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On Pulling Out KU

It’s been a while, but I’ve got a good reason for it. I always have a good reason for it. Like law school and, as my newsletter subscribers are already privy to, my next book. (Note: I’ll post info on that on my blog later, but if you want information before that sign up to my newsletter)

Anyway, my God, it’s been one hell of a week or two in the writing world, particularly in Romancelandia with the revelation that Cristiane Serruya plagiarized a bunch of romance authors and books (with the count being as I write this,  at least 51 books, 34 authors, 3 articles, 3 websites, & 2 recipes). I’m not really here to talk about that though. I’ve always been the person not to rehash the things that a bunch of others have done much better. So just search #copypastecris on twitter and you can get caught up on the story.

But even though I’m not here to talk about that, the scandal and the surrounding discussion around it, including the current vicious culture of Amazon’s Kindle Store and it’s KU program that allowed something like this to happen, has just confirmed that I need to do something that I planned on doing at some point anyway: Pull out KU and go wide on other retailers.

My intention was never to stay exclusive to Amazon. I’m not really a huge fan of the way KU abuses legitimate authors while allowing scammers and cheaters to thrive and make bank. It did do its job of getting me some visibility and a kickstart which for that, I’m grateful, but that doesn’t mean I have to tolerate the abuses forever. So I think with this latest scandal, it’s about time that I pull out.

So what does that mean? It means that if you have a KU subscription on Amazon, my books will no longer be available for borrowing. You will still be able to get the book on Amazon, but you’ll also be able to get it on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple Bookstore, and whatever other retailers that I can so readers can choose their favorite store.

The removal from KU also means that I may (I’m still not sure) make All the Little Things a loss leader and make it permanently free or drop the price to 99 cents. I won’t know for sure until I put out this next book, which, again, I’ll talk about more later, but if you want exclusive info before I post on this site, subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t yet.

This post really just serves as a heads up to be honest. Didn’t just want it to happen without notifying readers who may have been banking on borrowing it at some point. ETA: I sent a request to Amazon shortly after posting this asking them to remove all the books as of March 2, 2019, thinking they probably wouldn’t even get to it until this weekend. And literally, a few hours after that they were like, yo! Done. So they’ve already been pulled. Sorry! Didn’t mean for that to be so sudden.

Now to finish this next novel and anxiously wait for 9 a.m. tomorrow and the PokemonDirect Announcement.

2 thoughts on “On Pulling Out KU”

  1. I found your work through KU, although I purchased the series afterward because I really enjoyed it. I can’t imagine how horrible it must be for authors to have to balance your desire to gain exposure and readership for your work and also protecting your IP from a notoriously scam-friendly environment. Bless you.

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    1. Yeah. It was definitely a dificult decision. I didn’t want to. KU gave me exposure that I probably couldnt’ have gotten on my own. If there was a way to keep the books in KU and not be exclusive, I would. Because that would help to counterblance the scamming. That said, not being in KU now gives me a lot more freedom with giving away books. Being in KU meant I was limited to the five days they gave me to give away books for free, and it had to be through their site. Now, I can do more giveaways without risking Amazon’s wrath. So while it was a hard decision to make, I’m coming up with ways to make the best of it. Probably time to make a Facebook or Instagram page.

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