Authors alone are very vulnerable animals. Indie authors especially so.
I know I felt like I was taking on the whole of the big bad world all by my lonesome, and it was daunting. The good news: none of us has to go it alone. We have more power together. Our voices are louder.
I have in-person offices — my local crit group, my local writers guild, and a group of local writing gal pals who get together at least once a month for lunch. We all write different genres and publish differently and share everything we know. Thank you friends and colleagues — Dennis Strachota, Mike Rettig, Ella Zane, Ruth Colter, Paty Jager, Marie Harte, Karen Duvall, Diana McCollom. There are more, but these are the people who I see and speak to on a regular basis.
I also have an online office. I have a crit partner [who is busy editing her book for its release, woo hoo Misha!], and I had the idea earlier this year to form a marketing pack — a bunch of other speculative fiction authors who publish independently or through small presses. We face the same challenges. It made sense to pool our efforts and face them together. Thank you Laura Eno, Angela Brown, Gwen Gardner, Cherie Reich, Christine Rains, Graeme Ing, Julie Flanders, Bonnie Rae, and Ellie Garratt.
Most days we jabber to each other in a private group on Facebook. We talk about our issues, what we’re working on, what’s driving us nuts, what might finally be working. We promote each other. We cheer each other on. Some days we get silly, too. Untethered Realms, you’re my lifeline and sanity check.
And if Seattle is serious about this reselling our digital books like used books, then all of us writers must come together. Our work shouldn’t be treated differently than other digital media. But they do treat ebooks differently than music and movies. Customers can’t return music or movies, but they can return ebooks. Customers can’t sell used digital copies of movies or music, but they may be able to of ebooks in the future.
Why would anyone buy a new ebook if they can get the same exact product cheaper as used? Yes, we get a much slimmer royalty. We lose control. Can you tell I hate the idea? What about you?
I guess our publisher and retailer partners believe authors don’t ever want to make a living at writing books… I don’t know how we’ll combat this as artists. I only know we should all start thinking about it.
In the meantime, sign this petition to protest Amazon’s 7 day return policy on ebooks. SIGN PETITION
That’s what’s on my indie mind this month. What’s on yours?
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