YES, Cat had a short visit with Peter Cotton Tail, and he dropped off some Easter Book Banners to show off the many different kinds of books available by his favorite writers’ Cat is working with. Peter loves to read all types of books. And he enjoys listening to audiobooks too.
No matter what format you like reading from or on what kind of device, books make great Easter gifts for children or adults from 1 to 105 years old! Just click on the author’s name in green and it will take you to Amazon right to their book to learn all about the author and the books! We both hope you enjoy these fun new book ideas and book picks within book banners …CAT 😺🐰🐰
I came across a fantastic blog post by Author Dan Tortora that explained the KDP Select program for authors who self-publish their ebooks through KDP publishing and sell on Amazon. He shares how it all works with KDP and Kindle Unlimited and how they enhance each other when you enroll your ebook in KDP Select, and the Kindle Unlimited program for readers, (ebooks only, not paperbacks) will entitle the author to royalties of their page reads.
Those pages read when enrolled and with KU get the author paid from the Amazon Global Fund. It’s like extra sweetness to your royalties from not only your ebooks sold, but when a reader reads any of the pages of your ebook that is enrolled!
It really is that simple. Yes, you can only sell your ebook “exclusive” through Amazon, but the trade-off can be very profitable for the author. I hope what Dan shares within his article clears up any confusion or hesitations by authors when self-publishing your next ebook.
AMAZON KDP SELECT PROGRAM GLOBAL FUND (USA)~ Article From Author Dan Tortora and Coaching – What is the KDP Select and the Global Fund Payout? How does the KDP Select Global Fund work?
This information is for authors on Amazon.com (USA). Scroll down to learn more.
If you’re an author with an ebook available on Kindle Unlimited, receive payouts for the total number of pages of your book that Kindle Unlimited members read during each month.
You must be enrolled in KDP Select to qualify for these payments, making your book “exclusive” to Amazon and available through Kindle Unlimited. When a Kindle Unlimited member reads your book, you get paid for every page they read. (See this link for more on payments and the payment schedule.)
These payments will be in addition to the self-publishing royalties you receive from Amazon when your book is purchased on Amazon.com.
There is a 60-day lag between the end of the month and the time you get your payout.
How much does KDP pay per page read? How much is the monthly payout and how has it varied over time?
The author payout to US authors has ranged from roughly $0.0040 to $0.0050 per page read, or $0.40 to $0.50 per 100 pages read.
Here is a graph of the KDP Select Global Author Fund Payout, per page read, for US-based authors on Amazon.com, from July 2015 through September 2021:
How is the payout determined?
The payout comes from the Kindle Select Global Author Fund (AKA the Kindle Select Global Fund). The fund is based on the subscription fees paid by the total number of Kindle Unlimited members. As KU members join or drop off the Global Fund changes. As Amazon explains, authors receive payouts for the previous month’s page-reads of their book(s).
Those payouts vary based on their home country; “the share of fund allocated to each country varies based on several factors, such as exchange rates, customer reading behavior, and local subscription pricing. Author earnings are then determined by their share of total pages read, up to a total of 3,000 pages per customer per title.” (For more explanation, see “Royalties in Kindle Unlimited.”)
Cat’s Note: I wanted to add how KDP describes the benefits of KDP Select, KU, and why it’s popular, and it is in reference only to your Ebooks. The program is not available for print books. I hope those authors who visit and read this post find this information helpful.
As you’ll see, KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited end up working together for YOU to earn more MONEY…
Why Enroll in KDP Select?
Earn higher royalties
Earn your share of the KDP Select Global Fund when customers read your books from Kindle Unlimited. Plus, earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, India, Brazil and Mexico.
Maximize your book’s sales potential
Choose between two great promotional tools: Kindle Countdown Deals, time-bound promotional discounting for your book while earning royalties; or Free Book Promotion where readers worldwide can get your book free for a limited time.
Reach a new audience
Help readers discover your books by making them available through Kindle Unlimited in the U.S, U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, Japan, and Australia.
Frequently asked questions
What is Kindle Unlimited?
