Sep 012016
 

TrackIn a recent podcast Joanna Penn looked back on her indie career in steps of four years, like Olympic athletes do. This because moving forward with self-publishing often doesn’t happen in a year, but lots of things can change in four years.

Inspired by this I thought it would be fun to see how my own ‘Olympic’ career as an indie author has changed over the years and look forward to the future.

2008 (Bejing Olympics)

In 2008 I lived in York, England and worked part-time at a local delicatessen shop. I had self-published my first book, Romans, Vikings, Churches and Chocolate in 2007. Ebooks didn’t exist yet in those days, except in PDF-form, and I had done a short paperback print-run of 3000 copies. Consequently in 2008 my house was still full of boxes! I had managed however to get my book into all the local bookshops, including Barnes & Knoble and Waterstones and, it being interesting for tourists, in all the museum shops as well. In 2008 I sold my 1000th copy, so at least some of the stockpile was going down.
Early 2008 I wrote my second book, From Dissenters to Fire Engines and did a short print-run of 1000 copies. This added to the pile of boxes in my attic again, but later in that year, I moved back to the Netherlands and all the boxes moved to my distributor’s house. She took over the distribution of my books, sending me my royalties every so often.

2012 (London Olympics)
In 2012 I was back in the Netherlands and worked part-time as a receptionist at the town hall. In 2010 I had written my third book, Time Zones, Container and Three Square Meals a Day. This book was published as ebook and also available as paperback in Print on Demand, saving me from having a house full of boxes again. By now my distributor in York let me know that Romans, Vikings, my first book, was sold out.
I had written and published a sequel to Time Zones in 2011 by the name of More Stories of Time Zones and Containers. This book was available in the same way as Time Zones, as ebook and Paperback.
In 2012 I translated Time Zones into Dutch and next to having it published as ebook, I did a short print-run of 250 copies.
Although I didn’t make millions with selling my books in 2012, I was able to pay some monthly bills and even give myself a tiny ‘salary’ as well.

2016 (Rio Olympics)
In 2016 I still live in the same town as in 2012 and still work part-time as a receptionist. By now my second book in York is sold out, while the three books I had in 2012 still sell as ebooks and paperback. In 2014 I decided to try my hand at fiction and via a certain set of circumstances, I reconnected with my friend Eva, who became my developmental editor. She helped me develop my fiction into a cosy mystery series, of which the first book, Don’t Feed the Rat! is now finished and in the editing stages.
In the summer of 2016, I decided to properly set myself up as an author/entrepreneur, a process which is in its early stages, but moving along by leaps and bounces.
During our ruminations over my fiction, Eva and I developed a new writing technique, which we decided was special enough to share with the world. So currently we are co-writing a How To book, which will be published in June next year. Just before that Don’t Feed the Rat! will also be published.
The rest of 2016 I will be busy setting up my writing business, and plotting Book 2 of my cosy mystery series, currently going by the working title Sewer Mayhem.

2020 (Tokyo Olympics)
By 2020 I have implemented my author/entrepreneur plans and am quite far along in being able to earn my keep with writing and publshing. I am nearly finsihed with writing the nine-book cosy mystery series and perhaps am contemplating a new series.
Of course the How To book I wrote with Eva will have done really well and we both will have become experts, having co-written a sequel. We are both blogging about our writing technique and perhaps even have set up an online course for people to buy.
I hope that by 2020 the Dutch self-publishing world has matured and is now taken serious by Dutch athors, who flock to my website for advice on self-pubbing and marketing. This has therefore become a third stream of income for me, revolving around a number of How To books that I wrote about the subject and perhaps some more online courses.

So far my Olympic career. What suprises me most looking back is how much the self-publishing world has changed in a relatively short period of time. Hard to believe that Amazon launched KDP as a self-publishing platform in 2009, which is only seven years ago!
This gives me hope for the future as a lot can change in four years time, so my predictions for 2020 don’t sound that farfetched at all!

To hear Joanna Penn about her own Olympic career, listen to her podcast of 29th of August 2016.

