Sorry, this post has nothing to do with my daydreaming (or night dreaming) about the devilishly handsome Tom Ellis, aka “Lucifer.” In case you don’t know who I’m typing about, here’s what I mean….
Yeah, I know. And while I’d love to go on about that, this post is actually about my finally making a decision about going exclusive with Amazon. If you missed it, you can read about my vacillating frustration in this recent post, but let’s just sum it up by saying I was tempted, but still had qualms.
Well, those qualms were settled when I came across a couple podcasts on the very topic of going exclusive with Amazon, who should do so, and why. The first podcast was Episode #66 from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and the other was from one of my favorite podcasts the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast Episode #92.
That’s a couple hours’ worth of listening, but I’ll just boil it down by saying I was the EXACT type of writer who should be in Amazon’s KDP Select because….
- I have a small platform (and they say size doesn’t matter!)
- I make less than (SO much less than) $100 from book sales each month
- Being exclusive to Amazon makes it much easier to get noticed than being spread across all retailers (and as I’m finding out, simplifies book file management)
- Amazon exclusivity is the best place for new authors to gain traction with building an audience. Since I feel like I’m starting over with my writing career this year, I feel I’m essentially a “new” author.
In the ALLi episode, the funny thing was, the person who was supposed to be arguing the case for not being exclusive had numerous books exclusive to Amazon because of all the benefits of exclusivity…not exactly pleading your case, lady (good thing she’s not a lawyer, right?). Another of my favorite podcasts, The Creative Penn (by Joanna Penn), has also said numerous times – even though she is a staunch supporter of being wide – that authors should start out in KDP Select before expanding onto other retailers.
With all this in mind, in early March I made the scary choice to remove the Osteria Chronicles books from all the other retailers (and let me tell you, my hand was twitching when I was hitting that “Delist” button). Yesterday, those three books officially became part of the KDP Select
monopoly adventure. Wait, do we need another Lucifer picture? Yes, I think we do.
Yes, cheers to you too, Tom. Anyway, so what does this mean for you? Well, if you’re subscribed to the Kindle Unlimited program, you can now read ALL three books in the Osteria Chronicles for free (and I still get paid as long as you do read them).
This ability for readers to take a chance on my books without having to (directly) pay for them is one of the key benefits of being exclusive, so I REALLY hope you KUers out there take advantage of it (not that I’m begging or anything. Okay, yes, I’m totally begging. Go borrow my books!! I’ve even given you direct links below to show you how sincere I am in this plea).
For those of you not in Kindle Unlimited, this exclusivity can also benefit you because I spent the past week and weekend poring over calendars and my budget and many many MANY pieces of advice to create some really great promos around the launch of The Bonds of Osteria in late May.
As it stands, I feel a little dirty getting in bed with the Amazon devil, but I also feel a lot more focused on how to go about my marketing strategy and even a tad bit hopeful that I might actually get this series (that most readers seem to love) off the ground. Speaking of feeling dirty, time for one more Lucifer.
I still have no idea what I’m doing and the Bonds launch is going to be a huge experiment, but as they say, you can’t win if you don’t play the game — wait, no, that’s what Mr. Husband says about buying lottery tickets.
How has your week been? Any scary decisions or big leaps into the unknown? Writers, have you come across a podcast (or episode of a podcast) that’s provided you just the advice you were seeking?
I’ll be back next Wednesday with more writing news. In the meantime, here’s those direct links to the Osteria Chronicles books on Amazon.