I’ve just finished the writing of my latest venture, titled They Came in Peace; it’s now nearly ready for Beta Reading. Continue reading Beta Readers Wanted
Among my of-late all too infrequent posts, I have been giving loose updates about experimenting with Amazon’s KDP Select initiative.
According to Amazon’s too-good-to-be-true KDP Select promotional page, authors enrolled in the programme can “Earn higher royalties, Maximize your book’s sales potential”, and “Reach a new audience,”all in exchange for making your enrolled titles AMAZON KINDLE EXCLUSIVE for an “enrollment period” of 3 months, which renews automatically unless you go through the steps to make sure that the book is only re-enrolled at your behest. But that, like much of KDP Select, only becomes evident after you enroll.
Even going through their broad, devoid-of-details 3 Question Long FAQ’s at the bottom of the page, it becomes obvious that while Amazon are touting the supposed benefits of KDP Select, they most certainly aren’t giving you any real information:
Apparently, the least-asked question is, “How well does it pay?”
Clicking on the “For more FAQs” link leads to a page that just re-hashes everything in the image above, only in more elaborate detail and just enough doublespeak to obfuscate the fact that they ain’t giving you all the fucking facts.
However, having read many a blog article by many a successful author, I decided to have another go at KDP Select – after an early gamble years ago when I first published online.
I decided, as Kindle exclusivity would shut me out of 1/3 of the eBook market, not to cut my nose of to spite my face and make all my titles part of the KDP Select stable for a full quarter-year. That made the chapter books from Chronicles of the Aeons War the ideal test subject for the KDP Select Experiment.
For those following along, I decided to run an experiment to see if being in KDP Select (And Amazon exclusivity) would affect my sales.
Short answer: it has.
Long answer: I AM HEMORRHAGING SALES. Continue reading I will not be renewing my Amazon KDP Select
So, I’ve made little to no secret that I’ve been creatively constipated for months, because of personal struggles and, of course, because I’m working on the first draft of two (generally speaking) wholly new stories.
When writing new material, I often find this start-stop-start happens, especially when working with a completely new universe. The first rule of new universes is to be very, very careful while exploring them. Unfortunately, that leads to hesitation, which leads to self-doubt, which leads to second-guessing and obsessive micro-editing of everything I’ve previously written for that particular story, going forward and writing a paragraph or two, realizing I have no idea where to go from there, which leads back to hesitation. So the cycle becomes recursive, leading to full-on writer’s block. Continue reading How I Went Out for a Walk and Came Back With a Chapter
This pisses me off, because “buying” reviews got the movie studios in trouble back in the 1990s, I think, and it was as despicably shitty then as it is now. Continue reading Liars and Cheats and Why I Hate Them
We did it…the thousands of independent authors who rose up and told CleanReader, through Twitter and Facebook, through our blogs, through interviews and forum posts in no uncertain terms to keep their hands off our dirt, got our books removed from their app.
Smashwords, the major eBook broker out there (Besides Amazon, who are in no way affiliated with CleanReader – so far as we know), ordered their subsidiaries to take down the feeds of ALL THEIR TITLES into CleanReader, effectively shuttering their store. Their reason: it violates Smashwords’ Author Agreement, by allowing third-parties to modify the content of an eBook. Continue reading CleanReader Update: WE BEAT THE BASTARDS!
Warning: this post contains naughty words; many, many naughty words. Reader discretion is advised. Continue reading FUCK CENSORSHIP
Okay, TECHNICALLY this isn’t my “new” website, as I’ve been parking the URL with a token page for a number of years.
So, this is the first blog post of the revived website. Okay? Does that work? Continue reading Steve’s First Blog Post