Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited –
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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin
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Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited –
September 29, 2014
Category – Platform Advantages
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Why My Switch
I had expected, when I began my short series, Advantage…(links above), comparing the various platforms I had all my work listed at, it would be more balanced.
One place better at this, another at that, with maybe a slight tilt toward either Scribd or Amazon.
As a writer, I think by most metrics, other than exclusivity (which I address below under Business Reasons), Amazon’s KDP platform clearly out-performs the other arenas.
But two things happened that finally changed my mind, and propelled me to consolidate most (but not all yet) my work on one platform.
One was business related, and the other, and more decisive, was, even surprising to me, personal.
Hugh Howey, in an article on his site entitled, Ruminations on Exclusivity, laid out the most reasoned line of thoughts I’ve come across yet, why being exclusive on Amazon to gain access to Kindle Unlimited (KU) and other features, may out-weigh being diversified across more platforms.
It’s not perfect. One can still argue that most of what he argues is true because of his own special position: best selling author already, benefits from algorithms earned from being a best seller, and being able to try KU while still being on other platforms (for a limited test time).
So not enough, in itself, to sway me.
But there was one particular point, that dove-tailed into things happening in my personal life.
That was being able to concentrate one’s time and efforts into one channel – not having to duplicate efforts across different outlets – not diluting one’s marketing and time.
This Time It’s Personal
This summer, my wife Sheila and I returned to Vermont after nearly two years.
We had moved to her home state a few years back, stayed about a year and a half, took a five week detour in Pairs, and returned to Austin in my home state of Texas, nearly two years ago. Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin, listed at the top of the page, is a photo-memoir in short but fun form. A sample on my site is here.
In that time since our return, I was very happy to enroll all my titles anywhere they could be sold. I especially welcomed being able to list on Scribd, and be part of one of the country’s first highly visible subscription plans.
My long time nearly decade long experience with Netflix told me I would really enjoy participating in an ebook subscription plan, as a reader and a writer.
I was thrilled then, when Kindle Unlimited also appeared. But it required exclusivity to participate.
So I continued with promoting my titles on each site, keeping track of all the links and urls for their outlet locations. To save time and effort, except for one or two titles so I could keep my accounts, I consolidated everything through Smashwords.
But each outlet still needed hyping.
File copies would corrupt and need re-formatting.
Glitches and accidents happened and whole lists of titles needed redoing or re-sending.
Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Tumbler, Stumbleupon, and many others, needed individual mentions for each title on each platform. I had become immersed in online media splatter so to speak. And it was wearing me out. Though I didn’t realize it. It was taking time from fitness and relaxing, and I didn’t even have time to notice that.
Until Sheila and I took our very over-due trip back to Vermont.
I had a self-imposed goal to finish and upload for pre-order, my first thriller (listed below), to be avaiable, by my birthday.
Two thousand miles later, I was surrounded by green mountains (Austin was still summer barren brown), temperatures twenty or more degrees cooler, and an availability of senior fitness and social venues that shame a city thirty times its size.
Something had to give.
I stopped my rat race treadmill effort to constantly keep all my platform outlets up to date in social media.
My wife and I road bikes for the first time in almost five years (and the bike trail in Burlington is equal to Austin’s Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake).
We took a bus on a senior pass to fitness classes together 2-4 times a week.
I enjoyed finishing my new book, my first thriller.
We breathed. And I caught my breath.
When we returned to Austin (still struggling, today, to stay below the 90s), I resumed my everyday work with my titles in social media. Didn’t have fitness classes to easily go to anymore. And had few places to safely ride a bicycle (if I had one.) I easily and quickly became depressed. Or maybe down 🙂 I think it might be unfair to categorize what I felt as depressed.
I discussed it with my wife, I debated within myself, and I even spoke to my favorite customer service person, Alison at Scribd, and finally made the painful, but necessary, decision: I would pull all but a handful of titles, and concentrate my time and promotion in one spot. And regain what I’d forgotten was – the actual passage of my life – time.
Kindle Unlimited was the obvious best choice for me.
An ebook subscription program, wide availability and access for readers, even easy advertising via Goodreads.
This evening, I will walk, for the first time in Austin, to a relatively nearby yoga class and try it out.
I’ve plans to try a morning or evening boot camp, also nearby, but not close enough to walk.
Maybe I’ll get a bicycle for Christmas. 🙂
One Night in the Hill Country – a Suspense Thriller
My first thriller, One Night in the Hill Country, is now ready in PreOrder for release on October 19th, my birthday. 🙂
Updated with its final draft, my registration copy was uploaded to the Library of Congress.
The final file copy has also been updated on Amazon.
If you would like to read the first eight chapters, a 3000 word sample (approx 10%) is also available on my site.
My blurb reads :
In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon. They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children. Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.
namaste´- con dios – god be with you
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