I have decided to do a trial and put my writing workbooks on Kindle Select. At the moment only the 7 Day Creativity Jumpstart is available. But Unleash Your Writer will be up as soon as it is out of extended distribution on Smashwords. After refusing to put a single book ever into Kindle Select you may be wondering why I have decided to do it now, at the very moment when most people are saying that the select program is failing authors and kindle unlimited even more so.
It is true that I am not a big fan of exclusivity and the books will not remain permanent features on the site. When I started to self-publish I was ecstatic at what Amazon was offering and the new world of publishing it opened up. I did not delude myself into thinking that Amazon was a self-publisher’s best friend. They want to make money and they will do it whatever way they can. Sometimes that will benefit independent authors and other times it will not. My advice is to educate yourself as best as possible and then make educated decisions on what you think will best benefit you and your author’s platform. And having as many venues for readers to find you as possible just seems like sound and reasonable advice.
Which leads me to why I have decided to close some of those opportunities for discovery.
Unlike my motorcycle travel memoirs, the workbooks are not selling on any of the other platforms. So although I am closing the chance of discovery for a few months, I am not shutting down an income stream. I want to use the select program as a tool and see if by utilizing the free days I can get my books into the hands of more people. And from there find out if the workbook market is just a much harder market to break into, or if I just have not found my readers in that market yet. I am also hoping that with the free days I can capitalize on getting some more reviews. The 7 Day Creativity has no reviews as of the moment, which can be a killer when people are deciding if they should buy the book or not. And Unleash Your Writer only has one, and a dismal one at that! I plan on writing a post about bad reviews and what we can learn from them next week. But in this case 90% of the review was less something I can take and use and more that she did not read the description of what the book was about. It happens, but with only one review, and that one being a 1 star at that, no one is going to buy that book. Or at least very few people. So I would rather take it out, offer it for free, and see if it really is the book or if it is one reader who is angry that she did not get the writing prompts I specifically said were not in the book in the first place.
But more on that next week. I am off to work on my still in first draft of our trip to Turkey and back by motorcycle ebook. I was really hoping to have that draft finished before Berlin Baby The Sequel: This Time it’s A Boy arrived! Its looking less likely, but not impossible.
People like motorcycles better than books about why you may have your creativity blocked. Or at the very least they like talking about them more. But it turns out I like writing about creativity more! So I guess I will just continue to do both!