Not as far as friends (where I tend to be loyal to a fault), mind you, but as far as having an opinion, I’m pretty fickle minded. I can be swayed.
The problem is I can see both sides of a proposition, question, point of view, etc., which makes it very hard to be dogmatic.
What does this have to do with writing, you might well ask? Not a thing that I can think of. However it has quite a bit to do with the business of marketing.
What made me realize that I’m easily swayed is my recent foray into the KDP Select program. I don’t have any significant or consistent results to relay to the rest of you at this point, but I can say it’s been an interesting ride so far.
If you haven’t heard of it, this is Amazon’s program to build customer loyalty, sell more Kindles, etc. How it affects writers is that in return for exclusivity for a 90-day period, Amazon offers authors the ability to have their books “lent” out (as in lending library) for which Amazon pays the authors a fee, by splitting up a pool of money. In December it was $500K. I hear it’s $700K for January.
Additionally, they give the author 5 days of promoting each book by giving it away. It’s interesting to find yourself rooting for people to just download your book for nothing. But you do. At least, I did.
So, a few weeks ago, I had determined that I was putting my book Red Mojo Mama back up to $2.99 (which I did) and there she would stay (which it didn’t). I put RMM on promotion for two days – for free.
I have absolutely no idea if this will ultimately benefit me. I’ve read five blogs by other authors about this plan, who have had mixed responses.
One way or the other, I now know this much about myself. I’m willing to try just about anything once, even if I’ve made up my mind not to. Hmmm….