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Any experienced eauthors who use KDP Select

 
katiem2
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on 04/23/2013

Just about to publish a play and got the new KDP prompt. I've read through it and understand the terms but don't see any real advantage in opting in.

Anyone have any experience with it? 


JoHarrington
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on 04/23/2013

I'm in no way experienced, but I had the same quandary last week.  I did the same as you and opted not to enrol.  I then had a week of people telling me that you should enrol.  So I did it yesterday.   (You can opt to not go for KDP now, but think about it, then enrol later on.)

Unfortunately, I still don't understand the pros and cons behind everyone's 'yes!  Enrol now!'   I just do as I'm told. -.-


JudithG
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on 04/23/2013

I signed on for my novel, "A Collector of Affections: Tales from a Woman's Heart" and had 9,000+ downloads in two days. Wow. The majority were free but some readers purchased the book and saved their allotted per-month purchase for a higher-priced book. I made several hundred sales. Both the free upload and sales put me in the top 25 for a few days. It also put the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" section on my page. But all  that meant I had to give KDP a 90-day exclusive, etc. For me, it was worth it since I wasn't selling on B&N and nothing on Smashwords. Sales dropped considerably when KDP was over. 

Had my novel translated into Spanish and will definitely use KDP for amazon.es. The excellent "Editor's Pick" review I expected (promised?) in a major magazine still hasn't materialized a year later. So I'm stuck with a translation cost, no mention and nowhere to go now but KDP -- especially since I don't speak Spanish.

Yes, KDP is a crap shoot but I like it.

Judith Glynn 

katiem2
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on 04/23/2013

Thank You Jo and Judith this is very helpful.


JoHarrington
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on 04/23/2013

For the record, I'm following this thread for answers for myself too.  So thanks for asking the question; and thanks for your answer, Judith.


katiem2
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on 04/23/2013

Cantana, Great info, thanks!

I meant KDP select


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