Indie Publishing and the New Amazon Pre-Order

I’m getting set to release The Chain, the third and final book in my Artifacts of Avalum series. Due to plenty of other projects that have kept me busy, including my day job, The Chain is coming out much later than I initially anticipated (By like, a whole year! Yikes! (If you’ve been patiently waiting, my apologies). But in all the time I’ve been working away on The Chain, Amazon, as always, has been working away making changes to their Kindle Direct Publishing platform.

One of the most recent changes is that Amazon now allows Indie authors to put their book up for pre-order a full-year in advance of publication. Previously, Indie authors could do pre-orders, but the entire finished manuscript had to be uploaded first, and the whole pre-order window couldn’t be longer than one month. I have never done a pre-order before, primarily because if my manuscript had to be completed before I could even set up the pre-order period, then I was just going to hit publish and get my manuscript up NOW. But this week, as I began setting up the publication details for The Chain, I made a new decision: I’m going to put The Chain up for pre-order for a week.

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The Chain will be released on September 24th, 2019. Amazon has graciously informed me that the deadline to have my final manuscript uploaded is September 20th at midnight. As I’m just going through the final formatting for this book, that isn’t a problem for me. In fact, it’s great that I can get the page up for The Chain prior to releasing the book!

I have no idea if a pre-order period will do anything for my sales, but it does really help me in terms of setting up my links, connecting the book to my blog, brand, and even my Amazon author page, which is all great! So check it out, spread the word, and after the official release, come back and look for a post on what Amazon pre-order did for me.

JEH

 

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