So, once again, I’m taking my stuff from Kindle Select and slowly publishing via D2D and Smashwords. I know this is a decision that many e-writers struggle with. I’m giving my two pence of thought on the subject.
In the long run it’s not a hastily made decision. I’ve given Select a fair crack of the whip, having all of my titles exclusive for six months. For me, the revenue gained through borrows just isn’t worth it. At first it’s exciting, seeing that people have read thousands of pages of your work. It’s only once you work out the mathematics and translate that into 0.4 cent per page, that you begin to question the wisdom.
The tricky thing is that all authors are different and all books/stories are of differing lengths. The variables are dependent upon your popularity.
As a guide I would suggest that authors select a few of their most popular works and try these via Kindle Select. Don’t, as I did, put everything on there! Give the trial a good run (you’ll be getting twitchy after three months anyway), and see how you’re page per view payments are doing. Kindle Select is very profitable for some, but not everyone. The only way to know is to trial it, keeping close check on payments.
For me the trial is over. This is good news for my (modest) readership as my stories are now available on Barnes & Noble, Apple, Nook, Smash etc., making the available market a broader prospect for me.
So, to recap, give Select a go (but not necessarily all of your work) and see if it works for you. Good luck until next time.