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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. -.-


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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.


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on 04/23/2013

It would help to be specific about whether you're talking about KDP or KDP Select. A lot of people don't know the difference and could drop in and be confused.

I spent a long time deciding whether to sign up with Select, and finally decided not to - ever. This was after reading months of pros and cons. I don't sell much through Smashwords, but there are features that make it useful for me when I've just published something. I can easily give away a few copies, and can do a discount coupon for my regular blog readers. 

There are new distributors and sellers coming online all the time, and I don't see why I should allow Amazon to keep me from trying them out and maybe get wider distribution. On top of that, even though I sell most of my work through KDP, I don't want to contribute to Amazon becoming the only game in town for indie writers.

I'm a niche writer, and will never be a big seller, but I've slowly built up a core of people who enjoy my work. I don't think that giving away tons of copies to people who just want freebies is the way to improve my readership. 

Select works for some people and is a total waste for others. I've read a lot of forum posts by people who were enthusiastic about it to start with, but finally pulled out. If you do sign up, I'd suggest doing it for one book, to try it out. If you normally use Smashwords or any other distributor, hold off on them until the Select period is over. It's a lot easier to distribute elsewhere later than it is to try to get those distributors to take down an already-published book. Too many people get stomped by Amazon for violating the Select agreement because some distributor is still showing the book. 

katiem2
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on 04/23/2013

Cantana, Great info, thanks!

I meant KDP select


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