This weekend, I did a quick mental calculation and realised that ‘A Constuct of Angels’ had been live on Amazon for almost three months.
How time flies!
Rightly or wrongly, I’d signed up to KDP Select’s 90-day exclusivity deal in order to test the Amazonian waters (well, it WAS my first time) and was interested by Amazon’s ‘Lending Library’ scheme that promised authors a share of umpteen millions per month depending on how many books were borrowed by other KDP members. Part of the downside of this is that the author has to sign an exclusivity deal with Amazon for a minimum of 90 days. Well, those 90 days have now expired and I had a peek at how many of my books had been borrowed by other KDP Select members.
So…(opens envelope), Ladies and Gentlemen, the number of borrowed books after 90 days totalled exactly (drum roll, please);
Zero, nada, nill.
Zero multiplied by umpteen millions = ? Well, you can do the math, as they say.
Amazon automatically renew KDP Select for the author, UNLESS that author remembers to untick the renewal box. With only two days to go, I unticked and have now dipped my toe into the next part of the adventure.
‘A Construct of Angels’ continues to be live at Amazon, but as of today, it’s also available from Smashwords in multiple formats.
Now, I’ve been warned that Smashwords is not simply a ‘post and forget’ site; that marketing work needs to continue.
Smashwords has many detractors on various blog sites, with some authors complaining about low sales. Others are constantly chiding these same authors for not marketing effectively.
So it will be an interesting experiment. A steep learning curve lies ahead, but I intend to do everything that my spare time allows to spread the word.
Also, now that I’m no longer tied into Amazon, I’m free to explore beyond the boundaries. To infinity – and beyond?
I will let you know how I get on.
Write on in 2013!