Beyond the ‘Zon

Hello! I’ve made a decision, and have it almost fully implemented: I’m going wide with all my titles. Yes, from here on out I am no longer in the KU (kindle Unlimited) program, which required Amazon exclusivity. Now my books are available at Barnes & Noble, kobo, All Romance, and other major retailers. (I’ve updated my “books” page with buy links)

I’m not sure if this is a good choice or a bad one, I guess we never know that about any decision until it is too late, right? I’m just hoping this isn’t a mistake. But I suppose, if it is, it can be reversed.

I’m kind of sorry to be out of KU, only because I loved the idea of an amazon subscription service. As a reader, I think that kind of thing is fantastic. But as a writer, having to be exclusive with one retailer is tough. It means if I don’t get enough “reads” on the subscription, the program is not really worthwhile. I wonder about non-exclusive sites like 24 symbols and  scribd (which I have a few books on!) and how long they will last. It seems most of the subscription sites have been short lived, especially the ones that paid authors well.

If you’re a reader, and you prefer a retailer other than Amazon, here are my pages on Barnes & NoblekoboAll Romance e-Books

If you are an author, what are your thoughts on KU now? Is it still working for you? Or are you out, as well?

7 thoughts on “Beyond the ‘Zon

  1. “I’m not sure if this is a good choice or a bad one, I guess we never know that about any decision until it is too late, right? I’m just hoping this isn’t a mistake. But I suppose, if it is, it can be reversed.”

    Exactly this.

    Going wide works from some authors much better than others, and it seems like it’s impossible to figure out in advance. Your best bet is to try it and see.

    Best of luck to you!

  2. I will never, ever do KU. I don’t care about the money, the thought of one place having a stranglehold on the market and effectively being able to do business is inherently problematic. And you never know, you might find as one indie author found, that opening his books up to other markets provided a world of new readership.

    • I’ve never been 100% in KU, but I usually do at least 3 months in, at launch. Amazon gives search ranking preference to KU titles, so there is a huge benefit to it. Also, only about 5% of my sales come from outside amazon, so it just makes no sense to ignore the boost KU can give, especially in the first few weeks of book release.

  3. I was never in KU, but I think that subscription-y, bargain hunter-y model would make it hard to build a long-term relationship with readers. I subscribed for a while, and I wound up reading “what was there” instead of more expensive choices, or even better written choices. I can’t think of any writers I “met” there that I’d track down the non-KU book for, and with the volume of reading involved, I’m having trouble thinking of any of them by name.

    • I think the vast majority of romance readers enjoy a model like KU. We tend to read a lot, and quickly. As a result, we are generally more loyal to the genre in general than to any one author. (Though of course everyone has their faves lol)
      KU makes a lot of sense in theory, I just wish amazon could get it to work well in practice.
      If someone could make an affordable subscription service that offered quality books and paid authors well, they would change the market signifigantly.

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