Amazon vs. Everyone Else

Hello my darlings,

 

 

a.com_logo_RGB VS.  peasants

 

I know, I know.

Well, I’ve just been doing some thinking, lately. And now that I have some reviews under my belt and some promotions have been done, I’m thinking that once the KDP select term ends for each of my books, I am going to end the enrollment and try (once more) to get my books listed elsewhere.

Now, mind you, I’m not going to go crazy with it on the first go-around. I’m only going to be on Amazon, B&N, Lulu, and my own personal website for the first few weeks. And here is why…

  1. Free promotions are nice, and definitely a great boost for reviews / readers, but their glimmer dies off quickly when the sales ‘bump’ that follows is minimal at best, and then you can only link your readers to Amazon for months.
  2. KDP completely excludes any potential readers who use Nook and Sony readers. I didn’t know there were so many of those until I started KDP select.
  3. Sure, that 70% profit is tempting. But selling them on several websites for the normal price ($2.99) instead of on just one is so much more beneficial all around.
  4. I want to feel like I have complete control over the distribution and selling of my books. Considering I am molding a publishing house, I believe this is best.

So come September, ALL of my currently released books will be available through the above venues. That’s not counting print distribution, which will also be increasing steadily.

As far as the eBook schedule, you can look forward to …

The Dragon’s Disciples – July 31st.

Baron of Blood – August 19th.

The Heretic Priest – September 12th.

Meanwhile, all 3 are STILL listed on Amazon for .99 cents each for the month of July. I’m trying really hard to save up for those limited edition hardcovers for a giveaway. What’s going to make them limited edition? Well … that’s another post entirely ….

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

YAY Goals

Hello my darlings!

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Huzzah for Fridays, and all that. Tomorrow is our yard sale where we will be trying to sell a few things in order to clear up space before we move and have a little extra money to put towards the wedding / general living. We’re not expecting a ton (I’m not delusional in all aspects of my life), but if nothing else we will have a lot less clutter!

And I’m all for less clutter.

What else is on the agenda for today?

  • Going to clock in 20,000 more words for “The Hollow Living” by Monday (that is the goal, anyway). I have to set absurd goals for myself or I will not get anything done.
  • Going to start creating a mock-up for the very first issue of Orcs and Aliens (it’s getting closer!)
  • Continue working on the “Dragolothian Compendium” and possibly draft a release date. I’m thinking it won’t go out until after The Hollow Living is released (way too many spoilers).

Throw in random, mundane tasks such as ‘go to the grocery store’ and ‘price things for yard sale’ and that is pretty much the summary of my day.

The GOOD news is that while my ebook sales have been doing so-so this month, my print sales seem to be picking up. I’m excited and I’m thanking the gods and I’m hoping that they all look shiny and beautiful when their readers open them up for the first time. This makes me absurdly optimistic for the prospect of selling them in-stores. Baby steps, and all that.

That is my goal for the end of the summer. To walk into a store and see The Dragon’s Disciples on a shelf somewhere. Preferably right across from a magazine rack containing Orcs and Aliens. :p

Who all is pumped for the release of The Hollow Living?!

Your most adored,

C.N.F.