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?

Madness Continues – And Stuff Posted

So after 24 hours of allowing “Hypnotic Condition” to be on sale, Amazon has now decided to block it.  So it’s pretty clear that pulling out all references to family wasn’t what they needed (or maybe it’s the fact that the character has parents?  He does refer to his mother I think 5 times, and does describe his father).  Odds are very good that they’ll suspend the account soon, we shall see.

Either way, they’re making it quite clear that they don’t want erotica.  The logical next thing to think they’re objecting to is dubcon, but I’m beginning to think even that isn’t the case, mostly because the piece they keep objecting to isn’t dubcon… he straight up asks her if she is willing to have sex with him.  Some of my other stuff IS a little more on the fence, although I tend to steer clear of anything outright blatant in my work (the control tends to be more indirect).

In one month, I managed to reach #50 on the Erotica charts, with only 7 published pieces.  I know there are longer, more established authors with bigger libraries out there… or at least there should be.  I’m beginning to think that part of why I was able to get so high on the rankings in such a short time is that nobody lasts long in Erotica, and specifically what you write isn’t really relevant.

At any rate, not worth looking into.  Amazon doesn’t want my stuff, so what.  If you haven’t already, please head on over to my Patreon page, any support is always appreciated.  I’m planning to start releasing some Patron only items over the weekend.  First up will be a Sneak Peek at the first chapter of Hypnotic Relation, the sequel to Hypnotic Condition (ironic that THAT is the story that started it all… Hypnotic Relation also contains no dubcon…).

Additionally, you should notice a new link at the top for “Stories.”  I’ve posted Hypno Hospitality, Squeaky Clean, and Deepening Desires.  These three are from the Archives, and didn’t make it up on Amazon during this latest round.  Deepening Desires was one of my first pieces, and was extremely popular during its run.

Thanks as always for listening, and for your support.