Why We Support Amazon

Why we support Amazon

and why we think every author should.

Over the past couple of months there has been a lot of news regarding Amazon and their fight with Hachette Publishing. Authors lucky enough to be making money with legacy publishers have tended to speak out for those businesses, including Chuck Wendig and Scott Turow.

But there is an even larger group of authors like us, and like best-selling J.A. Konrath, who see how much Amazon has done to level the writing and publishing playing field. Konrath has a unique perspective, since he bought himself out of his contract with Hachette and has been making more money with more freedom publishing directly with Amazon.

Hachette vs. Amazon

Amazon asked Hachette to lower e-book prices to put them more in line with most ebooks on Amazon.

Hachette said no.

Amazon asked again.

Hachette said no.

So while they were negotiating, Amazon took away pre-order buttons and stopped stocking Hachette paper titles in case they end up not agreeing.

The big issue here, however, is ebook pricing.

Hachette authors, who only get 25% or less on ebook sales, support Hachette on this.

Amazon authors, who get 35-70% on ebooks, depending on price, support Amazon.

While they work this out, Amazon offered to co-fund a pot of money to pay the Hachette authors 100% on ebooks.

Hachette said no.

This is not an issue of the giant Amazon stepping on the little guys.

This is an issue of the former giant publishers not being happy that self-published authors like C. Che and me make more money on an ebook than their contracted authors. And that pisses off their authors too.

Turow sits there wondering why we should be getting 70% on a digital sale when he gets 25%. I get it, I really do. But I wonder why he doesn’t buy out of his crappy contract.

Readers should support Amazon, since they are pushing to lower ebook prices.

Writers should support Amazon, since they allow you to self-publish, maintain rights, set your own price, and earn up to 70% (we earn 70% on our ebooks).

Publishers should support Amazon, since they make it easy for readers and authors to buy and sell books.

Even with Kindle Unlimited, an author gets paid once a reader reads more than 10% of the book. Even with Amazon Prime (One Year Membership) borrowing, we get paid per borrow, always more than 50% of the price we set.

Lots more folks are writing and publishing now, opening the field to so many of us who were either turned down by legacy publishers or just knew enough not to go there.

Keep in mind that the big publishers have been busted by the US government for artificially maintaining high prices through collusion. They have had power and would like to keep it.

For all of these reasons, we support Amazon.

Professor B.T.’s Author Interview on Book Goodies

Professor B.T.'s Author Interview on Book Goodies

Professor B.T.’s Author Interview on Book Goodies – Fun, Free Promotion

Book Goodies is a wonderful website for both authors and readers. They offer free and paid promotion to independent authors in all genres.

This week I finally got my shit together and completed my Book Goodies author interview and book profile. Here is a taste:

ProfZombieWhat inspires you to write?
C. Che and I love zombie fiction, but we wanted something lighter, funnier, more urban, and more inclusive, that still told a great and gory zombie tale. He does more of the first draft creative writing, and I do more of the adding in and editing. We are inspired by Manhattan and its motley community, by the skyscraper we live in, by The Walking Dead, Romero, authors like JJ Zep, and by our stoner community.

Tell us about your writing process.
We are total seat of the pants writers! While we do have a small notebook of character sketches, we find that the characters develop as we write them in, so the sketches came after the fact.

I am considering some outlining and verbal recognition software to help push through writer’s block. We mean ZKS to be a long serial, so sometimes it takes some thought to decide where to go next.

We grew up writing pen on paper or typewriter, so we still keep paper notebooks of how we see stories and characters developing in the future episodes.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was for self-publishing from the beginning. Amazon KDP and CreateSpace make it so easy, and the print books look great!

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
More and more people will self-publish. Hopefully publishing houses will start to look at what’s in the market already and make better offers for their authors.

What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
fiction, horror, action adventure, humor

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

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Zombie Killing Stoners in Paperback

Read Zombie Killing Stoners in Paperback

Now you can read Zombie Killing Stoners in Paperback and Ebook formats.

When we first launched Zombie Killing Stoners, we chose Amazon KDP and only published ebooks, naively assuming that publishing on paper would not only be costly and a pain, but would look cheap and self-published.

But being the middle-aged stoners that we are, we just didn’t feel published without feeling and seeing a physical book.

We went with Amazon’s CreateSpace, and now you can read Zombie Killing Stoners in paperback! Here is what our books look like:

The Front Covers:

ZKSFront

The Back Covers:

ZKSBack

And the inside:

ZKSInside

They look great! Now you can read ZKS in any format, and we can sell copies at book fairs, zombie fairs, and ComicCons!

Here are the Amazon pages for the print books:



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Publishing With CreateSpace

ZKS book cover ep 1

Publishing with CreateSpace was easy.

Now we wait for approval, order some proofs, and release the paper version out to the world!

C. Che and I have been talking for a while about releasing the first two Zombie Killing Stoners Episodes in print paperback form.

I did some research on POD publishers, including Lulu, Smashwords, and CreateSpace.

Lulu seemed to charge more for less for the print book. Photos of the books show a lesser quality, and if you use their free ISBN, Lulu becomes your publisher (what happened to “self-published?”).

Smashwords looked OK, but we are looking for a high quality printer with a low price for us to buy copies to sell at ComicCon and other events this year.

So we settled on publishing with CreateSpace. Their printed books looked the best, including the cover. Publishing with Createspace has other benefits, too. CreateSpace allows free library and bookstore distribution, as well as listing on Amazon. And their free ISBN belongs to you as the publisher.

And it was easy. They walk you right through each step.

Once the books are approved, we will order proof copies and release ZKS to the world (it’s true – Amazon distributes the books internationally).

We can’t wait!

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