I feel naked. Where have all my books gone?
June 28, 2016
I FEEL NAKED. Where have all my books gone?
I go to Amazon.
I look under my name in the Kindle store.
And nothing’s there.
Thank God for White Bird Publishing.
Evelyn Byrne has my paperback books online.
But my eBooks have gone away.
I am in the midst of changing digital publishers.
I liked my old publisher.
He sold a lot of my books.
His sales made the writing effort worthwhile.
But now he, sadly, is going away as well.
I will miss him a lot.
Alas, I have had the good fortune to turn to a bright, new, innovative, high-energy, visionary publishing company to handle, promote, and market the eBooks.
You heard right.
Y&R Publishers promotes and markets books produced by its stable of authors.
In today’s publishing wasteland – where everyone wants to write, everyone wants to publish, and nobody knows a damn thing about selling books in an environment that changes every time a new geek awakens with a new idea – that is a rarity.
And it’s a blessing.
Other publishing houses, large and small, have said they would.
Their contract was filled with empty promises.
I’ve seen the snags.
I’ve heard the cries of woe from disappointed authors.
A couple of those cries, years ago, were mine.
Y & R is different.
I’ve seen the game plan.
I’ve seen it in action.
However, as we all know, the process of re-releasing books takes time.
But then, nothing worthwhile is ever done overnight.
In the past, I’ve written books, I’ve thrown them on Amazon, I’ve hammered out a bunch of blogs, I’ve scattered a lot of tweets, I’ve shuffled the novels around on Facebook.
I was blindfolded and shooting in the dark.
Buy an ad here, people said.
Buy an ad there, people said.
Join this group.
Jump on a forum with that group.
Watch the sales soar.
I keep watching.
Sell a few here.
Sell a few there.
It’s never enough.
Maybe this time, my publishing and marketing will be done right.
Maybe I won’t be scatter shooting anymore.
I like new ideas.
I like innovation.
The old ways didn’t work so well.
Let’s try some new ways.
Y & R’s program makes sense.
Y & R has mapped out a whole new direction for book sales, and I think the team is on to something.
Wait, I tell myself.
Be patient, I tell myself.
But I keep checking Amazon.
Where’s Secrets of the Dead?
What happened to Conspiracy of Lies?
Did it get too dark for Night Side of Dark?
On Kindle, I no longer exist.
My name’s erased.
My books are erased.
Being naked is a terrible place to be.