So, here’s the deal. Hold on, I’ve gotta move the keyboard and get the fingers on the right keys. There we go. Ok. The long and the short of it is that it was too hard to market my book. I didn’t have the time or the money to sink into adequately marketing it. Being an indie is tough, simply because there are so many other people out there trying to do the same thing. Technology has made it easy to get your product to the people, but how do you get the people to your product?
So, I put the book back on the KDP. The reason is simple: even when I wasn’t on the KDP, I sold more books through Amazon than through any other service. Amazon is the only seller who has sent me a check. The KDP program gives me a subtle marketing system. I get the boost from when the book is free for a set number of days during the 90 day period, but I also get the chance for Amazon Prime Members to borrow the book, which for me, still counts as a sale.
I’m sure there’s a lot more I could be doing to try to sell more copies, but like I said before, I don’t have a lot of time right now. KDP is something I don’t even have to think about. I just set up my promos, and let the balls roll.
That being said, the one thing I don’t like about it is the exclusivity, but only for one small point. I read ebooks on my iPad, and so far, my favorite eReader is iBooks. I just love the way it feels. Somehow with iBooks, I start to forget that I’m reading on a computer. I’m just reading. I’d really like there to be an iBooks version of the book, and so I’m working on putting together an iBooks edition, which will be a new book with a separate ISBN.
The next promo weekend is coming up in two weeks. The book will be free on Amazon from Nov 9th through the 11th. Hopefully, it will generate enough interest to at least garner one review on Amazon.
I am still working on the second book, but it’s slow with everything else that’s going on. I just feel the need to let you know that it’s still there, and I’m working on it. Once I’m through December, things should open up a little bit, and I hope to get more done then.
We are working on a podcast of the first book. My wife snapped off Snow White and the Huntsman about 30 minutes into it, telling me to get the MIDI keyboard hooked up to the Mac so she could finish the theme music for the podcast. If that crap can make it onto the screen, my book should be able to make it somewhere. I’ll let you guys know when the episodes are ready to post.