I’m delighted to announce that my debut novel, INVASION OF PRIVACY, is now available on all major eBook retailers!
Like most indie authors, I was seduced by the benefits of exclusivity with Amazon KDP Select. But, after two 90-day periods, I’ve decided the benefits aren’t enough for me to continue with exclusivity:
- The ability to run a 5-day Countdown promotion (while retaining 70% royalties) was a major attraction and was one I took advantage of at the end of December, resulting in a major boost in sales and rankings. But it required lots of paid book promotion to be effective and I’ve decided that I’d rather have the ability to run promotions whenever I want, rather than once each 90-day period of exclusivity. I’m willing to accept 30% royalty rates as the price for this freedom.
- Inclusion in Kindle Unlimited is a major inducement for most authors. This makes your book available for free to subscribers who pay a monthly fee to download up to ten books at a time. Authors receive payment for the borrow a month later. However, because my novel is a shade short of 500 pages, it’s not the best profile for Unlimited where readers typically favour shorter novels or novellas. As such, I only had sporadic borrows. I can live without these and will hopefully replace them with sales from the other eBook retailer platforms.
- Just recently, Amazon introduced the ability to pay for advertisements to members of KDP Select. I tried this out in my final three weeks and achieved 13 clicks from over 12,000 impressions, resulting in a total of (insert huge drum roll………..) zero sales directly from the adverts! I can live without this or may return to using Facebook advertising.
After 180 days of exclusivity with Amazon, I have decided it’s now time to make the novel available to the widest readership possible. I know Amazon’s dominance means that it will continue to make up the lions share of my book sales, but there are lots of readers who aren’t on Amazon, and I want to reach them too.
More than anything, it just feels like the right thing to do!
Click here for links to all the various retailers.
Am I crazy? Do you believe the benefits of exclusivity with Amazon outweigh the benefits of being available everywhere? Or have I made the right call?