I didn’t think going wide with my books would be such a pain in the neck. Granted, it was my error, and something I should have checked and double checked, but I didn’t, so here we are. It’s not such a big thing, but it does push back my plans. A lot.
I didn’t pull one of my books out of Select. I thought I had. I thought I had pulled them all out. But I didn’t. And it wouldn’t have been a big deal, but it was the last book in my trilogy. I guess I just checked the wrong book one too many times, and was I surprised when I went to make sure they were all out to see that Running Scared had been automatically renewed for another three months.
That means I can’t go wide with my trilogy until May. Fine. Whatever. I could have still gone wide with the other two books, but that would have looked weird. So I put the other two back in Select and I’m just going to keep a better eye on it this time.
What am I doing, then?
I put All of Nothing and Wherever He Goes on Kobo. That’s the best I can do right now. I don’t have OCD, but I do have a certain way I like to do things, and having bits and pieces of my books all over the place would definitely give me anxiety.
I wanted to try out the Kobo landscape anyway, and uploading books to publish was surprisingly easy. The uploading process was smooth, and the online viewer worked quickly. I admit, I used a Kobo-ready file from Vellum, so that might have helped a lot. But I just put in my info, my bank stuff, uploaded, and there you go. Of course, one nice thing about Kobo is that it is run by actual human beings. Which means my book won’t be ready in the standard 72 hours KDP gives you. Kobo is closed for a holiday on Monday, and I don’t anticipate my books being fully published until next week. While that might irritate some, I think it’s great.
But this also pushed back a giveaway I wanted to do, and I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll just say I’m disappointed I had to do that. But when The Years Between Us is finally edited, I’ll put it both on Amazon and Kobo.
I’m not very interested in KU. While All of Nothing got a bit of traction from my Freebooksy giveaway, I need to explore more promos that don’t involve giving my book away–at least not to that extreme. I gave away over 6,000 copies. I want those to be sales.
Next steps in going wide? Wait. Wait for my trilogy to drop out. Put up The Years Between Us on Amazon (but not KU) and Kobo. Try a new promo. Maybe do a Goodreads giveaway for it since I haven’t done that yet. Otherwise, yeah. Just wait, keep writing my series so I can rapid release that wide and see how sales go.
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Good point about promos needing to be more than giveaways. I am aware of getting lazy and relying on freebies to give sales and reads a kick.
Funny you’re going wide and I’m trying out KU for the first time. I put 2 of my titles in as of Monday so we’ll see how it goes. Good luck with your going wide project. Hopefully it works out.
I’ve read of authors who have had this happen emailing Amazon, explaining the accidental autorenew, and asking for their book to be removed. I believe that, with a little bit of perseverance, a lot of these authors were successful. (Note: anything involving Amazon customer service as an indie author requires perseverance to some degree.)
I agree. And I did think about emailing them and asking to be removed. But, to be honest, while I’m happy with my decision to go wide, it is stressful to pull away from KU. Seeing my page reads to from something decent to 0 makes my heart pound, you know? So maybe it was better for me to inch away slowly LOL It was a mistake I’ve learned from, and I’ll deal with having to wait. Amazon has been great; I’ve never had a problem with how they’ve treated me. I’ll just wait and keep writing books. At this point, I’m so new in the game this little hiccup won’t do anything to my publishing plans. Thanks for reading and the suggestion!
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