I’m Leaving Kindle Unlimited.

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To my loyal Amazon readers, I am so sorry.

I'm leaving Kindle Unlimited (KU).

Why? Because Amazon isn't paying me fairly any more. They aren't paying any author in the program fairly anymore.

If you're unfamiliar with how KU works, readers purchase a subscription to the service for $9.99 a month and get unlimited reading of any book enrolled in the program. This is great for readers, and I love that people on a budget can get my books. As a reader, this is a great deal.

On the author side, it's not quite as exciting.

In order to be a part of KU, the author must only put their book on Amazon. They can't publish it anywhere else (like iBooks or Barnes and Noble). This is a missed opportunity for authors that we have to accept in order to participate. This was a tradeoff that I was willing to make.

The real issue comes with how authors are paid. Amazon pays us by the page read. There is no set page rate for how authors are paid. There is a monthly pool that authors all have to split. Amazon calculates how many pages the entire KU reader base read and then splits the pot between everyone.

Traditionally, the page rate has been around half a cent a page. That's not great, but it was workable. This month, the split came to $0.004 a page. Not 4 cents a page. Less than half a cent a page. This is the fourth month in a row that the rate has gone down, leading to a 20% decrease in pay over the past year.

How angry would you be if your boss decreased your pay by 20% while they made record sales?

For a book that is 250 pages long (which is where most of my books are) that means we earn about $1 if someone reads the entire book cover to cover. That is not anywhere near what is considered fair value.

In addition, Amazon has allowed scammers to take over their marketplace. If you go and look at the top 100 books in the store, you'll find several with the reviews saying that this book is nothing but jibberish. However, those scammers are taking their cut of the prize pool and getting the same .4 cents per page I am.

And Amazon doesn't even care.

It takes me 2-3 months to write a book. I take time away from my family to do this. I pour my heart into each novel, and with Amazon deciding to decrease my pay every month, it means that I either have to work faster and sacrifice quality, or make less money for my family.

Amazon is hurting authors. I'm actually really conflicted about this because I know this will hurt my KU readers, but Amazon is leaving me no other choice. I used to love being a part of KU, but Amazon has ruined it for me, and now my readers.

So, dear reader, unfortunately, I have to leave Kindle Unlimited.

I hate doing this to you. If you want me to come back, tell Amazon. Tell them that they are not providing a good customer experience. Tell them that you want authors to be paid fairly. Tell them to get a grip on their business and not let fake books take all the money from real authors.

Email Jeff Bezos himself. (jeff@amazon.com)

If you want to help me, tell a friend about my books. Tell them I'll be on iBooks now.

Here's a link to what's been going on in the Kindle Unlimited program. It's ripe for scam artists to steal the pot and Amazon is doing absolutely nothing about it.

Scammers Break The Kindle Store

*It will take some time for all the books to come out of the 90 exclusive period on Amazon. Yours Truly is already out of KU. The rest will be following as their contracts expire.

 


Not one book, but 3!

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I have a brand new series coming on on July 3rd! To start it off with a bang for the Fourth of July, I am releasing, not just one book, but two books and a novella!

 

-A Forever Kind of Love

-A Hopeful Kind of Love

-A Wonderful Kind of Love

They will all be on available on Amazon and in the Kindle Unlimited program, so be sure to get your copy on July 3rd!


Hard and Deep

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I love football. I'm a Bronco's fan (born and raised) and I try to watch my “donkeys” play every Sunday.

So, I wrote a book about a sexy football quarterback recovering from a knee injury and falling in love. It was practically plotted out in my head by the end of the fourth quarter!

I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did writing it! Fall in love with my sexy bad-boy Oliver Lance and the sweet and caring Ellie. Seriously, go check it out!


Where are the Stepbrother books?

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Stepbrother Hero and Stepbrother's Gift were Amazon top 100 books, so why aren't they on Amazon anymore?

Answer: Amazon made them unsearchable, so my publisher delisted them.

As a retailer, Amazon has the right to make their algorithms whatever they want. It's annoying, but they can do it. They decided that those books were too risque for the general public and put them in the Erotica section with an adult filter to help hide them. If you searched “Krista Lakes Stepbrother's Gift” there would be hundreds of non-erotica results before you found my book. As such, no one was buying it and the rank was plummeting.

