When I first started publishing, I was pretty adamant that I would always and forever offer all of my books on every available platform. Because I wanted readers to have a choice about where to find me. And because, philosophically, I don’t love putting all my eggs in one basket (with the notable exception of Jesus and my salvation.)
So I did.
For five years, I was what authors refer to as “wide.” And my sales were not stellar. And as much as I wish I could write solely as a ministry and with the hope to simply bless readers, I do need my books to help me contribute to our family’s income.
After a lot of prayer and back and forth, I ended up taking my books off other platforms like Barnes & Noble and enrolling everything into Kindle Unlimited. And that’s where I am today. And income-wise, it has been a huge blessing.
But there are still parts of me that don’t love being completely reliant on Amazon. And so every now and then, I sit down and spend time praying and reevaluating where and how to make my books available to readers.
In my latest iteration of this thought experiment, I’ve been mulling over the trend that is just starting to gain traction of selling directly to consumers from my author website. I would still leave books on Amazon, and since I’d be going wide again, I’d put them up on other retailers as well. But it’s been niggling in the back of my mind to see what readers think. Because setting up an online store isn’t devoid of work and challenge, and I’m certainly willing to DO the work and undertake the challenge if it’s worthwhile. But also, if it’s not? I’d just as soon spend time doing something else. Like writing the next book.
And so I have created a poll that I’d love you to take!
And I’m also really open to comments about this – if you love KU, tell me that! If you hate Amazon, tell me that! If you are a die-hard Kobo reader, I want to know! Or if there’s anything that I haven’t thought about that sticks out to you, I’d love to hear that, as well!