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Jul 172016
 

InputSometimes several things happen at once, making you see things in a different light and reconsider where you are. This happened to me in the past week.
I started reading How to Make a Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More by Joanna Penn, while at the same time hearing that my current day job will quite likely end on 1st January 2019.

I have been an indie author since 2007, but so far I never really envisioned that I could truly support myself with my writing. Of course I have dreams of becoming a millionaire once my cosy mystery series comes out, but I know that this is unlikely to happen.
Yet I have always taken my journey as an indie very serious. I see it as a business. I’m registered at the Chamber of Commerce, have a business bank account, pay taxes over my income from book sales and invest money. Even so I assumed that I would always be reliant on a day job for income as well.
I love my day job, so that’s not really an issue, but now that it is likely that I will lose it, things have changed.

While reading Joanna Penn’s book, I started wondering if I could manage making a full-time living with my writing. What if I could? Wouldn’t that be great?
According to Joanna a few things are needed to make it happen.

  • I need to think as an entrepreneur. This I already do, so no worries.
  • I need a scalable income. This is an income where you have once spend the time creating something, which then keeps selling. Like an ebook. Joanna calls it ‘intellectual property assets’. The more of these assets you have (read: the more books you have for sale), the more you earn, with a chance that one day will be enough to support you. I have written five books, three of which are still for sale. Furthermore I am creating new books, so I am already growing my intellectual property assets.
  • I need multiple streams of income. Not just income from book sales, but also from my blogs. This is a little trickier, as Joanna is not just talking about a blog, but also of things that evolve from that. Speaking opportunities, sale of courses, freelance writing etc. What knowledge do I have that is interesting and inspiring enough for people to pay money for?
  • I need to think globally, digital and mobile. Meaning writing in English and taking advantage of everything that the digital age has to offer. I do write in English, but I could do more to embrace new things.
  • I need to find out what my definition of success is. At the moment I must say that this is that I want as many people as possible reading and enjoying my books, particularly the new series that is still in the making. Not just for the money, but also to entertain people and bring a bit of humour and diversion in this otherwise rather bleak world we live in. I know I can do that by writing so-called genre fiction. Mysteries in my case. I don’t need to win literary prices or receive critical acclaim from people who decide what is good and what is not. I just want to entertain people and make some money while I’m at it.

Much of the above I am already doing, though perhaps not as fervent as I should. But then again, I never really thought about living of my writing full-time, so there was no point in being fervent.

But now I think I can do it! Why wouldn’t I? I have nine years of experience as an indie, why not build on that? Create more assets, think digitally and look at other streams of income than just selling books. It’s possible!
It’s not something that will happen overnight, I am well aware of that. It will take a lot of hard work and perseverance. It very likely will not happen before I lose my day job in two-and-a-half years’ time, but if I start today I will be further along in the process, have more experience and therefore more chance of making it work.

interviewFinding other streams of income is the biggest challenge of what I need to do, but I have some ideas. The English indie world is full of blogs and websites about how to self-publish, but the Dutch world is not. It’s as if the Dutch writers are stuck in medieval times.
For the last year I have started to put myself forward as an expert about self-publishing via my Dutch language blog where I give tips & tricks and answer the odd question. I also hang around on a Dutch writers’ forum, where I answer questions about self-publishing.
It’s not easy to convince the Dutchies to publish ebooks as well as paperbacks. They are suspicious and sceptical about ebooks, but I am sure that even they will have to relent to the ongoing digital age someday.
And that day they need an expert who has been blogging about self-publishing for ages and that will be me!

Joanna Penn does podcasts. I like listening to her and learn a lot. It’s also a way to keep up to date with the industry. Perhaps I should start doing podcasts about self-publishing on my Dutch blog? Build up my expertise and show future Dutch indie wannabees that I am the person to turn to. Then they will ask me to speak at a book club or conference, which is the ultimate goal, as I can ask money for that.