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription program for readers that allows them to read as many books as they want. When you enroll in KDP Select, your books are automatically included in Kindle Unlimited. Your books will still be available for anyone to buy in the Kindle Store, and you’ll continue to earn royalties from those sales like you do today. For more information about Kindle Unlimited, click here.
What does it mean to publish exclusively on Kindle?
When you choose to enroll your book in KDP Select, you’re committing to make the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP. During the period of exclusivity, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your website, blogs, etc. However, you can continue to distribute your book in physical format, or in any format other than digital. See the KDP Select Terms and Conditions for more information.
Where can I see the terms and conditions of KDP Select?
Click here to see KDP Select Terms and Conditions.
Well, Easter is just around the corner kids, moms, dads, and grandparents!
And it looks like the Easter Bunny is going to have a pretty busy time this year and may need some help.
I know one person who can actually help the bunny with lots of fun books to read, color books, bedtime story books, game book, kids fiction reads, and reads for all ages, and much more, Yup!
So, meet Cats amazing friend, Stevie Tenderheart. He is widely known throughout the Pacific Northwest as a former comic strip, in books with lots of vibrant cool colors, Stevie dolls, and more. I do believe Stevie knows the Easter Bunny pretty well. But parents may want to know more about just who is behind these amazing literary products for their children.
So, parents, let me introduce you to Steve William Laible. Steve is a best-selling American Children’s Author and a proud United States Air Force veteran who served his county fighting for our freedoms. Now retired after 22-years of service. He has three beautiful grown children of his own, sure enjoys writing children’s fiction books.
I caught up Steve and (Stevie) over on my friend, Vinny O’Hare’s book site called Awesome Gang. https://awesomegang.com/steve-william-laible/… He was happy that Cat is sharing the Author Interview here in The Reading Den with his permission, of course! I hope you enjoy learning all about this amazing Author, Steve Laible and his side-kick Stevie Tenderheart!
As the author always says,
“I shall be in transports of delight when parents, and especially children, discover Stevie Tenderheart Books.” ~Steve William Laible
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a retired USAF Mustang–Captain. 22 years distinguished career, 14 enlisted, 8 as officer, with special joint service tours of duty at Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon; Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC) Hawaii; USAF Honor Guard, Wash DC under Reagan Administration; White House Fellowship nominee; Superintendent of Publishing, HQ 15AF; Commander, Civil Engineering SQ & Commander, Operations Support SQ, supporting two F-16 fighter squadrons in Korea. Received Bronze Star device for Desert Shield/Storm; Lauded as USAF Outstanding Administrator of the Year…
Born in Ashland, Oregon. Retired from USAF on New Years Eve 1993 (age 40) returning to Grants Pass, Oregon to raise my then, three young sons as a single dad in the hometown atmosphere I enjoyed growing up among some 250 remaining relatives. I created a comic strip in 2005 based on a retelling of my youth. Published for five years in the Daily Courier then picked up in the Sneak Preview (readership 200k) est. Ended the Stevie Tenderheart strip to write more as those panels were so confining.
I published my first Stevie Tenderheart children’s book, My Favorite Place to Be…(A Bedtime Story). It comes with a companion coloring book. Then, Stevie Tenderheart Wait a Minute! (A Bedtime Story) also with a companion coloring book. To date 600+ Goodreads ratings/reviews. Worst: “Too many words.” Best: “Best children’s author to come along since Dr. Seuss.” [As if, but still. Pretty cool.]
After a few more Stevie Tenderheart illustrated picture books (Ages 4-8): Tick Tock (Midnight Confusion); Seven Rules (On Becoming a Fantastic Kid) along with Seven Rules (On Raising a Fantastic Kid); I made the transition to Stevie Tenderheart novellas: Billy Jack (The Great Escape) & A Silent Kiss Goodnight (Stevie and the Tooth Fairy).
Also with a family fun night returns board game book about a board game I created as a single dad. It’s called, Backfire by Kodel.
