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Brian Burke

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Platforms other than Amazon
Posted: Jan 30, 2018 10:37 AM
 
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Hi Guys and gals.,

Got a question for you.
I was anxiously awaiting the kdp expiry date on one of my books so I could use smashwords to post it on other platforms. So that happened, and I did. about one week ago it went live on all the smashwords affiliates.. nada sales
.Wasn't thrilled with the kdp payout, figured should easily be able to beat that revenue having other sales points. Now what? Sales on Amazon are strong, it's the dominant player in the ebook market. when I post some marketing, people trust amazon, are ok with buying there, But the half a cent per page? to get the usual amount per book sale, I need the eq. of 400 pages read, or 5 books. so what to do?
I don't advertise, use mostly fb and twitter, works well enough, I have a narrow audience, should I take the kdp, or more benefit having the wider availability?

Thanks,
Brian
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Platforms other than Amazon
Posted: Jan 30, 2018 11:36 AM   in response to: Brian Burke in response to: Brian Burke
 
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Brian Burke wrote:
Hi Guys and gals.,

Got a question for you.
I was anxiously awaiting the kdp expiry date on one of my books so I could use smashwords to post it on other platforms. So that happened, and I did. about one week ago it went live on all the smashwords affiliates.. nada sales
.Wasn't thrilled with the kdp payout, figured should easily be able to beat that revenue having other sales points. Now what? Sales on Amazon are strong, it's the dominant player in the ebook market. when I post some marketing, people trust amazon, are ok with buying there, But the half a cent per page? to get the usual amount per book sale, I need the eq. of 400 pages read, or 5 books. so what to do?
I don't advertise, use mostly fb and twitter, works well enough, I have a narrow audience, should I take the kdp, or more benefit having the wider availability?

Thanks,
Brian


Your post is confusing. If you opted out of KDP Select by unchecking the automatic enrollment box, then your book is no longer available to KU subscribers. While your book won't be taken away from those who borrowed it prior to your departure, no new books will be borrowed, no new pages read, so whatever straggling page-reads you might see are a moot point, along with the pittance received. If your book is still being borrowed, you need to confirm you are no longer enrolled in Select...the passing of a date doesn't by itself unenroll your book.

As to selling on other platforms, some people do quite well at it, generally those who have a good marketing strategy and who don't depend on the Amazon name to sell books. Those platforms do have a smaller market share, but some people don't buy from Amazon. In other places in the world, Amazon is not a major player. To that demographic and in those regions you must still market your book effectively, perhaps even more so than on Amazon because the market is smaller and the brand recognition not as high. As newbies are told here every day, simply listing your book on Amazon doesn't guarantee sales...and that's probably true everywhere.
Michael F. Quar...

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Re: Platforms other than Amazon
Posted: Jan 30, 2018 1:00 PM   in response to: Brian Burke in response to: Brian Burke
 
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If you don't mind my asking, how many titles do you have? Also, what genre do you write in? What is the average length of your books? Answering these questions could help some of the folks here to help you.
This is a subject (other platforms) that I'm really interested in myself.
writerbn

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Re: Platforms other than Amazon
Posted: Jan 30, 2018 1:09 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Michael F. Quarles wrote:
This is a subject (other platforms) that I'm really interested in myself.
It's been discussed in hundreds of threads already, and the answer is always the same: it depends.

I'm one of the few advocates on this forum for going wide, because I have a large international audience for one of my pen names.* Also, I don't like playing the Kay Yu shell game.

However, most new authors would probably be best served by starting out in Select.

*I almost fell out of my chair the other day when I saw a five-figure transaction for one retailer in my Smash*words report. Then I realized it was in Colombian pesos.
Notjohn

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Re: Platforms other than Amazon
Posted: Jan 30, 2018 2:05 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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I'm with writerbn, but mostly because I know that the day Amazon gets 99 percent of the market is the day that we will be getting 35 percent royalties across the board, and maybe 1 mil per page read.

Select is a suicide pact. Drink the Kool Aid if you like, but I won't be joining you.

My January sales are 88 percent Amazon, 12 percent elsewhere, with Apple the biggest of the alternatives, then Kobo, then Barnes & Noble. Apple is strong elsewhere in the world; Kobo is strong in Canada with an increasing presence in the US with its WalMart linkup.

Usually it's more like 85/15.

I know many people who refuse to buy from Amazon, especially authors and former bookstore owners.

Even more important is having paperbacks available. My January breakdown is 63 percent ebook, 37 percent paper. (With paper, it's even more important not to lock yourself into Amazon.)

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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