I’ve lost a lot of confidence in the Amazon KDP Select. On the surface it sounds good. Every 90 days the author gets 5 days that he can offer his ebook for free. It is intended as a promotional tool. You give the ebooks away with the idea that a percentage of these recipients will either give you a review, and/or if they like the book, spread the word. Unfortunately, I’m not getting these results.
It could be that my books are just not that good. If this is the case I wish someone would let me know so I could try to fix it or move on to something else.
I think part of the problem is that this program is no longer new. The market is saturated with up and coming self-published authors with free books out there. And then there are readers whose sole intent is to get a free book. That, in itself, doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that some of these same people have about a thousand or more books in their reader and may not get to mine until I have my own flying car.
If my books were already selling briskly then this might be a great tool to move my sells up another notch. My sells are more of a stop and go. Things start to move and I think ‘alright here we go.’ Then they stop.
I think another part of the problem is that some of these self-published authors are damn good. That makes me mad. Come on now give me a break. Let me in there somewhere.
Another problem is I don’t go to Cheers where everybody knows my name. Maybe if I changed my name to Elvis Presley people would buy my book just for the name. Steven King would just be too obvious.
I’ve lost confidence, but I haven’t given up. Not completely. For now I’ll keep searching for a way to effectively use this Amazon tool. I don’t see too many options.
When I write a blog, I try to keep it relevant. Often it will be about writing and books. I also review books that I read.