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G.K. DeRosa | 20 comments Hi All,

My book is currently listed at $2.99 on Amazon and I'm part of KDP Select. I wanted to do a book promotion with Midlist or Booksends or one of those discounted sites, but in order to do so I need to discount the price at least 50%. Can I change the price without dropping out of Select? I thought I read somewhere that you couldn't change the price during the 90 day period.

And has anyone had any luck with promotions on these websites?

GK DeRosa
Wilder (The Guardian Series, #1) by G.K. DeRosa

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Robert Jr. | 1 comments you can change your price for 1 week during each 90 period...go to your dashboard there is a place to do a promo...both dites you mentioned are should set up your promos a few weeks in advance...full explanation in kdp help..

message 3: by April (new)

April Wilson (aprilwilson) I think you can't do a promo during the first 30 days of a KDP Select period. And there are rules about how often/when you can change your price, relative to the promo period. You can read about that on the KDP website.


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Vaughn Treude (vaughntreude) | 3 comments I've just published a new fiction book (Fidelio's Automata, an adventure in the steampunk genre) and I'm trying to decided whether I should enroll in Kindle Select.
If I want to do $0.99 promotions (rather than free) do I need to be in select? If I change the prices on my bookshelf will they get updated in a timely fashion? Am I limited to how often I can make changes? Obviously Amazon wants to sell people on Select so I'm unclear on what I can do without it.

message 6: by April (new)

April Wilson (aprilwilson) G.K. wrote: "Hi All,

My book is currently listed at $2.99 on Amazon and I'm part of KDP Select. I wanted to do a book promotion with Midlist or Booksends or one of those discounted sites, but in order to do so..."

Hi, G.K.

You can do a discount with those places, but you would have to coordinate it with a promotional discount in KDP Select, so that they run at the same time. You can do that. Once you set up the dates for you promotion with those other places, then set up your promo in KDP Select. Keep in mind, however, there are some date restricitons in KDP Select. You need to work around those restrictions.

I'm running my first book promotion in KDP Select starting tomorrow and running for 7 days, which is the maximum length of time you can discount a book in KDP Select.

Good luck to you...


message 7: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Villalobos | 3 comments Hello everyone,

My mystery novel, Stranger or Friend, is currently listed at $0.99, going up to $1.99 tomorrow and $2.99 on Friday.

Here is one of the 19 reviews:
"Stranger or Friend is a great mystery that will have you guessing until the very end, but it's the quality of the writing that made this a standout for me. While the murder mystery kept this reader turning the page, the depth of the characters had me captivated. Ms. Villalobos gives the reader much to think about in this tale. The threads of frustrating small town politics, the struggles presented by an aging parent, and the inherit regrets one faces during the loss of a loved one make this story so much than a Who-done-it mystery. Ms. Villalobos' keen eye for rich detail makes Stranger or Friend a recommended read. You won't be disappointed."

message 8: by April (new)

April Wilson (aprilwilson) Vaughn wrote: "I've just published a new fiction book (Fidelio's Automata, an adventure in the steampunk genre) and I'm trying to decided whether I should enroll in Kindle Select.
If I want to do $0.99 promotions..."

Hi, Vaughn

You do not have to be in Select to do a promotion. If you are not in Select, you can price your book from .99 cents and up (I forget the upper limit). You can change your price (I don't recall any limitations on how often you can do this).

There are two primary reasons to be in Select:

1. You get more royalty per book sold. In Select, you get 70% royalty per book sold. If not in Select, you only get 35% royalty.

2. If you are in Select, your book is available for readers to read for FREE through Kindle Unlimited. If a reader reads your book for free through KU, you get paid for every page they read (we're not sure of the exact price paid per page read - we should know that later this week, but the estimate I've seen is half-a-center, or 0.005, per page read) - this really adds up. I make more money on a book read through KU than on a book sold - if that's true for you depends on your page count. About 75% of my traffic comes from KU, so it's highly valuable to me. I'm in Select and don't really want to leave.

3. The downside to being in Select is that you cannot list your book for sale electronically through any other vendor, including your own website. You can sell it in print, though, anywhere you want.

At least that's how I understand it. I'm new. I published my first book just five weeks ago.


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