Previously, I wrote a post about why I decided to pull my books from KindleUnlimited so I could go wide. I’m in a genre author’s group on Facebook and some folks have been interested in the experience, but it’s kind of hard to get across everything in a Facebook post so I thought I’d pull one together here.
Last week the writing community exploded with fury over a pirate ebook site. It’s one of many, to be sure, and how this book site became the source of such anger and consternation after years serving free pirated content to the masses is not clear. What is clear is that this caused deep emotional turmoil for many independent writers. They vented much rage on various social media sites.
Much rage. Super lots of rage.
I am not writing this post to add to the vitriol.
There have been a few critical reviews of Witchiest Circus on Earth that specifically call out the fact that Charlotte acts like a child even though she’s thirtysomething. I understand the criticism and thought I’d address some of it for International Women’s Day today.
I hate marketing.
Okay, it’s not that I hate marketing. I mean, I sell stuff, so I can’t hate marketing. Marketing lets me write books and then find people that want to read them. So it’s not fair for me to hate marketing.
Yeah, okay, I hate marketing.
Unfortunately, my jump to another publishing aggregator did not go as well as I’d hoped.
For some reason, the new aggregator could not get the pricing correct for international readers on Apple, and this caused a cascading number of problems from Bookbub to Amazon’s price matching. The new aggregator was not as responsive as I would have liked to correct the issue, and so I made the decision this morning to return to my old aggregator. While I’m moving over we’re going to go ahead and assign our own ISBNs to them in hopes we’ll avoid these issues in the future.
Book sales on Amazon and Kobo are mostly unaffected. International stores on Amazon, however, may not show Book 1 as free, and Book 1 could revert as we’re making this move despite it still being free at Kobo. Google Play, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks will be down for several days as all books are pulled by one aggregator and re-uploaded by another. Smashwords will be unaffected.
My sincere apologies about this. I’m pretty unhappy with the situation, and I hope returning to a more responsive aggregator will stabilize all this going forward.