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Explaining why my books are only available on Amazon

Hi readers,

Some of you may be wondering why my books are only available on Amazon. You may be interested in how the whole indie publishing scene works, or why I personally made the decision to sell my books exclusively on Amazon. If so, this post if for you.

(If not, then please go watch Lindsey Stirling’s latest music video because it is fantastic.)

So first, you should know that indie publishing involves a lot of steps. It’s not a difficult process at all, it’s pretty easy. It’s just converting files and checking files and uploading files. Easy, but time-consuming, especially when you have over two dozen books.

So if I just want to update the “About the Author” page on all my books, it could take between 6 and 10 hours. And if I’m uploading my books to four different sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords), then it takes even longer. So it’s clearly easier to only deal with one of them.

Now I’ll answer some questions.

Q: Why would you give up all the extra money you would make on those other sites?

Because I’m not giving up much. When I sell my books on all the major sites, about 95% of my income still comes just from Amazon. So why would I invest 75% of my publishing time on other websites that only make 5% of my income?

Q: Why would you give up all the exposure on those other sites?

My personal experience has been that there just aren’t that many customers using those sites. Sorry! The bottom line is that I value actual sales and actual reviews over “availability” or “potential” or “exposure”. And my actual sales and actual reviews are all on Amazon.

Q: What’s so bad about publishing on Barnes & Noble?

In addition to poor sales, the publishing website does not work well, and often fails to load or publish, which takes even more of my time. And it’s been like this for years.

Q: What’s so bad about publishing on Smashwords?

In addition to poor sales, Smashwords requires a unique Smashwords-specific version of each book that says “Published on Smashwords” at the front, plus I have to delete the link to my own website because that would be “competitive” in their eyes. So if it takes me a long time to publish all of my regular books, imagine having to make a second version of all of them just for SW!

Q: What’s so bad about publishing on Kobo?

In addition to poor sales, nothing. But it makes more sense for me to get the benefits of being exclusive on Amazon instead of being available on Kobo. That’s all.

Q: What’s so good about publishing on Amazon?

Besides the fact that Amazon’s store gets me far more regular sales than all of the other sites combined, when I go exclusive with Amazon by using their “Select” program, I (and by extension, YOU) get extra perks, such as:

  1. Kindle’s Lending Library – You can read my books for free and I still get paid!
  2. Kindle’s Unlimited program – It’s like Netflix for books. You pay $10 per month and get to read tons of books as much or as little as you want. So if you read just a couple chapters of my books, I get paid!
  3. Pre-Orders – I can set up a pre-order page for my upcoming books.
  4. Freebies – I can make my books free for five days every three months.
  5. Deals – I can run price-reduction countdown deals.

All of these features make me more money (while also saving you money!).

In fact, in the month of August 2014, I will make more money from Kindle’s Lending Library and Unlimited programs than I ever did from Nook or Kobo or Smashwords… and those are books you guys are reading for free!

So that’s why my books are only available on Amazon. Time and money.

Now, please, watch Lindsey Stirling’s new music video:

Going exclusive on Amazon! (yes, it’s a good thing)

Friends, I know that some of you are dedicated Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords readers, and for the last three years I have been sure to maintain a large selection of titles in those ebook stores. Unfortunately, due to dwindling sales on those sites, I have decided to remove all of my books from them and make my entire catalog Amazon Kindle exclusive.

This offers my Kindle readers several benefits, including the ability to read all of my books for free through the online Lending Library. It also gives me the freedom to more easily adjust prices, and to host sales and giveaway events much more often. (As in, every weekend!)

Also, keep an eye out for my new epic fantasy, Tales of the Magi: Azrael’s Wrath, coming this month!

And now I’ll open up the floor to some questions.

1. Isn’t it better to be available in more stores?

In general, yes. But in this case, no. As I mentioned above, my books have been available everywhere for the last three years, and the fact is that Amazon has always provided about 95% of my business. So I feel it no longer makes sense for me to make three times the extra effort on three  other stores when going exclusive on Amazon makes things easier for me and offers more benefits to my readers.

2. But if Amazon does [ something evil ], and they’re your only store, then you’ll be in huge trouble!

No, because if Amazon does something evil, then I’ll just pull my books out and put them back in the other stores. The exclusivity agreement is not a lifetime contract. It’s barely a contract at all. But more importantly, I don’t believe Amazon will do anything evil, ever, because they know perfectly well that there are lots of good e-stores out there ready to steal their business, the same way that Amazon stole their business from everyone else. So I’m not worried.

 

Free this week: Mystwood (a fantasy adventure)

For the next five days (September 12 to 16), you can get my fantasy adventure novella trilogy Mystwood free on Amazon Kindle. [ Get it now! ]

About the book: On the island of Sylvana, three heroes defend the kingdom from a family of evil geniuses. Follow the adventures of Princess Jacaranda, Lady Sakura, and Professor Dracaena as they explore ancient ruins, encounter strange people, unravel bizarre mysteries, and battle monstrous creatures to keep their home safe.

It’s funny and light, and besides all the adventures for young readers, there are also tons of classic video game references for parents (and other people of good taste). “Jacaranda” is a love letter to Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Castlevania. “Sakura” is an homage to Metroid and Megaman. And “Dracaena” recalls the original Final Fantasy and Pokemon. Enjoy!

Why are you still here? Go get Mystwood now!

And if your reader is a little older and prefers urban fantasy tinged with steampunk, science, history, and globe-trotting thrills, you might try out the Zelda Pryce trilogy of YA novels.

Free this week: The Kaiser Affair (a steampunk thriller)

For the next five days (August 22 to 26), you can get my steampunk thriller The Kaiser Affair free on Amazon Kindle. [ Get it now! ]

About the book: When a master thief escapes from prison, detective Bettina Rothschild must put him back behind bars before the scandalous fiasco destroys the Ministry of Justice. Her investigation leads from decaying cemeteries where ravens conspire to warehouses where wondrous machines are built in secret, and even to the fabled Drifting Isle above the city of Eisenstadt where an ancient tomb hides a deadly secret.

It’s funny, it’s sexy, and it’s fast. The reviews have been great so far, and if you like it then I hope you’ll take a minute to review it too.

The Kaiser Affair is part of the Drifting Isle Chronicles, a collaboration between many fantasy writers who have each written their own stories set in the steamy, industrial, fantasy world of Eisenstadt and the Drifting Isle.

Why are you still here? Go get The Kaiser Affair now!