You’re not alone.
I could write a long post on the chaos that’s happening in and around Amazon, but you can find the details everywhere.
I suggest listening to Joanna Penn’s podcast today as she talks about Amazon’s move towards being a “pay to play” platform, the large number of authors who report losses in sales and talks about the difficulty European writers are having with Amazon. Good articles on the general topic are:
- Amazon’s Audacious Move Into Digital Marketing (The Economist)
- KDP Books Unavailable to International Readers (David Gaughran)
My personal story is that I logged into my sales page on Saturday morning and found there were no books. No books! It’s bad enough that my sales have tanked, but to have lost my books was a bit much. I spent my weekend telling myself to breathe. This too will pass, I told myself. And with a few emails it did pass, and everything is back in place. Was it a hickup? More like a belch.
What I know for sure is :
- seismic change is happening in the Amazon ecosystem (Mark Dawson said that there has been more change in publishing in the last six weeks than in the last six years)
- also-boughts are dead (at least for now – Is this a marketing experiment???)
- if you want to be noticed in the biggest book store in the word, you’ll have to advertise
- Amazon’s segmentation into country stores could become more rigid and shall we say tricky.
For me this upheaval has been more than a headache, it’s been a heartbreak.
I believed, and, yes, you can call me naive, that Amazon’s intent was to further the world of books, to enable people to write and publish freely, to reach their market … to grow art. Now, it’s becoming quite clear to me, that what I was watching was the first step, the seduction phase you might say, of a larger business plan and the true goal is to make lots and lots of money.
Any thoughts? I’d love to hear from you.