Am I dreaming when I say all this? No, I don’t think so. If I keep writing books, fiction and non-fiction (the Dutch indie wannabees need books about self-publishing…), and keep profiling myself as a Dutch indie expert, I might very well be able to generate enough income to live on.

In any case, I’m doing this. I’m not trying it. I am doing it! I live by Yoda’s words ‘There is no try, only do’. I am very excited that as a nearly 47 year-old, I am doing something new. Something that might change my life.
My journey might be an interesting one, you can bet I’m going to blog about it!

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Sep 292015
 

EggsBasketI love Mark Coker.
He’s one of my self-publishing heroes, who has been very inspirational ever since he founded Smashwords.

Mark writes insightful blog posts about the self-publishing industry, which in general are upbeat and positive in tone.
Lately, however, in his posts, but also in a podcast for the Indie ReCon, he has expressed his concerns about KDP Select and the power Amazon exerts with it.

Like me, Mark has never been a fan of KDP Select, but now more than before, he seems to be predicting doomsday if Indie authors keep choosing for Select.
As I believe Mark is a true visionary, his predictions have me very worried indeed.

KDP Select
Indie authors can publish their ebooks on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing, a very handy platform, which gets their ebooks on all the different Amazon sites. No problem there.
Since December 2011, however, authors get the choice on KDP to enrol in Select, or not.
From the beginning many authors were wary of this, as enrolling in Select meant that their ebooks could only be available on Amazon and nowhere else.

As ‘reward’ for this exclusivity, authors were able to price their ebooks for free, five days in every 90 days.
Pricing the first in a series for 99c or free, has always been a good marketing strategy, so authors flocked to enrol in Select, pulling their ebooks off other platforms, like Kobo, Apple, Barnes & Noble etc. And this while selling ebooks on as many platforms as possible, is also a good marketing strategy!
For some reason Amazon was able to lure them in, most likely as authors were selling most of their ebooks on Amazon anyway and thought, ‘what the hell…’.

Kindle Unlimited
I am firmly in the ‘never put your eggs in one basket’ camp, so I never enrolled in Select. There are other ways to price your ebooks for free on Amazon, so Select only had drawbacks for me. Even though most of my sales were also on Amazon.
But in the last few years, Amazon has added other ‘benefits’ to enrolling in Select, that non-enrollies don’t get.

In addition to Select, Amazon introduced Kindle Unlimited, a subscription service, which prices every ebook in Select automatically for free. Authors in Select are paid for every page that the subscriber reads. This might sound great, but it works out that they now get paid less for their ebooks than if they’d had a ‘normal’ sale and receiving 70% royalties.

On top of that it turns out that Amazon is changing their algorithms to make ebooks that are not in Select, less discoverable on the site, thereby ‘punishing’ authors that don’t enrol.
Then why not enrol in Select and be done with it?
Because Mark Coker is worried.

trainNot an easy problem, nor an easy solution
As Mark explains in his blog post and subsequent comments, what is happening at the moment with Select is a runaway train, that can only end in a huge wreck. For everyone – Select-Indies, non-Select-Indies and even authors who are traditionally published.
Yet their is not an easy solution to this problem. Some authors decided to enrol in Select even though they hate it. But as they are fulltime authors, they feel they don’t have another choice at the moment, but to enrol. Their families have to eat.
At the same time their are established authors who do fine without being in Select.

For a few years now, people have said that it is a great time to be an author. And I agree. But I feel the pressure of bringing out my books as fast as I can, as it seems that this ‘sweet spot’ is slipping away.
I believe in diversification, so I will keep going with Mark’s (and other’s) suggestion not to enrol in Select.
However, with writing my first ever fiction series, and under a penname, I simply am an unknown author, trying to find a market, in a self-publishing world where non-exclusivity is being punished. Will I ever be able to find readers for the series that I have put my heart and soul in for the last year-and-a-half?
Self-publishing was never an easy road to take, but it is getting harder and harder still and I am worried.

