The following books are bargains right now. Everywhere, not just Amazon. Book title links go to Goodreads for more about the books. Sales links take you Barnes and Noble, Kobo, the iTunes bookstore, and/or Smashwords. Review links go to my reviews on this site. (I didn’t review my own book, of course, so there isn’t one for The Calling. See Goodreads for reviews.)
Mystery mixes with political intrigue for an American in Poland
A Blind Eye by Jane Gorman
Sale dates: through end of March
Sale price: 99 cents
Kate Jones Thrillers Series, Vol. 1 boxed set of the first four novellas by DV Berkom
sale dates: through the end of March
sale price: 99 cents
review of a Kate Jones short (second half of review)
Innovative twist on the mystery genre: no murder and a touch of the mystical
The Calling by Amber Foxx
Sale dates: through March 26th
Sale price: 99 cents
Suspense with an unforgettable protagonist, introduction to the Amsterdam Assassin Series
Fundamental Error by Martyn V. Halm
Free everywhere all the time
All indie authors have this decision to make: either go into KDP Select, or publish everywhere. Obviously, as the curator of a web site called Indies Who Publish Everywhere, I chose the latter. If you’re an indie author debating which way to go, here’s my reasoning behind my choice.
My inner rebel has always distrusted Amazon’s exclusivity contract. Any time I feel as if someone is trying to talk me into something that seems to benefit them more than me, I get suspicious. Do I need a 70% royalty in countries where no one reads my books? No. But do I need to be able to sell to all readers, not just Kindle owners? Yes.
The other retailers let me sell a book at any price or offer it free, at any time, without having to give them a monopoly on my work, but Amazon only allows special promotions to authors who agree to a three-month contract of exclusivity. I can work around that. I don’t need to be in KDP Select to have free books or special sales. I just have to get Amazon to price-match the other stores.
An author must drop all the other retailers in be in Kindle Unlimited, where their books can be borrowed for lower royalties rather than sold, but Oyster and ScribD pay full royalties for books read through their unlimited subscriptions and don’t require exclusivity.
So far I’m happy with the choice to make my books widely available. Sometimes my Amazon sales exceed my sales on the other sites, but then I have months where most of my sales are elsewhere. As a reader I’m loyal to authors who choose to publish everywhere, and I suspect I’m not alone in this. I like my Nook and I like shopping through Barnes and Noble, and when indie authors make their books available on B&N I’m more likely to buy them.
Are you an indie author who publishes everywhere? I’m trying to grow this site to list more books. Go to https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/guidelines-for-authors and get in touch.
Are you a reader who’d rather buy directly for your e-pub e-reader than use a Kindle app? Browse the listings by genre. (You may find some free books and some bargains.) Read the reviews in the blog archives. Discover a new indie who publishes everywhere.