Sunday, February 9, 2014

Why am I in Amazon?

After a careful review of the sale reports I've received for 2013 I must say that overall, I am pleased that people are reading my stories. This is why I write them after all. It would be better if I could charge $1 and yield the sane result, but this past year is really the first time people have been paying attention to my work. And that for now it enough.

There is one notable exception to this however. Amazon. They do not allow me to make my stories free and so there was no activity in Amazon for me in 2013. So why am I in Amazon?

Good question. The answer is mostly because of an article I read on self-publishing in Time magazine. I blogged about it at the time and one of their conclusions was you have to be in Amazon so people can find you.

And that may be but the fact remains, month after month, I'm seeing no activity in Amazon when I am seeing in Smashwords and Barnes and Noble, to name two. I think that would be different if I could set the price to $0 in Amazon but I can't.

So I've decided not to post anything more in Amazon until something changes because it is a waste of my time. I am busy enough writing and promoting my work that if Amazon will not make it easy for me to set the price I want then I have no reason to do business with them.

Keep writing everyone.

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