I wrote Billy Jack (The Great Escape) above for 10-year-old men & the kid still inside you. (Giggles Assured)
It will get boys reading again for pure entertainment. It was written in a storyteller’s voice rather than quoted he said, she said conversations making it much easier to read & follow along with in the lessons being shared without their knowing. There are 1-2 page stories within stories presented with loads of humor & hijinks. The lessons are based on true stories & not preachy. They’ll learn better that way. Lessons about responsibilities, personal & financial; competition & sportsmanship; first crushes; anti-bullying; independence; and consequences.
Billy Jack is a really fun read/ride. ( Hashtag #CowboyPromise!)
It makes for a wonderful bedtime story bonding experience reading 5-10 pages each night until children can read it on their own.
Seventeen books to date. Many Stevie books are available in print, Kindle & audiobooks.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Stevie Tenderheart A Silent Kiss Goodnight (Stevie and the Tooth fairy) a novella meant to excite children sparking their imaginations and put to rest any fears they might have about losing their first tooth. It’s based on a true story mixed in with fairytale musings. Kids will never really be sure when their legs are being pulled. It’s a splendid bedtime story. It is in print, Kindle & audiobooks.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I become the child! My discipline comes from writing my comic strip. I audition every word. I write with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor. It has to be funny the first time and the umpteenth time. At 2am and again at 10am or 4pm. I basically sit & my laptop in the quiet of the evening not looking up again for 15 hours with only a thought. Then, somehow, as it’s still not clear to me, I channel my inner-child. My audience is ever-present in my mind.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Hemingway for the vibrant detail. Twain for the adventure & exploration of imagination.
What are you working on now?
Stevie Tenderheart A Second Kiss Goodnight (A Bedtime Story) likely my final illustrated children’s book.
My goal as an American children’s author is two-fold.
1. Stevie books help parents put their children to bed on time, every time. Just be mindful when you say, “It’s Stevie time.” As they will likely hear, “It’s TV time.”
2. Stevie books help children feel safe, loved, silly & cozy at bedtime.
~Stevie Tenderheart Books
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have 4M+ engagements (likes, loves, shares, comments) using Facebook’s boosted posts over the past five years.
I also use Cost per Click (CPC) “click” advertising (bids) on Amazon (Sponsored Branding & Lock Screen) ads Kindle & Fire tablet) devices which also populate Amazon’s eight global platforms (US, UK, CANADA, SPAIN, GERMANY, ITALY, FRANCE, & AUSTRALIA) in addiction to Google ad words.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write for the joy of it. The pure love of creating & expression. Let your stories become your legacy…
What is the best advice you have ever heard? Listen.
What are you reading now?
Where the Crawdads Sing…Diary of a Wimpy Kid series…
What’s next for you as a writer?
To expand my transition from illustrated picture books writing more true life misadventures (novellas of about 120 pages) for children (Ages 10+).
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
A rhyming dictionary. Stevie Tenderheart Billy Jack (The Great Escape) because I am so proud of it & enjoy reading it often as my childhood lives on those pages; any of number of books on Walt Disney (as I met him once when I was five or six). He knelt down & patted my head whispering magic in my ear. I felt anointed all the while Alice in Wonderland (the real one) kissed me on the cheek. The Eloquent Universe (String Theory).
This is for the parents to let you know Steve’s book are all available on Amazon in E-book and Paperback formats. He does have a few as audiobooks too! Since Easter is coming? Cat highly recommends purchasing Stevie Books in place of all that candy for all the kid’s and they look great in Easter Baskets! Besides, a few Stevie Tenderheart books are much less expensive than visits to the DENTIST… 🙀 🎁📚📚🐰🐰🐰
HAVE A HAPPY EASTER From CAT and STEVIE TENDERHEART!
READERS LOVE E-BOOK SALES, so what a way to celebrate Springtime and Summer just around the corner than with a book sale. Reading great books in nice weather is an “old-fashioned pastime,” so many authors lower the cost of all their e-books to begin a new way to boost sales, book reviews, reach new readers and push those kindle reads up on the Amazon Ranking Chart!
