Well, Gentle Reader, let's get to it, shall we? So...
Right now there are delays on shipping and an inability to pre-order many of my books on Amazon
In case you were in any doubt, Amazon is, once more, playing at Monopoly.
Gail, go to jail.
Go straight to jail.
Do not pass go.Amazon is throwing its weight about in a contract negotiation
with Hachette. (Hachette is the parent company of both my publishing houses here in the States: Little Brown who produces my YA books and Orbit who publishes my adult series.)What can you do?
Not a lot, I'm afraid. Generate some bad press by trending another hash tag on Twitter? It didn't do much good last time. Boycott or not buy books? That only hurts other authors. Amazon is just so big. Buy elsewhere if you aren't married to the UI.What can I do?
With the likes of Patterson
and Rowling also caught in the crossfire, I'm super small potatoes. Up against a Goliath like Amazon, I'm a veritable single sliver of hash brown in the great frying pan of life. With a deadline looming, I must simply continue on with the belief that if I keep writing and turning in on time I'll still have a career.
Don't look so worried. I'll be fine.
I do worry about my fellows. For that is the consequence of this game, it is authors who loose. The debuts who didn't get any attention because they had a May/June release. The second book in a series that was doing better than the first and now stagnates so the author doesn't get renewed.
In the end, this game is what we, the readers, have made it. And I include myself in this for I order tons of stuff on Amazon, including books. I have a Kindle. I'm attracted to the low price point and ease of use. I'm lazy. I've given away my power as a consumer in the pursuit of convenience. Amazon, I think, is teaching us all a lesson in the great economic sway of monopolies. (Yes, I'm aware the term may be technically misapplied, but it certainly feels
I am not going to get into the "why don't you self publish?" discussion. (I've shorts up for you
and they are unaffected.) Frankly, Amazon can and likely will one day chuck its weight around with the self-pub bottom line. Arbitrarily or "accidentally" deciding to change all the price points or something like. No author is safe, Amazon owns Park Place and all the best property. It's some weird addiction, we need them to survive and because of that they can break us. So we keep playing the game. (Beat that dead metaphor into the ground, Gail, beat it!)
It's a devil's dance to some really sad music.
At least I'm playing with the top hat.GAIL'S DAILY DOSEYour Moment of Parasol . . .
Your Infusion of Cute . . .Your Tisane of Smart . . .
|1833 Sunday, September 1
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The public is very stubborn in refusing to read what neither amuses, interests, or improves—even when a publisher is actually so weak as to print such things.by Eliza Leslie (1864) PROJECT ROUND UP Waistcoats & Weaponry
~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:
Print pass (3rd edit) now, release date March 17, 2015.Manners & Mutiny
~ The Finishing School Book the Last.
Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
The Shorts! Book News:
“Let no one enter the field of literature for the purpose of “making a living” unless as a very last resort.”~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)Quote of the Day:
“Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.”
~ Oscar Wilde