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Ep 129: “Author Answers: Using KDP Select or Not”

Welcome to the 129th episode of The Author Hangout, a podcast designed to help authors, especially self-published and indie authors, with marketing their books and improving their author platform. Authors struggle with various aspects of marketing and we are here to help!

Using KDP Select or Not

In this Author Answers episode, R.J. Adams from Book Marketing Tools answers a question from author Vicki Cashman about whether using KDP Select is right for her book or not. R.J. shares some great tips and things to consider when making this decision for your own book.

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“The first thing is during that initial period that you have to be exclusive when you choose to go with KDP Select, it is only 90 days. So if KDP is not right for you, then you can stop after that 90 days. As an author, you need to have a much longer-term thought process as far as marketing your book and stuff like that, so if you’re only exclusive for 90 days out of the next several years that you’re hopefully going to be selling your book, then those 90 days really aren’t going to be that big a deal.”

“One of the other reasons that you might want to be exclusive to KDP through the KDP Select program is the ability to be able to run promotions for your digital copy of the book. These promotions, whether you do a freebie or you use a Kindle Countdown Deal to make it a bargain price for a select number of days, allows you to be able to 1) reach new readers and 2) hopefully get some more reviews for your book to be able to grow your readership and make more sales of your book.”

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