I got a new story blog!
I just set it up tonight, so I still have to do some tweaking on it. Remember my first draft blog? Yeah, I miss it. However, I can’t do a first draft blog because of the copyright infringement issue I had last summer. To protect my work, I can only post stories that have already been published. My published books all have been registered with the US Copyright Office, and I have the number of my copyright lawyer (great guy, by the way) in case I need it.
So that is why I can only do daily 500-700 words daily posts on books already available for sale. While I’d rather have the first draft blog, I don’t dare take my chances. I did miss having a story blog and wanted to bring it back. This seemed like a good compromise.
I’m going to start with Suddenly a Bride, a contemporary romance which leads up to Runaway Bride. So far, I don’t have much of an interest in Suddenly a Bride, so I figured I might as well feature this book. It happens to be one of my favorites because the hero has a childlike innocence about him. Maybe this book won’t be your cup of tea, but that’s okay if it’s not. When I finish with the posts on that book, I’ll go on to another one, and maybe that will be a book more to your liking. 😀
I will add the link to this blog on my website and this blog in the next few days, but for now, I’m going to post the link here: http://ruthannnordinsbooks.com/.
This blog is still the to-go place for updates on my writing, character interviews, and story excerpts for my works in progress.
As for Amazon…
I’m not sure how things will play out over there. I got notified tonight by another author that they are starting to control prices over there, which means I can’t set the book to whatever price I want the book to be at.
This is a new thing which has followed quickly on the heels of the KDP Select Program, which requires the authors who enter their books into it to sell those books only on Amazon. (So if the author submits book X to KDP Select, book X needs to be removed from all the other sites and the author can’t post excerpts of the book on his blog. That book and all the contents in it belong to Amazon for 90 days. However, the author might have a book Y which that he doesn’t put into KDP Select. In this case, book Y can be on all other sites, including the author’s blog.)
I don’t think KDP Select is fair to people who want to buy books from other sites. I have not put any books into KDP Select, and I won’t do it either. Not only would it not be fair to people who own Nooks, iPads, etc, but I couldn’t post excerpts or put the book up on my story blog if I wanted to. I want freedom to get my books to people who want to read them.
Now, this latest development with Amazon does concern me and might affect whether or not I can have a book on Amazon in the future. For those of you who buy my books from Amazon, I just want to give you a heads up. An author I know got an email tonight telling her that it found one of her books for sale on another bookstore (B&N) for $0.99, she needed to either raise the price of her B&N book up to $3.99 or go into her dashboard at Amazon and lower the price to $0.99. If she doesn’t do either one of these within two days, her book will be removed from Amazon.
At this time, I have four books on Amazon that are priced at $0.99 in my dashboard. Amazon does not allow me to choose “free” as a price. I put the four books up for free on Smashwords which then sent them out for free on places like B&N. I don’t know if I will get an email from Amazon telling me I need to price those books through Smashwords at $0.99, but if Amazon does send me that kind of email, I will have to remove four books from Amazon. I refuse to charge a price on books I want to be free to the public. It’s also possible that because I will post Suddenly a Bride on my story blog for free, Amazon might require me to remove Suddenly a Bride from Amazon or remove the book from my story blog.
I’m not sure how this will play out, but I decided to be an indie author to do things my way. I didn’t get into this because I couldn’t find a publisher. I actually had a publisher interested in Eye of the Beholder back in 2008. I decided to publish my books myself because I wanted the freedom to do whatever I wanted to with my books. I don’t want Amazon or anyone else telling me what I can or can’t do with my work.
So will I be able to publish on Amazon in the future? I don’t know. Will those four free books be able to stay on Amazon? I don’t know that either. But I’m letting you guys know what is going on, so if I end up having to remove books from Amazon or am unable to publish any in the future, you’ll know why. There are some things I have no control over, and I understand this means I’ll end up losing some readers, but honestly, I’ll lose readers no matter what I do. If I go with Amazon, I’ll lose readers. If I don’t go with Amazon, I’ll lose readers. It’s a no-win situation.