I recently put the first installment of my horror serial, The Entity, up for pre-order on Amazon. I’ve noticed a few things since then, and they’re all pretty interesting as far as I’m concerned. I’m also left with a few questions.
All the units of The Entity that I have sold so far have registered my book so that it has appeared on the Horror-Comedy list on Kindle. What I wonder is how these early sales will affect the launch day? I believe Amazon said something about the pre-orders counting towards your launch day number, so I’m interested to see how that works once September 15th comes around.
Whatever happens, it’s exciting to be able to schedule an exact release date for a book now as opposed to trying to time it just-so. With the pre-order option, I know for sure that my book will be released on the exact date that I specify. I encourage any other indie authors to try it out if they have an upcoming work – but I will caution you and say that Amazon warns that if you are not finished the book and you miss your upload date (a week or so ahead of publication date) then you will no longer be allowed to use the pre-order option. So, it’s better to upload your finished product than to wait and try to tweak things up until the last minute.
Those are my thoughts and observations when it comes to using the pre-order option so far!