To KDP Or Not To KDP?

Since I’m nearing the publishing point, I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to  go through KDP first or just upload to D2D or Smashwords (or both?). For those of you who published through KDP, what was your experience? Do you feel like you missed out on a lot of sales, or was KDP the best way to go? Also, I’m wondering, can you upload to both D2D and Smashwords? Can you choose what outlets the book is distributed to on Smashwords like you can with D2D?  I like how Smashwords has more outlets, but their payments are quarterly whereas D2D it’s monthly (depending on when royalties are paid to them, so it could end up being quarterly anyway). What has your publishing experience been?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz
    Sep 10, 2016 @ 14:47:04

    For new authors, a lot of people recommend going KU (Kindle Unlimited) where you’re exclusive with Amazon for 90 days. After that, based on their sales, they then have the option of going wide (everywhere else). With Amazon having 75% of the ebook market, it’s definitely something to consider. You then can take advantage of the promotions (free or countdown deals) to increase awareness about your book 🙂


  2. tonyakerrigan
    Sep 10, 2016 @ 17:33:30

    I had really considered going through KU but in the end decided to open up to more vendors since I know a lot of people who use iBooks and Nook. Hopefully it evens out in the end!


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