I praised Nook’s new interface for their publishing platform a month ago or so. Well, now I have some gripes.
After the “reboot” of my series, which included better covers, better sales copy, better front and back matter, better support from my website… I got very little sales at B&N. And getting to this point wasn’t that great either. I had a problem getting one of my new covers to show up. And when I say that I had trouble, I mean that it was never resolved.
Yep, I uploaded the new cover file several times, after checking the requirements for size and dimensions and such several times to make sure it wasn’t my mistake. The old book is still sitting there with the old cover. That was my fix; I unpublished the old copy, uploaded the manuscript (again) and gave it the same name and uploaded the new cover. That worked. And by worked, I mean it didn’t screw up for no apparent reason.
I’ve come to complain about this tonight because I’m in the process of watching SPP #127. Well, that and Hugh Howey was ruminating about KDP Select this week. So here’s how I see things as they stand for my books right now.
1. I have very, very, very few readers off of Amazon. Kobo kicked all of my books back during the erotica purge last year (and no, they weren’t erotic books), and I was too ticked off to reupload until about a month and a half ago. Since then… nothing. Barnes and Noble, since the rebrand and new book release? One. Kindle, meanwhile, is trickling sales with zero promo being done. And we all know Amazon is the career-making marketplace right now. I wouldn’t abandon readers on other platforms, but that isn’t a problem here.
2. There’s a lot of visibility to be gained, and I need it. Countdown Deals and KU both look like great tools. I’ve finally gotten on board the promo train after listening to quite a bit of advice from people who have actually had successful careers as online marketers, and right now all of that learning points towards the visibility KDP Select can garner.
3. It gives control. Being able to time your Select free days precisely helps nail promos from the big promo sites. Otherwise you’re stuck rolling the dice on price-matching. This relates back to the marketing advice as well. The tactics for building sales require that you can turn all the gears at the right times.
4. Why not? Maybe my stuff would do well among binge readers in KU. Maybe it would get enough visibility in Countdown to spur sales. If it doesn’t, I haven’t lost anything.
Anyway, that’s my thinking. I unpublished all of my titles at other retailers just a minute ago. Once they’re done processing (tomorrow probably) I’ll be dipping my toe into that KDP Select thing.