New “Moulin Rouge” Novel Signs with KDP Select
Should I enroll my book in Amazon’s KDP Select program? For those of you authors who may be struggling with this choice, trust me, I share your indecision. Initially, I had decided against enrolling my new novel. But then, I changed my mind. Read why I decided to enroll ”Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” in the KDP Select program.
I Decided to Enroll
After going back and forth in my head about how to handle my new novel, I woke up today (one day after the book’s release) and decided to enroll my book in KDP Select. Since this is my third novel, in addition to having published over a dozen non-fiction titles, I am quite familiar with the KDP Select program. I’m well aware of the many benefits, as well as the drawbacks. Unlike many new authors, I was able to make a decision, based on what I have personally experienced. Here why I enrolled.
I’m a little-known indie author with no agent, editor, publisher, publicist, or any other form of representation. Since this is the case, I am basically alone when it comes to activities related to the sell of my books, and that’s exactly how I feel when trying to gain exposure. Amazon has been the only resource that helps me remember I’m an author. It’s amazing how uplifting it can be, just popping over to your KDP page or viewing your listings on Amazon. Even with little to no reviews, it can be an ego boost when you read reports and know someone in KU is reading your work, or that your free days and book promotions are yielding results. But you have to be in KDP Select to reap these benefits.
There’s another reason that I went ahead and enrolled ”Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” in the KDP Select program. Having my books enrolled in KDP Select has allowed me to earn something on a regular basis. Although my royalties are relatively low, they are consistent, thanks to KDP Select. Before enrolling my titles, there were many months that went by with me earning nothing at all. Even though I had my titles listed on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and other book sites, it wasn’t doing me any good. My whole worry that being exclusive to Amazon would cut out a lot of my profits just wasn’t true. It turned out to be just the opposite.
Why I Procrastinated
Some of you may be wondering why I procrastinated in the first place, questioning should I enroll my new book in KDP Select. Before I even published the book, I already knew that being exclusive to KDP Select was more profitable than listing with other book distributors. So why hesitate about enrolling? Because even though I believe I will earn more royalties being exclusive to KDP Select, I honestly believe that this particular book will end up getting noticed and snatched up by a traditional publisher.
”Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” is the kind of story that is perfect for the big screen (or little screen like Netflix or Hulu). It offers the kind of mystery, intrigue, fun, and entertainment that will likely be up for grabs, once people start reading it. Of this, I have no doubt!
The reason I didn’t want to enroll the book in KDP Select, is because I don’t want the publishing rights to be tied up when I’m offered a big publishing deal. This might sound presumptuous, but it’s not. I just want the book to be free and clear whenever I’m offered a contract. Now that I’ve enrolled the title in the KDP Select program, I won’t be able to accept any kind of offer until the end of April 2018. Obviously, no other publisher will want to deal with a book that has other contractual obligations. So while I’ll stay with KDP Select for the first three months, I made sure to check the box not to automatically renew the contract with them.
Make an Informed Decision
If you decide to enroll your new book in the KDP Select program, be sure to read what various other authors have to say. Make sure that it is the right decision for your book, based on what you want for your book’s future. If you decide to enroll in KDP Select, make sure you’re aware of whether you check the box about future enrollment.