So, they were delisted them from Amazon since no one could find them anyway. I unfortunately can't put them up on other retailers because the other retailers won't accept “Stepbrother” books. I've fought for two years now with these books- they got me into a ton of trouble with Amazon (see this post hereΒ on their re-release back in May '15) The books were first released under my erotica name (which no longer exists) and got us scolded by Amazon (read about that meeting here). We had to fight for over a month to release them as Krista, and they did great, but then they were hit again.

I'm tired of fighting it. Amazon won.

So, I am very sorry but the books are no longer available. RIP Stepbrothers.



A double release!

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Holy cow guys, this month was so busy!

I released two books (I Choose You and Yours Royally) It was a bit rough, but totally worth it. I love both these books and I can't wait for readers to find them and love them too!

The idea for “I Choose You” came while playing the hit game of the summer, Pokemon GO. I love playing, and I wondered what it would be like for two people to find one another using the game. Then, being a Krista Lakes' book, it had to have a billionaire in it!

Yours Royally is the third in the Billionaire and Brides series. It got some great Cinderella vibes and a real prince (who of course is a billionaire. Have you found the theme in my books yet?) I loved writing the wicked stepmother in this book, so be sure to check out just how nasty she is! I love to hate her πŸ™‚

Be sure to stay tuned for some new books! I'm hard at work on the 4th book in the Billionaire and Brides series, as well as a really fun stand-alone (that started as Book 4 for Billionaire and Brides, but Yours Footbally just doesn't look good on a cover!)

 

Thanks for reading!!


Yours Truly

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It's finally done! Baby brain was rough with this, but it is now up and available on Amazon.

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Seriously, writing this while I was pregnant was rough. I knew the story and I could see the characters in my head- but I could not seem to get it on paper. I'd sit down and stare at a screen for hours- or the words would be so choppy and disorganized that I'd have to redo it all anyway.

But, the story came through! It just took me a little longer than I wanted (and the majority of it was written one the baby was on my lap rather than in it!)

I hope you all enjoy the love story of AJ and Kat. I loved writing it (once I could write)

 

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It’s coming!

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It's finally coming!

The next book in the Billionaires and Brides series will be released later this month! WOOOOO

 

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Baby brain took it's toll, but the book is finally finished! We're just putting the final touches on it now and getting ready to send it to ARC readers! (Side note, if you want to be an ARC reader- please contact me!)

I'm now hard at work on Book #3 for this series as well as working on Gabe's Kisses book (due out this summer!) There's a couple of other things in the works, but those aren't quite ready for the light of day yet πŸ˜€

 


An Update!

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I've gotten several emails from readers wanting to know when the next books are coming, so I thought I would share here πŸ™‚

I'm currently working on two books.

  1. Billionaires and Brides Book 2: This one is so much fun to write. It's got shoes. And a baby. And that's all I'm saying for now. My goal is to have the rough draft done and to the editor by the time the baby gets here! (So, I have to get on it!) Hopefully, Baby decides to help me out with this. If not, then it will be done as soon as possible!
  2. Kisses- This is Gabe's story. He's a total charmer and I love him. He's using his dating service and well, things never go as planned! I'm hoping this one will be ready late spring/early summer. Again, this date depends on Baby πŸ™‚

I have another Billionaires and Brides book rattling around in my head (it's a second chance love story) but that one will come when the first two are done!

Thank you all for reading!

 


Yours Completely

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A new series!

Maids don't ever get to go to the ball… do they?

Jace Connors:
Stretched thin from running a business and organizing a wedding, the last thing Jace needs is the world's most eligible bachelorettes trying to sneak their way into his bed. When he meets Ella grooming the inn's horses, though, she leaves him breathless. Jace knows that he can't let her get away…

Ella McDaniels:
What starts as an almost-kiss in the barn ends up captivating Ella, even though she knows that the richly dressed Jace is out of her league. However, when he keeps showing up wherever she is, her attraction to him grows. And if she can outwit her wicked stepmother, she just might be able to dance with him at the wedding reception ball. There's only one problem…

What if Jace is actually the groom?

 

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This is just the first book in a new series by Krista Lakes! Billionaires and Brides will follow the love lives of billionaires and the women they marry. Be sure to stay tuned to get more stand-alone, happily ever after stories!