UnBlessed by Crystin Goodwin

winterbayne:

I’m working new covers for the series :D

Originally posted on Behind the Willows:

I could tell you…

I could tell you about the world. The magic of the elements and the animals. The ceremonies and the changes. The extensive history of the people.

But I’d hate to ruin the way the author unfolds it for you.

I could tell you in great detail the why’s and wherefores of the characters whom I loved and those who, upon reflection, I wished had been a little more fleshed out.

But I don’t want to introduce any prejudice. I want you to be as taken with the people as I was.

I could tell you what I absolutely loved and what left me wanting.

But I won’t.

I could even tell you just how it leaves you hanging at the end to send you running off to Amazon to see if her next book has yet been published.

I could tell you all of that.

But…

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Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

Originally posted on imy santiago:

A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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They don’t like big fat books and that isn’t a lie

On the heels of Zon switching their payment methods which no doubt is to help curb their fund drain, Scribd has decided to cull their romance section. With no explanation as to what they’ll keep or why.

Damn you authors for writing exactly what the readers want! Those romance and smut readers are downloading so many books per month, causing subscription book services to crumble.

Instead of learning from their very successful authors and adapting to the market place, their knee jerk reaction is to cut the most in demand product they have.

Way to go. Piss off your authors and your customers. Drive both to your competition.

You didn’t do your homework. I could have told you romance readers rip through about a book a day.

Romance is THE biggest chunk of the book market. 60% last I saw.

The readers of today trend towards shorter reads.

The email contained two bullet points worth noting.

  • Fourth, we’ll be tweaking our catalog on an ongoing basis, rotating titles in and out, so that romance readers always have something fresh to read.
  • Fifth, we’re working hard to establish more mutually beneficial terms with our publishing partners, so that we can continue to grow our catalog.

Which means to me…yeah they’re going to attempt to find the sweet spot on number of romance titles offered. They want to limit their cash drain by offering less.  No way they can “rotate” titles and keep the offerings “fresh” enough.

Adapt KU and Scribd. And quick. While you’re trying to bail water from your sinking boats, the self published romance writers are turning on a dime and making plans on ways to thrive with out your subscription serviced based model.

If someone can come up with an erom Netflix business model that can make money, now is the time for that.

Procrastination

I don’t know how you procrastinate, but this is how I do it. I make a desktop wallpaper from a book cover I designed. Actually, I made more, but I’ll stick with sharing this one for now. Download it, plaster it on your laptop and pimp a fellow writer’s book.

Melkorka is available on Kindle Unlimited or from Amazon if you do not subscribe to KU.

melkorkacoverwebsiteFor information’s sake, because we should be intelligent and informed consumers, if you borrow from KU the author gets about $1.33 for this complex 400 plus paged dark fantasy. After July 1st, he will get paid per page read. No one knows what the set price will be. It could end up more than $1.33 or less. They’re keeping that a big secret until August 15th.

*sigh* Just buy the book. It costs the same as a fancy coffee you could make yourself at home.

Definitely download the wallpaper though. ;)

melwallpaperDrawn along on the quest to remedy the mistake of his masters and protect the Ash Tree, Branimir becomes the most unlikely of heroes in an inimical world of magic and mayhem.

But I don’t feel like panicking

The dust for Kindle Unlimited changing their author paying structure is beginning to settle. That is until the first round of payments under the new system comes out then it will fly back up again.

No doubt this will change things for authors. It has for me a little. For those who may be unaware Amazon is moving from a flat pay out per borrow to paying the author per page read.

Here is what I thought about when I read that news in my inbox.

The Guardian, I believe it was, somehow figured up that THE most read through book was only read through 83%. Well, it sounds right to me.

Everyone is running to the bomb shelters because what was a haven for indie writers and short stories is perceived as drying up suddenly. While those writers of epic tomes are throwing parties believing that their 500 page fantasy novel will reap huge payouts. Some are claiming victory over the idea that shorts should never had made as much as a full length novel rivaling The Stand’s page count.

I’m gonna call BS on some of this make a few predictions.

First, I’m pretty sure Kindle and Kindle Unlimited never made money for the company. Now, I’m not faulting business. If it were me, I’d want to make money. So, I am predicting that in the end after some adjustment time, this new system will come out to where most authors earn less than the 1.35 (give or take) that we have been earning per borrow. It will shock me if it is otherwise. Seriously. Eventually, Amazon, you gotta get out of the red.

Second, just because someone writes 500 pages, doesn’t mean that I am going to read them. To be perfectly honest, I’ll skip pages in a heartbeat. Seeing the read through percentage above, I know I’m not alone.

What does it really mean if authors are to thrive on KU?

KU will reward authors who write very engaging stories and I do mean every freaking page. Authors who do mystery, thrillers, mainstream romance, and such will do very well.

Longer really won’t mean better in this instance. If you write an action packed 500 pages, eh, the reader will eventually get bored or be so stressed they put the book down. I’m convinced readers today have shorter attention spans and desire to finish a story sooner. Genre does come into account. I’m also directing my prediction to the mass audience. The majority of every day readers. I’ve found myself drawn to shorter stories these days. They are very fulfilling. If I see a page count over 300, I start to lose interest.

With that said, Serials and Series are still alive in my prediction. The catch is they have to be engaging. The story is still the same page length after all. Following up with the next installment will come into play. We can’t wait too long.

Non-Fiction could do very well as it always has with Amazon. We feel we need the information in Non-fiction. It still can’t be boring though and it must at least put on an air of usefulness.

KU will undergo a shuffle as authors reorient themselves. It’ll undergo another shuffle about 3-6 months from now as authors realize it is or isn’t their best interest to be in KU.

What does this mean for me and a few of my experiments?

I’m skipping my first experiment. I was going to upload several shorts to KU and report back with results. Instead, I’ll be pulling my shorts from KU. I am doubting it is the best venue for me to do my experiments right now. It is too volatile. I may leave one or two in there just to see what happens.

I’m coming up with Experiment B now.

I’m attempting novella length stories and still going through with my shorts. I’ll eagerly await other authors reporting their incomes from the new KU. In the meantime, I’ll be deciding venues.

I’m not upset with this too much, despite my pen names taking a hit. This new set up rewards authors for doing what we would naturally want if we were passionate writers. We want a story that sucks readers in and doesn’t let them go. We want their attention and we don’t want to bore them.

And I’m considering tutoring under Patterson. That man would rock KU.

How about you? Any KU predictions? Concerns?