Since we don’t have a poster for the 31st, I figured I’d take advantage and get in a day early. I wanted – this time out – to pass on what I do, and what I do not know about the Amazon.com KDP Select program. My new collection – ETCHED DEEP & OTHER DARK IMPRESSIONS – is live now on Amazon, and it’s enrolled in the program.
I KNOW: The book is exclusive to Amazon.com for at least 90 days.
I KNOW: Amazon.com members who are PRIME members can read the book for free.
I KNOW: That if you own a Kindle, you can “borrow” this book … and I will still get paid a yet-to-be-determined share of the big “pot” Amazon has set aside, a different amount every month to be split between all those whose books are borrowed.
I KNOW: I get five days – one at a time, five at a time, or any variation on that theme – where I can make my book free to download. My book, by the way, will be free from the 31st to the 2nd of February. Meaning, if you are reading this, it’s free now. Go get it – please? Be part of the experiment.
I KNOW: That a lot of others have tried this program. Some have had amazing results, catapulting their work to the top of the charts and managing to hang there after the promotion ended and the full price kicked back in. I also know others with much lower numbers on the downloads, and with much less spectacular continued sales – though there WERE continued sales in every case.
Here is what I don’t know…
I don’t know if I’ll actually lose very many sales by waiting 90 days to be available in all of the other eBook formats, but experience tells me…probably not.
I don’t know how many, if any, people will borrow my book.
I don’t know all the best ways to get the title seen by people looking for free books to download, but I know a few. I am blogging about it. I will be posting it to Facebook and Twitter. I will ask every author and reader I can make contact with to – particularly if they like my writing – a: download the book – it’s free – and pass the link on to everyone that THEY know who might want a free book. I don’t know if they will. Experience tells me that 5000 Facebook friends equates to about five sales and a lot of back-patting, but then again – it IS free.
I don’t know if I’ll give away enough copies to see the necessary bump to make my book stay visible.
I don’t know if the mentions of all of my other book in the marketing synopsis on Amazon will intrigue people, or if they even read it when downloading a free book, or whether the chapter of “My Soul to Keep,” and the link to all my work on Amazon will draw any traffic. I will be monitoring things pretty carefully to see if I can figure it out.
I have been saying for a very long time that the thing most lacking in Amazon’s KDP program is the lack of communication and promotion available through Amazon itself. There is no other site on the Internet that I’ve found where you can’t find a person who can answer your questions, or a program where you can at least PAY for promotion directly on the site. It’s too big, and it’s too ponderous. There is no way they could manage the flood of people who would want in. Now there is this.
I don’t know if the KDP Select program will be the answer .. or even AN answer. I do know, it’s what we’ve got, and I’m going to take a shot at it. I will come back, and I will tell you how much more I know – and don’t know – when all is said and done.
Now…get on over to Amazon.com, download a free book and SHARE THIS LINK.