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Bobby Boone

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paperback royalties
Posted: Dec 20, 2017 10:53 AM
 
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I put my book on Amazon back in October 2017. I have sold over 400 paperback books. I am now showing a payment for $25.00 which I believe is for KU or pages read. (I think). It is showing that the payment was paid for December 29th. I am assuming that the payment will show in my account on December 29th even though today is only the 20th.

What about the payment for the 400 paperbacks that I have sold. Why is that not showing and when will I get that money?

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Cynthia E. Hurst

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Posted: Dec 20, 2017 10:59 AM   in response to: Bobby Boone in response to: Bobby Boone
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I'm not questioning your statement, but more than 400 paperbacks is a lot for only two months. If you published them through CreateSpace, you will find your sales and royalties on the CS dashboard, not the KDP one. If published through KDP, they will be on the KDP reports page along with sales and KU pages read.
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Posted: Dec 20, 2017 11:10 AM   in response to: Bobby Boone in response to: Bobby Boone
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You will, at the end of December, be paid only for October sales, not for total sales so far. (November royalties are paid at the end of January, etc.) So if you just sold a few books in October, the $25 will be payment for those sales.

From the Reports tab (above), choose "prior month royalties" and look at October. It will break down exactly what you are being paid for. Also, is the $25 for US sales? Look at the Payments report again. Even if you're owed a lot more for US sales, each national Amazon pays separately, and the US royalties are often the last to appear on the report.
Notjohn

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Posted: Dec 20, 2017 1:07 PM   in response to: Bobby Boone in response to: Bobby Boone
 
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I'm also puzzled. Didn't you sell any ebooks? Only papersacks and KU borrows? That's very odd (as is four hundred paperbacks, to be honest).

Only KDP Print books are included in the KDP reports. CreateSpace books are reported on the CS storefront.

Finally, as others have said, we are paid for one month at a time, and next week we should be paid for October sales. December payments usually come early, but of course that doesn't always happen (it didn't happen last year).

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Bobby Boone

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Posted: Dec 20, 2017 2:27 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Hi John, thank you for the reply..Yes, I have sold over 400 paperbacks since October to date. I have not done well on the eBooks. I've only sold 2 eBooks and had something like 238 pages read on KU. In October, I only sold 3 paperbacks, so now I understand why the pay is only $25 for this month. I sold over 200 paperbacks in November and already over 200 for December so far. Now I understand that I will get paid for those in January and February. It shows that they have already paid me for October but it won't be in my account until after December 29th. I have not submitted my manuscript on other websites because I never could get them to accept the manuscript when uploading it. I got tired of trying and just gave up. I am doing quite well on the speaking engagements that I have had talking about my book. I would like to get my book into book stores but have not been able to get a package deal on self publishing as of yet. I am working on that as well. Thank you so very much for your comment and help. God bless you! Bobby Boone
Notjohn

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Posted: Dec 21, 2017 3:37 AM   in response to: Bobby Boone in response to: Bobby Boone
 
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I am amazed. We hear all sorts of strange things (people tell us that they sell more ebooks on Barnes & Noble than on Amazon, when for the market at least B&N comes third after Amazon and Apple), but in ten years you are the first to have that sort of blow-out success with a print edition and what I can only describe as an abject failure with the ebook. Surely there's something wrong with the Kindle edition! If you give us the ASIN or author/title, I'll have a look at it.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Bobby Boone

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Posted: Dec 25, 2017 3:51 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Hello, Yes, when I first put my book on Amazon I had about 3 eBook sales and 342 pages read. For November and December I have had no eBook sales and no pages read. I don't understand it either. Like I said, I have sold over 400 paperback copies but mostly my fb followers and Instagram followers are the ones that bought those copies. My name is Bobby Boone and the title of my book is: I Was Blind But Now I See. If you would look at my eBook version and possibly tell me if there is anything wrong with it, that would be great.
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Bobby Boone
Notjohn

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Posted: Dec 25, 2017 4:02 PM   in response to: Bobby Boone in response to: Bobby Boone
 
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Well, I can see that this would appeal to a closed group of people, such as Facebook friends or other circle. Perhaps if the paperback were available earlier, the four hundred loyalists bought it in that format, leaving the ebook to be found by Amazon searches, and there weren't enough of those.

I wonder: why didn't you use the same cover on the ebook? It's stronger.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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