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Point of View: Am I Narrow or Wide?

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In indie publishing, we use the words “narrow” or “wide” to differentiate between two vastly different strategies. Selling narrow means utilizing only one vendor—typically Amazon—and essentially putting all of your eggs in one basket. It can have its own rewards, as with the ranking thing, but you are also subjecting yourself to the whims of one vendor. And if they ever decide to shut you down, which Amazon has done before, you are entirely at their mercy. If instead you decide to go “wide,” it means you are selling your books through multiple different vendors. I started out my indie … Read more

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Last month, I talked about the pros and cons of “going wide” – selling my books through a bunch of vendors and venues instead of only Amazon. Today, I’m finally there. All of my books are available via Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. And all of them that are published via our press, Other Worlds Ink, are also available through Thalia, Vivlio, Payhip, and to bookstores and libraries via Ingram Spark. So far, the results are encouraging. I’m seeing sales via Kobo and Barnes & Noble, and Amazon is holding its own. I’m even seeing some via iBooks. … Read more