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: The Pitfalls of Self-Publishing: Amazon KDP Frustrations

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C.L. Monaghan- Author

The Pitfalls of Self-Publishing: Amazon KDP Frustration

As an indie author, the journey of self-publishing often feels like a rollercoaster ride, with unexpected twists and turns at every corner. While platforms like Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) offer unparalleled opportunities for authors to bring their stories to the world, the path is not without its frustrations and challenges.

Recently, I found myself grappling with the hurdles of self-publishing through Amazon KDP, and the experience has been nothing short of a test of patience and resilience.

It all started with the excitement of releasing a book on March 31st. I had meticulously planned the launch, built anticipation among my readers, and eagerly awaited the moment when my latest creation would be available for purchase. However, fate had other plans in store.

Nearly two weeks prior to the scheduled release date, I uploaded my manuscripts to Amazon KDP, expecting a smooth and timely review process. Little did I know that a technical glitch on their end would derail my plans and leave me in limbo.

Days turned into agonizing weeks as I anxiously waited for Amazon to review and publish my books. Each passing day meant missed opportunities and dashed hopes of hitting my release date. It was a frustrating ordeal, compounded by the realisation that I had little control over the situation.

In a desperate attempt to salvage the situation, I turned to alternative platforms like Draft2Digital and BookFunnel. While these platforms offered a lifeline, they also presented their own set of challenges. Without the built-in audience and visibility of Amazon, gaining traction and reaching readers proved to be an uphill battle.

To make matters worse, the ordeal with Amazon KDP forced me to create a new author account, resulting in the loss of thousands of hard-earned reviews for my Midnight Gunn series. Rebuilding that trust and credibility would require time and effort, adding yet another layer of frustration to the mix.

Despite the setbacks and disappointments, I refuse to let this experience dampen my spirits. I owe it to my loyal fanbase to deliver on my promises, even in the face of adversity. And so, I humbly ask for their patience and understanding as we navigate through this challenging time together.

In the meantime, my planned release of a surprise ebook to tide readers over has been stalled until Amazon decides to pull their finger out of their bum and get my books published. It's a fun little book that slots well into the Midnight Gunn Saga and I hope it

will bring joy and entertainment to those who have been eagerly awaiting my next release.

As I continue to navigate the unpredictable waters of self-publishing, I am reminded of the resilience and determination that brought me to this point. With the support of my readers and fellow authors, I am confident that I will emerge from this ordeal stronger and more determined than ever before.

So here's to weathering the storms, overcoming the obstacles, and ultimately triumphing in the world of self-publishing. And to Amazon KDP, I say this: pull your finger out, because the indie author community is counting on you to do better.

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