Fans are an essential part of the writing industry. Without fans, it’s hard to make money to produce more books, even if you’re a traditionally published author. If your books don’t sell, what’s the point in making more books?
For me, being a self-published author makes this even harder. It’s hard to reach my audience, mostly because a majority of them have no idea my books exist. With Forbidden Darkness’s release, I was looking for some way to promote my series, and the best way I can do it is with Kindle Select. There are a few pros and cons to using Kindle Select.
- I can reach a certain audience easier.
- I get 70% of my royalties.
- I can choose either a Kindle Countdown Deal or Free E-book Deal for up to 5 days.
- I have to stay enrolled in Kindle Select for at least three months.
- I can’t have my book on any other distribution channels.
- I can only do one Deal per three months (which I think is ridiculous, by the way).
I think the pros outweigh the cons even though they’re the same amount. I had my books on other distribution channels including Smashwords, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, and Page Foundry, but the sales weren’t coming in. Why? Because no one knows I exist. Most of these sites don’t advertise your book for you and the readers have to manually go in and search for you. They don’t just stumble across it. Which means I need to have an audience, so how do I do that?
Make the e-book free, of course. I remember when I did the free e-book sale on Kindle for Before I Break, and BOY did that book sell. Of course, I got no reviews which kind of sucked 5 mouthfuls of monkey balls, but at least it sold. So even though I told myself, I wouldn’t enroll in Kindle Select permanently, I am definitely doing it for the first three months as promotion.
So starting 1/11/15-1/15/15, Forbidden Darkness will be free. It will only be free during this time and probably not ever again for a long time. I want to reach my audience and help them discover me.
One thing I do ask if that you write reviews if you purchase this book. Reviews are very important to the author, whether they’re on your blog, Goodreads, or Amazon. They help me figure out what I did right and what I did wrong, and it also helps readers decide whether to read my books are not. The other thing I ask is that if you don’t like the book, please be polite about it. Constructive criticism is way better than tearing someone down who worked hard to get their book out there.
So there you have it, guys! The first book in my new paranormal YA series will be free for 5 days, so be sure to get it while you can! The link to the book is below!