Do you KU?
If you do, whether as a reader or a writer, then I bet you've heard of the best thing since dark roast coffee - KENP. It stands for Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count and it's the way Amazon now measures page reads by Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Beginning July 1st, writers with books enrolled in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program will not be paid per borrow, they'll be paid per page read, meaning, per page as pages are counted by Amazon. It's created a whole new obsession for writers.
Beginning in the wee hours of July 1st, KU authors were huddled over their keyboards with their screen locked on the Amazon KDP reports page, clicking one key, just one key. Y'all know what that was, right? Refresh... refresh... refresh.
Yes, my creditors and I are most interested in seeing those page reads rack up. We don't know what the Zon will pay per page. It will be a rolling target like the old pay per borrow system. But what we do know is that our payout will be based on pages read. So, like I said, the goons... err, bill collectors... and I have a very vested interest in seeing those KENP numbers rise. But I've got a secret that I keep from the goons. I'm gonna share it with you, but you've got to promise not to tell them, okay?
I'm really most excited by the new KENP system because now I can see that readers are READING my books. It's why I write, after all. I can tell my stories to myself in my head where I see them play out on my inner movie screen. And after I get to the happy ending of one tale, I can begin to tell myself another. I think we all do that, to some extent, don't we? Perhaps not, and it's uniquely a "writer's thing." I wouldn't know for sure, having only ever lived in my head. But I choose to believe that many people create stories for their own inner consumption. What makes a writer is that some of the inner tale tellers aren't satisfied unless they share their stories with other people.
I'm one of those people driven by a rather terrifying need to share my stories. And it is terrifying. Although the wee, small sane part of me knows that not everyone shares my devotion to over-the-top love stories that are bigger than life, the bad reviews (all writers get them) used to hurt a lot. The only way to survive the process, for me, has been to stop reading reviews altogether. Oh, I'm not perfect, so once in a while I'll take a quick, quick glance at the top two or three reviews on my "Mary Anne Graham" and "Olivia Outlaw" author central pages at Amazon, but by and large, I've learned not to do that.
KENP gives me the carrot without the stick. I can check and see the pages read adding up and feel a bright, shiny, inner glow. And I can do it without dreading the people too sane to enjoy a crazy duck lady's stories. It's all the good with none of the bad and there are very, very few things in life like that. The only problem with KENP is that it's addictive - surely getting that wild rush from seeing that readers are reading my stories beats any drug ever manufactured legally or illegally. So yes, I admit it -- I'm Kookoo for KENP.
As addictions go, it's not a bad one to have. This one makes me some money and gives me some happiness. There's only one thing that would make KENP even better and that's seeing the numbers rise higher, and higher and higher. It would let me know that more and more and more people are reading my work.
If you're a Kindle Unlimited (KU) subscriber - and really, everyone should be - then here's your new mission --- READ. Yes, read more. Read a lot. Read every page ever written by Mary Anne Graham and Olivia Outlaw. And once you have, then you Tweet and Facebook and blog about how everyone else should do the same.
It's time for KU subscribers to realize what VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE they are and to understand that they need to cease doing all the things limiting their reading. I mean, if you're a Big Enough VIP to be a KU Subscriber then you have more important things to do than go to work, go to school, study, cook meals, clean your house or do laundry.
If you're a KU Subscriber then you're a READER and readers should be READING. Just print off a copy of this blog post and give it to your boss, your spouse, your kids, your boyfriend or girlfriend or your professor. They'll understand that you're a reader who has found his or her destiny.
And I only have one thing left to say to you. Why are you still here? Go - read, read... and then, read some more.