I am a whisker away from giving up on writing altogether. After two decades of battling with millions of others to be read, I’ve reluctantly decided to stop trying to compete in the American controlled e-book market. Why? Because as my friend and fellow writer Derek Haines has said on more than one occasion of late – the good days for e-book sales are well and truly over.
Since Amazon decided that pay per page read was the best way for them to save on paying out royalties on all e-book sales, along with the utterly ridiculous system whereby all e-books submitted automatically disappear from view, thanks to their ratings algorithm dispatching them to the slush pile along with over five million others in less than a week. Publishing an e-book there is now a complete waste of time! In fact its the quickest way I know of these days to bury a book before the public has become even vaguely aware of its existence.
As you will already know, if you have been paying attention to my posts, the other day I signed up to yet another American based e-book aggregator – Draft2Digital, which on the surface looked good. But, in less than twenty-four hours they showed their true colours after I had uploaded my latest e-book Céleste, which because of the completely ridiculous puritan moral stance by Apple and Barnes & Noble over what they deem suitable for their readers, D2D declined, after I was completely up front with them when I told them that because it’s a love story between an artificial intelligence and a human being, it has an erotic element.
By their ridiculous reaction you would think I’d blasphemed. Someone should explain the difference between eroticism and pornography to these idiots. Is it any wonder their share of the e-book market is shrinking with that attitude. Basically to please their masters (Apple and B&N) D2D wanted me to eliminate anything from the book they deemed morally repugnant according to their outmoded religious values. You can guess what my answer was. I immediately deleted the book entirely and closed down my account.
To hell with them. No writer likes being dictated to, least of all moi!!!
From now on my attention will be redirected back towards enlightened Europe and conventional publishers once again. I may not sell in the thousands like I used to, but…
To that end I’ve already begun Googling European publishing houses in preparation for when I’ve completed the paperback version of Goblin Tales. So far I’ve found two here in the UK – Pegasus, and Austin Macauley Publishers. I’ll keep on looking for more, no matter which EU nation they may be domiciled in.
Now I’d really better get back to work…