From Victorian triple-deckers to fantasy doorstops, there’s something about a nice, fat book that makes me happy. I always wanted to write them.
Happily, Amazon has just announced a change to their Kindle Unlimited program that will encourage authors to write bigger books!
Since its introduction a little less than a year ago, Kindle Unlimited has paid authors a lump sum for every book that is checked out and read past the 10% mark. The result? Lots of authors releasing short books that are easily read to 10%. Proliferation of serials, too–I wrote The Bear’s Wife as a seven-part serial to maximum its profitability within the Kindle Unlimited framework, and that’s the cynical truth.
Beginning July 1, however, they will pay authors per page read. That means that a 600-page book has six times the earning potential of a 100-page book. And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing. Self-pubbing authors have been released from length confines. As long as you keep the reader entertained, you keep getting paid.
I’m so pleased.