I hope that my fellow Indies will decide to go (or stay) non-exclusive as well. Unification among Indies is the only way to go!
Please take the time to read Mark Coker’s blog post and subsequent comments. Whether you’re pro or con Select.

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Jan 132015
 

writerHard to belief it’s already halfway January, but I think I’m still in time to post a quick update on my plans for 2015.

The most important thing I hope to accomplish this year is writing and publishing the first two books in my new cosy mystery series. The last six months I have been very busy creating a new world and characters. Now I am finally at the fun stage of plotting and writing the first book, which is where all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
If all goes according to plan Book 1 is published in October and Book 2 in November. And if I’m lucky and everything goes smoothly, Book 3 in January 2016.

At the same time I’m planning to set up a new blog, aimed at Dutch authors. Self-publishing is still a relatively unknown thing in the Netherlands, even though it is now much easier to self-publish (e)books in Dutch. I have a feeling a lot of Dutch authors prefer to go the traditionally published way (looking for a publisher), because they lack the knowledge about self-publishing. There are few Dutch websites that guide and help self-publishers, unlike in the English-speaking world. On top of that self-publishing is still seen as ‘vanity’ and of ‘lesser quality’, which perpetuates the idea that to be a ‘real’ author you need the approval of a ‘real’ publisher.

With my new (Dutch) blog, I hope to dispel some of the self-publishing myths and create some clarity for Dutch authors. Hopefully they can then make a more well-rounded choice to either start looking for a publisher, or go the self-publishing route.
The plan is to use my current mariastaal.nl website for this blog. Although now only a website with some general info about me and my books, it is not difficult to add a blog to it.

I have however made the promise to myself that I won’t start this new blog until I have finished writing Book 1 and plotted Book 2, which in all probability will not be before July-August.

With all this going on, I will be plenty busy this year, but I know I will have loads of fun along the way!

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Nov 132014
 

On this rare occasion I have made a Dutch translation of this post below the English one.
NEDERLANDSE VERTALING ONDERAAN! Ik heb graag jullie ideeën over dit onderwerp, dus denk vooral mee!

newspaper2Yesterday, Amazon opened an ebook shop in the Netherlands! This is big news and as a Dutch writer, I have been waiting for this for a long time. Finally, I can now get my ebooks in the hands of more of my countrymen and make some money in return.
Reactions from the industry, readers and writers have been mixed so far, and I think I know why.

Up till now the Dutch readers have been reluctant to make the switch to ebooks, even though ebooks have been for sale since 2009 on Bol.com, the biggest online retailer in the Netherlands. The reader’s reluctance to switch might stems from unfamiliarity with the product and the fact that ‘a gadget’ is needed to read the ebook. However, not only the readers are to blame for low ebook sales. Publishers and writers are as well.

Like in the English speaking world, the traditional publishers in the Netherlands want to keep a grip on what gets published and what not. They decide ‘what readers want to read’ and publish that. Prices for books and ebooks are high, because publishers have a lot of overheads and still want to make a profit. On top of that, there is a Dutch law that fixes the price for paper books, so that they are the same price anywhere, whether in actual bookshops, online or when self-published. Luckily this law does not count for ebooks, which I guess is the reason why Amazon is only selling ebooks in her new Dutch shop and no paper books.
If prices are high, readers don’t want to buy books, whether on paper, or ebooks, especially when ebooks are close to the same price as paper books and require a special gadget to read them. Understandable and this seems to be the same with traditionally published books all over the world.

But Dutch writers are a funny bunch as well.
I have moved on the fringes of the ‘Dutch writers society’ for a while now and have noticed that many Dutch writers still crave the recognition (validation if you like) of having a publishing contract with a traditional publisher. Self-publishing is quite rare in the Netherlands and on Dutch writers’ forums is often scoffed at as ‘vanity’, resulting in badly written books. Of course not that long ago the ‘English speaking world’ thought the same, but that rapidly changed when Amazon in 2007 gave writers their first viable option to self-publish their own books in return for some real profits. This resulted in an ever growing acceptance that self-published books are just as good as traditionally published ones (and often cheaper to boot).

