Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Experience with Amazon Preorder

For my latest book, I used the Amazon Preorder function.

But first, the purpose as to why I did this:

-To push myself to get this book done by my personal deadline.

-To have the book up when I was having a "Sale-apalooza" on two other titles at Thanksgiving.

For those who also want to use preorder to push yourself to get it done: only do this if you know you'll cut no corners. Only do this if you have put out a few books already and have a system in place for writing a quality book and a pretty stalwart work ethic.

Now, back to the preorder. The preorder did not work out as expected, namely because when you used Google or Amazon to search for the book--by title or even by my name--it did not come up. The only way you could find it was the link from my author dashboard on KDP.

I used that link to insert it into the back of books and onto my website and in my email's signature line. But otherwise, there was no way a reader could find this preorder.

I emailed Amazon three times, and off-site (read: not-here-in-America) employees wrote to me canned responses that, no, did not solve the problem. They never did.

But I'm not someone who wastes time trying to fix something that isn't a large problem. I created this preorder, as I said, to finish the book and to have a link for when my other books went on sale. I got both of these goals accomplished. (Click here to see the preorder link--not the usual Amazon URL.)

Also, a couple of other points:

-Because my book couldn't be "found" (even the off-site Amazon employees couldn't find it), I couldn't update my Amazon Author Central page. Not a big deal, but it has to stay on my to-do list until it can be updated.

-The release date was supposed to be Dec. 13, so that it would fall on Santa Lucia. However, Amazon moved it to Friday, Dec. 12. No idea why. Again, not big enough to waste time contacting Amazon about.

-I made my last change at, um, 11:26 p.m. on Monday, 12/8. It was implemented at 4:04 a.m. on Tuesday, 12/9. As of noon on 12/9, I could no longer go in to tweak anything about the book (blurb, cover, innards). I didn't need to, but I did want to note when I'd be locked out for future reference. (Note: It locked up three full days before the book was set to release.)

Would I do the preorder again? Yes. It helps give me a more finite deadline that I can't change (Amazon lets you move up a preorder date but never push it back).

I'm just hoping next time that readers will be able to find it by themselves because, you know, they're CRAZED with wanting to know when the next Sydney Strand is coming out. ;o)

Off I go to write or productively procrastinate...

Sydney Strand is a writer and mom who has published two books through New York and another five via self-publishing. She writes funny little romances, but not of the Red Room of Pain variety. More like the Dan and Roseanne Connor variety--humor is sexy, dontcha know. You can follow Sydney on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and/or you can sign up for her All Things Awesome Newsletter.

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