I'm an author previously published by Big Six Publishers (two of them) whose work has been acclaimed--The Gilded Age was a New York Times Notable Book, Summer of Love a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist--but taken out of print by the brutalities of the business (even when sales were going well). I also published novellas in gorgeous hardcover anthologies that quickly went out of print.
So it's truly wonderful to bring all this very heartfelt, soulfelt work back into publication!
Now I'm experimenting with a brand-new work, The Garden of Abracadabra, as I hassle through getting the book into print.
My one star [b]spite review[/b] that continues to defame Albert Einstein, a very great man now deceased who cannot defend himself, and the many other [b]spite reviews[/b] unfairly given people I know, are negatives.
IMO the [b]Select freebie program[/b] is in process of destroying paid Indie sales. A negative.
There is no way to contact Amazon.com management, so [b]no feedback[/b]. A negative.
Other than the above,[b] everything is wonderful[/b]. I like KDP and have 15 published titles.
As far as I'm concerned KDP and KDP Select are up there with sliced bread. Granted I'm in a slightly different position to most writers on Amazon, my main aim was to let as many people know what happened to me as a child, money was secondary. I published my memoir in Feb and by the end of March and the end of my Select period, over 15,000 people had downloaded it. I was thrilled. I was then surprised to find, less than a week later, more than 700 readers paid for my book.
Amazon may have its negatives but traditional publishers also have negatives, lots of them.
I'm happy with Amazon. The problems I've encountered--mostly with formatting issues-- are due to my own limitations which are slowly improving.
The staff responds quickly when I contact them and I've only encountered friendly and helpful people.
Writing and publishing and book is something like getting a college diploma:lots of time, effort and frustrations. But the rewards (and I don't mean just monetary) are worth it.
How are you folks getting the word out there? I've had books on Kindle for over six months and have sold four books. Ghost stories should sell, yes? I'm doing much better on Smashwords. Had considered pulling my books from kdp, but just added a new title. Fortunately, I have patience, I know sales don't happen overnight. Maybe it's just not my time, but it soon will be....I hope!
Kendal hasn't done squat for me.Ive uploaded almost 10 books of poetry and made sure to keep the prices low and even signed up for the KDP.I have also been doing self advertisement and putting the links to kindle.And yet its been almost 3 months and not one book has sold find that my time and hopes of being an author as well as all the wonderful things I heard about kendal were a major let down.
It's been wonderful for me too. Sales are zooming and I'm blooming .....
Checking sales hourly now..
Ah... Another someone's bought it....
My book is called One Life to Ride - A Motorcycle Journey to the High Himalayas.
If you'd like to look at it, find in here: : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007QRCX14