Sunday, March 18, 2012

KDP select solved!

Well, I got my issue with KDP select solved… kinda. In a panic over the email I received, I quickly unpublished all my books from Smashwords, including my six that are in the premium catalog. I figured the trade-off was worth it considering I sell about five times as many books through Amazon. I also de-selected the automatic renewal for KDP select just in case any heat came down about my books being on Smashwords. Here’s the kicker. I got an email earlier today from KDP informing me that they are sorry to see me leave the program and I can join back up anytime. I checked, and I’m still enrolled, I guess until the ninety days are up. So, I re-published all my books back on Smashwords with the letter as proof that I tried to cancel. I still find it strange that Amazon would even offer me KDP select for books that have been out in e-form for almost two years. They had to know they’d be available in other outlets and that I would have no control over their distribution. Here’s the kicker. I’m having second thoughts about being on Smashwords at all. I know that I am eliminating possibly millions of readers but the honest truth is that Amazon is being very good to me. In fact, my recent free promo for INSECTLAND has resulted in many paid sales whereas before I had none for the month. Now, I am conflicted again. Should I unpublish on Smashwords again and then keep renewing the Amazon select program? I believe once the ninety days are up you can publish anywhere. I need to think about it for a few days and see how sale continue. Here’s the letter Amazon sent me.


We’re sorry to hear you’d like to cancel your content’s participation in KDP Select. If you don’t want to renew, simply go to the book’s “Edit book details” page anytime during the current term and uncheck the box next to “automatically renew this book’s enrollment in KDP Select for another 90 days.”
If you have additional questions about KDP Select, be sure to check out our Help pages. I hope this helps. Thanks for using Amazon KDP.