Edit: It is now live on Amazon.
It’s publishing on Amazon now. I was hoping to release it under better circumstances, but that just isn’t happening. I’m sorry it has been delayed for so long, but there were reasons for it.
Amazon has essentially broken Kindle Unlimited. The way that the system works, Amazon pays us for each page of our books that you actually read – about 1/2 cent per page. So if you read the first chapter and hate it and return it, we only get paid for that one chapter. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Unfortunately Amazon cannot actually tell which pages you’ve read, even though that’s what determines how much we get paid for the books you borrow. What they go by is the last page you navigated to – the same data they use so that if you read a book on your Kindle and then pull it up on your phone in the Kindle app it opens to the same place on both devices. Anyway, the problem with that is that if you read to the end and then go back to the cover, I get credited with ZERO pages read. Or say you turn back to an earlier scene to re-read it or highlight it because you liked it, the system will show that you only read the book to that point.
Then Amazon introduced the page flip feature, which by design does not record any pages read because Amazon says that no one reads in page flip mode. Except there are about a zillion blog posts and Youtube videos showing people doing exactly that.
These things have combined to cut a lot of peoples’ page reads down to nothing, even though their books are being read. I know authors who were making five figures a month from their books in Kindle Unlimited who are now making literally pennies a day. These are people who normally get millions of page reads in a month, who are now getting a few thousand. Amazon of course swears that there is no problem and everything is working exactly the way it’s supposed to.
This is what I was looking at when I finished Obsessed 4. Lots of writers I know were reporting that they weren’t being credited for 90% of the borrows they were getting through Kindle Unlimited. Basically I’d be giving the book away if I put it into Kindle Unlimited. But with the other books in Kindle Unlimited it didn’t make any sense to publish it outside of KU. I contacted Amazon and attempted to get my books released from the program, but they wouldn’t do it, which left me stuck.
So I waited until the first two installments were out of Kindle Unlimited, and now I’m publishing part 4. I would have liked to wait for all 3 to come out, but it’s stuck in the program until the end of November. As a result of all of this nonsense I am not putting part 4 into Kindle Unlimited. I am done with that program until Amazon fixes it. There are quite a few other serious problems with it, like all of the scam books, that Amazon is going to have to address if they don’t want more authors dropping out of the program. Right now a lot of us are pulling everything we have out of KU and have no intention of going back into it.
Anyway, TL;DR version is that Obsessed 4 is publishing now on Amazon and should be available sometime tonight or early tomorrow. I’ll post the link here and send out a newsletter when it goes live. I will publish it to the other sales channels as soon as #3 comes out of Kindle Unlimited on November 25th.