Oh, Amazon thinks they’re funny…

This morning, I wake up to this lovely email:

Hello,
 
Amazon blocked your book titled Fruit of the Dead – Season One: Episode One stating they found it freely available on the web.

They are asking for proof of rights, rights reversion letters, or contractual statements showing you have the complete rights to this work. As part of the sign up to add content to Amazon through this site, you were notified that no portion of your book can be posted freely available online, as it causes Amazon to question the copyrights. I will include Amazon’s email below for you to read through.
 
Amazon only gives us a few days to comply with these requests. Please immediately respond to this email with any documentation you have available as proof of copyrights and confirmation that the content posted on https://simily.co/all-stories/fiction/lightinash/fruit-of-the-dead-season-one-episode-one/ belongs exclusively to you. You will need to sign (physically sign) and send us a form that states this that we can forward to Amazon. 
 
This is some bullshit because Simily, while offering 4 free stories for a user to read, is a paid subscription site. Meaning my story is NOT freely available and I’ve made more money from Simily in the last month than I have from Amazon. My only reply was to say Simily isn’t a free site and that’s it. They can take their documentation and shove it.
 
If they decide to be a giant fucking bully and pull my books, I will have no fucking problem selling the digital copies direct from my blog. I’ve been thinking about putting a store on here for awhile and every day we find out how shitty Amazon and Jeff Bezos are. I’ve been actively shopping at alternative places and I only buy from Amazon if I have no other choice and I get gift cards from Swagbucks or any other of my points sites. I’ve had ethical debates in my head of having my books on there at all because I dislike them so much. So, not that they will give a shit, but I don’t care if Amazon pulls my stuff. Call my bluff, guys. Ya’ll won’t miss me anyway!

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Announcement!

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Greenhouse is now available in paperback on Amazon!! So, if you’ve been wanting to get this book in your hot little hands, now you can!

Since my other stories are so short, I probably won’t be offering them individually in print. I’ll wait until I have enough for a decent short story collection. In the meantime, grab Greenhouse today!

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Cold and Gross Monday…

Sadly it’s snowing again but there’s plenty for me to feel loved and warm inside. I checked on my books on Amazon and I got two more 5 star reviews; one on Old Soldier and one on Djinn. I’m always nervous about checking for reviews on my books; waiting for that dreaded 1 star review but so far, the lowest rating I’ve ever gotten was 4 stars.

I love when I get feedback from my readers. Even though I can see sales, it’s nice to know the person took the time to tell others what they thought of my work. I am so grateful for it so a big thanks to you all! 😀

 

Another 5 Star Review!

I happen to be poking around on Amazon and on a lark I decided to take a look at my book entries. I like to make sure they’re still up and written correctly, ya know? And low and behold! Another review! 😀

That’s pretty damn awesome. I was concerned the second book wouldn’t be as well received as the first because it’s SO much shorter. But good is good and apparently? I am GOOD!

My Mini Rant on KDP and Free EBooks

I recently made a post on facebook about how I have over 3000 books between my Kindle and my Nook and how I’ve paid for about 4 of them. Less if you count my Swagbucks giftcards that I’ve used on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Between Librivox, One Hundred Free Books, Hundred Zeros, EBook Spice,  and Book Bub, I can get 20 or so books in one day and not lay out a dime for any of them. I have discovered so many cool authors and series I’ve gotten into because of these promotions and I would LOVE to do the same for my books.

However (isn’t there always a ‘however?’) the only easy way to get your book free on Amazon is the KDP select program, which offers the book free to Prime members ONLY and ONLY if you stop selling the book anywhere but Amazon. A decent enough promotion I suppose but what about people who can’t afford to or won’t sign up for Amazon Prime? The books I’m getting from the above sites are regular, plain ole free to download and KEEP. When I looked into making that happen for my books, the only way to go about that seems to be:

  • Publish on Smashwords (or another site) for free
  • Notify Amazon and B&N of a lower price so they’re forced to price match
  • Wait till they do so
  • Wait till they change it back when you’re done with the promotion which could take forever

Not to sound lazy but that is way to freaking convoluted to me. I think both Amazon and B&N should make it so you can price your book at any level so you can do a promotion like “in celebration of book 2, here’s book 1 free for a week” or something like that. It gives authors a chance at major exposure because it’s on multiple platforms for free; and people LOVE free.

