Self publishing is huge right
now, and there are many writers that are reaping the benefits. If you
have a manuscript that’s ready to see the light, then self publishing
can have a lot of pros above traditional publishing – including
regaining control over the rights to your work and having a personal
hand in aspects like cover art and formatting.
are some of the pros & cons of switching over to KDP Select if
you’re a previously published and already established author.
Select Allows for Seeing Stats
publishing means that you only see sales stats once every few months
when they send you their royalty statement, usually quarterly. When
you use a platform like KDP Select to self publish, you can see your
statistics on the site instead of having to wait for the publisher’s
royalty check to roll around – and instead of having to wait for
the traditional publisher’s check to see any of the sales, KDP Select
allows instant access to cash out funds earned from book sales.
Select Retains YOU Promotional Control
you publish through a publishing house, signing your contract means
more than just getting money in exchange for your work: It also often
means signing your rights away to the publisher for a certain (and
sometimes near-indefinite) amount of time.
Amazon KDP Select means that you’re signing into exclusivity with
Amazon – this still gives you far more control over the process and
promotion for your book than traditional publishing is ever able to.
example, many books will decline in sales after a few months and
traditional publishers will refuse to put more money into the pot for
promotion. This can screw you if you’re a new or established writer
who wants to promote and control your own work.
KDP Select, you have control over when your work gets promoted – and
other than granting them exclusive rights, you can do what you want
to make sure your work gets seen.
Select Allows You Control Over Covers
publishing usually has departments controlling things like art,
layout and design – and it’s rare for most authors to get to pick
their own covers or cover artists. If you want to regain total
control over the covers that appear on your books, self publishing
through KDP Select can allow you this freedom – and can result in a
product that the author is a lot happier with when it gets published.
Select Is Format-Friendly
publishing doesn’t always see books released in all formats: It’s
either print or e-book, and many traditional publishing companies
aren’t Kindle-friendly. If you want your content to be released
directly to Kindle readers (even many ones that don’t know your work
yet), KDP Select is one of the few format-friendly platforms out
there that can release your work directly to the popular Kindle
Select Still Offers Support
Traditional publishers aren’t always as much help as you need them to
be. There are many authors who report feedback issues when they want
to know about a book that was released a few books ago – and
traditional publishers are notorious for losing interest in “older”
KDP Select, support from the technical team is just a few clicks away
– and you’re free to do with your older publications exactly what
you like. If you want to release your first book again, there’s no
need to call your publisher first. Log into KDP Select and get
Select is a Faster Process
The traditional publishing process takes months, sometimes even years, to get a book from the manuscript stage to the published book. The KDP Select process has this condensed to just a few minutes once you have your cover art and formatting the way you like it. For writers with a lot to say, this is a faster, easier and often more profitable process.