To KDP Select Or Not To KDP Select by Ashley Barron- reblogged

I have been debating on leaving my first book Blake on KDP Select and putting it up for free again, but after reading some posts from many authors, including Russell Blake and Ashley Barron, and watching  what other authors are doing with their books  I believe I have made up my mind not to. I am hoping to eventually get Blake up on other book store shelves. Amazon isn’t the only fish in the sea, though it might be the biggest!

To KDP Select Or Not To KDP Select

It’s time to decide.

I have paid attention to KDP Select since its launch at the beginning of this year. Over the past six months, I’ve posted my own initial questions about the monetary structure of KDP Select in a blog post, and listened to and shared the experiences of fellow writers I admire and trust, including Collette Scott.

Hundreds and hundreds of the e-books that I downloaded when they were temporarily free are now sitting on my Kindle, waiting to be read. As a reader, it is exciting to scroll through the list of possibilities and know I could find a book to suit any mood, any craving.

When I’ve paid for a novel, though, it tends to jump to the top section of my TBR list. That’s my reality. Maybe it’s yours, too……

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Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

3 thoughts on “To KDP Select Or Not To KDP Select by Ashley Barron- reblogged”

  1. Interesting; I have seen many similar comments in the Amazon forums saying that because they are free, somehow, books become 'cheapened' – many even saying that they were going through and deleting them all after coming across 'some really amateur stuff' and no desire to wade through to find the good ones. But I guess when we pay for anything, we're more discerning in making that choice and want to get our money's worth.

    I joined KDP when it first started, and was highly excited about it; hundreds of my books downloaded, but it brought me nothing in return, well practically nothing, anyway; one review only, a couple of borrows but no spike in sales of my other works whatsoever. I, personally, couldn't wait to leave the programme in order to list my books on other distributor's sites where I can choose to do promotions without restrictions when I feel like it. Author friends have said the same thing, that they got nothing back, of no benefit to them at all. But then, you see the messages of how successful some have been, and so maybe it does work for some – I, however, remain sceptical.

  2. The problem with offering a book for free or even at a discount is that you still have to let enough people know that it is on offer to get a sufficient take up. This usually means hammering the social media sites such as Facebook, Google+, Goodreads and so on, assuming you have enough followers and they are happy to see your sales pitch (most people won’t be). The truth is that most authors don’t have sufficient punch to make an impact, so you end up relying on the distributors to make sales anyway. This is because that is where most people looking to buy books go when they want a book.

    So for me it makes more sense to be with more distributors, you can still knock your book down every now and then, manually of course, and you can use your social networks to get the word out. But you are not cutting off your sales channels for the privilege like you do when you chose KDP select.

    1. I agree. I tried KDP Select and found that it didn’t help my books sales much. I continue to set up with different distributors to give my readers the choice of files they want to download and to have my books spread out on more platforms. It’s more time consuming, but better for me and I’m not dependent on just Amazon.

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