I did a scary thing. I took the first three books in my series out of KDP Select and made them available everywhere.
The reason that’s scary is because only a day in and I’ve noticed a drop in my Amazon income but haven’t yet seen income anywhere else.
My plan is to make the first book free, get that matched on Amazon, and hopefully get some promos going. I’m going to stay in 30-60 days, not sure which, but at least 30 days. I want to give them some time to get noticed on the other platforms and hopefully get a decent idea what kind of income I’m missing out on.
I’m worried about doing this because what if I lose the momentum I was building on Amazon? What if after 30 days I’ve made nothing on the other platforms and my Amazon income has dropped significantly, and I have to spend another year building it back up?
It’s a scary prospect, but I’m not overly happy with the way Amazon has treated me as an indie author, so I’d like to take a stroll through other pastures.
This could be a completely failed experiment that finds me in 30 days sacrificing goats and virgins and whatever I can get my hands on to find my way back on Amazon lists, but at least I tried.
That’s not really a comfort right now, though.