Amazon KDP Select and my paranormal romance books

I’ve been tracking book sales and it’s been interesting to see how well In Heat and In Heat: Mating Call have been doing on after the free day I had for In Heat. I put them both into the Amazon KDP Select programme because I was taking them off sale because they hadn’t been performing well and they are both around 4+ years old now.

I put them up exclusively on Amazon to try out the KDP Select thing with a novel priced at $2.99 because the results with a $0.99 sweet fantasy romance short hadn’t been great, and the results have been interesting. I have always said that I wouldn’t remove my books from other retailers in order to participate in Amazon KDP Select but to be honest, the difference in sales is pretty dramatic for In Heat, so I am looking at making some other books exclusive to Amazon.

With these books though, it will be a temporary thing. I’ll be doing just the required 90 days exclusive to Amazon for them, and it will be a rolling thing, so not all my books will be exclusive to Amazon at once. It’s only select books too, those that aren’t performing at all on the other retailers, and definitely none of the current Her Angel romance series and Vampires Realm romance series books.

I don’t want to exclude any readers by making my books exclusive to Amazon, but the number of people I can reach with the Amazon KDP Select programme is high enough that I really can’t justify not giving it a go for the minimum required time. The books will go back on Apple, Nook, Sony and Kobo etc after the 90 days are up, so they will be available to readers who use those devices. I think numbers speak for themselves though.

In Heat moved over 1000 copies in February and looks like it will move over 2000 this month on Amazon, and it’s currently in the Top 1000 Kindle books. It has not left the Top 1500 since the start of February.

In Heat: Mating Call has sold over 500 copies in February and is likely to sell 1000 copies in March.

Prior to being an Amazon KDP Select exclusive, In Heat was doing a grand total of under 300 sales a month across ALL websites. Around 200 of those were on Amazon, and the remaining 100 were spread across the other 7 retail sites where it was available. The books I’m talking about adding to KDP Select and making exclusive to Amazon for 90 days are books that are doing under 100 sales a month at those 7 retail sites. If I can reach an extra 900-1900 people by doing this, then it makes business sense to do it. I want to expand my reach as an author and this seems a viable method of doing that.

Like I said, I would be removing one or two books at a time and making them exclusive to Amazon for 90 days. They will then go back onto the other retailers, and I’ll make a different book exclusive to Amazon. I won’t make the books totally exclusive to Amazon forever. That’s just wrong and I don’t want to exclude anyone. There’s a chance these books won’t do as well as In Heat or that book is just a fluke or it’s because it’s part of a two book series, and I’ll be forgetting the whole idea. Who knows? But I need to find out for myself. Feel free to rail at me but writing is a business and this makes sense to me as an author looking to expand her reach. I have to experiment with things like this to see if it’s viable and helps me promote my brand and my books. I can’t really apologise for it. I’m sure many authors would do the same, or perhaps even you would if you were an author trying to make a name for yourself and reach a bigger audience.

In Heat
Felicity Heaton
A heat wave isn’t the only thing making London too hot for lawyer Kim. She’s been spending each night with a man who sets her body and heart on fire. The problem? He’s a man that always sprouts black fur and purrs, and he’s only a dream. Walking into work on the hottest day of the year, the last thing she expects is to meet Erik, a man who sends her temperature soaring and who resembles her dream guy exactly.

A black panther shape-shifter, Erik Blackwell has been searching for his mate for twenty-seven years. The visions they share each night are getting hotter but finding her is proving impossible as he’s never seen her face. That is, until it turns out she’s working as his lawyer on his contract negotiations with his brother, Alistair.

Kim can’t deny her attraction to Erik. The heat she feels with him is intense and it’s only a matter of time before they surrender to their carnal desires.

When Kim discovers Erik’s secret, will she turn her back on him, or will she complete the mating and become like him so they can be together forever?

Available in e-book from:
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In Heat: Mating Call
Felicity Heaton
The English winter weather has no chance of cooling Kim down when her dreams of Erik return, and this time they’re hotter than ever! Having spent the past two years waiting to be in heat again so she can mate with her black panther shape-shifter lover, Erik Blackwell, Kim is excited about the prospect that she’s ready at last. But there’s one thing that she isn’t ready for…

The handsome white tiger shape-shifter that walks into their visions and then into their life, proclaiming himself to be her potential mate too!

Torn between two lovers and unable to stop herself from joining in the carnal pleasures in their visions, will Kim be able to resist the lure of Kristian in real life? Will Erik believe everything that happens or will he see past the lies to the truth and fight for the woman he loves?

Available in e-book from:
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About Felicity Heaton

I'm a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In my books I create detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will love my books too.

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