So it’s been a few months since I published my first novel, Brothers. I’ve had a modest number of sales, but the bulk of my revenue has come from the KDP Select Global Fund.
The fund works like this: Every month there is a fund distributed to authors of books enrolled in KDP Select. When people read your book through Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, you (the author) earn a portion of the global fund based on how many pages the readers read. (I won’t get into much more detail than that, but that’s the gist of it.)
I like two things about this: (1) It rewards books that people actually read through, and (2) it allows the reader to get books for free while still helping the author earn money. Win-win, right?
So far, I have earned about three times as much from the Global Fund as from direct sales. That’s encouraging, but it’s also humbling because it means people are actually reading the book. Writing can be (and should be, in my opinion) an intensely vulnerable experience. It’s like recording your deepest secrets and darkest fears in a diary, and then making a digital copy of that diary available online for anyone to comment, criticize, and contradict you.
It takes guts to write a book. Guts or craziness—I still can’t decide which.
Anyway, my purpose in writing this post is, above all else, to thank those of you who have taken the time to read Brothers. I hope you enjoyed it—not just for the survival and the mayhem and the other fun trappings of the genre, but for the heart of the story, the moments of insight when you get to glimpse what it might be like to see the world through someone else’s eyes. That is, after all, what I look for in the books I read.
So thank you. I couldn’t do this without your support. I hope you will continue to support me in the future, because I have a great many more stories to share.