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Kindle Unlimited

When Kindle Unlimited was unveiled a month ago, indie authors were all abuzz.  Some authors thought KU was the end of life as we knew it, while other authors thought that KU was going to make them a mint of cash.  Who was right?

Borrow estimate

Hypothesis 1: Amazon will let the amount of income per borrow decline now that they're paying authors for a lot more borrows as a result of the Kindle Unlimited program.  Specifically, I crunched some numbers at the beginning of August and figured that, if my borrows make up a similar proportion of the overall pool in July as in June, authors would be bringing in $1.03 per borrow in July rather than about $2 per borrow in June.

Conclusion 1: This would have been the case had Amazon not drastically increased the fund they allot to paying authors whose books are borrowed.  They first brought the pool up to $2 million when announcing Kindle Unlimited in July, then retroactively increasing the pool by another $785,000 this month.  The upshot is that authors who weren't afraid to leave their books in the lending library did see a slight decline in income per borrow (down to $1.80), but they also saw overall income increases due to the much larger than usual number of borrows.  For example, Wetknee books were borrowed 400 times in July, an increase of 236%.

Kindle Unlimited sales

Hypothesis 2: Borrows will parasitize paid sales, so even if borrow income is high as a result of Kindle Unlimited, overall author earnings will stay steady or decline.

Conclusion 2: The number of Wetknee Books sold (as opposed to borrowed) declined by 13% between June and July.  However, with the increased borrow income, overall revenue increased by 20%.  This increase in revenue is due partially to our low book prices, though, which means that borrows actually pay out more money than sales for most of our titles.  I'd be curious to hear from other authors with higher-priced books to see if their overall income increased, declined, or stayed the same as a result of Kindle Unlimited.

Caveats: Amazon released a statement today saying that they reported and paid authors based on number of borrowed books opened in July, rather than number of borrowed books read to 10%.  So, the results when Amazon sticks to their actual rules may be quite different for August than they were during this initial month.  In addition, who's to say how many readers will pay for their subscription to continue now that the free trial period is over?

Overall, I suspect that participating in KDP will continue to be in an author's best interest now that Kindle Unlimited has been unveiled, despite the requirement of remaining exclusive to Amazon.  Yes, 35% of ebooks are currently sold on platforms other than Amazon, but KDP authors continue to get enough perks that increased Amazon sales make up for that lost revenue.  And participating in the KU library appears to be a perk, not a bug, perhaps enough to make me reenroll books in the program that I had taken out due to lack of impact from free book promotions.

Posted Thu Aug 14 22:41:48 2014 Tags:

The Chocolate Touch by FlorandI subscribed to the free trial of Kindle Unlimited this month, and as I result I got to enjoy a lot of books I would have otherwise been forced to pay for.  Here are my top picks from the 600,000 books currently available for "free" reads as part of that program.

A slew of books by Laura Florand
--- I'm not going to list them all, but Florand has five titles enrolled in KU (plus one that's perma-free) and all are excellent.  Gourmet chocolate, French culture, and true romance make each of these books a pure delight.

A slew of books by Bev Pettersen --- I've glowed about this author's horse-related romantic suspense before, so I'll just add that seven of her books are enrolled in KU and I enjoyed all of them. 

Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale --- This book is supposedly a regency romance, but it feels much deeper than average (while still being a fun, engrossing read).  The hedgehog is a perfect touch.

It's in His Kiss by Katie and Bria Quinn --- This is a funny and delightful short story that will hit the spot for all readers who spend too much time with their nose in a book and too little time in the real world.

The Governess Affair by Courney Milan --- This regency romance is perma-free but, unfortunately, the sequels have to be paid for.

Lord and Lady Spy by Shannon Galen --- This fun romp reads like Gallagher Girls for grownups (if they went back in time two hundred years).

Finding Infinity by Susan Kiernan-Lewis --- This piece of chick-lit is all about how hard it is for an outsider to move into a small town, with a side of romance and cupcakes.

So what do I think of KU three weeks later?  From a writer's perspective, I suspect my income will initially go up (although I also suspect that authors will get paid around $1 per borrow instead of the previous $2 per borrow --- more on that in about a week once sales data is available).  However, as a reader, I find it too hard to hunt down quality books using the program, so I'll be canceling my subscription before the free trial ends.  Having read all of the enrolled books by indie authors I've loved in the past, it's time to go back to the free lists to hunt more authors who can feed my voracious appetite.

