Okay, so don’t do this, y’all. It’ll cause a momentary shot of panic that, on a 1st world scale of horror, is fairly, astoundingly high. And though it may be common sense that most of you already possess, listen up anyway. Redundancy is a good thing… except in conversation. Don’t be redundant in conversation. I mean, it’s okay to repeat yourself once, but really, that’s redundancy enough in conversation.
So, anyway, with my first book, A Killer’s Role, complete, meaning I wrote it, had it edited, cover designed, the whole nine yards, and had gotten it to a point that it was ready to fly, I goofed. And if it wasn’t for the warning of a few friends, and the grace of a certain multi-author promo host, I’d have been screwed. Why? I’ll tell ya.
With every intention of launching the novel in KDP to sell to a hungry public, I volunteered it for a cross-promo giveaway. DON’T DO THAT!
You are NOT allowed to give your full novel away for FREE, then turn around and launch it “for sell” in KDP. It’s against Amazon rules and they are well within their sanctioning to take your account down… forever! At which point, like I said, you’re screwed.
Now, as I understand, there are Goodreads giveaways that you can setup in which you offer a free copy of the book while it’s being offered for sell, as long as it’s only the print version… not the eBook (which you can’t do through Goodreads anyway.) But for cross-promos, or multi-author promos that entail a free copy or download of your novel, it can’t be done. So don’t.
In my case, a little finger-waving warning from the American Inklings and a simple email to the promo host, and all was set right. I was able to replace it in the promo with a prequel novella that I had written and offered through Instafreebie.com (NOT AMAZON) and I was up and running. Phew!
For you newbies out there, like myself, learn from me on this one.