Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pierwalker Log: January 22, 2019

Writing start: 10:19 A.M.
Finish: 2:30 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1300
Edited (est.): 3300 + 1 blurb

1. Failure: Off till next Tuesday

2. Book Three Melody: 600 new words
Notes: What might a day in Heaven look like?

3. Ant Story: 300 new words
Notes: The dark night of an ant's soul.

4. Fractalverse V5: Off till Saturday

5. Cheapery St. Heroes: BII: Stage two edit of chapter six; edited the book blurb

6. Rapscallion: Off till Saturday

7. T-Bag: 400 new words
Notes: I can see the end of this chapter!

8. LOTR: Off till next Monday

Special Projects: I might look at possibilities for a new illustration for Book Three. Time permitting: work on "Becoming."

Extra notes: So I was going to write this huge angry essay about why I unpublished all my books from Amazon and closed my account with them, and had gotten a couple thousand words into it, but this morning decided to delete it and move on.

Here's the bottom line. I no longer sell my books on Amazon. Over the past three years, Amazon has been disappearing my works on their platform because I refuse to publish exclusively with them.

The numbers don't lie. Last year was my worst year as a self-pubbed author, and the reason why came down to Amazon.

If you publish "widely," meaning you publish everywhere you can, not just Amazon, your books are purposely shunted to the bottom of any customer's search queries on their site. Over the past three years they have gotten more and more draconian about it. I finally had had enough and last week unpublished my entire library on their platform and insisted that they close my account, which they did a few days later.

Amazon's Marketplace is a libertarian nightmare. It's not just authors who have to deal with unfair practices from corporate; anyone who sells on Amazon must deal with them as well.

Not to mention competitors. They are arguably worse than corporate, because they'll stop at nothing to make you and your products appear substandard. If they can, they'll use any and all dirty tricks to get your account suspended. You should take the time to read the article at the link I provided. It's both illuminating and old hat for me.

From now on, I will publish to Smashwords and associated retailers, and will sell directly from this blog. People who are smart enough to go through me will save money. It's that simple.

Giant corporations like Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google (through which I have this blog) are, by the simple nature of their size, immoral. Their policies, their greed, their treatment of people like they were amoebas, their influence on governments ... all these things only add to their basic immorality. Giant corporations are monstrous because we allow them to be. It's as simple as that.

Unfortunately for Kye and me, since we live in a very rural area, we must rely on Amazon--and Wal-mart, another monstrous corporation--for many of the basics needed to live. Still, Kye and I have decided that when it comes to books, and perhaps other entertainment, we will work at weaning ourselves from Amazon's clutches and give our business to others.

Life is a series of choices. For those of you who are uncomfortable with my judgments here, who are uncomfortable with the words "moral" and "immoral," I suggest that you grow up, unherd yourself from the materialist/corporatist crowd, pull your head out of the sand, and wake the fuck up. There are times when you have to take a stand to remain who you are, to keep the soul you have, to continue to build a bridge to Heaven.

I was confronted with such a choice last week. If my decision to cut ties with Amazon means I don't make another dime on my writing, so be it. My soul is, and will always be, more important.