Random Stuff

On My Mama Being Shady af: A brief word

Y’all. My mama is shady af. She’s a lot more conservative than I am when it comes to appearance in certain ways and when I told her I had already bought the dye and was dying all my hair red (instead of just the ends like I had before), she tried to forbid me to. Well, I dyed it and when I sent her the picture with the caption to get all her disgruntlement out so she won’t fuss the next time she sees me, she literally messaged me a greeting back and said “Your eyes and skin are so clear” without even acknowledging my now red hair.

She’s either in denial and is going to fuss later when it dawns on her or has finally come to accept that I’m 28 years old and going to do whatever I please… Likely the former

Book Sales, Writing Stuff

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.