Posted Sun Aug 10 23:24:23 2014 Tags:

Hatchette vs. AmazonMany of you are probably blissfully ignorant of the drama that's been ripping through the literary world over the last few months.  If you have heard about the dispute, chances are you've read a story like this New York Times article that is strongly slanted toward the big publishing houses and best-selling authors.  Many readers make the assumption that what's good for Stephen King is good for all readers and writers...but that assumption is wrong.

The top 1% of writers are indeed aided by Hachette's practices to collude with retailers to force ebook prices to stay high.  However, the other 99% of authors who lack the clout to have their print books shown in supermarket aisles have been aware for years that we not only sell more books, we also make more money, if ebook prices are low.

From a publisher's standpoint, it makes sense to charge more for ebooks since that practice makes print books seem more valuable as well.  In our modern climate, the only real value a publisher brings to the table is to print books at a low cost and to distribute them widely --- every other service provided by publishers can be outsourced by authors at a flat fee rather than by giving away a cut of the royalties.  So, even though authors, Amazon, and even publishers make less money on digital sales when ebook prices are high, publishers are intent on maintaining those high prices to support their waning paper market and to protect the status quo.

Let's be fair --- Amazon is also looking out for their bottom line.  The huge online retailer wants ebook prices to be held below $9.99 because Anazon makes more money that way.  But the truth is that the reader also spends less money when ebook prices are lower and 99% of authors also make more money.  Only the publisher loses out by becoming less essential as the middleman between these two core groups.

The reason I'm writing this post is because a few big-name authors have banded together to put up $104,000 to buy an ad in the New York Times.  Predictably, the mainstream press is also parroting the point of view of the top 1%.  Meanwhile, the other side of the argument hasn't been represented in the media. 

Amazon has put together a succinct and thoughtful analysis of the situation here and is asking readers and writers to email Hatchette to state our disapproval.  And now I'm asking you to join in the email surge.  Because, in this case, what's good for Amazon is good for readers and for 99% of writers, so we need to make our stance known.  Perhaps if so many emails hit Hatchette's inbox that their server crashes, that news might be reported by the mainstream press?

Posted Sat Aug 9 12:05:57 2014 Tags:
KDP pricing support

Indie authors will be interested in Amazon's new feature, KDP Pricing Support, which helps authors choose the most lucrative price point for their ebook.  Amazon bases their recommendation on each book's category, customer reviews, ratings, past sales, best-seller rank and page count, using past data to estimate how many books you'd sell if you raised or lowered your book's price.  They don't seem to factor in delivery costs, though, so if your books are picture-heavy like mine, you'll need to do a bit of extra math to see if Amazon's suggestions hold water.

To see what Amazon thinks the best price for your book would be, go into your Bookshelf on KDP, click on "Edit rights, royalty, and pricing," then click "view service" under the Step 8 KDP Pricing Support (Beta) section.  You'll get a graph like the one shown at the top of this post, with Amazon's estimate for your earnings and the number of books sold at various price points.

In the past, my strategy with ebooks has been to price very low so that more readers can access my books, driving the titles up the best-seller lists and garnering lots of new readers.  So it's no surprise that Amazon thinks I should charge more, figuring that the increase in revenue per book will overcome the lower number of books sold.

Although I'm a bit dubious, I tentatively chose to take their advice for our most popular titles, raising the price of every book significantly.  I'll be keeping a close eye on my sales, though, and will lower prices as necessary if I feel like I'm losing momentum (or getting bad reviews) by pricing books at a higher point.  I'll also try to remember to post an update in a month or so analyzing how the higher prices affected ebook sales and revenue so you know whether to follow suit.  Feel free to chime in with a comment if you've also tried Amazon's new feature and loved it or hated it.

Posted Fri Aug 1 19:31:19 2014 Tags:
Kindle Unlimited buy box

This past week, Amazon rolled out Kindle Unlimited.  At first glance, it looks like a reader's dream come true --- for $9.99 per month, you can read any ebook you want for free.  On the other hand, many indie writers are running scared, wondering why anyone would buy their books if the works can now be downloaded for free.  It turns out that neither analysis is quite right.  I did some poking from the author's perspective and signed up for the free trial as a reader, and here are my early thoughts on the program.

A reader's perspective
Kindle Unlimited notationAs a reader, I suspect I'll cancel my subscription to Kindle Unlimited after the free period ends.  While Amazon brags about having 600,000 free books in the program, the truth is that these are primarily indie authors who enrolled their books in KDP Select, plus a few big-name authors Amazon probably paid to participate.  In other words, if you struggled to find a book to borrow using your prime membership, you're going to struggle even more to find enough books to make your $10 a month worthwhile.

