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Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkein

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Kindle Edition published 2009-04-17
Bestseller ranking: 786

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All three parts of the epic masterpiece combined in one definitive edition of the text.

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Comedy films that made you laugh the most?
« Last post by derek alvah on Today at 05:55:32 PM »
There's Something About Mary and the first Anchorman are two of my all time favorites. Lets throw DodgeBall in there also.
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Wait! Everyone's right! And everyone's wrong!

Does Amazon care? The Big 5 have told us that Amazon is demanding more $$$ for visibility. Do we know what that visibility entails? And/Or where Amazon has drawn the negotiation line? I don't. But here are some things we can surmise:

The bestseller list does not discriminate. Except by weighting history more to reduce sales spikes. But that actually now punishes probably a few more trad titles that go through BookBub (yes, I know, BookBub says its acceptance is about half trad/half indie, but they also haven't broken that out between free and paid acceptances ;) ) as well as the KDD titles. And by allowing borrows to count as sales. That's gotta knock back a lot of non-KU self-pubbed as well as trad titles.

The poplist DOES discriminate and HEAVILY weights against MANY (not ALL) of the self-pubbed authors via price bias, by weighting by list price, by not including borrows, and by barely weighting freebies. Amazon radically changed the face of the poplist between even as late as late 2012 and today.

Amazon doesn't discriminate in their recommendation engine between books that prove they can maintain rank. Well, except for featuring APub titles in the Countdown Deals display and elsewhere around the store. And the "front table" promo that the Big 5 can buy. But that's just the difference between small fry and great white sharks. Indie authors who are selling well can certainly pick up free email exposure too.

So what about actual sales? Using the raw data from the May Author Earnings report, I ran my calcs against Data Guys, and we both came up with 49% of the Top 100K (using a dataset accounting for about 55% of the books in those ranks) being Big 5 books.

Original = Data Guy's calcs; New = mine.



So, yes, I think Amazon is trying to sell books and remain the dominant market force and please customers. But it also has contractual obligations with the Big 5 on the digital side, plus the White Glove program and the other retailer opps it has for publishers on the print side. Amazon is ALSO making money by selling visibility to the Big 5 - the EFFECTIVE stuff they offer (not this CPC stuff they're selling indies) used to start at around $15K, and even then the bestselling indie authors I know who approached them money in hand were turned away. I think where it doesn't contradict contracts, indies get a fair shake. But the lion's share of profit for Amazon still, I think, comes from the Big 5.

We indies are clawing our way up and expanding market share, but we still don't have a lobbying voice where we too can sit at the negotiation table with Amazon and bicker for better terms, more visibility and better customer access. That's what indie means, of course, and I wouldn't necessarily WANT to only be one vote in a huge conglomerate because we don't all have the same goals. Maybe if there were 4 or 5 lobby groups that represented indies of different goals and interests. But until then, I think Amazon will continue to serve up what customers want, but still push what Amazon thinks they need. Because one thing I can guarantee you is that with only 2% of the available titles, APub books would not organically be what 10% of the customers would be buying...
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Writers' Cafe / Re: So I Screwed Up (Maybe)...
« Last post by Chrisbwritin on Today at 05:51:34 PM »
I keep Facebook ads going, I do a BookBub every six months, I occasionally do an ENT or The Midlist ad, I talk to my readers on Facebook and I occasionally tweet about entertainment stuff. Otherwise I really only care about writing. I can say I do none of that for my pen name (although I am considering an ENT in September) and I just write and publish and it peaked at 800 on the author list last week and now lives in the top 2,000. I want it higher, but it's a work in progress.

Amanda-
Do you feel that it would be even higher if you did promote it, though? I really did just write, rinse repeat for the first few years, but I do feel like investing time and $ into marketing turned a good living into something I'd only dreamed of in a relatively short amount of time. That said, you've mentioned your output and there are only so many hours in the day, so I get it. Especially when you're already a rousing success.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: So I Screwed Up (Maybe)...
« Last post by ReGina W on Today at 05:50:59 PM »
I keep Facebook ads going, I do a BookBub every six months, I occasionally do an ENT or The Midlist ad, I talk to my readers on Facebook and I occasionally tweet about entertainment stuff. Otherwise I really only care about writing. I can say I do none of that for my pen name (although I am considering an ENT in September) and I just write and publish and it peaked at 800 on the author list last week and now lives in the top 2,000. I want it higher, but it's a work in progress.

Are you doing FB ads for your cozy mystery books? I've heard from a couple of people that they lousy results with the genre on Facebook. I tried one and it tanked but I'm well aware that I need to do a bit of split testing with different ads, change up the text but it seemed like a waste if the consensus was that they were a hard sell. I'd love to hear a different perspective. :)

And to Elizabeth, thanks for the post. I've done okay this month as well, and I do advertise but I can also see that expanding my backlist should also be a priority right now.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Dilemma: Apple won't allow competitor names or links.
« Last post by WDR on Today at 05:48:48 PM »
One warning though - if you have links to Amazon on your website, Apple will reject your file for those too. Even a hyperlink to your website will be enough. In my Apple epub files, I don't hyperlink to my site, I just spell it out e.g. celinagrace.com.

I do exactly the same thing: my website is listed in the copyright page and not as an active hyperlink. I'd rather not put hyperlinks in my book, because I want people to read the story, not be distracted by web surfing. Besides, my focus is on creating ebooks for ebook readers, not web pages for tablets.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pulled the Trigger on a New Cover...Thoughts?
« Last post by delly_xo on Today at 05:46:22 PM »
I like the new one! I think there's something to be said about the contrast giving it more dimension and ultimately more appealing. Good luck!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« Last post by bookaholic123 on Today at 05:44:29 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I just opened a business account and received a letter from td requesting SCE-W8 for non-US business. Since I am incorporated in Canada, I will provide SCE-W8 for non-US business. But the problem is whether the royalties an author received is active income or passive income.

Can someone please help?
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« Last post by derek alvah on Today at 05:44:00 PM »
Binge watching a few things..

iZombie (based on comic book)
MTV's Scream the series
Powers (based on comic book)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pulled the Trigger on a New Cover...Thoughts?
« Last post by Sheshenet on Today at 05:41:24 PM »
Love the new one! It's the kind of cover that makes me want to find out more about the book.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Will Technology Render Authors Obsolete?
« Last post by 555aaa on Today at 05:40:14 PM »
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Most awesome post of the day!!

I wrote sports for my school newspaper back in the day. A poorly trained monkey could do that job.

I wouldn't be surprised if at some point in the future authors become like DJs and don't so much write as take snippets of phrases from other people's works and "remix" them and call it art. And make lots of money doing it.
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