Self-Publishing Choices

Blog 5 Publishing Options3

Another Indie Author Fringe, another boat load of great information. I was ready for it this time, though, devouring each precious tidbit until there was no more. Now, armed with knowledge, I can better reflect on my self-publishing choices. Here I will discuss one of the things I learned from the Indie Author Fringe, and how it affects my publishing plan.

If you missed the May Indie Author Fringe, you can still find all the articles and videos at Alliance of Independent Authors: How-to For Authors.

Everything there is useful, but there were two sessions in particular which instantly caught my attention.

  1. How to Hit the Bestseller Lists with Ebook Pre-orders by Mark Coker
  1. Should Indie Authors Do Pre-Orders? One Author’s Cautionary Tale by Elizabeth Spann Craig

In the months leading up to my book release, I’ve been debating whether to broadly distribute, or try Kindle Select. Pre-orders sound like an amazing opportunity to build buzz about my book, but not if I choose to go with Amazon KDP and KDP Select.

Reasons being:

  1. Pre-orders don’t count toward sales on book launch
  2. You can’t have your book on pre-order anywhere other than Amazon while you are in KDP Select

To go KDP Select or not go KDP Select, that’s the question.

This will be my first novel, so KDP Select is tempting to see how well the book will do, but the system isn’t perfect. I found this article on Written Word Media: Amazon KDP and Kindle Unlimited: What It Means for Authors and Publishers that goes into more detail about it.

UPDATE May 28, 2016 – Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice posted an interesting article: Should I stay In Kindle KDP Select or Open Publish? His insight has shown me yet another possibility for my publishing plans. To stay with KDP Select for 6 months (or until sales have diminished), then distribute with other retailers for awhile, then return to KDP Select, and so on.

So here are my options:

  • Publish Everywhere
    Use awesome pre-orders to build buzz about my book. I will still put my book on Amazon KDP but won’t use pre-orders there.
  • Choose KDP Select
    Go exclusive for 90 days, and see how my book does.
  •  KDP Select THEN Publish Everywhere
    After the 90 days, leave KDP Select and put my book on Amazon KDP and everywhere else.
  • Stay with KDP Select Until I Have More than 3 Books
    Depending if my book does well or not for the first 90 days, and how fast I can write and get the next 2-3 books out there. Also, Derek Haines makes a good point in his article KDP Select Exclusivity Works – But Only for A While.
  • Give Up
    Just joking! I’ll never give up! Never!

In any case, if I can’t use pre-orders right now, I will definitely be looking into doing it for my future novels.

Do you have any suggestions I haven’t thought about, or a success story you’d like to share? All comments are welcome!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email

33 Responses

  1. С 2012 г. с помощью Pinterest http://pint77.com помогаю Вам увеличить продажи в Etsy, на личных сайтах и Shopify, что дает Заказчикам до 100 000 usd дохода в месяц

  2. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ gadgets tecnologicos, technology today, technology tools, technology innovation, technology design, technology networks, tech industry, tech products gadget electronics, gadget tech gadget for men, gadget design, gadget ideas

  3. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ Gadgets for men, gadgets 2022, power bank, bluetooth, technology, tech, innovation, Smart, designer jewelry, wearable electronics, power bank, bluetooth, bracelet dimensionless

  4. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ headset wireless with microphone, ring my phone headset with best mic, gadgets examples gadgets electronics, gadgets everyone needs, gadgets technology gadgets tech, gadgets to buy, gadgets jewelry, gadgets for iphone

  5. Hello, the community and at the beginning I would like to ask you what web portals are most often hosted in your browsers and what are your preferences in this “matter”?

    For example, I visit a news aggregator from various portals Blogs Science what distinguishes it from other websites of this type? Check it out for yourself 🙂

    I look forward to an interesting and substantive discussion 🙂

  6. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ Portable Power Bank 800mAh, Mini Cute Powerbank With LED, Night Light Small External Type-C nd IPhone, Phone Personalized Power Bank, Portable Charger, Travel Phone Charger

  7. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ Power Bank – Portable Charger – Solar power, Personalised Wireless Powerbank 4000mAh – Add your own name/message – Phone Charger Personalized Phone Charger, Monogram Portable Charger

  8. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ accessories for iphone, accessories for ipad, accessories handmade, accessories jewellery, accessories designer, innovation engineering, innovation technology, innovation ideas, innovation of technology, innovation project

  9. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ 20000mAh Novel solar Power Bank Ultra-thin Waterproof Solar Power Banks 2A Output Cell Phone Portable Charger Solar Powerbank, Mini Power Bank 20000 mAh, Mini Powerbank

  10. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ art design, art ukraine, art models, smart devices, smart furniture, smart jewelry, smart communications, fashion and design, fashion ideas, fashion style, designer jewelry to the stars usa, designer jewelry on sale

  11. Charger, e Power Bank For Smartphones, Light Power Extender, Mobile Phone Charger, Travel Gifts Mobile Phone Charger, Travel Gifts, AA USB Battery Pack,Portable Power Bank For Smartphones, Light Power Extender, Mobile Phone Charger, Travel Gifts

  12. World’s first dimensionless bluetooth rings https://project-br.com/ wearable electronics projects,wearable electronics examples,designer jewelry making at home,bracelet for men, bracelet for women,bracelet for girls,wearable electronics,headset with mic,headset stand headset bluetooth

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.