Aug26

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Amazon

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So, I’ve mentioned this a couple of times in the last few months, but you’re going to see me posting about it quite a bit more in the coming months. I’m going to annoy you and bug the hell out of you every time I talk about it, but I want to make sure no one is surprised when it actually happens.

I signed a deal with Amazon publishing a few months ago. It is a brand new, 3-book series and it’s going to be awesome, if I do say so myself. Think Stephanie Plum but with my brand of humor and hot sex. I know, right?! It is called the Fool Me Once series. Book number one is called Shame on You and it will be out February 27, 2014.

Now, before you get too excited, just remember: this series has been purchased by AMAZON PUBLISHING. Which means it will only be available on Amazon. It doesn’t mean I hate Nook users or can’t stand Kobo fans. I love you all equally and I hope you all continue to love me and my writing. This just means that Amazon offered me a deal and after thinking long and hard about it, I decided to take it. As a writer, I want to reach as many people as possible. As an INDIE writer, it’s hard coming up with new ways to reach more people and get them to read your words. Amazon Publishing can do more promoting and marketing-wise than I can ever do on my own. I’ve seen so many of my wonderful author friends publish with Amazon in recent months and during a time when they should be excited and hopeful, they are getting some backlash from their fans refusing to read their work now that it is only with Amazon. This makes me sad. I think we all need a group hug. I have authors that are on my automatic-download list each time they put out a new book. Authors I love and worship and will read anything they write, even if it’s the phonebook. If they decided one day to publish a book only in Canada and only on a Kobo device, I will drive to Canada and buy a Kobo.

Okay, that might be a little extreme and a a little costly because I’d need to get a passport and probably be arrested when I tried to smuggle all that liquor from the duty-free store back into the US at the same time, but still. The awesome thing about Amazon is that all of their reading apps are FREE. You can download the Kindle app to any device for FREE. So if an author you love decides to publish their book only with Amazon, it costs you nothing to get the app you need to read their book. I myself, am a pretty loyal Kindle reader. Reading books for me is just easier on my Kindle, but I would download ANY app I needed if one of my favorite authors published a book that wasn’t offered on Kindle. I’m an author-supporter, not a device-supporter.

So basically, all of this rambling is just me saying – please be supportive of the authors you love, no matter what publishing decisions they make. They aren’t making these choices lightly and it leaves them with very heavy hearts to know that some of their fans refuse to read them when their books are only offered on one platform. We try to make the best decisions we can so that we can continue making a living doing what we love.

When my new series comes out with Amazon Publishing, I hope you will all still love me and follow me on this journey. I am DYING for you to read this series. I’m not kidding…dying. I’m so in love with these crazy characters and the situations they get themselves in, it’s borderline obsessive. This is the only series that will be Amazon-only. All of my other books are, and will remain, on all channels.

So, that’s it. I will get down off of my soapbox now and get back to writing. Or daydreaming about my kids going back to school in 1 day, twelve hours, ten minutes, and thirty-seven seconds. But whose counting?

ME! I’M FUCKING COUNTING!!!!

15 Comments

  • Cassie Hoffman says:

    I can’t wait for the new book…still a long time away 🙁

  • Heidi Hines says:

    Anyone who doesn’t have a Kindle can download the Kindle app to their computer/smartphone/etc. I have both the Kindle and the Nook (because I just wanted to make my life easier). I am looking forward to your Fool Me Once series!

  • Karen Lawson says:

    Sounds good to me! I love funny and sexy… and my Kindle!

  • Cassandra Hicks says:

    You have my support!!!!

  • Judy Navata says:

    So excited about the new series! Can’t wait! You’ll always have my support.

  • Nicole Lowery says:

    Congrats! Will buy your books wherever you publish 🙂

  • Shannon Mayer says:

    Excellent post, and very good points. There is always a way to read your favorite writer. I may even point this out in my next blog post :0) Good luck, and looking forward to the new series!

  • Nowan says:

    Honestly I don’t care where you publish, I’m going to get it. You are my fav and I would read what ever you write. 🙂

  • Jesi Lea Ryan says:

    I support you! Amazon has been good to me. #GoIndie

  • Melanie Stinnett says:

    Love this post and love your writing! Will follow wherever you go. 🙂

  • Joanne Christenson says:

    I don’t care where it gets published….or who publishes it…you could write it on toliet paper (unused please) and I’d read it. ….I use my ipad and I have the kindle app…

  • Jessi Edwards says:

    I understand that you need to make decisions that are best for your career and it’s great that you have a publishing deal. Kindle apps may be free, but to read a book on my iPhone or PC creates a lot of eye strain for me. I have a Nook Simpletouch because it is not backlit and the same as reading on paper. You cannot download apps to this particular ereader. I guess the whole point of this is, I’m not hating that you have a publishing deal, just disappointed that your book is not easily accessible for me.

    I bought your book and read it on my PC… it was not pleasant for my eyeballs.

    • tarasivec says:

      Thank you so much for your support Jessi! For my next giveaway, I’ll give new glasses to everyone 🙂

      xo
      Tara

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