I know people have fabulous success with KDP Select but there has to be an easier way than to cut off other sales channels or try and game the system. I can understand the sites wanting to make their money but I don’t see Amazon exactly hurting for profits and ya know what? I’d like to make some money, too. As giant book selling sites, they could easily say “There’s a 2 week limit if you set your price at $0.00.” I couldn’t blame them. But at least give us a shot. I would like to do a decent promotion without risking having my account suspended at either site for ‘cheating.’

So, give it a shot, Amazon and B&N! It certainly wouldn’t cost you money since people are setting their prices at free anyway.

Maximum Pimpage

Just in case you haven’t checked out the site lately, there are some Amazon Affiliate boxes on the main page along with some adspace. Searching and buying from Amazon via my site or clicking on the ads will give me a few pennies towards paying the bills and keeping the site running. ^_^ Buying books or Zazzle swag helps, too. Domains are expensive. :p

Happy Friday!

Since I was editing instead of working on Winter Boot, I come with a peace offering:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Here are the first two illustrated chapters of my novel; First Brood: Dreamhunter. These are only $.99 each and if you can’t wait for more, the link to the full novel on Amazon is right there (also available from Createspace and Nook). Illustrations are by the fabulous Melody Herbert over at Ragdoll Comics. 🙂

I am also proud to announce that Gods in the Grey City has a fancy new cover! 😀

Cool, huh? Also by Melody, as she’s pretty much my go to art person. ^_^

Hopefully, Winter Boot will be back next week. I seem to have a short story groove going on but in the meantime, enjoy! 😀

Happy 400 Posts!! :D

I was torn between a contest or a giveaway for the 400th post. That’s a pretty good milestone for me considering I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep this up at all. ;D While I was deciding, I was sniffing around Amazon for freebie Kindle books. I suddenly realize I haddn’t checked to see if I had any new reviews on my existing books. I’d been checking every day at one point and got pretty disheartening when nothing was showing  up. On a lark, I decide to look.

And there was a new one.

Properly scared out of my wits, I went to read it and was very happy to see someone enjoyed my story. 🙂

So, for my 400th post, I want to thank everyone who’s read my books and send a personal thank you to Natalie C. who left me that review. It makes me so happy to see feedback and I look forward to giving you all more stories to gobble up.

Here’s to 400 more posts! 😀

Free Kindle? Damn right.

You may have noticed in my Twitter feed popping up with notices of me winning a certain amount of swagbucks via searching. Most probably dismissed it as spam or some sort of phishing scam due to someone hacking my Twitter account. But this is not the case.

Check it:

Yes, that my friends is a Kindle paid for via an Amazon gift card I earned with Swagbucks. That means free. For 6 months, I painstakingly earned and saved swagbucks all on my own because every single person I tried to refer didn’t believe I would actually get anything. But I was patient, took surveys, watched the videos and after all this time I have a free Kindle. Why go through all that trouble? I have major beef with the fact you can’t read other formats on a Kindle AND that they would DARE place ads on a device you’re shelling out 100 bucks for. Unfortunately, there are authors I want to read in e-book format and they are Kindle exclusive. Otherwise, I would have just bought them for my Nook.

Want in on this? Here is my referral link. Don’t wanna be referred by me? Here’s the direct link to the site. Even as I speak, I’m earning my way to another gift card for more free swag. Because there is nothing better than coming home to a pile of books that are not only free but you get to keep them. 🙂