Independent writing is not particularly profitable, and it takes a great deal of time. If you want to help guarantee the future of this series, and ensure that books keep coming according to the great big game plan, there are some ridiculously powerful things you can do:
As you probably know this whole series is produced independently, without any backing from a publisher, agent, or marketing firm. It relies mostly on your word of mouth to generate interest amongst potential new readers! You are the best chance it has of continuing and growing.
Few of you — if any — will have noticed the small, occasional fluctuations in the prices of the Armada Wars Kindle editions, but as it happens whenever I upload updated files to Kindle Direct I also take the time to check that the prices are fair across the different Kindle regions.
Using the $USD price as a starting point, I check the current exchange rates and nudge prices for other regions (Canada, Mexico, Japan etc) until they have more or less the same value. They tend to wander apart over time, you see, as exchange rates rise and fall.
With all the ongoing chaos of Brexit, and the founding of the Nation of Trumpmania, exchange rates have gone a bit mad. That has affected the bookshelf prices of all Kindle publishers.
They started off the same, but right now I would have to majorly hike UK prices to make British sales 'fair' on USA customers. And nobody wins there; UK customers would be paying more, and USA customers would not actually gain any benefit. I can't simply drop USA prices by the relevant amount because I would then not be able to stay in the Kindle Select programme. KS specifies allowable price ranges for each region, which bafflingly are not adjusted for exchange rates — they are treated as if the values of the different currencies are equivalent.
I'm not sure what to do about it at this point. I am open to suggestions.
I'm also aware that the King Trump intends to pull the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Amazon has not yet advised publishers and authors whether or not they think this will impact on Kindle or CreateSpace sales in countries such as Japan, Australia, etc. In the event that problems do arise, I have started to sketch out a plan which would subsidise shipping for paperbacks to that region. But we'll see what happens.
The way things are going around the world, and particularly in Europe and the USA, I can't imagine stuff will suddenly get cheaper anywhere. I would expect rises, personally. So if you were thinking about getting into the Armada Wars series at some point in the near future, you should probably go make some swift purchases!
Armada Wars is now signed up to the PayPal Here programme, which also means it is now a PayPal Check-In location.
What does this mean for you the customer/fan? RCV will start to promote the Armadaverse in the real world in 2017, so you'll be able to get paperback books, posters, or other paraphernalia signed right in front of you. This site and the official Facebook page will pre-announce all appearances.
Thanks to the little guy shown in the image, payments can now be made in person by swiping a card, chip and pin, contactless, Apple Pay, cash/cheque, and of course PayPal transfer.
If you're a fellow indie author, or a small/home business owner, I recommend taking a look at PayPal Here.
The card reader works in conjunction with the PayPal Here app, which lets businesses put together a product catalogue. It allows product options, tipping, tax calculation, Check In, and email or print receipts, plus it can integrate with the Constant Contact service so that customers can be added to your CC mailing list (if they so desire).
In the spirit of mutual support between indie authors, I've just uploaded new Kindle versions of all of the current Armada Wars volumes (including the Omnibus, which is sort of current because it's on preorder right now.)
What's different? They all now include a new section at the back called You May Also Like.
The first book to be added to this section is The Calypsis Project, by Canadian author Brittany M. Willows.
The Calypsis Project is the first volume in a duology (with the second part, TCP: Rebirth, due soon), and will also get an additional prequel volume, TCP: Pulse.
From today, anyone buying Kindle copies of SFTD, LOTD, TRD, or the current Omnibus will get the recommendation. Existing customers will find it appearing in their Kindle editions if they refresh on the next update I make (which will likely be the update to front/back matter when IDOD is released).
I know a lot of authors are reluctant to do things like this, because increased file size means reduced royalties. But really, what's a few pages in kilobytes? Also, you can offset this by using affiliate referral links. So literally everyone wins!
Come on indies, let's all work together here :D