Friday, January 25, 2013

Decisions, Decisions

I’m kind of at a fork in the road regarding the digital versions of Courting the King in Yellow. As I mentioned in a recent post, Amazon and Drive Thru Fiction have been the primary sources of sales for Courting the King in Yellow, and I’m not selling anything over on Kobo. I had originally intended to offer the book through Google Play, Barnes & Noble and other outlets as well, but I’m tempted to go a different direction, at least for a little while.

I’m considering going all-in with Amazon on the digital versions of the book, in order to participate in their KDP Select program. The program provides more opportunities for people to find your book in the Kindle marketplace. You can offer free promotions for a certain number of days, and when your book is borrowed from the Kindle lending Library (free to Prime members), you actually get reimbursed from a fund that Amazon has set up for authors in the program. Essentially the program can draw more attention to your book.

The downside of the KDP Select program is that you have to be exclusive with Amazon for your book to be in the program. That means I couldn't offer the digital version of Courting the King in Yellow anywhere else for at least 90 days (I believe you re-enroll every 90 days if you want). I could still offer the print version through Drive Thru Fiction, as the program is for the digital version only, but I’m nervous about limiting my distribution channels..

Still, I’m having trouble deciding what to do. I’ll keep you posted.