Plus, Kindle Unlimited isn't truly unlimited.  I started poking through all of the authors whose books I wanted to read, finding that about a quarter of them had books enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.  (Most of my books and all of Aimee's books are there, in case you're curious.)  So that I wouldn't have to repeat the legwork, I went ahead and downloaded all of the ones I was at all interested in...until Amazon told me I'd hit my 10 book limit.  Yep, that's right, their book limit is lower than that of the public library --- nowhere near unlimited.  However, from a practical standpoint, you can always return a book and borrow a new one, so you could keep reading using Kindle Unlimited for as long as you wanted.

What would it take to keep me subscribed?  If Amazon found a way to get the big publishers and all indie authors on board and had every kindle ebook enrolled in the program, so I really could read whatever I want for $10 per month, I would totally pay for it.  I doubt that's going to happen anytime soon.

A writer's perspective

Books bought and borrowed

Okay, moving on to the writer's point of view.  Although I was slightly leery of the Kindle Owner's Lending Library when it first came about, I've since grown to love the program (which Kindle Unlimited seems to be piggy-backing on).  Every time a reader borrows one of my books using their prime membership, I get a chunk of the fund Amazon has set aside to remunerate authors, and the chunk is pretty hefty.  Over the last year, borrow income has averaged $2.27 per book for me, bringing in a whopping $2,756 --- nothing to sneeze at!  Now, authors who charge a lot more for their books are probably less keen, since if your book costs more than $3.27 (with no photos to lower the net amount that goes to authors), you'll lose money on a borrow rather than a buy.  However, I suspect that some borrowers will still go on to buy your book so they can keep it for a reread, which evens things out.  Meanwhile, for those of us who price our books to sell, we get quite a bit more from a borrow than a buy.

Although I'll have to wait until I see my first sales report to confirm this, everything I've read so far suggests that Amazon plans to treat borrows using Kindle Unlimited the same way as borrows using Amazon Prime.  The only difference is that they won't pay authors until a reader has consumed at least 10% of the book, a way of preventing kindle stuffing from breaking Amazon's bank.  So, from a writer's standpoint, the only concern is to keep an eye on Amazon's global fund to make sure the borrow income per book doesn't decline, something I was concerned about at first, but am less worried about now that the fund has been in operation for years and has only dropped below $2 per book once in the last twelve months.

It's a good thing that Kindle Unlimited looks like it won't hurt indie authors since we don't really have a choice in the matter.  If we want to keep the benefits of KDP Select, our books are automatically enrolled (although we have the option of unenrolling right now rather than waiting until the end of our usual 90-day contract if we're scared of Kindle Unlimited).  I'll try to remember to post a followup in a few months once the dust settles and the data is in.

Posted Sat Jul 19 11:25:36 2014 Tags:

A Lonely MagicI'm afraid I don't have quite as many good books to recommend to you this month.  In fact, most of the freebies I downloaded on Amazon in June were duds, with a significant quantity of the books below sent to me by the author to review or borrowed via the kindle owner's lending library.  But, don't worry, half of the titles I recommend this month are free, and all will capture your interest and keep you hooked until the bitter end.

A Lonely Magic by Sarah Wynde.  Last month, I sang the praises of Wynde's Tassamara series, and this month I was thrilled when Wynde sent me a review copy of her newest book (which will be available to the general public on Tuesday).  A Lonely Magic is set in a different fantastical world than Wynde's previous books, but it has the same great character development and world-building as the Tassamara series.  A Lonely Magic was a real treat to read, and I'm waited with bated breath for the next installments in the series.

A Scandalous Husband by Bev Pettersen.  I looked forward to borrowing another Pettersen novel all month, and when my lending-library privileges rolled around again, I downloaded this book immediately.  I wasn't disappointed!  Take a dose of equine therapy, mix in the struggle to survive without losing yourself in prison, shake up with a sweet love story, and you have a winning novel that will be hard to put down.  Plus, unlike many Amazon authors, Pettersen has enrolled nearly all of her titles in the KDP select program, so if you have Amazon Prime, you can borrow one book for free each month.

Prisoner by Lia Silver.  I'm not sure if this fascinating werewolf fantasy is perma-free or just free right now, but either way I highly recommend it to those who enjoy great world-building and characters.  (You can see my review of the companion book in my March sumup.)

