Today I’m making time to get the Life of Death out through Smashwords and Drivethru. The KDP contract with Amazon has finally run out. Hoozah!
My feedback for the KDP program itself isn’t very good. First of all, I was forced to price The Life of Death at 2.99 or higher. I suppose if I were someone uber famous like Terry Pratchett that would have been alright. But I’m not, and that high of a price in this type of economy can’t have helped.
Secondly, if you plugged in the book’s name into their search engine it wouldn’t come up. Talk about a bum wrap. Even today after the book had time to get into their system, I couldn’t find it with a general search. Books with titles that weren’t even similar didn’t even come up. I had to put in the book’s title with my own name to have a chance of finding it – or simply go to my author page and look down the list. How can my book even sell if it isn’t going to come up in a search?
The only times my book sold or was downloaded was when I offered it for free through the KDP promotional program – in which I was only given about 3 days tops. It didn’t download that many, by the way. Less than 20.
So that in the end, Amazon held my book as a prisoner in their system for over 90 days while I champed at the bit waiting for the agreement to be up so that I could offer it somewhere else that might actually let it be seen by the general public.
My conclusion: KDP is not the great thing everyone thought it was and I’m very unlikely to do it again. Not even for Heavenly Bride, which will be releasing the next chapter soon and has an okay following over at Amazon. Mind you, most of the reviewers these days are people who don’t like it but I obviously can’t please anybody so won’t be trying too hard from here out. 🙂
For those pups who won’t know, if you click the voting button on Heavenly Bride, go through the motions, and your vote registers you will be rewarded by seeing the latest page in “The Life of Death” – a sketch comic I do from rare time to time. It’s basically me making fun of things in my life or that I witness as I go through life, and even I think some of those comics are funny. Besides, I get to draw myself thin and I should be thin somewhere.
The Life of Death is kept pretty exclusive: only voters can see the latest sketch. And only people who purchase my books have been able to see past episodes, when I choose to put one or two in the back of my latest mini-comic or so. But I have been pondering this because it’s been a while and The Life of Death has amassed a collection of… 32 pages. 32 pages! Why that’s a whole book!
So I’ve been pondering putting these sketch gems into a volume of their own, and last night I finally gave in to temptation. The Life of Death‘s first 32 pages can now be read in a single comic – however it’s only available in KF8 through Amazon. For now.
Because I also wanted to see if this KDP Select business was as awesome as Amazon made it sound. And I’m fond of hitting two birds with one stone. =^-^= I can go ahead and tell you this: Amazon forced me to price the book higher than I would have preferred. That’s strike one. But we’ll see how things go.
So if you want to see parts of The Life of Death you might have missed or simply want to remind yourself of a gag long gone, check it out on Amazon! If you’re a member of Amazon prime, you can borrow it for free. And as always I highly encourage you tell your friends.
Here it is! Click here!