Our New Adventure in America Delays Hoofin’ It.

As those of you who are following me on facebook already know, I recently moved to the United States. Right now, we're calling Sunnyvale, California our home, although in a few weeks, we will be moving again! As such, Hoofin' It will be a few days late. Some of you were already aware this was a likelihood, but I'm confirming it now. I'm not sure the exact new date, but it shouldn't be in too long. I've just been really busy with the move. Life happened!

In other news, after Hoofin' It releases, there won't be a lot from me until the end of the year. My schedule will be hectic until then, but I'm looking to have 4 full-length novels out in December and January plus a novella.

In the meantime, I'll be working in the background to A: write and edit all these books and B: try to make wide distribution work for me. We'll see how it goes!

In the next few weeks, most of my books will be coming out of KU, and in my next blog post, I'll be linking to all of my books at all major retailers.

Since I've always been up front and honest about writing as a career, here's the down and dirty about it.

I put all my eggs in one basket with amazon and the exclusive system. It was making me good money, but I'm tired of rewarding scammers and cheats. That's what participation currently means. Unless enough authors say ‘enough is enough' and leave the subscription system, Amazon won't do anything about the click farms that are making them money.

Everyone (except Amazon) suffers.

After I finish reading the books I've already checked out in KU, I'm canceling my subscription, too. I'll just buy 10 books for $0.99 instead and support authors directly, or buy one or two more expensive books. I like reading on my kindle, so I'll probably keep purchasing books on Amazon. I just won't be as likely to read KU authors first–I'll read the most interesting titles, which may or may not be indie.

That decision will ultimately hurt KU authors, but in the grand scheme of things, I'm only one reader. Amazon isn't going to notice my lack of participation in their system. That's just the unfortunate truth.

For now, I'll hope I can find an audience wide. Right now, I'm poised to lose 65+% of my income. People like saying, “Put your money where your mouth is!” well, I have–I am. Starting in August, I'll be down to 35% of what I used to make. Honestly, unless I get lucky, I'll have to curb my book production down while I focus on trying to build my audience elsewhere.

So, unless something goes really right, next year will only have one or two titles published beyond what I've already planned. Sorry, but that's just how it goes.

As for my adventures in America, so far, my husband and I really enjoy living in California. The weather is great, the people are nice, the food is delicious, and traffic isn't nearly as bad as I was led to believe–it's no worse than Montreal on a bad day, but with substantially better roads.


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Jack Flynn says July 30, 2017

That sucks. I’ve never been part of the ku aspect of amazon. But it sounded cool. The scamming thing would yave enraged me. Aren’t they supposed to protect the authors?
I can’t wait to see how you grow your audience and your brand. Good luck

Jackie Sawyer says August 21, 2017

As I am not really very clever with what websites mean I hope this will surface. I have just read the book about the sharks and the hero. I really enjoyed it, it’s the type of story that I love to read. I think maybe being 72 I have earned the right to read what I like, not books justfor old ladies lol. Thank you, and I am looking forward to reading lots more of your work.

    RJBlain says August 21, 2017

    Thank you! I saw all your comments, and they’re very appreciated! (While I’m a young whippersnapper, I sometimes forget I have to moderate my comments, as I try to keep the site as pleasant for everyone as possible! <3) I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about Dustin!

    He'll be getting his own anthology very soon, with a bunch of new stories in the collection--plus a serialized novel at the end of each book. 🙂 I'm really looking forward to releasing them, although I'm not sure when!

      Jackie D says August 22, 2017

      Looking forward to reading them all

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