|Should I or shouldn't I?|
My sales were decent on Amazon.com after I'd published there in October. However, when KDP Select arrived on the scene, my sales dropped. Over the next few months I read lots of blogs from other authors discussing their experiences with the program and why they did or didn’t choose to enroll. Click these links to see some.
Following my worst sales month ever, I decided to sign up. Why? Because I wouldn’t know how beneficial or non-beneficial it would be for me unless I tried.
After enrolling, I thought I’d see a zillion borrows! But in two days, there were none. So I considered dropping out—you have three days to do that, but after that you’re locked in for 90 days.
I decided to stick it out and try a free promo day. I’d read about authors who’d seen 3000 to 5000 free downloads of their books. The promo period isn’t about the money, but promoting your work and getting it into readers’ hands.
In a 24 hour period, I was amazed to see 11,100 free copies of my book downloaded! Now, out of those 11,000 customers, there are those who won’t read it for a while, or maybe not at all because they just hoard free books. Some will read it, but won’t be able to get into it, and some may think it sucks.
But there are those who will read it right away (or sooner rather than later)--and like it! So if 5000 people read it and like it, I have a chance of getting a few reviews, and perhaps a shot at 5000 potential purchases, because those readers might tell at least one person that my book is worth buying.
Since the free promo day, I’ve seen an increase in my sales. I joined in early March. I’m not a math person so I won’t go into the “my piece of the pie” regarding that $600,000 to be divided among books lent out. I believe the rate is $1.70 per borrow, which is nothing to complain about. For me, the lending has not been nearly the same rate as the sales, which is fine. But the increase in my sales has been worth it to me, so I'm glad I enrolled! Yet, I never would have known this unless I'd tried KDP Select for myself.
Every case is different, but the bottom line is, you must make your own decision. After reading the KDP Select Terms and Conditions thoroughly, here are a few other things to keep in mind:· If you enroll, make sure your work is not available anywhere else
My experience with KDP Select has been a positive one. Have you thought about enrolling? Are you currently enrolled? Share your experience.
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