Of course it is easy for me to talk. Although I am Dutch, I write in English and publish internationally on Amazon and the lot. Not all Dutch writers are able or willing to write in another language. Even so, since Bol.com gave Dutch writers the opportunity to publish their own books on the Bol.com website in June 2013, many writers still didn’t want to take the leap to self-publish. They still seem to crave publishing contracts and possibly don’t see the allure of ebooks, as many of them still preferred reading paper books themselves.
On top of that the royalties on Bol.com are quite dismal compared to those on Amazon, leading to having to price an ebook quite high on Bol, just to get some sort of profit.

woman moneyFor example, my Dutch ‘Time Zones’ ebook retails at €4.99 on Bol.com, of which I get €1.00. That looks like a 20% profit for me, but keep in mind that the one Euro pay-out is before tax, and I need to hand over 40% of it to the Dutch tax office. So I actually end up with only 60 Eurocents, which is about 12% of the price the book was sold for.
In comparison, on Amazon I get 70% of the retail price for that same ebook, if I price it between €2.60-€9.70 and below that I get 35%, which is still a lot more than the 12% on Bol.com. Of course this is before tax as well, but on Amazon my €4.99 ebook gets me €3.49 in royalties, which after tax is €2.10. A lot more than 60 Eurocents!
Above all, the Amazon’s royalties system enables me to price my ebooks lower while still getting 70%, something that doesn’t work on Bol, for the lower the retail price there, the fewer royalties I get. Pricing my ebook €4.99 was as low as I wanted to go, because I wanted at least €1.00 in royalties. And although pricing higher would leave me with more money, higher priced books sell less, especially when they get above five Euros. I wouldn’t want pay more than five Euros for an ebook, so why should my readers?

What do I hope will happen now that Amazon had set foot in the Netherlands?

  • I hope that fellow Dutch writers are going to self-publish their ebooks on Amazon and price them competitively.
  • I hope that Dutch writers will realise that self-publishing is just as respectable an option as ‘looking for that illusive publishing contract’. Self-publishers are business people, who take their craft very seriously and will do everything in their power to present a good product to their readers.
  • I hope that Dutch readers will start embracing ebooks and realise that loving them won’t meant they’ve renounced paper books.
  • I hope that Dutch readers will realise that it’s no longer necessary to be stuck to an e-reader to read an ebook. There are many different apps, often freely available to read ebooks on a tablet, iPad, smart phone, laptop etc.
  • I hope that Dutch readers not will be deterred by the fact that Amazon sells ebooks in a different format (Kindle) then Bol.com (Epub), as due to the afore mentioned apps you can read ebooks, in whatever format, everywhere!

There is nothing spooky about ebooks, and now with Amazon, you can even buy them cheaper than ever (although keep in mind that the traditional publishers are slow moving dinosaurs, who even in the English speaking world are fighting with all their might not become extinct, even though what they should be doing is adapt, like the self-publishers have).

I am going to make sure that my Dutch ‘Time Zones’ book gets published on Amazon as soon as possible. In the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, whether in English or in Dutch. (Please scroll past the Dutch translation to find the reaction box.)

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Nu de Nederlandse vertaling van het bovenstaande. Normaal gesproken blog ik allen in het Engels, maar dit onderwerp is zo belangrijk dat ik graag wil dat lezers die minder goed Engels begrijpen het ook goed kunnen lezen!

Gister heeft Nederland er met Amazon een nieuwe webshop bijgekregen. Amazon is internationaal de grootste webshop ter wereld en dat ze nu in Nederland een shop hebben geopend is groot nieuws voor mij als Nederlandse schrijver. Ik heb lang gewacht op de kans die ik nu via Amazon krijg om mijn ebooks online te verkopen aan mijn medelanders en bovendien er nog wat geld mee te verdienen ook.
Niet iedereen heeft even verheugd gereageerd op het nieuws dat Amazon in Nederland is neergestreken en ik denk dat ik weet waarom.

