** Update 8/2014 – Proceeds have been donated, and I am in the process of making the e-book free, and the paper back as cheap as I’m allowed. See my donation post here: Donation of my Proceeds to The Lifeline **
I am currently donating all the proceeds I make from the sale of my book to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. So, I feel it’s important to provide some sort of accountability to readers of my sales and donations.
I plan to make my first donation once (if) I make $100.00 in proceeds. And after every $100.00 there after. Currently, I’m a long way from hitting that mark! But if I ever do, I will begin tracking on this page.
A little bit about price setting. In order to enroll in Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) program, the lowest I could set the price was $2.99 for the Kindle version. The KDP program allows my book to be enrolled in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. This program allows Amazon Prime members to borrow the book for free. It also allows me to reach a wider audience over seas.
The KDP program also allows me to set the price at free for a total of 5 days within a 90 day window. I’m still navigating the promotional/marketing highway to determine when the best time to set the price at free is. But when I do, I will definitely post it!
A restriction of the KDP program is that I am not allowed to offer the digital version on any other format. Which means no Nook, Smashwords, etc. I realize this may limit some of my audience, but bare with me. I’m totally ignorant of the whole “publishing thing”, and Amazon was the simplest and most straight forward place to start. I may very well ditch the KDP program in the future if it ever appears I might have success in other markets.
Considering that I’ve sold a whopping total of 6 books (and one of those was to myself, lol) I don’t really think the market is going to demand I leave KDP any time soon!
As for the print version. Again, I set the price to the lowest possible amount. The cost is higher, obviously, because they have to actually MAKE something and send it to you. It’s not the size of a pocket type paper back. It’s about the size of a folded in half piece of paper (but a bit thicker!) It’s a nice looking book, if I do say so myself.
That’s my daughter, Kendra with the book! I will plan to do a post when ever Letting Go is free, and I will also post every time I make a $100 donation to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The only PR/marketing team I have is you, so please help promote it by sharing, reviewing, recommending. Thank you!