I’ve resisted putting my new books in KU for a lot of valid reasons, some made business sense, some were more personal.
A couple of things I need to say first. I’ve been published for 8 years now, and I’ve seen so much change. Without e-books I might not have a career as an author at all – Amazon may be squeezing authors but without them, I would still be a web designer. Now, though, I have to adapt to what is a rapidly changing market for e-book sales.
Kindle/Amazon is a huge sales outlet for me, but still, I have resisted KU. I didn’t want to disappoint fans, didn’t want all my eggs in one basket, and I didn’t want to feed the dragon that could one day bite off my hand.
However, I’ve spoken at length with other authors who have already made this decision. I’ve also spoken with hubby who deals with the business side of my books regarding our sales profile – income is steady, but the sources of income have changed vastly.
So, the decision we have come to is that all of my solely written, newly released books, will now go into KU for the three-month period on release, and thereafter they will go wide. I have an immense backlist that will be available wide, and it is always my intention to offer my books on all platforms.
I will, however, cycle some of my older series into KU for a three-month period every so often, just so that I can continue to widen my reader base. This will start with my Texas series, and the offshoot Legacy series, in readiness for the June release of Daniel.
Thank you all for understanding.