The Chocolate Heart by Laura Florand.  I'm not so sure this is an indie book, although I downloaded it for free (which is no longer the price, unfortunately).  Unlike most contemporary romances, this one had meat in the form of fascinating information about high-class French restaurant culture.  Plus a truly romantic story between two characters you won't want to leave.

The Duchess of Love by Sallie MacKenzie.  This is a great regency romance, complete with a Greek-scholarly, reading-obsessed family.

The Passion of Patrick MacNeill by Virginia Kantra.  This perma-free book is straight contemporary romance, but is a fun read if you like fluff.

Winters Heat by Cristin Harber.  Okay, the lack of an apostrophe in the title drives me crazy, but otherwise I recommend this perma-free book to all lovers of romantic suspense.

Saving Grace by Norah Wilson.  This perma-free book is good romantic suspense, with a slightly more thought-out version of the classic amnesia hook than you usually see.

Hopefully these recommendations will keep your kindle full this month.  Happy reading!

Posted Sun Jul 6 18:34:01 2014 Tags:

TrailersteadingReviews make or break indie ebooks by relatively unknown authors.  And I hear a lot of authors complaining that their readers won't write reviews.  In case you're having trouble getting reviews, here are some tips for bringing in those essential ratings.

How many reviews should you expect?  You're probably reading this post because you think your books aren't getting enough reviews, but it's possible the problem is simply that you haven't sold or given away enough copies yet.  Looking at all of the books put out by Wetknee, we average about 87 paid downloads per review, so if you've only sold a handful of books, you probably won't have many (or any) reviews.  Our most-reviewed books are all fiction, in which category ebooks average only 14 paid downloads per review, while the non-fiction titles average closer to 98 paid downloads per review.  (As a side note, you should keep in mind that I put in the effort with fiction to carry out review swaps and that I tend to give away a lot more fiction books during free periods than I do non-fiction books, so these numbers may not be entirely due to the fiction/non-fiction divide.)  If you do the math and find that your book isn't stacking up, keep reading for more options.

Have you contacted potential reviewers?  Review swaps are a tried-and-true method of garnering reviews.  The theory is simple --- you read and review the book of another author while they do the same for your book.  This strategy depends on you being a fast reader and being able to find authors who write in a similar genre and at a similar level (meaning that they're not best-sellers who have thousands of fans itching to leave reviews through no effort on the author's part). 

I use Goodreads to track down potential reviewers, checking out indie authors whose books I've enjoyed reading in the past and whose rank on Amazon is a bit below mine (meaning they're probably even hungrier for reviews than I am).  I usually sweeten the pot by reviewing one of the author's books even before I send the message to ask if she'd like to take part in a swap.  If you follow my lead, be sure to make it clear that you're looking for an
honest review, but include your standards if, like me, you prefer to simply leave no review on books by new authors that would merit fewer than three stars.

On a related note, I sometimes also let my fans have the opportunity to download a free review copy right before or right after a new book goes live, but I haven't decided whether this strategy is the best use of fan-power (since it reduces those critical early sales).  No matter how you go about soliciting reviews, this strategy is most helpful when used just before or just after a book launches so the title jumps out of the gate.


Number of ebook buys in proportion to number of reviewsHave you run a free period?  Giving away a few thousand copies of an ebook is a great way to net at least a few reviews.  As a plus, people are naturally inclined to leave nicer reviews when they get a book for free, so chances are many of your reviews will be good.  To do this on Amazon, you'll have to sign up for the KDP program, meaning you promise not to sell your book anywhere else for 30 days, then you simply use the dialogue within Amazon to "Manage benefits."

I'm still deciding whether the best period to set a new book free for the first time is about a week after launch or a few weeks later.  The first strategy gets more good reviews faster, but also tends to make my fans wait to get a free copy rather than buying, which lowers the early sales rank of the book. 

As a side note, if you run a free period and give away at least 1,000 copies but don't get any reviews, that may be a sign your book isn't as awesome as you thought it was, or at the least that the book doesn't have much appeal for the masses.  Scroll down to the end of this post for more thoughts in that direction.


Do you explicitly ask within your book for readers to leave a review?  Don't forget to add in a page or two of back-matter after your story to plug your other books, to mention your email list, and to beg for reviews.  If a reader really loves your book, they'll be much more likely to write a review if they see the request at the same time they bask in that sated afterglow of a perfect story.

