So after only a month, Amazon has pretty much decided to shut me down. I’m surprised, given just what I can see up there from other authors, but it is what it is and there’s really no use fighting it. The internet is rife with people who’ve gotten hit by their rather capricious content restrictions, and the sad thing is that the piece that they decided to target actually wasn’t dub-con in the slightest.
Right now, I’m feeling pretty conflicted about everything. Some part of me thinks I’m “supposed” to say that I wasn’t in it for the money, and that I’ll keep writing anyway, because I really did enjoy it. However, to be perfectly honest, knowing that I was getting a little something on the side was a big part of it. I wasn’t making full time job money, but It was enough to probably be able to take an extra vacation etc.
Also, with Kindle Unlimited, it was extremely encouraging to know just how many people were reading my material. In just one month, with stories that were only about 220 “Pages” Long (KU uses a weird formula for pages) I was up to getting almost 9,000 pages read a day over the last three days. Given that that’s Almost 40 “full” reads (and that isn’t counting people who purchased normally, which was a respectable amount as well) it’s pretty clear that my writing is popular enough that there’s some interest.
The problem, however, is reaching those readers. I have no real way to even let them know where they can find later published material, or even how to provide support or encouragement. Feeling pretty devastated right now, in all honesty.
No matter what, I’m extremely likely to put my old stuff up here now. The only reason I didn’t before was out of a desire to maybe be able to start publishing it again, but now that that’s gone, there isn’t much reason to hold back. I’m just not so sure about new content. Putting out even a 40,000 word novel takes more than a little time, and is a significant investment of time and energy.
I’m debating putting together a Patreon page, to see if people will be willing to support out of sheer generosity. I could set up a few reward tiers, including commissions and custom art, if people are interested. If you are, please drop me a line at Tri3Ax@gmail.com and I’d like to chat with you.
I’ll probably throw out a poll or something in a few days, once the dust settles, but it really sucks to no longer be welcome in a market that clearly wants what I’m offering.