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Earl Robinson

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 2:23 PM
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Just put up two novelettes in the past two weeks before I put up a full-length novel next month. Should I use KDP select instead of putting the novel with different publishers?
What's the opinion on that now? I heard it used to be better.
My short works are Pathology Report and Kadru- The Imperial Forest.

Thanks. Nice to actually do something with the stuff I've been writing for years.
cdalebrittain

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 2:52 PM   in response to: Earl Robinson in response to: Earl Robinson
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Welcome to KDP! There's no single best answer as to whether or not to enroll in Select. A lot depends on the genre. Romance writers tend to do well in Select, others not so well, though (as I said) it depends.

It's just a 90-enrollment period. Go ahead and start in Select. If you're getting lots of borrows, stay in Select. If not, as you get close to the end of the 90-day period, uncheck the "auto renew" box and start figuring out what platforms to put the book on. The advantage of doing it this way is that if you suddenly decide after a month that you want to rework Chapter 2, you only have to upload the new version on 1 platform, not multiple ones. Good luck!
Notjohn

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 4:56 PM   in response to: Earl Robinson in response to: Earl Robinson
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I prefer to sell on Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and lesser e-tailers. I regard Kindle Select as a suicide pact in which self-pubbers agree to jump off the cliff together, holding hands.

I heard it used to be better.

Yes, indeed it was. Then the millions jumped in. And Kindle Select!

Good luck! -- NJ

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resteasy

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 5:06 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Yes, but most of the lemmings survive. It's the ones that offer rubbish that drop off the cliff. One size doesn't fit all. I've gone wide in the past, but found I consistently do better with Amazon. And page reads have been a bonus. Can't be too dogmatic.
Earl Robinson

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 1:41 AM   in response to: Earl Robinson in response to: Earl Robinson
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Thanks for your feedback!
wirdmonger

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 2:02 AM   in response to: Earl Robinson in response to: Earl Robinson
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I think starting off with one platform and using kdp select is a great way to start. Many authors find they need to make improvements to their layout and even fix typos or edit sections. peole also often upgrade their covers. If you ave only published in one place it is easy to refine and improve. Also when someone borrows your book you get the same ranking boost as a buy. This is really good for unknown authors. You get greater visibiity. For myself, I usually make about 25 - 30% of my royalties from page reads and always have under whatever model they are using. So: start narrow and then consider going wide when you have been in the game for a while. That is my advice. I have 10+ books and I'm still ok with kdp. I have a few I don't make available though.
writerbn

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 5:22 AM   in response to: Earl Robinson in response to: Earl Robinson
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Earl Robinson wrote:
Just put up two novelettes in the past two weeks before I put up a full-length novel next month. Should I use KDP select instead of putting the novel with different publishers?
What's the opinion on that now? I heard it used to be better.

This question is asked just about every day, and the answer is always the same: it depends.

For me, making my books available at as many outlets as I can has been profitable, far more so than the potential loss of revenues through Kay Yu. However, I may be the exception, rather than the rule, because my books have a strong international following. Goo*gle Play accounts for a decent chunk of my sales (in India, for example, most people use Android phones, which come with Play preinstalled).

My take is this: If you're looking for international sales, it pays to go wide. If you're a new author, or if you write in a genre that has lots of Kay Yu sub*scribers (like romance or erotica), you may be better off staying with Kay Yu, at least for the first 90 days. Either way, you won't know until you try.
Ward Rogers

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 7:59 AM   in response to: Earl Robinson in response to: Earl Robinson
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You don't necessarily have to enroll in Select. If all you have to offer are two short works, your royalties will be meagre. At the same time, you don't have to publish on other platforms right away. See how you do on Amazon. If you can't sell what you've written on Amazon, which reaches 85% of the market, you should look at the quality of what you're offering. Competition is fierce; the weak perish.
Notjohn

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 10:58 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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My take is this: If you're looking for international sales, it pays to go wide

I find Apple especially good at selling books in Poland, South Africa, and other prospering but overlooked countries.

I would stay out of Select even if I lost money by doing so. Amazon began this enterprise just about ten years ago with a 35 percent royalty. It wasn't until Apple came along with the iPad and the iBooks Store and a 70 percent royalty that Amazon matched the payout in part (only if we price within a certain range, and not in certain markets). And whenever a new store comes along, Amazon adds that to the list of exceptions, trying to force us into Select. You may be sure that the moment Barnes & Noble folds up, and Apple blinks, the royalty will be back at 35 percent.

Select is, as I say, a suicide pact. You are enabling the monopolist to increase his dominance, and it will come back to bite you.

Good luck! -- NJ

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resteasy

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 4:58 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Notjohn wrote:

Select is, as I say, a suicide pact. You are enabling the monopolist to increase his dominance, and it will come back to bite you.

Take on board what you say, but the fault lies with the other outlets which have followed rather than led. Tentatively seeing which way the wind blows and then chasing for a piece of the action. If another market window opened that could offer greater opportunity than Amazon, sellers would flock to it. The monopoly exists because they've been smarter and have been prepared to lead and take risks. Do you suppose that that one of the other outlets you use wouldn't employ the same pricing tactics if became a dominant player.
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