If you want even more reviews, you might follow the lead of a few indie authors I've noticed recently who tell readers at the end of the book that if you leave a review and email the author a link, she'll send you a free copy of a book of your choice. 
The author I emailed actually sent me all of her books to review (presumably because my first effort passed muster).  This strategy often leads to even more good reviews by readers who adore your work.

How effective is an explicit request for a review?  I haven't updated some of my older books to include either type of ask, and the un-ask books average about 190 paid downloads per review while the ask books average about 43 paid downloads per review, so the ask definitely seems to help.  Take these numbers with a grain of salt, though --- I also wasn't soliciting review swaps for early books and don't currently run free periods for most of the early books for various reasons.  That caveat aside, it's a safe assumption that the ask strategy should garner you a slow-but-steady stream of reviews, proportional to how many books you've sold. 


ShiftlessWhen should you stop worrying about reviews?  More reviews are always better (unless they average below 4 stars on Amazon or below 3 stars on Goodreads), but I generally stop hustling once I achieve 10 to 20 reviews.  That's about how many reviews it takes for strangers to decide your book isn't only being reviewed by your mother and best friends, so after that you can let the book gain review momentum by itself.

Should you read your reviews?  Many authors will tell you not to read your book's reviews, and it is definitely bad form to comment on them (except to note when an issue has been resolved).  However, if you can take a step back from your ego, there are benefits to be gained from keeping an eye on those reviews.

On Amazon, you can vote a review up or down, which helps the reviews that you decide are most marketable rise to the front page, especially early in a book's life.  You can also take excerpts from these reviews and add them to near the top of your product page using Author Central.  Both of these strategies can help turn specific reviews into sales.

In addition, once you learn to separate the constructive criticisms from the random comments, you can learn from bad reviews.  I was selling ebooks on Amazon for years before I bought a Kindle, and it was an early review that alerted me to the fact that readers expect linked tables of contents. 
Reviews also helped me realize that readers expect about 10,000 words per dollar in the non-fiction category but significantly more in the fiction category.  Finally, readers are quick to note if your book has an inordinate number of typos (which, thankfully, hasn't been a problem with my books) and to mention other easily-solved problems.

Why are your reviews lower on Goodreads than on Amazon?  If, like me, you enjoy Goodreads, you may be saddened to see that a book with a 4.5-star rating on Goodreads has a 3.6-star rating on Goodreads.  What's up?  I think that many reviewers realize that reviews on Amazon affect an author's bread and butter, so those readers tend to round their Amazon scores up, while they often rate for purely personal reasons on Goodreads and thus trend toward lower ratings.  In addition, I suspect I'm not the only one who rates books on Amazon only if I feel comfortable giving the book five stars, while I rate just about everything I read over on Goodreads.   You can see this effect by looking at the Amazon and Goodreads reviews of some of your favorite authors --- I'll bet their report card on Goodreads is much less impressive than on Amazon.  Here, my advice to authors is: don't stress about moderately low Goodreads reviews.  Reviews on Goodreads help your books spread by word of mouth and everyone understands average ratings will be lower there.

Pasture BasicsAre there book-related issues that make you less likely to get reviews?  With free books, especially, it's essential to hook readers within the first few pages.  Amazon now has thousands of free ebooks available at any one time, so if a reader isn't sucked in immediately, she'll probably turn elsewhere.  In my own experience, I tend to delete three free books for every one I finish, and in most cases I give up on those supposed "losers" within a few minutes of virtually opening the book.

Yet another point where your book might be losing reviewers is if it's too far outside the mainstream genres.  Readers tend to be confused by books unlike anything they've read before, so you might have written the next great American novel...but will see no reviews because readers are too confused by the work's unusualness.  On a related note, you may simply be misclassifying your book --- if your readers are expecting chick lit, they're not going to be interested in hard-boiled mysteries and will quickly hit the delete key.


What if you've tried everything and you're still not getting reviews?  It's a tough thing to accept, but if you've done everything I mention in this post and you still aren't seeing many reviews, now might be the time to ask yourself whether perhaps readers are being nice by not saying anything at all.  The solution is: keep writing!  Your next book will likely be better and will garner more glowing reviews.

Do you have other review-gathering tips I didn't cover here?  I'd love to hear other authors' experience getting those critical first reviews.

Posted Wed Jun 18 19:12:16 2014 Tags:
Smashwords book

Over 6,000 readers have enjoyed The Working Chicken on Amazon, and now this popular title is available from non-Amazon retailers!  The Working Chicken is a short but picture-heavy guide that helps new chicken keepers learn the basics about their new flock, and the ebook has enjoyed dozens of glowing reviews.  Now you can download a copy for 99 cents from Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, or from several other retailers.

