Self-publishing is sometimes the PITS, y’all.
Here I am, suuuuuper pumped for the release of my novel on July 1, completely expecting to make it available on multiple platforms. I mean, sure, everyone knows that Kindle is the best e-reader, but who am I to judge you Nookie fans? And you rare iTunes/iBooks/Apple lovers. And yes, even you, you Smashwords page-turners.
Let’s face it–authors don’t care HOW you read their books or HOW you buy their books–we’re just over the moon if you DO buy and read our books!
All of this is to say that I’ve been persuaded to try out Amazon’s Kindle Select Program. If you’re not a crazed self-published author, let me explain a bit.
The Kindle Select Program offers various *free* promotional deals to authors IF and only if the authors agree to sell exclusively through Amazon for the first 90 days. No Barnes & Noble, no Apple, no Smashwords, etc.
At first, I was outraged. I was very all-caps: MY NOVEL WILL BE AVAILABLE TO WHOMEVER WANTS TO BUY IT GODDAMMIT!
But then I was like…Oh yeah, this is my first novel. I am…a teacher. I am…poor. I…have nothing to lose.
Free promotion is kiiiiinda hard to pass up. This blog really helped me make up my mind- gracias, Karol.
So I am EXTREMELY sorry if you’re NOT a Kindle reader. This truly upsets me greatly. BUT, Amazon will still have the paperback available OR you can wait 90 days, when I will probably expand markets. Please share your own personal experiences and your thoughts on this decision.
And I hope you still keep an eye out for THE WAITING ROOM July 1 🙂
Kindle price: $3.99