Due to some current policy changes at Amazon, I am having to decided whether or not I will be pulling my titles from their book store. They are changing policy for authors with their publishing. Traditionally through Amazon, the author receives a percentage of the total price of the title. If you buy a book for $1, the author will get .35 to .75 cents of that dollar for their work. Amazon’s changes now put you, the consumer, buying the title for $1 and the author only receiving payment for the pages read. If you buy a fiction anthology and only ready one or two stories, the author gets a percentage of a cent for each page read. The rates I saw were somewhere around .006 cents per page. For me, currently, this is a nuisance. As I have yet to make my passion for writing a marketable, lucrative endeavor, it is simply discouraging to know my work will be devalued. For others who write serialized stories and make a portion of their income from self publishing, this will be a crippling blow. Friends who are writers, musicians, and artists can all appreciate that we do these things for our passion and love for our art but, at the same time, we like getting paid for this. No one wants to be a starving artist and Amazon’s greed is preparing to make that an unfortunate reality for a lot of writers out there. I’d normally encourage you to write an angry letter or pull your support for a company doing this but, realistically, that’s not going to happen. I will likely be removing my titles from Amazon by the end of the month. If you really want to read it, you can find ATLD in the blog still as a serial and at the link below courtesy of Smashwords.
- Watching #realghostbusters with my nephew and remembering the hellish trauma that #samhain and the #boogeyman inflicted on me. #whoyagonnacall #ghostbustersRejection letters sting a lot more when you choose to be a freelancer. Especially if you're getting multiple form rejections daily. #writerslife #writerproblems #freelancelife #rejection #writersofinstagram #movingon #movingforwardWhen you realize that you've gone from Napoleon Dynamite to Brian Posehn in 15 years. And this isn't even my final form. For a guy who routinely doesn't give a shit about appearance, I'm surprisingly vain. #napoleondynamite #brianposehn #wtf #finalform #selfdepricatinghumorWe built our own #roomba for $4. #budgetrobot