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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Pierwalker Log: July 20, 2019

Writing start: 9:34 A.M.
Finish: 4:55 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1100
Edited (est.): 8900

1. Failure: Off till 8/5

2. Book Three Melody: Fourth primary edit of chapter sixteen

3. Angel: Book Three: 400 new words
Notes: The chapter is completed! I'll start the primaries Monday!

4. Random Chance Book Two: Off

5. Port Story: 100 new words
Notes: The chapter is completed! I'll start the primaries Monday!

6. Hidden Bookmarks: Read-through of chapter two

7. LOTR: 600 new words
Notes: I've got a good idea where this chapter wants to go now.

8. T-Bag: Off

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: With my latest royalty payment from Smashwords just a day ago, my earnings total for the year now exceeds the total for all of last year.

Last year--when I was also selling my books through Amazon.

That's a very significant thing, because Amazon controls anywhere from three-fifths to three-fourths of the entire publishing market. I quit selling through them the beginning of the year because of how they were treating me. Because I insisted selling also through Smashwords and associated retailers, as well as directly via Payhip, Amazon buried my books in their search results, to the point where last year was the worst year I ever had as an indie publisher. I'm not alone in that treatment; it occurs to anyone who went the same route I did.

Kye and I, by virtue of our remote location, are forced to shop Amazon for many of our goods. It's the way of life for millions of rural Americans. But believe me when I tell you: Amazon is as evil a corporation that exists in this entirely evil age. If we had another way of getting what we needed without great time and expense, believe me, we would take it instantly. Unfortunately, Amazon also controls a huge percentage of the entire retail market as well.

Ah, the joys of unfettered capitalism aided and abetted by modern-day robber barons aided and abetted by an entirely bought-and-sold Congress.

I'll be lucky if I sell even one more book this entire year. Those who go directly through me will pay half of what those who go through Smashwords or Barnes and Noble or Apple or Kobo will pay. That's how I want it. That's how I insist it should be. Amazon refused to let me do that.

Fuck them. I'm better off this year--even if I don't sell another book. That tiny victory is, in reality, huge.

I just hope other indie authors follow suit.

Amazon is heinous.