The more I deal with the KDP Select program the more I think it isn’t so great. Sure, it gives you tools to start promotions for your book. I’ve seen my short story SLIP DRIVE rise in the rankings on its free promotional days. Lots of fun to watch. But after that? Not much happens. Its graph looks like a really bad roller coaster ride. All up’s and downs with barely any anticipatory climbs!
Yesterday on my blog, a follower asked if he could download it on Smashwords. I also have a coworker–Leanne Buckley, who is the illustrator for HIROKO’S TALE–has a Nook. She’d like to see her illustration on her eReader, but I’m the jerk limiting her access to it..
Which brings me to this: Am I limiting my scope?
My understanding is that Smashwords allows you to upload any number of formats, including .mobi (Kindle’s format). If I also have heard correctly, you are given the power to generate coupon codes to give out for promotional deals. They don’t restrict you to a number of days.
That already is sounding like a better deal.
With utilizing both KDP and Smashwords, I’m widening my audience. At least that is how it would appear on paper. But I’m not aware of anyone else who has done this experiment. Everyone I’ve been following on Twitter and other blogs seem to be using KDP exclusively. I wonder why that is?
Is Smashwords that dreadful? Is there just not much to say about it? Well, I intend to find out these answers. I’ll be asking around to who uses the other services. And ask them for their experiences. There has to be a way to leverage all of the tools available. The more I think about it, the more I can’t accept that using KDP alone is smart or worthwhile enough.
Limiting your potential reader pool can’t be a good idea, right? Write.