But not everyone agrees. Emily Gould complainsthat “When ebooks and pbooks are bundled, the ebooks are sold at a loss. That’s authors’, publishers’ and, associatively, non-AMZN retailers’ loss” and “frustrating we have to keep explaining that ebook production is not free. digital objects are not made by elves.”
Self Publish or and go to Amazon and find alternate ways to promote or partner. The point is sell more, publish for less.
Go to smaller imprints that demand less money for promotion.
Start your own imprint and get a partnership with an imprint which reduces their take on profits.
diversify your promotions and offerings. (say blog somewhere?)
In addition: trademark your sh*t, and protect your intellectual property. Or just realize you won’t make money and be ok with that.