Some New Juice

About a year ago, we took the very hard decision that Razberry Juice just couldn’t continue, there were many reasons for this, but the most pertinent was of course that everything has to earn its crust and however much we loved Razberry it simply wasn’t! It would be lovely to be able to do things for the simple love of them, however wolves very quickly form a queue at doors!

Like many who make our living with the written word on the internet, we are authors and that was where we decided we had to focus our attention. However Razberry Juice had such a following and the traffic was rocking, so we simply left it there! Our server could spare the space we decided.

What is so amazing is that Razberry Juice’s traffic has continued albeit lower but still at a continual pace, and moreover we have received SO many emails from readers asking us where we went and when we are coming back, that after a lot of thinking and discussion, we are back! We are sleeker and have slimmed down a little, but with a fresh new look and some great ideas to bring you brilliant content. We are very excited (www.KewelWorld.com is also back, again we have trimmed a little and given it a super makeover, with a plan to focus on comics and fandom, with some geekery thrown in – its very exciting).

So where have we been? Like many authors we jumped on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited bandwagon and watched happily as our borrows (and sales) soared. Like many of those doing the honest work of writing true books, we knew it couldn’t last, there were whispers on the forums of the activity of some (it has been said that some were simply copying text from the internet into books to be borrowed, and there were huge circles of ‘authors’ formed who each borrowed each other’s books, raking in hundreds of dollars (pounds)).

For those not in the KDP know, what used to happen was once an author decided to enrol in KDP Select, their books were available for all those who subscribed to the Kindle Unlimited service, and once a title was borrowed, as long as a reader read at least 10% (and yes Amazon can tell how much you are reading!), the author was paid a certain amount for each borrow (fluctuating on a global fund but somewhere in the region of $1.33 to $1.60 per borrow), this is much more than some books garner on a sale. The catch was that you could only sell through Amazon, but many authors calculated this was still a great deal!

But this bubble has now burst! Amazon are now paying on a different basis – per page read (if you are interested here is Amazon’s explanation). Long story short, like many others we have decided the time has come to branch out again on our own and sell on every single platform going. Something which has been a really interesting process. I am not sure what will happen with Kindle Unlimited in the long run, there can be no denial there has been a massive exodus by authors, but that said, those who publish long titles could possibly be better off, and may well plug the gaps left by those writing shorter books!

What is has meant for us is a voyage of discovery into how many places there are now to sell your ebooks,  with so many to choose from,RazReadingfinal most indie authors will choose a distributor, the two main players are Smashwords and Draft2Digital, with Smashwords still being the main player.   After using Smashwords previously, we have chosen to move to Draft2Digital, simply because we find their interface easier to deal with, and the whole process to be simpler, however each author should do some research and decide the way to go which suits them.

I have heard it said more than once, that the easy bit is writing the book, the hard work starts when you realise as a indie author that the promotion is all down to you!!!! (see below for links to a couple of books which could really offer some assistance for the new author looking to get the skinny on Social Media and starting their own blog – rather than making money, read them for your own personal use).

swlogoSmashwords is a indie distributor which makes it easy for you to publish your books on many platforms using just one service – Smashwords say:

“Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks.  We make it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers.

When you sign up with Smashwords you can publish your ebook on:

  • Barnes & Noble (Nook)
  • Sony
  • Apple
  • iPad/iBookstore
  • Kobo
  • Diesel eBook Store,

and to smart phone platforms via app providers

  • Aldiko Page Foundry
  • Kobo
  • Word-Player.

www.smashwords.com

d2d-logo-dark Draft2Digital is the younger sibling with perhaps a lil more street cred, like Smashwords they aim to make it easy for you to publish your ebook wherever you want!

What they say about themselves:

Self-publish with support.
As a writer, you want to write. So when it comes to publishing, you could use a little support. We make it easy.
Keep writing. Keep your rights. We’ll help with the rest.”

Draft2Digital also offers authors help with:

  • Editing
  • Cover Design
  • Marketing
  • Directory Services

When you sign up with Smashwords you can publish your ebook on:

  • iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Inktera
  • Scribd
  • Tolino
  • Oyster
  • Create Space

 

Its great to be back, and its great to know our amazing family of readers are back with us!  Stick with us, tell us what you think and what you want, and together we can ensure there is always great content at RazberryJuice.com.

 

Check Out

Buy from iTunes
Buy from Nook
Buy from Kobo
Oyster Unlimited Subscribers: Oyster
Buy from Inktera

Buy from iTunes
Buy from Nook
Buy from Kobo
Oyster Unlimited Subscribers: Oyster
Buy from Inktera
Scribd subscribers: Scribd

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