Who cares about the humble part, right?
I'm not crazy about Kindle Select. It looks like it gives authors a small chance to rise out of what's a throng now. If you want to try it--go ahead. I don't advise putting on anything you really care about. Read the Gimme Cap post. It works for other people but it hasn't worked for me.
What I don't like about it is the free part. If Amazon really wanted to help indie authors they would come up with a way to feature authors/books that doesn't devalue the work for both the author and the reader. An atmosphere of entitlement is being created.
Everything I'm thinking is vulgar. And I don't like doing that.
So I'll tell you about a horrid landlord I once had. He had no people skills at all but he was apparently a great great businessman. He had lived in another country and worked for a famous company and kited $29,000,000 from them. What's kiting? It's when someone uses the money from a company they work for for their own purposes/investments and replaces the money after they've turned a profit. He did this. The company found out. And the fired him. And he sued them for unlawful dismissal and won $3,000,000 which he used to come to America and buy an estate. Everything he touched turned to gold. He made money at everything.
What was his philosophy? "I will not be undersold." He knew that he was selling the same/duplicate gumballs (it wasn't gumballs) as his competition, but if he priced them higher, there would be the illusion of greater value to his customers. He wasn't making gumballs, he was buying them from a wholesaler and having his label put on them. There was no quality control, or that he had input at the gum manufacturing plant. He was just buying gumballs and pricing them so that the people who wanted the finest gumballs bought his.
The lesson to be learned is that you can market to the freebie crowd or you can price your book for readers. The freebie crowd will treat you like dirt because you already said your book has no value. You're desperate.
Desperation is a terrible thing.
If it works for you, if it doesn't make you feel demoralized, then you don't know what I'm talking about. Good.