To Err is Amazon

My online buddy Will Entrekin, fellow poet and writer, raises some interesting points in his recent post On Selling Through Amazon (or not).

Will has had much success with his own POD book which doesn’t even have an ISBN. What does that mean? Quite simply, it means his book is not available in bookstores or on any other website except Lulu.com where it was published.  Through book reviews, word-of-mouth, and lots of hard word at self promoting, Will has managed to sell over 100 copies.  The profit may not be enough to make a living, but the pride alone of having someone read your work has to be phenomenal.

As the great debate of Amazon monopolizing the POD world continues, it’s nice to hear success stories like Will’s that got there without Amazon at all!

It’s official.

Amazon has announced is reasoning behind forcing POD publishers to use their printing service.  Read their announcement here!

It all comes down to saving fuel and shipping costs.  Those are words I hear everyday at the wholesale book company I work for. I never once thought I’d hear them from a billion dollar corporation like Amazon.

This blow to the POD world saddens me and it will be interesting to see what effects it will have on the industry.  I pray that Amazon will be the one hard hit by boycotting, lawsuits, and POD publishers who won’t back down.  Only time will tell.

In the meantime, I’m still plotting away at an attempt to break into the traditional publishing world, and continuing to support the POD world through my review blog.

The fate of both keeps me awake at night.

I want my POD!

The POD (print on demand) industry has been rocked with the news that Amazon.com has started bending the arms of POD Publishers to force them into using their sister company, Booksurge, for printing or they won’t offer their books for sale directly through Amazon. PublishAmerica has already been hit and the BUY buttons of their books on Amazon have been taken down. POD review sites like Podpeep and Lulu have already started voicing their opinions, and I hope POD authors will as well.

POD authors always looked to Amazon as their #1 online marketing tool. As a POD author myself, I jumped at the opportunity Amazon gave me by selling signed copies of my book at my own set price right on the same page where Amazon sold my book. Amazon also gave me my own blog on their site which would show up right on the page where my book was and then promoted it to those who purchased my book so they could keep up with me.

My book’s publisher, Xlibris, has yet to be affected by this move as far as I know, but who knows what’s to come. I personally hope this will be a poke in the eye for Amazon as they try to monopolize this industry. Hopefully it will send readers somewhere else…into your local physical bookstore, perhaps? As for POD authors, our one friend has stabbed us in the back and so our search for a proper nitch in the market continues. We’re like stray dogs and cats on the streets. Some have room in their hearts for us. The pounds are full of us. But most (readers) just don’t really care. POD books are usually overpriced, most poorly written or edited, and now we’ll be hard to get!

Read more about it here!

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Reminders….

  • I’m giving away a free signed copy of my book on February 29th to one lucky poster.  Sign up here!
  • All E-book versions of my work are on sale at Lulu.com for just 99 cents each now through the end of March!
  • I finally uploaded some poetry to my Poetry Tab.  Check ‘em out and let me know what you think.

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I’ve Gone Lulu for Lulu!

My Lulu store was a fun project I started two years ago mainly to increase popularity of my self-published book, The Other Side of What.

I helped J use it to compose a cookbook in memory of his grandmother.  It’s a collection of recipes passed from generation to generation throughout his family.

And I used Lulu to create a chapbook of my poetry last year.

So, in honor of my blog about to reach its 500th visitor, I’ve gone lu lu for Lulu.  I’ve put all E-book versions of my book, J’s cookbook, and the poetry chapbook on sale for just 99 cents!  That’s just a dollar for instant access.  Heck, it’s less than a buck!

So click on the pic below or any of the links in this message to go to my online bookstore and treat yourself to whatever you like….gay fiction….ole fashioned recipes….or over twenty years of my poetry.  You can thank me later!  Enjoy!

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