My thoughts on Amazon KDP

I’ve been a publisher with Amazon Kindle Direct publishing for nearly eighteen months now and I’ve seen various posts and articles from present and past users some of them negative. So I decided to write my own.

On the whole, I’m positive about my experience from the standpoint of one who has no experience in the publishing industry, and simply wants my completed projects to move on to the next step.

Since publishing my two novels, on the platform, I’ve been asked by friends and family to help them do the same thing. In doing so, I’ve noticed one needs some degree of tech skill to do it all on your own. That has been illuminating.

I’m a bit of a nerd, so it wasn’t hard for me, but attempting walk others through the process, is more challenging than doing it myself. I’m now being paid a consulting fee by a friend I’m helping. It’s going slow and I’m not sure if it wouldn’t be better if I do the work myself. It might save them a few dollars in the long run.

I think KDP is great for new writers and for those of us who aren’t targeting a huge market. I enjoy the challenge of marketing my work, and discovering new methods and avenues of doing so. There are so many choices!

I enjoy the freedom to do things my way. There are many resources and tips for the self-published author. Because the amount of advice is overwhelming I ignore most of it; I enjoy the freedom of creating my own path. Am I costing myself sales, readers and traffic? I’ll never know.

There’s something exhilarating about about defining my own priorities, and pursuing them. If I wanted to chase the market then, trying to secure an agent is what I should probably do. Maybe I will at some point.

For now, KDP flexibility works for me. Their promotion meets my needs I get readers downloads and occasional sales. Their advertising has gotten me results, however, not in proportion to the cost. I’ve had to scale back my budget there.

So after a good run, I’m graduating from grade school and venturing out to another platform. My next stop is IngramSpark!

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Its Worth It

So I self publish my work and put it out for the world on KDP to read, download, purchase, or ignore. To me that’s closure. Self publishing on amazon means my completed projects aren’t sitting on my computer, or being queried until I can’t find anyone new to send them to. They’re just buried under 3 million other self-published works,

and what can I do about that?

I’m at peace. I’ve done my part and tried my best. I’ve got dozens of books in me so no point getting hung up on these first two–right?

I wasn’t expecting that first review. In fact I stumbled on it by accident when I was proving to my college student son that ‘yes my book is on Amazon’ . Then I sold a few copies, and gave away a few e-book downloads, and it was awesome. My book is being read, and enjoyed. My first reviewer got what I was trying to say, knew all of my characters personalities and enjoyed the book!

It was unexpected. My intent was to simply complete the cycle, finish the job and make sure I wasn’t allowing fear of rejection to rule my life. I was going to finish, I was going to put myself out there. Step out of my comfort zone, and claim the right to my identity.

Writing is the easy part, exposing my guts and thoughts to the world is terrifying. If you query and the work is perpetually rejected, you’re safe, but the work goes nowhere.

What I’ve discovered is the act of presenting my work to readers, even if it happens due to my kdp free e-book download days, provided me a level of satisfaction I would’ve missed out on had it not been published. Whatever the path you choose to make it happen,

It’s Worth it.