I am still quite a newbie in the independent publishing world. As such, my sales stink, my marketing skills are paltry, and my readership is poor to non-existent. For these few years, with the exception of permanently free titles, all of my books are available exclusively through Amazon. I publish only through the Amazon KDP program, and all of them are committed to the Amazon KDP Select.
Is that the right thing to do?
Absolutely have no idea. But more and more I am leaning towards it not being the right decision. So I am dropping from KDP Select.
Being an independent writer with little reputation allows me to make this move with little to no concern over what might happen. Worst case: I have 0 sales vs minimal to no sales. The loss at this point will be so insignificant that I would not even notice.
Were I to begin having massive success between now and the dates I have listed below for each title, I might have to reconsider what I am going to do. Until that moment, the following dates below is when my books each will drop from KDP Select and become available through more retailers and versions including iBooks, Kobo, and nook.
Change of Seasons – February 11
Of Earth and Ice (part 1) – March 7
The Good Teacher – March 11
Remember the Yorktown (Gravity book 1) – March 13
Awakening of a Predator (Gravity book 2) – March 13
Leaving it Behind – March 13
Movement of Pawns (Gravity book 3) – March 29
The Dangerous Life of Agnes Pyle – March 30
Any book that I publish between now and then will be added directly to all retailers. That will probably only be two short stories, but either way, that is the plan.
Like any experiment, I will give this some time to monitor how this impacts me on Amazon and in general. With luck, the wider distribution will have a favorable impact moving me closer to my ultimate goals. We’ll see.