As a side note, I suspect The Low-Cost Sunroom has been on Smashwords long enough that it has showed up in the Apple store, but I don't think I can actually provide a link since their store appears to be searchable only using an app on Apple devices.  I'd be curious to hear from someone who reads ebooks from the Apple store.  Does The Low-Cost Sunroom show up in a search?  Is there a way for me to include links to it here, or is the app feature the only way to buy apple books?

Thanks for reading!

Posted Tue Jun 17 19:44:58 2014 Tags:

Fillies and FemalesMay was a great month for quality, free-or-cheap, indie books.  Here are my top picks from most to least recommended (with the usual caveat that even the books at the bottom of the list were thoroughly enjoyed, or I wouldn't include them here).

A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde would be my favorite novel of the month...if I hadn't also tried out and adored all of the other books in her series.  All of Wynde's books are paranormal fantasy with light but lovable romances and plenty of fascinating world-building.  A Gift of Ghosts is free, and if sign up for the author's email list, you'll also get a free copy of the fun short story The Spirits of Christmas.  Then you'll have to decide whether to splurge $3.99 on A Gift of Thought (excellent by other authors' standards, but my least favorite of Wynde's books) and $4.99 on A Gift of Time (not to be missed!).  If you're smart, you'll read them all!

Disembodied Bones by C.L. Bevill is the one book I bought last month, and it was worth every penny.  Disembodied Bones is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone (although why you would skip Veiled Eyes when it's equally good and is free is beyond me).  Both books are riveting suspense stories with a very light romance and a hint of fantasy and I lapped them right up!

Fillies and Females by Bev Pettersen is a romance with a fascinating
glimpse into the culture of horse-breeding and -racing.  Although it's pretty much fluff, I enjoyed the book enough that my borrow of the month was Bev Pettersen's Hearts and Hoofbeats two-book set.  Of those, Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash was an absolute delight while Studs and Stilettos pushed some of my not-quite-so-enjoyable buttons but was still a good read.  I'll probably borrow more of Bev Pettersen's books in later months.

Under the Sassafras by Hattie Mae delves deep into bayou culture, and also mixes in a good story and a sweet romance.

Irreparable Harm by Melissa Miller is highly recommended if you enjoy Grisham-style legal thrillers.  It's free and is the first book in a series, but there's no cliff-hanger ending.

The Icing on the Cake by Rosemarie NaramoreThe Icing on the Cake by Rosemarie Naramore is a delightful chick-lit novel about living with and loving your birth family when you're all grown up.

The Vow by Georgia Fallon is more literary than the books I usually read, but is not literary in the non-enjoyable way.  Instead, the book reminds me of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo combined with J.D. Robb-like mysterious intrigue.

Meant for Her by Amy Gamet is a fun, free romantic suspense.

Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid by Maureen Driscoll is a sweet regency romance that I got for free, but which I would have been willing to pay the asking price of 99 cents for.

Some Like it Charming by Megan Bryce is one of those rare romances that really work for me despite having no redeeming qualities.  Plus, it's free, so why not try the book out?

Do you need more book recommendations?  Check out last month's post (and follow the links back to previous months if you need yet more reading material).  Happy reading!

Posted Sun Jun 8 19:19:56 2014 Tags:

Thrifty Chicken BreedsI'm excited to have a new installment in the Permaculture Chicken series available for 99 cents on AmazonThrifty Chicken Breeds answers the difficult question --- how do you make your chicken habit pay for itself?

Many backyard chicken keepers are surprised to learn that they spend more on store-bought feed than they would have paid for eggs and meat at the grocery store.  If you're on a budget and want your foray into poultry to save money, not lose money, your first step should be to select thrifty chicken breeds.

The best breed for the cost-conscious homesteader will be a dual-purpose chicken that forages well, doesn't cost much to feed, stands up well to predators and weather, and lays copiously in the winter.  In addition, Thrifty Chicken Breeds covers a variety of other factors homesteaders should look for when choosing new birds, then explains why a dozen common breeds do or don't make the cut.

This new installment in the popular Permaculture Chicken series helps make backyard chicken keeping cheaper, sustainable, less smelly, and more fun.  Join the thousands of readers who have used tips from the first two books to turn chickens into a frugal part of their permaculture homesteads!

Posted Fri Jun 6 22:07:29 2014 Tags:



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