I really dislike exclusivity and have tried hard not to be but it just hasn’t worked. I said around Christmas time that I was taking the latest of my books, Thicker than Water, out of KDP Select so I could put it, along with my others, on other sites. I’ve had them on Kobo, Nook and distributed far and wide via Smashwords. I spread the word via Facebook, Google+, my website and blog. I did some tweeting about where they were available. Admittedly probably not enough, but that is one of the problems. You see if you have your books in several places that involves numerous different tweets and I’m someone who often struggles with just managing to pin a new tweet every day, let along anything else. Plus I felt when I was doing this that I was shouting out about my books all the time whereas in fact it was the same message but just advertising a different site each time.
I said I was going to do this until the end of June to give it a full six months. Some out there might tell me that’s not long enough but surely in the time they’ve been spread far and wide there should have been a few bites?
I’ve cut that time short, I’ve told you before about my impatience but enough is enough. The harsh truth is that there have been only two sales via Kobo and none anywhere else. To me there is therefore no further reason to be missing out on the advantages KDP has to offer. Life will be more simple with my books only available in one place as well 🙂
I’d been toying with changing things for a while but stubbornly insisting on staying on the same path until the agreed time was up but then I read this terrific post from Hugh Howey, and my decision was made. (It is an excellent post filled with Hugh’s enthusiasm and being far more eloquent than I can ever manage is well worth a read)
So I’ve given it a go and have failed but at least I’m happy to admit when I’m wrong. And if there is any author out there who has sold successfully on other sites I would really, really like to hear from you.
I published a short story a couple of days ago. It’s called The Joker and tells the tale of the morning after the night before. If you’ve read the Grayson Trilogy you will recognise the character, if you haven’t it doesn’t matter but this will give you a flavour of my work.
It’s available to read for free via Kindle Unlimited or for 99p/99c if you fancy giving it a go.
Universal Amazon link:- getBook.at/TheJoker
The Grayson Trilogy is now available for the first time via Kindle Unlimited as well.
Universal link for A Single Step at Amazon:- getbook.at/ASingleStep
Universal link for Before the Dawn at Amazon:- getbook.at/BeforeTheDawn
Universal link for Thicker than Water at Amazon:- getbook.at/ThickerThanWater
Thank you for reading 🙂