Joining Pinterest, Leaving Select

I finally joined Pinterest today. You can find me under S.P. Blackmore if you’re curious to see my pinning habits. So far I’ve got inspiring words and pictures I think are pretty. Pinterest gave me some people to follow…people who like food…so I’ve been staring at food for five minutes. Blegh. I’m also trying to get back into Twitter, which is an important marketing tool (and also a great way to find other writers and their blog posts…you wouldn’t believe how many hours I’ve killed reading during the last few days).

Anyway, on to the main subject of the night: After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to pull Echoes from the KDP Select program.

It’s been in the program all year. This isn’t a knock on Select; I know it works for some authors, but it never quite panned out for Echoes. Meanwhile, my zombie sales have been creeping up slowly but surely on B&N, and I’ve received some emails from Nook readers wondering when Echoes would be available for them.

Now…if Echoes sold like gangbusters on Amazon, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but honestly it’s just looking like lost income at this point, as KDP Select books can only be available on Amazon. Thus, when the book is cycled out of the program, I’ll put it back up on B&N. Look for it around September 14.

In the meantime, to take advantage of my remaining promotional days, Echoes will be available for free on Amazon from September 1 through September 3.

I like KDP Select as a concept, and I think authors with more titles may be able to get better results from it than I have. I considered tossing GNW into Select, but it’s still selling too well on B&N to warrant pulling it just to experiment. Still, I could see myself trying it again with a couple of books once I’ve built up more of a backlist.

The building of that backlist is my next big project. Originally, I intended to take the rest of the year off, as far as my own novels go; I figured I’d pick at some short stories, but that was it. Now…well, now I’m not so sure. I have a feeling time is of the essence here…

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