I hope everyone is doing well on this Wednesday almost Thursday.
Only nine days until the release of the sixth in my accidental roots series -- finally Ira gets to share why he was such a grumpy man-ho. Pre-order is up and running on Amazon for Ira and Cam's story, why wait? Click on over!
You've also probably seen the MASSIVE BLOG TOUR announcements on Facebook and Twitter and the cover reveal of Unforgivable, in a word: Gorgeous. Enough about that for now. I will continue daily updates of where you can read a little more and enter for a chance to win a copy of As Sure As the Sun...plus a few more in the Booking Room FCBK group (see that handy link?)
The really big, really scary, news is that I am taking all of my books off of KU. In future, I may not publish using KDP at all but will instead use Draft2Digital, which is an independent distributor where I can load to several storefronts (ie: BN, KOBO, iBooks etc.) from just one place. I tell you, writing books is a lot of administrative work. If you are considering self-publishing I cannot recommend them enough. Their help dept. is responsive and amazingly helpful!
Therefore, as of May 18, the very day Unforgivable is live, all Accidental Roots novels will be out of KU. I imagine I will lose some readers, although I hope not. But, as a small author/publisher, I cannot afford to have my livelihood dictated to by, basically, a bully.
Strong words? Yes.
This morning I received this notice:
The email is at best ambiguous, and since I only advertise through AMS (amazon marketing services), Facebook/Instagram and two newsletters, I am not sure where to look to find these 'bad readers'. This past month I added a Bookbub ad and another newsletter. This notice refers to March, not April. None of those things happened in March.
What did I do? I expanded my AMS advertising, I messed with my keywords and tried to figure out what the hell optimal SEO is. Aside from the KDP content review team mysteriously declaring my earnings (not insignificant in March, for me anyway) illegitimate, they seem to think I will be able to wave a magic wand and discover what has happened. Yes, I have written back asking for more information. No, I do not expect to get it.
I am extremely lucky to have a partner who supports me and my writing, who even after today says: 'Go work on the next book, I'll buy you dinner and drinks.' I don't know what I'd do without him.
Ironic that I was already planning on taking my books out of KU at the very least. This little notice has just spurred me on. I will absolutely continue to offer my books in mobi (Kindle) format - no need to worry there. Another thing freedom from KU will allow me to do is run more promotions of my books. So if you like instafreebie or things like that stay alert!
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey, bumpy rides and all, readers are the best and I love you all.