With an inordinate amount of trepidation, I clicked the button to enroll Demon Possession in KDP select. The trepidation was a result of the required three month, or ninety day, commitment. Once I clicked to enroll, I was informed that I have roughly three days to back out. So I guess that lessened the blow a little.
Why did I enter? Curiosity, for one. Would it hurt or help sales? For two. I recently had Demon Possession re-edited by Rainy of the Dark (who was my editor for Demon Slave), because, apparently my two previous editors had been inadequate. Now that I feel all the editing issues are resolved, I’d like more reviews that aren’t tainted. I figure, the more people who read book one, the more people who will love it, and thus review it.
Getting my book off the other sites, which is one of Amazon’s conditions, was a bit of a pain. Especially Smashwords. I had to wait two months for the books to be pulled off of all the sites they published it on. But I’m a silver lining kinda gal, and this turned out to be a good thing, because it gave me time to go through and fix all the little issues.
Amazon has done some wonderful things for authors that is quickly being taken for granted. I read blogs and forums grumbling with fears that Amazon is trying to stifle or screw indie authors, which is ridiculous. Indie authors have become a huge part of Amazon’s business model. Why would they shoot themselves in the foot? However, they are a big corporation, and profit is the bottom line. To expect otherwise would be idiocy.
They’ve provided a way for many, including me, and I’m grateful for that. I’m excited to see if Amazon’s newest endeavor will actually be a powerful tool for authors, or just a way for them to corner the market.