After 90 days of experiencing the full weight of the Amazon marketing machine behind the eBook version of Half A Mind (i.e., being enrolled in the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program), I have returned to my first book to the webpages of Barnes & Noble and Kobo. (Actually, as of this writing, it is still in the review cycle for Kobo, but should be posted very soon.)
It was not that I had any concerns about Amazon – no, it was great. Its eBook publishing procedure is the best. It seems that I always need to fiddle a bit with the Nook and Kobo versions to get them right, while the Kindle variant works immediately. When I was in KDL Select, I also tried an Amazon marketing campaign. In general, it returned almost exactly the same as I spent. That doesn’t sound like much, but then, it doesn’t seem bad to me for a completely unknown indie author. Of course, I would hate to have to live on that revenue flow – zero income doesn’t even support a ramen noodles diet...
So, I’m back in the bigger eBook world now because, somehow, I seem to have accumulated several friends who are Nook devotees. What can I say, I have all kinds of friends. I might even have a few that read from paper - shudder!