Since I’ve been writing I’ve learned many things, all of which have value somewhere, somehow. Until now, I’ve published my books via lulu and smashwords and avoided Amazon.
The reason I’ve left Amazon alone is because I’m English and live in the UK and to publish via Createspace (Amazon’s paperback publishing platform) and Kindle (its e-book publishing platform) you need to have a USA tax code or they stiff you for 30% of all profits for their tax. The complexity of getting such a code as always put me off, until I discovered the shortcut (which I explained in my previous blog here).
So now I have my EIN code I decided to join Amazon and get my books up there.
One of the things I’ve learned since I’ve been writing is that the book world seems to have a very strong Amazon fetish and unless your work is available there, you’re ignored or not taken as a ‘serious’ self pubber. I don’t know why this should be but it is, so it’s a case of join up or be left behind.
I’ve spent the last fortnight reformatting all 3 volumes of The Lilean Chronicles for Amazon and finally tonight I got the last one uploaded. Sometime tomorrow I’ll be able to post the links and stand up with the rest of the ‘real’ writers with my head held high and shriek
…..”I’VE JOINED THE AMAZON FETISH CLUB”…..