Amazon VS The Rest… Update

An update on a previous blog post I made called; How Much Should You Charge For Your E-Book?

Well I decided to express my concerns by contacting Draft2Digital with fingers crossed that Draft2Digital would be honest with me.

(If you haven’t read the blog post that’s linked above then I strongly recommend doing so before continuing to read any further.)

I believe that the response that I received from Draft2Digital should be shared with as many people as I can. It is an honest and helpful response that I believe anybody would benefit from reading, so here it is;

Hi Lloyd,

While Amazon states they will provide free promotion in exchange for exclusivity during a KDP Select enrollment, we have had reports from many authors for years telling us Amazon rarely, if ever, seems to follow through on this promise.

Despite that, I will be honest and tell you that many authors do see success during KDP Select runs. It is definitely a program worth trying at least once. I always tell authors that they should try all markets for self-publishing, to see where they find the most success. While it can be a bit nerve-wracking to bind your book(s) to only one retailer for 90 days (the length of a KDP Select enrollment), it is certainly a well-known platform where many authors have found success, so it can’t hurt to try it. If for nothing else, than for the experience.

It’s important to note that not all of Amazon’s self-publishing programs require exclusivity. Their general KDP program would allow you to publish at Amazon as well as through other retailers at the same time. It is only KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited that wouldn’t allow you to do that for 90 days.

My suggestion is try it all! Every avenue of self-publishing is so important. It’s all trial and error until you find your successful niche. If you decide to try exclusivity with KDP Select first, we’ll still be here if you want to then utilize our services in order to go wide! And, I daresay, vice versa.

I hope this information (and advice) is helpful! Please let me know if you have any further questions.


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