They held the event at The Nottingham Mechanics- the regular venue for Nottingham Writers' Club meetings, so this was a local and a great opportunity to attend.
This was only the second time KDP had run this session so they're still refining the event and learning from each one.
Though I'm not sure
Basically, it was KDP promoting and showing how easy it was to self publish with them and generate up to 70% in digital and up to 60% in print on demand royalties.
They provided a helpful A4 handout with relevant details and URLs and examples of royalty calculations.
For those who had not used KDP there was a run-through of the process, though the images on the screen were not large enough to read the text from a distance, it
Apparently the help button on the dashboard connects to a tech team whose only job is to sort out the technical issues or queries writers may have during the process. There are also webinars, which if you can't watch at the time they're running, you can access later via the video library.
There were insights into Author Central and how the writer could use their profile.
Mr H said this was only when there was a financial connection, a gift card or cash had
Sadly, he did not appear to believe that authors were losing reviews when they'd done nothing wrong, but as they would not tell the writer the actual reason for review removal, and consequently not
But the audience were also told to contact the Society of Authors with the details of when and
There were complaints of cover colour inconsistency from the print on demand service, but again there was no explanation, just let the Society of Authors know as well to feed it back.
Four RNA members I know of had received damaged books in the last few months because of poor packaging, including one sent back by the carrier, before it got to the author, because of the state it was in. It appeared Mr H was unaware of these type of complaints.
Another attendee asked about the get 50 reviews and visibility improves. That isn't right,
There are some promotions that authors can
KDP encourage writers to set up their author central profile on each of the Amazon sites, but they have to
|Print & e-book...|
While I learnt a few useful things, I went away disappointed.
The KDP manager was not as well briefed as he could have been, so when he couldn't really answer the negative issues writers raised, it showed and suggested, right or wrong, that KDP thought everything was rosy.
Hopefully, he'll take back those negatives and get them resolved.
The good news is that one RNA writer who had received damaged books
If KDP do more of this event
All that said, any opportunity to hear from KDP direct is to