I woke up to this today. It is December 23, 2021. There was no warning, just suppression. All because of an armchair editor, AKA someone who decided to complain to amazon, unsolicited, and ‘edited’ the book.
There were examples of the current armchair editor rewriting things in their style rather than mine. They did catch some legitimate typos, but… nope. I’m done.
I was taking significant losses running those collections to give people an affordable way to catch up in a series. No more. I’m not taking those losses anymore, especially not when armchair editors are going to Amazon like modern-day tattletales having a temper tantrum because they found a few typos in 600,000 words.
So, no. I’m done.
What I will do is this: once my temper is no longer ‘Armageddon’ I will make a list of books, and I will put them on sale for 3-7 days at $0.99 to allow people to catch up on older books.
I will probably do it based on publication date, which will help minimize the losses I take offering the $0.99 sales for catching up.
As I mentioned last time I blogged, readers only owe authors one thing: the money for the book. Authors only owe readers the book written. I prefer to do the best job possible with my books, but I expect people will hate it. (See Runaway’s 3.9* entry into the world because it just wasn’t the book some people wanted me to write. it is what it is.)
I am not owed positive OR negative reviews, and if people want to sabotage a book release because I didn’t write the book they wanted, that’s fine.
I generally do not read the reviews unless they’re 5* and only if I’m in a good mood. It’s for other consumers, and if you want to tell other readers why you hated a book, that’s your problem.
If you don’t want to tell readers why you loved the book… that’s also not my problem. It sucks, low review star ratings sucks, but it’s part of the job.
That’s it, that’s all.
So, collections are done. You can thank your local armchair editor who decided to go tattletale to Amazon for the removal of the collections. You can wait for sales as I sprinkle them through to give those on lower income a chance to get the series.
While I’m not asking for gratitude for saving readers money, I do expect readers not to sabotage the books with idiotic armchair editor typo reports… especially when the armchair editor forgets they don’t get to rewrite the book in their style rather than mine.
I hope you have a happy holidays. Mine’s turning out to be shit, but I guess that’s just par for the course right now.