The Benefits Of KDP Select: One Author’s Experience


Is your book on KDP select? Check out Joshua’s experience with leaving KDP and then ultimately returning from Nicholas Rossis’ blog.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Joshua Edward Smith | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksIn my last post, I mentioned alfageek’s blog, where Joshua, aka alfageek, generously shares his book marketing experience with his blog’s readers. Last week, he returned to KDP Select after experimenting with leaving for a while. As a number of you have asked me in the past what the benefits of KDP Select are, it occurred to me that Joshua’s experience is a perfect way of answering that question.

Why He Left

First of all, why did Joshua leave KDP Select in the first place? He cites the following reasons, all of which are perfectly valid:

  1. Being able to run $0.99 sales at a full 70% royalty resulted in negligible royalties.
  2. His Kindle Unlimited reads had dropped to zero in October 2016.
  3. One would expect that having the book on iBooks, Kobo, and B&N would bring new sales.
  4. He thought that BookBub might be more willing to feature him if…

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