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Offline Daphne Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
19 Mar 2016, 10:45 AM | Post: #21

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RE: Amazon Alternatives

I'm sorry that the experiment didn't work for you Ken, and of course go for what you know does give you good returns. But, for what it is worth, if I look at my D2D sales for last March 2015 I too only sold 1 book in the whole month. But this March  I have 41 D2D sales to date - with more of the month to go. Plus another 18 or so through other outlets via Smashwords. It's taken me a couple of years to start seeing an increase on D2D, but I feel it was worth the wait.
We do get used to the Amazon model where books tend to sell best when first released, advertising and promotion are becoming increasingly necessary, and frequent publication is helpful to keep up a profile.
I think other outlets work differently.  An author can gradually build up a following over a period of months or even years, without the need for promotion or frequent boosting of profile. Perfect for someone like me who wants to write, but doesn't want to keep bouncing around to keep up with Amazon's latest change in model, pay for promotion, or feel under pressure to keep producing new works.
Don't get me wrong, I recognise that Amazon offers a great sales opportunity for self-published writers and everyone must go with what works for them, but I do not want new authors to get the idea that Amazon is the only option.
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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
19 Mar 2016, 01:06 PM | Post: #22

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My experience is similar to Daphne's in that my sales have either increased or remained steady on other outlets, particularly Kobo, where I still have a few books in the 'cosy mystery' top 100 although I now find it almost impossible to reach these heights on Amazon even with a new release (apart from the one with Christmas in the title which is a bit of an anomaly) due to the amount of competition there. I have something like 90 Kobo sales in the past 30 days according to my Smashwords dashboard.
But I agree with her that it has taken a while to get to this point. Perhaps some genres are more popular than others on these other outlets. Although I wouldn't give up Amazon and I am hugely grateful to them for making it much easier for authors to publish their own books, I feel more comfortable not completely relying on them for sales.
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Offline Ken Magee Reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
21 Mar 2016, 01:30 PM | Post: #23

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Daphne/Cecilia, thanks for your comments. I think I should/will give it at least another month.

I have been gathering my drabbles, shorts and 6-word stories together with a view to publishing them. I think I'll try and get that finalised over the next day or so and publish them as a freebie through D2D. Maybe offering an easy, no-cost way to check out my writing may kick-start something.

Out of interest, do either of you participate in any forums which relate specifically to Kobo or Apple, or do you just publish your books and wait for folk to notice them?
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I'm neither Daphne nor Cecilia, but I'll answer anyway Smile. I'm not involved in any such forums, Ken.
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Offline Daphne Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
21 Mar 2016, 07:57 PM | Post: #25

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RE: Amazon Alternatives

Ken, I have, in the past, posted on Nobooko the Kobo/Nook equivalent of this forum.
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Offline Ken Magee Reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
22 Mar 2016, 12:28 PM | Post: #26

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(21 Mar 2016 07:57 PM)Daphne Wrote: Wrote:  Ken, I have, in the past, posted on Nobooko the Kobo/Nook equivalent of this forum.
Thanks Daphne, I'll check it out.
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Offline Ken Magee Reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
10 Apr 2016, 09:25 AM | Post: #27

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Following the feedback, I've stuck with the D2D supported sites and my sales have rocketed to 4!
In an attempt to get more people to try my writing, I've gathered my drabbles and shorts together and am publishing this anthology for free. I'll promote it via some of the free books sites and see what happens.
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Offline Ken Magee Reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
30 Apr 2016, 01:11 PM | Post: #28

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Well, after two months and 15 'sales', I've given up on the other channels and have returned to KDP Select for Dark Tidings, book #1 of my trilogy.

If anyone's interested, the breakdown was B&N 11, Apple 3 and Kobo 1. Dark Tidings sold 5 with the free Dark Tales and Flash Fun making up the rest.

Bottom line, I missed the 'reads' which go with Select, 'reads' which fed through to the other books in the trilogy.
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Thanks, Ken, yes, I'm interested! I guess a lot of us are, so thank you.
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02 May 2016, 05:59 PM | Post: #30

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Thanks for sharing the info, Ken.

I went wide via D2D last autumn and, although I'm not setting the world alight, I'm now averaging about a hundred dollars a month through them. I keep that money in a separate account which I use solely for business expenses - promotion, covers, and stuff.

Good luck with going back to Select - I hope it works out for you.
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