catcrouchTot nu toe hebben Nederlandse lezer altijd de kat uit de boom gekeken wat betreft ebooks. De switch maken van papieren boeken naar ebooks blijkt een grote stap, ondanks dat ebooks al sinds 2009 heel makkelijk via Bol.com te downloaden zijn.
‘Onbekend maakt onbemind’ en bovendien is er een ‘apparaat’ nodig voor het lezen van ebooks, wat lastig en duur lijkt te zijn.
Maar de schuld van lage verkoopcijfers voor ebooks in Nederlands ligt niet alleen bij de lezers. Het ligt ook bij de uitgevers en schrijvers.

Net als in de Engelssprekende wereld willen uitgeverijen graag een grote vinger in de pap hebben over wat er wordt uitgegeven en wat niet. De uitgevers beslissen ‘wat lezers willen lezen’ en geven dat uit. Over het algemeen zijn boeken en ebooks duur. Uitgeverijen moeten voor het uitgeven kosten maken en willen ook graag nog wel wat winst. Daar komt nog bij dat we in Nederland de ‘Wet op de vaste boekenprijs’ hebben. Deze wet legt vast dat boeken overal voor dezelfde prijs moeten worden verkocht, of het nou in een boekwinkel is, online, of via iemand die zelf boeken uitgeeft. Gelukkig geldt deze wet niet voor ebooks, wat vermoedelijk de reden is dat de nieuwe Amazon webshop alleen ebooks verkoopt en geen papieren boeken.
Als de prijs voor een boek hoog is, willen de lezers het niet kopen, of het nou een papieren boek is of een ebook, vooral als je voor deze laatste bijna hetzelfde moet betalen als voor een papieren boek en je er bovendien nog een ingewikkeld apparaat voor nodig hebt om het te lezen. Dit alles is begrijpelijk, maar bovenstaande denkwijze lijkt wel de norm te zijn voor uitgeverijen in Nederland, zowel als de rest van de wereld.

Maar Nederlandse schrijvers zijn ook wat raar bezig.
Ik bevind mij nu al enige jaren aan de grens van de ‘Nederlandse schrijvers samenleving’ en heb gemerkt dat veel Nederlandse schrijvers graag uitgegeven willen worden door een ‘echte’ uitgever. Een contract via hen zou de schrijver de erkenning geven dat ze ‘echte’ schrijvers zijn, die het waard zijn gelezen te worden.
Zelf boeken uitgeven gebeurd in Nederland niet zo veel. Op Nederlandse schrijvers forums wordt er over ‘zelf uitgeven’ vaak minachtend gesproken, en de resultaten ervan zouden slechte boeken zijn vol fouten.
Nu moet het gezegd worden dat nog niet zo heel lang geleden er in de Engelssprekende wereld net zo over werd gedacht. Maar dat veranderde snel toen Amazon in 2007 schrijvers voor het eerst een eerlijke optie gaf hun boeken zelf uit te geven met de kans op serieuze winst. Dit heeft in de Engelssprekende wereld geresulteerd in een acceptatie dat zelf uitgegeven boeken net zo goed zijn als die uitgegeven door een uitgever (en vaak nog goedkoper ook).

Maar ik heb natuurlijk makkelijk praten. Ik ben dan weliswaar een Nederlander, maar ik schrijf mijn boeken in het Engels en geeft deze internationaal uit via Amazon e.d. Niet alle Nederlandse schrijvers kunnen of willen hun boeken schrijven in een andere taal. Maar ondanks dat Bol.com in juni 2013 Nederlandse schrijvers de kans gaf hun eigen boeken uit te geven via de Bol.com website, hebben nog maar weinig schrijvers dat ook gedaan. Het lijkt erop dat ze nog steeds de goedkeuring van enkele uitgeverijen willen en wellicht zien ze ‘het nut’ ook niet zo van ebooks, aangezien ze zelf nog graag gewoon papieren boeken lezen.
Daar komt nog bij dat de royalty’s die de schrijver via Bol.com krijgt belachelijk laag zijn in vergelijking met Amazon. Op Bol moet je je boeken wel hoog prijzen, anders houdt je er niets aan over.

