So, that chaos has undone itself and I learned a few things that other self-published authors will find helpful.
- Smashwords puts your book on Barnes & Noble and they have to be the one to take it down.
- It takes 1-3 weeks for Smashwords to take down your book after you unpublish with them.
- Smashwords works on business days (weekends not included in deadlines) and Kindle works on all days (weekends included in deadlines).
The moral of the story is this: If you are on all of the sites and wish to go KDP Select, you have to make sure you are off all the sites before signing up. I didn’t know about the Barnes & Noble page, which might have been mentioned in the original contract and I forgot. Either way, you have to make sure you are off Smashwords and Barnes & Noble before going KDP Select. So, an author can give them a shot, but keep in mind that it takes at least a week to get off. In fact, I would still recommend giving them a shot for a first book because if you can pull off what I didn’t then you will be in a better position.
Will I go back to Smashwords? I don’t know. I’ve heard of a lot of authors have success on there. I’m not one of them and I tried. It seems that it took me going KDP Select and running a free weekend to get Nook users to start sending me emails. The problem is that if I go onto Smashwords again with my books then I’ll have to drop them and put them back every time I go KDP Select. It’s something to think about.