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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2012, 01:22:01 AM »
Well... it's been downloaded 829 times so far today. So I would call that an obscene result. The question is, as you highlighted, how nasty is it going to get in the review section? It's at #285 in the Kindle store right now. For the first half, people finding my book, it's been what I feel is an outlandish success. We'll see how the second part goes - that being cultivating fans of course.

You can find it here on Amazon. Heck, if you find it in the next 6 hours you'll be able to download it for free!
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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2012, 06:49:14 PM »

I just came off a HUGE free promotion with a group of fellow self/indie published writers. I had over 1200 downloads as free. When I came out I skyrocketed up to somewhere in the top #1000-#1500 in the paid Kindle Store. Right now, one of my books in still holding strong in the top 10 Fantasy Series list in the Kindle Store, and the top 100 in Epic Fantasy in the Kindle Store and general book store.

A great way to gain notice and traction is to get together with a few other like minded authors and cross promote each other in a shared event both during and after you come off being free.


Offline Paul Dale

Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2012, 06:58:53 PM »
I published on kdp on Feb 2nd. I sold just over 20 copies until Feb 17th, mainly to friends and family, as you'd expect. I did a two day free promotion over the weekend of 18/19th and had 807 downloads. I've sold over 20 copies in the last two days and currently chart in epic fantasy and humour. I'm more than happy so far. As a momentum starter, it seems great.

Offline Michael Sullivan

Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2012, 12:24:30 PM »
I'm glad to see people are seeing results that they are happy with, and I'm glad when people post with "quantifyable" numbers instead of just "this did well."  I've seen some say - "I doubled my sales!!" Which would seem to make you want to sit up and take notice until you find out that they went from 2 books a month to 4 books a month which is within the realm of statistical anomaly.

It would be nice if people continued the trend of indicating how many free books they moved during the "free period"... while 1,200 and 807 sound like a lot...It is quite a bit less than when I did freebies where I moved tens of thousands...but that might be because I was putting free copies up of some books who already had some following. 

In any case - thanks for those who are sharing their numbers and lets keep it up as this is the best way to know what works and what does not.

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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2012, 10:27:21 PM »
I pulled my titles from elsewhere and put them through select only. Ran the promo days and got a heavy uptake of the freebies and yes it did lead to some sales for some days there after.

But no/ few borrows so when the 90 days is up I will NOT be renewing (be aware by default you WILL renew). I was getting some few sales via smahwords so feel spreading the books about worked better.

Sales have picked up overall but not sure I need to be on select for that.
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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2012, 02:52:06 AM »
Anyone want to discuss their experiences with KDP Select?

Tom Bielawski

KDP is great. I have titles in the lending program, but I would recomend writing short stories that tangent off of your main books for the lending program instead of putting full novels up there. If the readers like your work they will purchase the next one.

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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2012, 04:16:28 AM »
I resisted KDP for a long time, but finally enrolled two weeks past. I did a 3-day promotion where 12,500 copies were downloaded. Afterwards, I floated in the top 50 bestselling epic fantasy for a week.

Recommendation: have a large number of reviews first if you want big promo numbers. Progeny had 40+ reviews before I did what I did.

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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2012, 10:10:38 AM »
KDP works well for me, in my situation. My situation is: I'm an unknown author who only has 4 shorts stories out, and who doesn't do much promotion. As such my stories aren't exactly flying off the shelves. However, whenever I do a free promotion I get sales I wouldn't other wise have gotten. I don't mind being Amazon exclusive either as my shorts didn't do much business via Smashwords anyway. Obviously I'll take a different tack when the first novel is ready.

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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2012, 04:41:11 PM »
Select didn't work for me. I only have the one book right now, so it might not work as well with a debut novel. I did the free promo and had about 700 downloads. Some of them were in Europe, so that was cool. However, I doubt that any of them have been read because I have so few reviews. I have 3 reviews and I know 2 of the people who posted. So maybe the third is one of the free downloads. Not much of a marketing return.

My print book is moving much better. This novel is a cozy-leaning mystery, so maybe my market prefers a physical book. I printed through CreateSpace and hand-sold a bunch. However, those readers don't have a place to review it. Which meant all  my happy readers don't translate into marketing either.

The next book is science fiction, which I hope to publish by the end of the year. I will be interested to see how well that sells as an ebook. I don't plan on using Select for it.
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Offline Zoe Brooks

Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #24 on: September 25, 2012, 09:44:54 PM »
I did a free promotion with KDP Select for my historical fantasy novel Mother of Wolves. I only had one review when I started, but that went up during the promotion. It got to number one on free historical fantasy (UK) and number five (US) and had 1200 downloads. Before that it had not been shifting at all. But had sales for it and my other book immediately following the promotion. I am keeping it on KDP select for the next 90 days. But I need to get the number of reviews up to boost the downloads.

I also have a magic realism book Girl in the Glass out with Amazon and via Smashwords everywhere else. I'm going to keep it there and do some comparisons. Trouble is it takes so long to get the sales figures out of Smashwords for the other stores, it's not possible to get a clear idea about what's happening. I am considering putting the sequel to Girl in the Glass on kindle select for three months and then pulling it and publishing direct on Kobo and Apple, and the rest via Smashwords.

I suppose what I'm saying is that if you have more than one book you can pick and mix.

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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2015, 06:15:24 AM »
So I know not everyone likes KDP Select, but I love it. I've heard that lots of Indie Authors don't sell much on other platforms anyways, and KDP has been great for my book. I haven't run any sales or promotions yet, but I am averaging about 30 lends per day (right now the pay rate is around $1.40), which means I'm making about $42 a day. Even better though, those lends count as sales for Amazon list placement/ranking, which gives me better visibility and thus better overall book sales. We'll see how well it continues to work, but for now, I'm quite happy.
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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2015, 06:50:32 PM »
I put the 2nd book of my cozy mystery series into Select and dropped the price of the 1st book(not in Select)to .99. I haven't had a promotion yet. I am getting a few borrows a week for book 2, with many of them paired with a sale of book 1. Surprisingly, I am getting some sales for my Scifi book also.

I have seen that the promotions work better if the book has some reviews, so I am waiting for a few before doing a Countdown. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Re: Experiences with KDP Select
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2015, 01:58:46 AM »
I thought about it because for the first few months I sold nothing on other sites, but then sales picked up on Kobo and B&N, where I now sell about 50% of my books.