Take a look at this blog post by Ira Blacker. (Note, I had to remove these links because Ira’s webmaster thinks I’m spam.)
Interesting, isn’t it.
What is equally interesting is the discussion that has arisen from Ira’s discussion about this on LinkedIn. Two of the comments suggest that Amazon should be avoided as a publishing choice. I can see why the posters would say that, but there are two or three things that they don’t quite understand.
- Amazon is still the 800lb. gorilla (ie. powerful enough to have draconian policies and get away with it)
- Amazon is 51% of the US epublishing marketplace
- Amazon is almost 19% of the GLOBAL epublishing marketplace
Any author that wants to participate in epublishing needs to be aware that the game is not set up for their benefit. We are content providers for economic giants that are going to make money off of us one way or another. On the plus side, we aren’t doing it for free.
Whether we’re being paid enough for the services we render is another matter entirely.
Karl gave me three stars and said the following: “The zombies in this book aren’t like the zombies you’re used to. They can think, they can talk, they move fast, and they feel pain. In other words, they’re almost indistinguishable from humans. Which is a big problem for me, as a fan of zombie books, because if you strip off the label of zombies, this may as well be a book about a battle between two groups of humans. Taken in that context, this becomes just an average book.”
I had to respond to his review. Personally, I’m tired (and have been) with mindless, eating machines. Where is the challenge in an enemy that can be defeated by: force of arms; laying in wait until it is over; or running away to a deserted location? There isn’t any.
The attraction of gore and people being eaten doesn’t hold me for very long.
Now, he does make a valid point. How are my zombies zombies… Well, they died, came back, and are out to get people. Those are two of the major qualifications of zombiehood. Mindlessness? Like I said, it just doesn’t make me want to get out of the chair.
Give me a critter who can think, wants to eat me, and is willing to mess with me in order to make it easier!
Okay. That’s my message from the “front”.
“Amazon don’t give a shit,” to paraphrase the popular Youtube video.
I just found out, thanks to Twitter, another local author has had an interesting time with KDP. Ashley Barron, author of “AVA”—a Priya book—relates her experience with the 800lb. Publishing Honey Badger on her blog. Take a look.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were another game in town that had Amazon’s share of the ebook market?