moneynet2Bijvoorbeeld. Mijn ebook ‘Tussen containers en tijdzones’ staat op Bol.com voor de prijs van €4,99. Daarvan krijg ik als uitgever €1,00. Dat lijkt 20% winst voor mij te zijn, ware het niet dat ik 40% daarvan moet overdragen aan de belastingdienst. Ik krijg dus uiteindelijk maar 60 cent voor dat boek, wat neer komt op ongeveer 12% van de prijs van het boek.
In vergelijking krijg ik op Amazon 70% van de prijs van hetzelfde boek, als ik de verkoopprijs zet tussen €2,60-€9,70 en 35% als ik het lager prijs als €2,60. Dat is nog steeds meer dan de 12% via Bol.com.
Uiteraard moet ik ook over die 70% nog belasting betalen, maar dan is de berekening als volgt. Van de €4,99 op Amazon houd ik bruto €3,49 over en netto €2,10. Veel meer dan 60 cent!
Daar komt nog bij dat Amazon’s royalty systeem dusdanig is dat ik mijn ebooks lager kan prijzen terwijl ik nog steeds 70% van de verkoopprijs krijg. Dat werkt op Bol.com niet, want hoe lager ik het boek daar prijs, hoe minder ik er aan overhoudt. €4,99 was op Bol het laagste dat ik wilde gaan, want dan kreeg ik tenminste nog €1,00. Uiteraard kan ik mijn boeken op Bol wel hoger prijzen om meer royalty’s te ontvangen, maar duurdere boeken verkopen minder. Zelf zou ik voor mijn eigen ebook niet meer dan vijf euro willen betalen, dus waarom zouden mijn lezers dat dan wel moeten?

Wat hoop ik dat er gaat gebeuren nu Amazon voet heeft gezet op Nederlandse bodem?

  • Ik hoop dat andere Nederlandse schrijvers de stap zetten hun ebooks zelf uit te gaan geven, tegen concurrerende prijzen.
  • Ik hoop dat Nederlandse schrijvers zich gaan realiseren dat het zelf uitgeven van ebooks net zo’n echte optie is als een contract bij een uitgever. Schrijvers die hun eigen boeken uitgeven zijn ondernemers die hun vak zeer serieus nemen en die er alles aan zullen doen met een goed verkoopbaar product voor de dag te komen.
  • Ik hoop dat Nederlandse lezers ebooks gaan accepteren als normaal en inzien dat ‘houden van’ ebooks niet betekend dat ze nooit een papieren boek meer in handen mogen hebben.
  • Ik hoop dat Nederlandse lezers in gaan beseffen dat het niet langer nodig is om een ebook te moeten lezen op een e-reader. Er zijn verschillende gratis apps in omloop die het mogelijk maken ebooks te lezen op de tablet, iPad, smartphone, laptop e.d.
  • Ik hoop dat Nederlandse lezers zich niet laten afschrikken door het feit dat Amazon hun ebooks uitgeeft in een ander formaat (Kindle) als Bol.com (Epub). De eerder genoemde apps maken het mogelijk ebooks in welk formaat dan ook, waar dan ook te lezen!

Ebooks zijn niet eng, en nu met Amazon kun je ze goedkoper krijgen dan ooit (maar houdt er rekening mee dat uitgeverijen logge dinosaurussen zijn, die zelfs in de Engelssprekende wereld uit alle macht aan het vechten zijn om zichtzelf voor uitsterven te behoeden, en dat terwijl ze eigenlijk zichzelf aan zouden moeten passen, net zoals de zelf uitgegeven schrijvers hebben gedaan).

Ik ga zorgen dat ‘Tussen containers en tijdzones’ zo snel mogelijk op Amazon worden gepubliceerd. Ondertussen hoor ik graag wat jullie ideeën zijn over dit onderwerp en dat mag in het Nederlands, zowel als in het Engels.

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