This morning I decided to read the KDP newsletter that was sent to me via email a few days ago. Was it interesting? Well, for all the wrong reasons, yes. On this newsletter was an interview with an "indie" author who was thanking Amazon and KDP for "changing her life". She has, apparently, sold over half a million books in just two years, bought her dream house, can now send her kids to college without worrying about money, and all because of Amazon and KDP. This was obviously an interview used to make potential authors think that self-publishing your books with KDP was the answer to all your writing dreams. "Look at what this author has achieved?" it's screaming. "You too could have the success she's had!" Err, no. We can't. Not really. For starters, this author used to be traditionally published, and she pointed out herself in the interview that she had a whole heap of people waiting for her next book, but she was having trouble with her agent being able to sell her latest novel to a publisher, which is why she turned to Amazon and KDP. Which is fine. But she is not the typical person that I have come across who is self-publishing these days. Of course this particular author is going to have success - she has a fan base, people already know her name. She's out there, already established, popular. Something the majority of self-published authors aren't.
So, if Amazon and KDP think that that author is a typical indie author, then what the hell are the rest of us? Because I would love just a teeny, tiny bit of the success that author has had. If only! Since I started self-publishing with KDP a couple of years ago I've sold around, oooh, let me see... I don't know exactly, but we're probably talking about 4,000 books, something like that. Maybe a few more. In fact, it probably is a few more, after all, I had a good few months last year but then Amazon changed all the algorithms and it all turned to crap again!
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So, to answer my initial question, was my foray into the world of KDP Select worth the ride? Yes. Undoubtedly. I got in at the beginning and for me I made the most of that, saw increased sales for a time, and gained new readers who may not otherwise have found me. And that's the most important thing for me - gaining those new readers. But I'm just getting too confused with the changes Amazon are making at the minute. It's time to look at the way I sell my books now, and make some changes myself, although they'll always be there, on Amazon. Always. But, as far as the KDP Select programme goes, it's time to cut that loose now. It's time to move on, and let's see what happens...
Should you feel the urge, you can check out all my books HERE on Amazon.
Now, I'd better get back to work. I've got a new book to write...
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