Tag Archives: The Omniverse

Why KDP Select is Bad

Among my o424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nf-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:

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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.

Amazon: Bigger Bullies Than I Thought

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nIt’s no shock to anyone involved in eBooks – buying, selling or writing them – that Amazon.com owns the lion’s share of the business.

Not content with market dominance, however, it does seem like they are doing their utmost to crush their competition by any means necessary. Continue reading Amazon: Bigger Bullies Than I Thought

THE OMNIVERSE: BACK TO BLOGGING

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Okay, break (or mourning period for my civil liberties under Stephen Harper) is over. Back to the blahg.

So, what topic to cover for my return to my own damn website?

Well, as this is supposed to be where I blahg about my writing and stuff…let’s talk about my writing! Continue reading THE OMNIVERSE: BACK TO BLOGGING

Character Backstory and Why You Need It

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nI’m not in the habit of giving writing advice.  But I would like to share with you what I think is an important fact about a story’s characters.

So, a little backstory on this post.  When I was writing what I thought was going to be my masterpiece as an author, but turned out to be an extremely poorly-received disaster that I’ve left up only so it may serve as a warning to others, I would, before writing, literally imagine myself sitting down with the character whose perspective the story was being told from, and listen to them tell me what happened. Continue reading Character Backstory and Why You Need It

Liars and Cheats and Why I Hate Them

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nSo…what kicked off this week’s blahg post, you might wonder?  I had yet another (Blocked, reported for spam) Twitter follower today attempting to sell me multiple five star reviews of my eBooks.

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

So  yes, this will be confessional.

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nI wasn’t going to actually write a blahg post tonight, but my idiot asshole upstairs neighbor is blasting his stereo tonight, and the air mattress needs refilling, so instead of sleeping in before going to spend the day with maniac kids happy to see me, I’m forced to stay awake.

So it occurs to me that my first few posts have been both manic and depressive; in terms of tone and content.  I’m sorry if this makes you feel uncomfortable.  I’m a human being first, and everything else comes second.  Except possibly fatherhood…which is a state of being that even as I live it I cannot by any way, shape or form define in terms of language, spoken or written.  Writing is a distant second to both. Continue reading So  yes, this will be confessional.