Status – 02/18/2016

Hey Folks, weekly status update time.

This week saw the release of another of my older stories, Mind Matters (originally Mind Matters – Twisted Love but I simplified it down).  I originally released the story as a Valentine’s day story, so the symmetry seemed appropriate.

Work on new material has been a little more tepid than I would have liked.  A combination of having to make an unexpected trip, bad weather, and the day job being more draining that usual all combined to pretty much kill forward progress.  I think part of the problem is that my current project is extremely long, 80k words, and a story like that is nearly impossible to work on in bits and pieces.  Since I can’t find a good chunk of time, I can’t progress on it.

In a way, this highlights why the old serialized release format was so good for me.  It allowed me to put out a little bit of progress when I could.  I still think that sticking with a longer format is a good idea, but I may reverse my decision to only ever work on one project at a time.  I think having one story that’s longer and more meaty, as well as one that’s a bit more light-hearted (and sex heavy) will pay off in the long run.

Either way, we’ll see how things go.  I still have a couple backlog items that I’m working on getting re-released, but there will probably be a bit of a dry spell after that as I get things back underway.  No news on what the next release will be, as nothing’s close enough to even be teased yet, but I think I may start working on something in the 30K range that’s a little less deep, along with my major project.

That’s all for this week.  Thanks as always for your support.

Status Update – 2/12/2016

So, first relatively normal post in a while.

For obvious reasons, the last couple weeks haven’t been particularly productive for me.  However, now that things have calmed down, I’m back to writing and I think things are finally returning to normal.  I’m not yet ready to announce what the next release will be, since I want to remain flexible, but it’s shaping up to be quite long, probably in the 80K words range once it gets completed (so full novel length).  It should be really, really cool.

I had planned to release something new last week, the Sequel to Hypnotic Condition.  For obvious reasons, that plan had to be adjusted.  I’m still planning to release it, but only after I can post Hypnotic Condition here on my blog, so that people can read the first part, if they’re so inclined.  Despite being blocked, the story is still technically part of KDP, which means that Amazon could easily give me problems for posting it elsewhere.  I’d rather not take the risk.

It also looks like the sales recommendations are also really wonky.  I think pulling the titles reset them, which is annoying, because now the top recommendations for people who buy my books are books that aren’t mine.  Hopefully that works itself out, or as I release new stuff it normalizes.  I know I get a lot of exposure from people who read one book and want to read another.

Overall, I’m just hoping that the whole sordid mess is behind me, and I can get back to doing what I really want to do, which is write and release fun stories for you to read.

 

Back Online for Now

So, hopefully I’m not Jinxing it, but for now it appears my stuff is back up on Amazon.  I’m hoping I can put all this behind me and get back to work.  Still not quite sure what the issue was with that one book, but for now things seem to be making it through again.

Fingers Crossed

Ok, I’ve submitted my catalog once again, with some revised/cleaned up descriptions that hopefully should help prevent any problems.  I guess we’ll know in a few hours if I’m back with Amazon (at least for now) or if I’ll be moving elsewhere.

Thanks again for bearing with me.

Status in Flux

I’m currently trying to work through issues with Amazon presently by reaching out to their title submission department and attempting to get any information they’re willing to share.  My catolog is currently pulled in order to make sure nothing unexpected happens while I review.

I’m hoping that a reasonable and respectful request to work together will end up with the KDP staff letting me know more details around the problems they’re having with certain titles. If I CAN get that resolved, I very much want to put my titles back up on Amazon, as it’s the best outlet for getting my work out to readers like you.  I will, however, consider the title in question to be dead as far as Amazon is concerned, just to be safe.

Please stay tuned for more information.  If you like my work, please sign up to get email notifications from the blog (you don’t need to register or anything, and only I see your email).  That way, if anything should happen, you’ll still be able to find out where to find my work.  If you were mid-story on Amazon (through Kindle Unlimited) when the stories were pulled, please be patient.  I’m hoping I can have have them available in the near future.

New Plan

My apologies for the daily updates of late.  As you can imagine, things are a little chaotic on my side right now.  This whole ordeal has been more stress than I really want in my life.

After some discussion and reflection, I’ve decided that I do need to be able to get income from my work.  I’d like for Patreon to be enough, but at least in the short term, it isn’t.  So what I’m going to do is I’m going to be moving my catalog over to Smashwords.  I used to publish there, and I did ok, although of course it was nothing compared to Amazon, but who knows, as more erotica gets banned at Amazon, perhaps the other retailers will gain popularity and customers.

The idea of just giving it away for free and living on generosity is a nice one, but it’s not honestly all that practical.  It was a decision made in the heat of the moment.  For now, I’m going to instead move to a more traditional model of selling for a profit etc.  I think that having income to show for the work will also allow me to continue with quality releases.

I’m still going to be leaving the Patreon up, and it will still be a source of early access items and special rewards and input.  Additionally, I may still put up bonus material and other 3D art and possible comics, which would be free, as Smashwords doesn’t allow internal images of a suggestive nature.  Also, Patreon will just allow people who appreciate my work to show extra support.

Over time, I’ll see where things settle.  I hope I can end up with a nice income on Smashwords.  Before they gave me the final boot, my Amazon sales were up to almost $100 a day, between traditional and Kindle Unlimited.  I doubt I’ll be able to come close to that on Smashwords for a long time, but it wouldn’t be the first time in my life I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

Final Shutdown

So Amazon went ahead and issued the final notice that they’re shutting my account down (not surprising).  Still no additional information as to WHY they find Hypnotic Condition so offensive.  They didn’t provide any details, and so the only possible conclusion is that they don’t want any hypnosis themed work, even if the sex within in consensual.  Either that, or it really is just a random game of whack-a-mole where they’ll just eventually ban any erotica if you go on long enough.

Anyway, stuff will start appearing here.  Since they terminated the agreement (effective immediately, so they’re serious) that also means that the KDP Select agreement is also terminated, so hey, I’ll be putting that stuff up here.

Once again, I’d like to remind people that if you do like my work, PLEASE head on over to Patreon and pledge, even at a lower level.  It’s a way to know that I’ll still be able to reach my audience, and that they feel that my work is of a quality that they feel is worth paying for.  Rather than giving it to Amazon like in the past, give it to me.

Also, the first Patron only reward is up.  It’s a sneek peak at the first chapter of Hypnotic Relation, sequel to Hypnotic Condition.  Story must be good if Amazon doesn’t want it, no?