Well, that is my book promotion tip for my authors and help them gain more exposure for their books. Here are a few books and authors I promote who have lowered the price of their e-books for Spring as some have won medals, some are new releases and check out all Cat’s books on my “Hot Book Picks” page while you are visiting.
First up is a $.99 cent E-book Sale by Author, Diane Olsen, and her Bronze Medal Winner “Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion” and don’t let the title fool you!
“What if monotheism always existed, and revelations were given to all human forms. There are hints to that effect. We should not assume primitive peoples weren’t smart enough to grasp the concept of a single Creator” …
Too often we tweak religion to reflect our personal thoughts rather than dealing directly with the Word of God. Monotheism, today is represented by at least nine living faiths, yet praying to God alone is not enough, for many. Instead, we pray to prophets, angels, saints, ancestors, deities, even the universe.
This creates a chain of “Paths” and “Ways” which become stained, over time, by human desires for control and material benefits. And as darkness and materialism overtake one Faith, another is born, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, which is clothed in a different form, with a new name, and very familiar teachings.
Like the Tree of Life, monotheism can be visualized as a chain linking prehistory and history, entwined with human additions, wisps, and twists that produce an undulating, ultimate Yin and Yang. This constant interaction of complementary, as well as conflicting, forces and energies, exhibits both organic unity and dynamism-even war. Those who suspect there is a unified core of basic beliefs should enjoy Ancient Ways.
Hopefully, you will find precious gems to take with you!
Editorial Review: 5-Stars and Very Enjoyable Read! “An interesting and fluently written book about monotheistic faith and the links between its many forms throughout history. It raises some real thought-provoking theories, backed up with strong examples but written very easy and reader-friendly. A great read!”
Cat’s next E-book Sale is “Find The Seeker!: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness,” a new release and stacking up many fine editorial reviews! It is written by one of the few living Zen Masters of our time. Author, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and Author, Clifford Stevens both from Austria! Was $9.99 and now on Sale ***$2.99****
Find the Seeker! with the subtitle “The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness”, based on the tried and tested wisdom of a living Master and enlightened ones throughout the ages, accompanies us on a life-changing inner pilgrimage.
Find the Seeker! is a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions, holding up a mirror to our worldly existence, suffering and the intricate workings of the ego. Immensely uplifting and rewarding, the book serves as a travelling companion and guide, enticing readers with a vision of what we really are -which can only be directly experienced – by helping us unfold our true nature and reboot our spiritual search so that we can abide in the one Self. In this way, seekers become finders, and we can enjoy the bliss and lightness of Being that is inherently ours.
Find the Seeker! has garnered extensive praise from spiritual teachers:
“A unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work.” – Ihaleakala Lew Pen
“Disarming and worth experiencing.” -John Tarrant
“Refreshing as a clear stream.” -Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum
“The book…touches your heart.” -Hue Feng
“Find the Seeker! is fresh as spring grass and refreshing as a clear stream. The teachings in this book refuse to be confined to a spiritual checklist or manual of meditative techniques.
Instead, the authors, again and again, challenge readers to return to the vibrant truth of original nature. Going beyond optimistic self-help and nihilistic despair, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and CliffordStevens remind us of how wonderful it is to let go of grasping and taste the vividness of direct experience.” –Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist, Zen and Qi Gong teacher, author of Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy.
Our Next Author, Ellie Pulikonda has both her current e-books on sale! “Split Second” and “Finding Faith” … One is a fast-paced psychological thriller read and the other a tender story and triumphs of three remarkable women. Take your pick at just ***$2.99****
“When do a family’s secrets become too dangerous to keep? Find out in Ellie Pulikonda’s shocking debut novel, Split Second.”
“Three women, each caught in circumstances which limit her freedom to be, to act, to live as she chooses. Each reaches out tentatively, only to fall back in anger and fear. Despair is their constant companion. Join Mae, Mira, and Carla as they navigate the tricky path of “Finding Faith.”
“Presented by “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den ~ Author/Advocate, Catherine Lyon”