I admit that I drank the KDP Select Kool-aid and sung it’s praises (as little as two weeks ago too). But now it’s starting to make me feel a little queasy. I guess that happens when you chow down at the buffet table too long.
It’s too limiting.
I get that you have to make your book exclusive to Kindle for three months. That didn’t so much bother me at the time (although now I really want to get back on Nook & iBooks).
What I liked about it was that so many people were seeing phenomenal sales (up to 10x normal) by using the free promotion.
I did too. For the first few weeks. And now sales are back to whisper quiet again.
Ahh it was fun while it lasted.
But the real reason for my KDP Select hangover and change of heart … you can’t bundle Select books.
Not even when you make that bundle exclusive to Amazon as well.
And, well, that kinda sucks.
You see, I’ve been writing a lot more short stories lately (fun by the way) and while I’ll be selling them separately for 0.99 cents, once I have five in the same genre I plan on bundling them and selling the bundle for (probably) $2.99.
Fairly normal marketing right.
Except I can’t.
Not if any of the books are in Select.
And since short story collections sell better than stories on their own, that means I could be missing out on some serious moolah.
Moolah that I don’t think getting a spike in sales after a free period is going to compensate me for.
For that reason I’ll not be renewing after the 90 days is up.
I think that some good marketing is going to be much more beneficial than using the Select free days and getting the post free sales high.
That and writing more books of course.