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[Feb. 3rd, 2013|06:26 pm]
Twice within the last few days I've gotten an email from a reader who didn't know that Heroes' Reward is available in an e-version. Or exists at all. This is not the first time I've gotten such emails. So, this is a problem.

I'm not sure what to do about this. The info is on my website and it's a sticky post here. I blasted livejournal, facebook, and twitter with an annoying number of posts about the book for at least a couple of weeks after I put it up.

I suck at marketing. I know this. I'm not prepared to pay for marketing because I know I won't recover the cost. I was happy to spend money on making sure the book was the best I could make it, but I'm too cheap to go farther than that.

I decided to try to make the book available on amazon, but I feel the terms and conditions are appalling. Does anyone know anyone who's self-published a book through amazon and what their experience was?

ETA Don't worry about it. Among the clauses that appall me is the one that says they can change the rules whenever they feel like it, with or without notice. That's ridiculous. So, no amazon for me.

[User Picture]From: romsfuulynn
2013-02-04 02:02 am (UTC)
Choosing not to publish on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords really does mean that it is essentially invisible.
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[User Picture]From: moiraj
2013-02-04 03:39 pm (UTC)
It is on smashwords, but I do know that putting it on amazon would be best for getting the word out. I just think the terms are insulting with their disregard for how a contract is actually supposed to work.
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[User Picture]From: jenfullmoon
2013-02-04 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well, fans will just have to look for your website then. If Amazon and the rest are that bad, then...well, them's the breaks.
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[User Picture]From: romsfuulynn
2013-02-04 02:04 am (UTC)
Oh, about people (real authors) who self published who I consider to put out quality work - you might want to talk to Courtney Milan
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[User Picture]From: shiv5468
2013-02-04 08:24 am (UTC)
I know someone who published on Amazon and did well for herself and has had less trouble with them than with her first epublisher.

Isn't the Amazon contract terminable at will? So if they do change the terms, you can just delete your book?
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[User Picture]From: moiraj
2013-02-04 03:41 pm (UTC)
You can currently terminate at will, but what if they choose that rule? Truly, they can change absolutely anything.

But maybe I'm just being paranoid.
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[User Picture]From: lyndagb
2013-02-04 08:53 pm (UTC)
This *might* be one of those times when a lawyer can see things in a contract that the contractor never intended, which might have been put there by their lawyers to cover all future eventualities. If you contact them about it they might change it? I've had some success in completely different circumstances when pointing out that clause X is really problematic.
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