Is KDP Select Worth Using Again? (SPP #127)

Previously on this show, KDP Select was compared to an abusive boyfriend that keeps begging you to come back, only to be beat down again. Exclusivity is a tough pill to swallow even if you can make a little more money in the short term.
On this week’s episode, the guys discuss the ups and downs of Select, and they describe why they’re putting Yesterday’s Gone in the program for 90 days, as well as some Lexi titles and possibly more titles to come.
So is select worth it? Is it okay to make a purely tactical decision, maybe just sometimes? What if you already have your books uploaded somewhere else?
There’s a lot to think about, and the guys hash out their thinking live on the show. Great stuff!
Here’s the video version:

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5 Replies to “Is KDP Select Worth Using Again? (SPP #127)”

  1. Iain Ryan

    Hi Guys,
    I thought the question regarding academic publishing in this episode was interesting.
    I do this sort of writing as part of my job (I’m a contracted scholarly writer with one of the bigger academic publishers) and I think this sector is going to change dramatically in the future. In short, most of the writers in the inside hate academic publishing.
    My royalty per book: 5-10%. Often shared with a co-author. This is sweetened a little by inflated cover prices ($40 and up) and the library market but…we’re talking hundreds of books, not thousands. Talk about screwing the pooch with a bad pricing model and a borderline-insane royalty share!
    Essentially, academics write this stuff to pad their CV. We need to do it to maintain our jobs and get promoted. The money is just not an incentive, at all. Who would write 70-90K of non-fiction for, say, $1000-2000? Especially when a senior lecturing wage is in the ballpark of 90-100K.
    For the publishers, its a hugely profitable business model that is bound to topple in the coming decade. We’re not idiots. We’re parents and teachers too. We don’t want the books we write to be hardcover editions costing $70. As if we want our ideas to ONLY exist in 750 copies of a $79.99 book. Madness.
    Meanwhile WE also do the blind peer-reviewing of these same books for prices that approach $0/word. It’s a deluded, overly-institutionalised system of publication (and let’s face it, snobbery) that makes legacy fiction publishing look tame by comparison. And yet, time and again, we lend our credibility to it.
    Sooner or later we’ll have the humanities/liberal arts’ version of Hugh Howey and this whole sham will evaporate over night.
    Here’s hoping.
    – Iain
    PS: Love the show. Thanks a bunch. I write fiction on the side so I’m an avid listener.

    • Erik Marshall (emarsh)

      Agreed. As an academic, I can vouch for the insane system. I think Johnny (or was it Sean?) was talking about textbooks, which are a little different, as opposed to academic articles/books.
      Entry-level textbooks can be huge sellers, but they are SO expensive for students. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a really simple textbook for my film classes, selling it for cheap on Amazon and giving it to my own students for free.
      As far as the academic publishing people do for tenure or to get jobs, don’t get me started.

  2. Chris Matallana

    Hi guys! Like so many here, I love the show! I am SUPER PUMPED about the Fiction Unboxed book! Just wanted to drop a quick line and say thank you for all you do.

  3. E. Jacobs

    Not really on topic but sort of. I think you guys have touched on this before. Do you think it is better to promote readers towards Amazon, Nook … etc, or do you think it would be more beneficial to promote all traffic towards a personal website and let the reader choose from there? These are things I am considering for future website design.

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