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Cabbages and kings

Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« on: January 13, 2021, 05:51:35 AM »
Are you all in with Select or are you wide for ebooks? And why?

And where do you go for print and audio, and why?
« Last Edit: January 13, 2021, 11:12:19 AM by Cabbages and kings »
 

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Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2021, 05:54:30 AM »
Might want to add Draft2Digital and Other(s) (Google)...

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Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2021, 05:58:32 AM »
Currently wide with everything. I'll consider launching again with KU in the future and, depending on my future books, I might return to KU for good for some material.


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Eric Thomson

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2021, 06:06:59 AM »
Been out of Select for 4 years.

Direct with:
Amazon
Kobo
Google Play
and via Draft2Digital for the rest.
I also run my own online ebook store.

Print is:
KDP Print for Amazon only paperbacks
IngramSpark for hardcover and expanded distribution paperbacks.

Audio books are published by Tantor Media
 

Jeff Tanyard

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2021, 06:43:58 AM »
All my stuff is wide.  Direct with Amazon and Kobo, on everything else via D2D and PublishDrive.
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Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2021, 06:45:33 AM »
It's really not an either - or kind of thing. It just depends on one's strategy and how to make each distribution channel work for you. My current series is wide, my new stuff is going to be in Select. When I get to the final books in my current series, they'll come out in Select too, and then migrate to a wider audience whenever that makes sense.
 

cecilia_writer

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2021, 06:47:54 AM »
I have a short historical series (4 books) and a non-fiction book in KU and everything else (21 book mystery series, 6 book 1950s thriller series and a few odds and ends) wide via Smashwords. My best retailer outside Amazon is Kobo.
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notthatamanda

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2021, 06:54:36 AM »
Direct on Amazon, Google Play and Kobo. D2D for everything else. I won't put a full book in KU but I may take one 90 spin in KU to do the short story reader magnet, when I write it.
 

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Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2021, 08:27:03 AM »
I have my co-authored series in KU since it does much better there.  Also have two paranormal books in KU for the winter, but I may take them out this spring.  Everything else is wide.

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Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2021, 10:35:30 AM »
Are you all in with Select or are you wide for ebooks? And why?

2 current pen names are 100 % Select, 2 older pens are 95 % Select.

Why? Because after a decade of wide, I've found Select more worthwhile for my particular books and methods. I'm all about putting my energy and ad money where I get my best results.

And where do you go for print, and why?

Just KDP Print.

Why? Paperback sales only make up about $10k of my annual earnings. That's enough interest to be worth putting almost everything into print, but not enough to make adding multiple printers a priority for me. If I ever do add another printer, it'll be Ingram.
 

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Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2021, 12:02:06 PM »
Wide with everything. I don't plan on having all my eggs in one Amazon basket ever again.
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Simon Haynes

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2021, 02:19:30 PM »
I had almost everything in Select for a 12-14 month period, just to see what happened. Now I'm in the process of transitioning out of KU. 7 titles still in, 41 out.

I use Smashwords to publish on B&N and Apple, dating back to the days when neither of those companies allowed Australians to publish direct with them. Direct on Google, Kobo, Amazon.

I use KDP print for paperbacks, as well as Lulu for author copies and hardbacks. (Lulu print in Australia. KDP don't.)

I use Author's Republic for audio. That was the only way I could publish on Audible from Australia, and I waited about eight years for someone, anyone, to show up and offer this Smashwords-style service.
 

LilyBLily

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2021, 03:25:11 PM »
Half in, half out. I write in multiple subgenres so it's not an either/or division. It's more about what suits the markets.
 
 
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JackT

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2021, 01:00:49 AM »
Wide via D2D except Kobo, Google and Amazon which are direct. Findaway for audios. Lulu for hardbacks and KDP for paperbacks.
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selyons

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2021, 05:09:47 PM »
Currently wide, with Draft 2 Digital for Apple and Barnes & Noble, direct to Amazon, Kobo, and Google Play. On ACX for audio. Amazon print for paperbacks. Amazon is 50% of my revenues. I've tried going all-in to KU, but didn't do as well, and nearly doubled my income when I went wide. I don't like KU, and can't figure out Amazon Advertising. I don't like the subscription model and will resist as long as I can.
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PaulineMRoss

Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2021, 09:56:21 PM »
I'm all in with Select and plan to stay that way. I tried wide once for the best part of a year and found it a huge amount of hassle for zero benefit, apart from the eggs/basket scenario. If I'd persevered, I could have made as much money as in Select, but I decided I preferred an easier life. I've never yet had a reader grumble that my books aren't available elsewhere.

Oddly, I'm taking my audiobooks wide. They're still in Audible but non-exclusive, and Findaway gets them into all sorts of obscure corners, particularly libraries. 
 
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Re: Are you all in with Select or are you wide?
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2021, 12:13:37 AM »
I've never yet had a reader grumble that my books aren't available elsewhere.

Me either.

But I did get a lot of grumble when I pulled them out of KU for 6 months.
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