Saturday, May 5, 2012
What if They Don't Like It? A KDP Success Story
Then it hit me - before, when only a small number of the books had been downloaded, I risked only a small number of people not liking the book. Suddenly there are thousands of readers out there who could potentially not like it. Even as the downloads continued to rise, my brain bobbled back and forth between how exciting it was that I had reached such a grand audience and the nagging feeling that the expanded audience also meant a greater number of people who could possibly not enjoy the book and post poor reviews for all of cyberspace to read. (Side note: you may find this article interesting).
Then I thought about it more and realized that it didn't matter. I love the book and I know others will too. Of course there will be those who don't, but the book is out there and it's being read - that's what matters most to me as a writer. So a big THANK YOU to every reader who made the KDP run a grand success and here's to many days of happy reading!
So is it worth? That's not what you should be asking. The question an author should be asking themselves is 'is it worth it not to try it'? Is it worth no one ever knowing you're there? Is it worth being lost forever in a flood of new titles just because you're afraid of what readers might think? Without an audience, you're only writing for yourself. Writing is like any other business venture, because as a writer you are in business for yourself. With that comes risk, but if you endure, pay your dues, and put out a product worthy of an audience, you will succeed. Just remember that it doesn't hurt to have a little help along the way and to keep an open mind to what readers (your customers) are saying.
Authors - what's your success story? Has it been worth it?
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