Sorry about the delay in continuing the AmazonEncore thread. We had a whole bunch of stuff going on, some of which was good and some of which wasn't, but things have settled down and everything's getting back to normal here at Infinite Space central.
And now, back to our topic. AmazonEncore and how A King of Infinite Space was made it into their initial lineup of publications.
After the frenzy of online activity that came with the World Parade Release and the subsequent Amazon push, I settled into a more sedate and manageable routine. I maintained the AKoIS Facebook group, blogged on a weekly basis, and arranged as many signings, readings, and other book related events as I could manage. This kept a fair amount of traffic on the book's Amazon page, and the sales settled down to steady and satisfactory (by small press standars) pace. In this phase of the process, one of the most important things I was able to do was to develop a solid number of favorable reader reviews. This turned out to be instrumental in the next stage of the process.
A few months after the book's release on Amazon, while I was trying to maintain the book's momentum, I heard that Amazon was going to start its own publishing imprint, and that a significant portion of its new titles would be selected from among the independent and small press titles using Amazon's Print-On-Demand services. Sales and reviews would have a significant influence in the selection process.
Immediately I began to think about ways to increase the book's performance. I planned another Amazon push, and began writing a posting for the blog and Facebook group to urge readers to write more reviews. While I was working on this, though, Paul Tayyar called me and told me AmazonEncore wanted to pick up A King of Infinite Space. I couldn't believe the news. Just as was developing strategies to attract Amazon's attention, I discovered that I already had.
AmazonEncore has been terrific to work with, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of their lineup of authors. They do a great job of combining traditional publishing with new digital technologies. I'm very pleased with the trade paperback version of A King of Infinite Space, and who better to partner with in terms of e-publishing than the people who invented the Kindle?