A New Chapter with Amazon’s KDP Select

Tribute and Vessel, the first two novellas in the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, are now listed exclusively with Amazon’s KDP Select program. I’m taking Amazon up on a program that has helped many independent authors gain exposure, right alongside authors taking a more traditional publishing route.

I’m going to talk first about what this means for readers. Tribute and Vessel are now part of the Kindle Lending Library. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow one book a month for free from that library. While it’s free for you, it earns authors a decent royalty — so if you are an Amazon Prime member, this is a great way to support authors you like. Also, I’ll occasionally have the option to offer these ebooks free on Amazon. If you haven’t read the series yet, that’ll give you a good opportunity to get caught up. I’ll be releasing two more Children of the Sidhe novellas later this year. 🙂

My writer friends might wonder why I made this move. This is a turnaround for me. A year ago, I was completely against throwing all the eggs in my basket in with one retailer. But Amazon is a giant, and while my sales have never been good even there, they still make up most of my sales. I’ve done a lot of reading in recent months about authors’ experiences with KDP Select. It seems to be of the most benefit to authors who don’t yet have a following — and that’s definitely me. I’m hoping those free days will draw readers who haven’t heard of me, get me a few more reviews (recent ones, for goodness sake), and build the audience for the releases I have coming up this year.

Now for the teaser:

(Oh, and I’ll remind you my romance is intended for adults.)
Children of the Sidhe

The Sidhe dwindle. Slow to breed and quick to war, the ages have worn away their numbers. An old enemy threatens Otherworld, fearsome in numbers and in newfound magic. The Sidhe’s unloved part-human children strewn about the mortal world are suddenly their greatest source of hope. 

Tribute (Children of the Sidhe, Novella One)

Tribute is a fae-filled paranormal romance, an action-packed romp to the Otherworld, and beyond.
Hazel Fintan is the reluctant daughter of the Irish love god, Aengus. She’s never cared for her father’s world, especially its men. So who could expect her to be happy when she’s drawn into a conflict with a legendary race over an impossible tribute?
The tribute may be what brought them together, but Ian MacIlroy knows destiny when it stares him in the face with stunning green eyes and a gorgeous smile. Now he has a new mission. Hazel will be his, at any cost. And the cost could be high when Otherworld’s enemies are denied what they seek.

Vessel (Children of the Sidhe, Novella Two)
Vessel is paranormal romance with kick; a bad-ass witch meets her match in a fae enforcer. Vessel is the second novella in the Children of the Sidhe series.
Eddie Drake, notorious agent of the Sidhe Authority, has always been a womanizer. So he’s as surprised as anyone when he can’t get a certain black-haired witch out of his mind.
When Alise Rodgers wakes up in Otherworld, a mysterious connection to the place haunts her. And then there’s a more immediate concern – she would never have expected to find Drake sitting vigil for her. While she’s grateful, she’s not at all interested in his bedroom eyes. They’ve always clashed. But they must work together after Alise discovers a rebellious plot brewing among the Sidhe, and puts her life on the line in the bargain.

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit jrpearsenelson.com.

2 comments on “A New Chapter with Amazon’s KDP Select

  1. I have one of my stories enrolled in KDPS J.R.. The free days have been very successful in broadening my readership so far. Just be sure to promote the heck out of them on Twitter, etc.

    I’d also recommend coinciding your free days with a blog tour, etc. if you can. More bang for your buck. 🙂

  2. I’m anxious to see how this works out for you. We all have to do what’s best for us, and it’s not always the same for everyone. If most of your sales are coming from Amazon anyway, it might be a good financial move for you. Keep us updated.

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