Why I may no longer use KDP Select…

Amazon leaves me with the feeling that I am strapped into a straight jacket with no way to get out. KDP Select used to be a great option to get my books out there and noticed? Maybe? But I don’t really feel that way anymore. I feel like they have tied up my wings and I am to constricted to fly. Books should be able to be on all platforms and authors should be able to chose if they would like to put there books up for free on any and/or all platforms whenever they want — not just Amazon on certain dates — only 5 days for 3 months — and only allowed if Amazon is the only platform the authors book is on.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t really have anything against Amazon and I like downloading free books (I’ve picked up several from Smashwords), if I know I’m going to read them. (I have a fairly big library going) But I also have bought books, and, of course, I hit up the library too. The library is an awesome place to visit!

Why keep all of my eggs in one basket? I know Amazon has a large reach, with millions of books to choose from, but not everyone has a Kindle, some love their ipads. And some, like me can’t stand trying to find other software to covert one file into another. I feel like I have better things to do with my time than mess with something I’m not certain I really want to. Or maybe with all of this new technology I would like to keep my life a simple as possible? And everyone else’s. Keeping to one platform doesn’t help me grow as an author, and it makes other peoples life miserable; especially if they want to buy your book via Barnes & Noble but can’t, because you don’t offer your book on B&N.  I know several people who only buy through B&N….

Maybe when my new YA book comes out I’ll use KDP Select — Big Maybe — but until then I am in the process of getting Blake and Sterling into Smashwords and B&N. Hopefully in the near future I will also have them in print:)

As far as giving away free books is concerned, there are so many authors going that route now-a-days. I have seen my books climb on the Amazon platform when they are free only to drop again once the free days are over. I haven’t had much luck with getting reviews, good or bad, from the giveaways and now that I am back to working a full time job I no longer have the time or patience to promote free books.

My life has been a whirl wind of overtime, leaky roofs, dealing with contractors, high school homework, still trying to unpack and so on…. I barely have the energy to blog and write. Though I stick these into my schedule as often as possible, it’s been sporadic at best. But at least I’m still making headway or LOL a progressively slow process uphill.

Having my books a several different platforms and having the time to write are my biggest priorities as an author right now.

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: www.Lynnthompsonbooks.com Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlakeAMontanaDaytonNovel Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lynnthompsonbooks

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