There’s a wise old saying that’s been proven true for most people at least once in their lives: Never put all your eggs in one basket. I love Amazon; I really do, especially as an author. They’ve provided aspiring authors with an incredible opportunity to self publish and take control of their own works. In return, and especially for exclusivity, Amazon gives indie authors an opportunity to participate in programs like Kindle Select which gives them access to Kindle Unlimited (KU) readers like many of you reading this. We get paid by the page for every page you read of a book that’s in the program.
It’s a great program that benefits readers and many authors. The problem with it is, a book in Select and KU can’t be sold in the same form anywhere else. You can sell it as a paperback or hardback anywhere you want to or as an audio book but you can’t sell the individual digital version of it. Those eggs have to stay in the Amazon basket.
If you take the book and you combine it with other books in a set that either are or are not available on Amazon individually and you do not make that set part of the Select/KU programs, you can sell it anywhere you want to. That’s one of the few loopholes in the program so closely monitored by Amazon and it’s a serious advantage for series authors.
I’ve spent the last couple of months putting this set, that includes my first four books and a companion guide out far and wide (it could appear under either cover on most major sites):
The only ‘big’ name player’s site I couldn’t get it on was Google Play. All that changed yesterday. It’s there now thanks to fellow mystery author Molly Greene turning me onto Streetlib, an Italy based digital publisher that acts as the middleman. Google Play has been closed to ‘new’ author members for some time while they revamp their program with no timeline in sight for them to reopen. I’m happy to give Streetlib their small cut in exchange for being on the last large platform I really needed to get on. Here’s the Google Play link to this set.
And now, this set is becoming widely available too (except at Amazon):
The Google Play link for it is: The Morelville Mysteries: Books 5-8 Collection.
If you prefer Amazon as your major eBook provider, not to worry. This complete set of eight is available there and it’s in the KU program as well.
Look for my romance, Broken Women, now only available at Amazon and free via KU, to become widely available in August.
P.S. December of 2016: Since I originally wrote this, many of my individual books have come out of the Kindle Select Program where they were exclusive to Amazon and available through Kindle Unlimited (KU). I’m sending them out to all sites. In the meantime, the 8 book boxed set pictured above is still available through KU and it always will be.