This morning I’ve asked a question of the Twitterverse – where do you buy your erotic fiction?
Call it market research.
Some authors put all their faith in Kindle Unlimited, and it makes sense. It means that people can read your work for free*, but you still get paid. You can also get a 70% royalty on sales through their platform. The downside? Exclusivity. All the sales you get will be through their site.
So the alternative is to go wide and sell it everywhere. It might take off on another platform, but then again it might not. And unless you make it more expensive everywhere else, you’ll only get a 35% royalty from Amazon. Not so hot.
Add to that the fact that every single erotica reader in the whole world might feasibly be using KU, and you have to wonder if they’re ever going to bother with something they have to pay for.
It’s a conundrum.
To my mind, Amazon occupies an odd space for those of us that spice our stories with sex. Amazon themselves don’t really like us. They’ll take our money, sure, but it’s with a grunt and a sideways glance. They won’t sit with us or say hi.
They also track their buyers’ habits, and everyone on Amazon knows it. Buy an erotic title from the Zon and you can bet they’ll recommend others, which could lead to some interesting conversations. Which could be the same on other platforms, but people are less likely to be sharing an account with the whole household.
I currently have 5 titles available. 4 of those are multi-platform, while 1 is exclusive to Amazon and enrolled in KU. Hell, I actually have one that’s currently free everywhere *except* Amazon (check me out, sticking it to the man!). Have I had a lot of success from KU? Not so much. Have I had success from the others? Some, yes.
My gut instinct tells me to steer clear of exclusivity. But I’ll go where the market demands. If all my readers are on Amazon, it would just be stubbornness to avoid it.
* it’s not actually free, when you think about it, because you’re paying a monthly subscription fee. But it feels free, and I guess that’s what’s important.