checkout. The reason given for the change was to balance out self-published authors who were getting the same money for 50 page pamphlets versus those who wrote 500 page epics. Reportedly, some authors were abusing this system by putting out a lot of small books. As the author of both short and long books, I can offer a little perspective (and numbers) from both sides of the change.

coverMy “pamphlet” book Fractals You Can Draw is 52 KENP (Kindle Edition Normalized Pages) and sells for $0.99. Before the change I was getting about $1.35 for each checkout, which is four times the royalty I got from someone buying the book, and 33% more than the purchase price. Under the new system, according to the payouts I received for July, each page is worth approximately 0.57 cents. If someone reads the whole book, I get 30 cents, pretty much the same as if they bought it and never read it. Sure, it was nice to get a 133% royalty for a while, but that’s kinda silly.

My other book Fractals: A Programmer’s Approach is 582 KENP and sells for $4.99. Because of delivery fees I make about a 50% royalty on each copy sold. The $1.35 payout was a little more than half that royalty, which at the time was balanced out with checkouts of Fractals You Can Draw, but it was still less money than if I had made a sale. Now, at 0.57 cents a page I make $1.35 if someone reads 239 pages, $2.50 for 439 pages, and $3.32 if someone reads the whole book. Holding a reader’s interest does pay off.

coverHere’s where the loophole might still exist. Both of these books are picture, equation, figure and source code heavy, sections readers will often skim. Now in my case it probably took as much if not more work to create each image as it did a block of text the same size. But they are pages more likely to be read because they have less of an opportunity cost for the reader, at least in theory. A 130 page self-published book of webcomics takes much less time to read than a similar book of text, and might be more likely to be read all the way through.

So, if you’re an artbook inclined person, this is your time to shine.

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Review – The Royals: Masters Of War

The Royals: Masters Of War

Writer – Rob Williams, Artist – Simon Coleby

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What if the royal families of every nation had super powers? Only Kings and Queens mind you, Presidents and Prime Ministers don’t count, only those with royal blood. The year is 1940 and Britain is being bombed by Germany every night. The sleeping giant of Japan is poised to attack Midway and Pearl Harbor, and Prince Henry can’t take it any more. He can’t adopt the attitude of “eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die” that is his brother Arthur’s mantra, but instead feels compelled to intervene and use his power. But Henry is not the only one with power, and his actions have awakened the royals of other nations, threatening to destroy all he holds dear.

This is a war comic, not a super-hero comic, and it only bears a slight resemblance to the way history actually played out. We have the inclusion of figures like Roosevelt and Churchill, but a largely fabricated royal family. And it’s this lack of attention to history, particularly the attitudes of the royals that downgrades this book in my view.

The family here throws giant banquets while the people in London starve. The real royal family underwent the same rationing as the people in London, and had to contend directly both with the bombing, and with the loss of a son in the air force. The royals in the real world are heroes. The royals in this comic are twisted, incestuous, power-mad and psychopathic. Henry, for all his noble ideals, is in love with his sister Rose. Arthur is a callous brute who thinks nothing of tearing a man apart (rather gorily I might add) just because that man wants a woman Arthur only wants because she’s the only port in a storm. This book actually had me rooting for the Japanese emperor, who acted with more honor than any of the royal family.

The most interesting aspect was the way the powers took a toll on people over time, psychic powers driving the Queen mad, and causing Rose to be taken over by the personality of a spy they are sent to save. But otherwise the book is humorless, grim and the twists lack punch because you don’t care about any of these people.

I would honestly read a book about the real royal family before I would read this one. One of the few NetGalley titles I didn’t care to finish. And this from the man who’s read several volumes of Angry Birds comics.

(2 stars | Little to recommend it honestly)

* I received a free ARC from NetGalley in return for my honest review

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