I just saw Amazon’s new program for authors and publishers. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s here.
My first reaction was, uh… no thanks. Why? Because Amazon wants me to grant them exclusive rights to sell my eBook for 90 days. That means that I would somehow have to stop Smashwords (and all of their distribution channels) from selling my book. I don’t even know how to do that, especially on a temporary basis.
Hey, I want my book in as many markets as possible. Why would I pull it out, to compete exclusively with a million other books on Amazon? I’ve already learned that people can’t find my book on Amazon by searching for a general SF time travel story. If I gave them exclusive rights, my book would just disappear to the bottom of Amazon’s giant pile.
Sure, they give you a few chances to promote your book for free. That’s good. But I don’t think it’s good enough. But you know, what do I know? So I was going to investigate it, when almost before I could blink, Writer Beware pops up with this.
Yeah, that’s what I thought, too.