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Being an indie author is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Honestly, I have loved almost everything there is to love about it. Except one thing. And that one thing is a huge thing when it comes to making business decisions.
That one thing is that while online bookstores do give indies a place to sell our books, most of them put us at the bottom of the digital slush pile.
Understandably, they want to give their time and attention to established, traditionally published bestsellers because that’s where they make the most profit. Unfortunately, it means authors like me don’t get much visibility on their sites. Oh, we pick up a few readers here and there, but most people who like to read will never hear about us or our books.
There is one store that’s different. It’s not a walk in the park by a long shot, but it is easier for indies to sell books there than anywhere else. The big drawback is that if we want that visibility, we have to make our books exclusive to that site. Or at least the ones we want to sell. That’s why the Coach’s Boys and Casteloria disappeared from all but that site for six months.
When the agreement expired on April fourth, it was with high hopes that I put them back up everywhere on the fifth, but nothing has changed. I tried to tough it out, to wait until I’d gained at least some traction at the other sites, but after six weeks, I’ve had to admit defeat.
It was with a heavy heart that I pulled the Coach’s Boys and Casteloria series’ back off a couple of days ago and put them back into the KDP Select program. I wish I could just write for the joy of telling stories, but like all of you, I have bills to pay too.
So I want to apologize to you – but if you are a Nook, iTunes, or Kobo customer, I can still get you my books. If you’re willing to buy them at Amazon, and then email me proofs of purchase, I’ll send you the PDF versions of the stories.
Hopefully, I can get them back out everywhere by the end of the year. I’m working on a new series – and they will be available everywhere as they’re published (hopefully three by Christmas).
That will give me time to build some traction at the other sites, and then I should be able to put the Coach’s Boys and Casteloria back up.
Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but I don’t really have another choice right now. So if you’ll just tough this bump in my literary road out with me, I’d sure appreciate it.