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who benefits? seems like sometimes the answer is abso-effing-lutely nobody

2015-08-22 - 9:03 a.m.

Really, Amazon? Really? Every time somebody changes the price of their Kindle ebook, then the product description loses all of the html and you can't change it from your bookshelf. Instead, the author has to go in and change it from their author's central. You do know that if the author has to do all the work, they're not going to split the moneys with a publisher, now are they? Who are you trying to screw with this? The indie/small press publisher, obviously, who is becoming more and more obsolete. But also the kind of author who doesn't need the money and so would be willing to split royalties with someone else willing to do the work of maintaining their Amazon page. Under the current system, nobody's happy.

In the KU world, clearly there isn't enough money to support both a publisher and an author of an indie book. The pay rate has fallen to what? About half a cent a page read? So the average writer who once earned 1 to 2 cents a word from about 1900 through most of the 20th century and then maybe half a cent a word in the content mill era is now effect...nothing. Six-tenths of a cent A PAGE! And they're earning this nothing for a lot more work since there is coming to be less and less to entice a publisher. Vent, vent, vent. I know we've done well above average. And that my friends is a scary thought when I see all these smooth operators out there telling people to quit their jobs and buy expensive classes to learn to be a writer. Almost none of these people are going to succeed at doing anything other than getting deeper in debt. It's sad.

Although the writing schools by unqualified, degree-free "teachers" are clearly still better than scamming people by requiring them to get an MFA degree in creative writing from any other than the very top schools. If someone ends up $2,000 in credit card debt taking a useless get-rich-in-the-Kindle-Gold-rush, then they always have the option of bankruptcy. But if someone ends up $20,000 in debt chasing a master's degree in creative writing from the kind of university that doesn't put you in touch with real working writers...then hey guess what. You're not allowed to declare bankruptcy on student loans. Seems like your life is over. Scary stuff going on out there...

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