Sorry, let me tame my evil laughter long enough to type out this post. Deep breath….
Okay, that’s better.
Alright, so loyal readers will know that earlier this year I tried a little experiment by going exclusive with Amazon’s KDP Select program. This meant I could ONLY offer my books on Amazon – I couldn’t even give my own books away to my mailing list.
The plunge was a little scary, but it did provide a good way for me to focus on certain marketing efforts and allow me to hit the Restart button on my books in some ways.
While Amazon does have a wide reach these days, it’s gnarly claws don’t extend everywhere and some people refuse to buy anything from the online retail behemoth.
I tried KDP Select for two rounds (90 days each) and I did see some great sales numbers and learned a few things about advertising, but I grew to despise the limitations and was itching to be free.
That day finally came in mid-September and I immediately began the work of getting my books on other stores.
Being freed from Amazon’s exclusivity means I’m starting fresh on these other retailers, but it also means I can reach out to a wider audience and toss my tomes around the world (virtually, that is…I don’t think my throwing arm is that strong).
Even though this next step in my author career means more work in creating all the necessary formats for each retailer, uploading to numerous sites, and checking all those sites to tally my royalties and sales, it’s an exciting time and I’m already seeing positive results from the switch. Yay!
And just in case you want to take a look, here’s a partial list of where my books are hanging out now….
- Amazon (of course)
- Apple Books
- Barnes & Noble
- Thalia (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
- Mondadori (Italy)
- Angus & Roberston (Australia)
- Odilo (Spain)
By the way, if you are an indie author and you want to get onto some of these sites, your best sources are Draft2Digital (who are WONDERFUL to work with) and PublishDrive (who are the only ones right now – I think – who can get your books onto GooglePlay).
Coming Up Next…
So, what’s my next big move? A long-held dream of going wider with my print books.
Currently, due to the prohibitive prices of ISBNs in the US, my print books are still only on Amazon (who provides authors a free ISBN – see, they’re not totally evil).
News came out last week that there might be a new player in the paperback field (a new player who I already distribute my ebooks through, yay!) and I’m also looking at another option for print. As soon as there’s news to share on this front, I’ll let you know!
All this talk of book shopping has me curious… Where do you usually shop for books? A “real” store or online? Indie bookstore or chain retailer? Amazon or elsewhere?
Me? I’m a cheapskate :)) I get most of my books (both print and electronic) from the library. When I do buy books, it tends to be in one fell swoop at my local library’s annual book sale…$5 for a bag of books is hard to beat!