KDP Select

I’ve looked into the KDP Select program before on Amazon and been undecided. I think I’m ready to take the plunge with this new book and try it out for 90 days.

The benefits of the program are that The Shattered Shoe would be available to “check out” for free for Prime Members. I would be getting paid the same amount per “rental” as I would for a sale, but the reader would get the book for free for the month. Also, Amazon makes it easy to offer a discount or even give the book away for free a couple of days a month, a much easier process than uploading free to Smashwords and waiting a month or two for the book to hit B&N and Apple and then waiting for Amazon to price match, or even offering a coupon on Smashwords.

The downside of the program is the thing that has kept me from trying this before. The book can only be available on Amazon. I can’t even offer to email a reader a copy of the book in an .epub format. I’ve gone back and forth on this, and figure it can’t hurt to try the program for 90 days.

The vast majority of my readers are on Amazon. I sell more books on Amazon in a month than I do in a quarter on Smashwords. I like being out there in more markets, but the ease of the KDP Select program is tempting as is the chance to reach more readers with a “free” book without the stigma of being free and therefore junk. I definitely will not be moving all my books to KDP Select and might very well be removing The Shattered Shoe after the initial 90 day commitment. We’ll see.

The upside to being a self-published author is that I have the freedom to experiment!

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Pernicious Princess Series

I’ve just finished the first rough draft edit of my new Pernicious Princess series. The story is about a fairy tale realm where all the princesses we know are really the evil bad guys. Book One is called The Shattered Shoe and is, of course, about Cinderella.

I’m working with a new graphic artist for the cover and will hopefully have something to share soon! If all goes well, the book should be published sometime in December.

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“Rhinebows and Unicorns” is up on Amazon!

Rhinebows and Unicorns

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Rhinebows and Unicorns – Available on Smashwords!

Rhinebows and Unicorns

It should be up on Amazon in 12 hours. It will take a couple of weeks before it shows up at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony, Apple etc.

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Rhinebows and Unicorns – Cover Art!


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Don’t Rhine on My Parade – FREE on Amazon!


Don’t Rhine on My Parade - Book One in The Rhine Maiden Series

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It Never Rhines – Update Available

I just got this email from Amazon:

Hello Erin Evans,

An updated version of your past Kindle purchase of It Never Rhines but It Pours (The Rhine Maiden Book 2) by Erin Evans is now available.

The updated version contains the following changes:

  • Typos have been corrected.
  • Improved formatting for readability.
  • Significant editorial changes have been made.

You can get the updated version of this book by going to Manage Your Kindle. Find the book in your Kindle Library, click on the “Update Available” link next to the book’s title, and then follow the update prompts. All your devices that have the eBook currently downloaded will be updated automatically the next time they connect to wireless.

We thank you for your business with Amazon.
Customer Service Department

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Amazon Update Request

I wanted to share this info for other authors publishing with Amazon KDP.

This is my first time trying to inform buyers of a book update. I searched the community boards and discovered that I had to email kdp-support@amazon.com and make a request. I received this email in return:

Hello Erin,

 We received your request to provide updated content to customers who purchased your book. In order to accurately describe the new updates, we need you to provide some more information.

 Please reply and provide us with details and specific examples of the corrections made for this version of your book. The more details that you provide, the better we will be able to accurately categorize and message your update for end customers. Once we receive these details, we will perform a review of your book and take appropriate action within four weeks. The possible results of our review are listed below. 

1. If the changes made to your content are considered critical, we’ll send an email to all customers who own the book to notify them of the update and improvements made. These customers will be able to choose to opt in to receive the update through the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon.com. www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/manage

 2. If the changes made to your content are considered minor, we won’t be able to notify all customers by email, but we will activate their ability to update the content through the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon.com.

 3. If the changes made to your content have caused unexpected critical issues with the book content, we’ll temporarily remove your book from sale. We’ll notify you of the issues found so you can fix them. Once the improvements are made, just let us know and we’ll then email customers as in case 1.

 Once our review is complete, we’ll email you to share the results and action taken.

 Thanks for using Amazon KDP.


I emailed them an example for each of the changes I had made: Formatting, Spelling, and Plot Changes, and am now waiting to see what happens next!

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It Never Rhines – Update

I just finished updating It Never Rhines but It Pours and uploaded it to Amazon and Smashwords.

There are just minor changes: formatting, spelling, and slight plot adjustment to match “Don’t Rhine on My Parade.”

If you purchased from Smashwords you can go to the book page and download the new version for free.

I’ve requested that Amazon send an email informing people of the changes and hopefully they will add an “Update” button for that book in the “Manage My Kindle” section. I’m not sure how long that will take, this is my first time trying this out!

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Amazon/Smashwords Price Matching

I think I may have figured this out, so if you’re trying to get a book up on Amazon for free without joining KDP Select, here’s what I think I’ve learned:

This is my theory. Amazon does not price match with Smashwords. They price match with other retailers (B&N, Apple, Kobo etc.). So, your book has to pass Smashwords vetting and make it into their Premium Catalog so it can be shipped to those retailers and then be found by Amazon’s search engines.

So, basically, I jumped the gun by publishing with Amazon before my book made it past the reviewers at Smashwords. I’m still waiting to get approved by them, which means my book is not being sent out to other retailers, which means that Amazon will not price match it.

My advice now would be to publish first with Smashwords, wait until your book passes their review and makes it into their Premium Catalog, gets sent out to book stores, and then publish on Amazon. It should be price matched much faster that way. It’s just a theory, but I’m pretty sure it’s right.

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