It’s That Time Again…Beta Readers Needed & More
Posted by lbdarling
“Sister Christian: GENESIS” is almost done. Well, actually is done. Or it was done. Until we decided to grab the first 8 chapters from “Lean on Me” n/k/a “Sins of the Father” to add in at the end and round it out a bit more. This means “Sins of the Father” is apt to be a very short novella🙂
So I’m looking for Beta Readers! Anybody wanna take up the task? The Rules are the same as always: 1) If I don’t know you don’t ask. 2) You MUST have time to read it, if you’d let me down in the past on this don’t ask for it. 3) You MUST be willing to correct my mistakes, offer your opinion on the overall novel, and make suggestions as to what you would like to see added/subtracted from the story.
This is NOT what you’re used to from me. While there are sexual themes there is NO SEX. While there are violent themes there is nearly NO actual violence. Of course, there’s NO romance. This an Adult Family Drama…that makes it ‘mainstream’ so if that’s not your thing please think about it before you ask to Beta Read for me.
If you’re still interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Even though it will be ready well before, the Release Date for this novel is tentatively set at January 1, 2015. If you’d like to read the entire rather raw first chapter of this novel please visit http://www.moonsmusings.com/lisabethdarling/genesis
With all of that said I’m thinking about my New Year’s Resolution…which I never make, BTW. I’m seriously considering dumping Kindle. I am. I made an 11 minute video on the subject yesterday and even uploaded it to YouTube. At the last second I chickened out much to the The Big Guy’s chagrin who couldn’t believe I wouldn’t go through my scathing rant regarding Kindle and Jeff Bezos.
I couldn’t believe it either.
I’m still considering posting it to YouTube at a future date…like after I get my courage together and dump Bezo’s scuzzy ass. Right now let’s just suffice it to say that my morals/scruples/pride are up in the air. It’s hard to have convictions because you have to back them up by doing things like not shopping at WalMart even if it means I don’t Save Money. Live Better. Not getting a Papa John’s pizza even if it is as good as I’ve heard. Not eating at Chick-fil-A even if that too is tasty. I don’t even shop on Amazon.com outside of giving away gift certificates for prizes and that definitely changes 1/1/2015…PayPay Cash Prizes in the New Year!
Unfortunately for me, my morals also mean getting out of bed with Bezos even if I can no longer afford a ‘nice dinner’ at the end of month due to no longer receiving my payment(s) from Kindle.
It’s tough. It is and I’ve been wrestling with this for quite some time.
But that’s most because of the exposure I’ll be giving up (cough…choke) and not actual sales I might miss out on. I’ll make Kindle versions available on my site, in personalized autographed versions, so Kindle people don’t miss out on my crap. hahaha Maybe even though Smashwords…maybe not. I am seriously considering putting my ‘money’ where my mouth is and making Nook my home base for ebooks.
Back to the ‘exposure’. In my humble opinion being a Kindle Select Exclusive is pure crap. Every time I’ve done it the ‘exposure’ I get, the one that Kindle promises me in return for being exclusive with them, ends being BS. I get emails telling me MY books are for sale. MY book is the SUBJECT of the email. It looks impressive until I contact the other ‘exclusive’ authors in the email to find out they got the SAME email but with THEIR books as the SUBJECT line and first in the inner body. Kindle is…probably pretty obviously…soliciting these ‘exclusives’ to other ‘exclusive’ authors and NOT to their millions upon millions of actual customers. I surmise this because the ONLY TIME I receive such emails letting me know about such ‘great deals’ and ‘exclusives’ is WHEN I HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE WITH THEM. Other than that…no emails except their Author Newsletter.
He even looks like a dick. Literally. A little Nazi Dick.
I’m sick of this rich bastard thinking I should sell absolutely every book I publish with him for a crappy $0.99. No matter how effort/work/time went into it. As far as he’s concerned I’m worth $0.35/per sale while he’s worth $0.65/per sale because he runs the site. It’s all BS. Personally, I believe that as the person who put their heart, their soul, their time, their effort, into everything….EVERYthing cover to cover and beyond, I’m worth a tad more than $0.35/per sale. But, generally speaking, because of Jeff Bezos we’ll never know that for sure. We’ll never know what Open Market would bear for an ebook because he decided to push and push for $0.99 and desperate morons like me went along with him. NO other ebook retailer pushed for an ebook to be made available for $0.99 more than Kindle. None.
I know that little ol’ me, at my ‘level’ can more than afford to walk away from him albeit with a smattering of regret, think of the other authors the ones who have publishers (small presses) and editors and agents and cover artists and PR people. Think about that. Those poor bastards are SPLITTING $0.35/per sale between ALL those people! At least I get to keep the crappy $0.35. Not that it makes me feel any better. Do you have any idea how many books per month you have to sell to make THAT worth your while? Especially when you factor in their extremely liberal Return Policy? And factoring in the fact the that Bezos doesn’t keep track of how much of that novel/book/story you READ if it wasn’t an ‘exclusive’ or available in the ‘lending library’….if you don’t use/have those things then you can read entire books FREE if you do it in 7 days. Just read them and then return them. No one will know and Bezos certainly won’t care.
I wish, I hope, I pray, that places like Hatchette won’t give up. I wish more publishing houses would buck Bezos and WalMart.
If you’re a truly savvy author, that’s what makes other ebook retailers better than Kindle. They don’t allow returns. Not even Nook. Know why? They know how scam artists work and they CARE. Bezos does not.
Since I can’t change the bald headed blunder I have to change myself and as we all know that isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s a very jagged little pill to swallow. Still, I don’t think any of the Sister Christian stories will be made available on Kindle. I can’t do it in good conscience, I really can’t and its gnawing at me like a rabid little rat.
If I can’t go to Outback Steakhouse or buy a movie on Blu-Ray and order Chinese food at the end of the month because I’m missing my Kindle payment I guess I’ll just have to live with that. Then again, you Kindle people will have to buy those books through ME in which case I will keep every single dime. In that case, I might be able to afford Outback AND a movie in the theater. Maybe even a tub of popcorn and a soda.
That’d be nice, huh?