Farewell Amazon

It isn’t easy being an indie author.  It is difficult to get reviews, and Lord knows the royalties one gets are very little, though there are some exceptions.  I know this post is very different than others I do, but hear me out.  I have published a few books, and praise God those have helped people develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.  Those books have been available for a low price pretty much everywhere…until today.

I made the difficult decision to pull my ebooks from listing on Amazon.  Amazon seems to get deeper and deeper into the bullying business when it comes to indie authors.  I made the decision before Amazon told my current distributor to remove them.  Why?  It would seem that Amazon has these built in Algorithms that scan the web to find any remnant of your material.  Once in a while I post a small section of an upcoming, or previously published, book as a tease to generate interest,  On the surface this would appear to be basic marketing.  After all I own the material adn am only posting a small section of around 450 words out of a book that may have 23,000.  To the brain trust at Amazon this is unacceptable in there mind because I am giving the “book” away.

I have gone around and around and the frustration isn’t worth it to be honest.  Most of my sales come from Apple and Kobo, so it really won’t hurt sales much.  While I am talking about sales I do have to mention one other thing.  I don’t write for the sales.  I write to spread he message of Christ and His church.  I’m sure Amazon has been burned in some fashion and that is why they are choosing this route, and maybe since they are the largest dog on the block they feel the need to show their teeth.   Long story short, my books will no longer be available on Amazon.  All books are the lowest price I can make them, and I do that intentionally.  If for whatever reason you are not able to afford the 99 cent price tag please email me, and I will gladly send you a free pdf of the book you want.  No strings attached.  God bless you all and thank you for your patience through my rant.

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New Year Resolutions

I would like to sincerely thank you all for the your support, and for reading this blog.  It has spawned into other projects over the past year such as a podcast, a publishing contract which I signed about three months ago, and articles in other outlets.  I am continuously in awe with how the Lord is using the little page.  I wanted to share a few resolutions that I will be doing in the New Year.

  1.  I will make it a point to do one blog post per day.  I love to write, and doing this will assist in other writing projects.
  2. I will release one podcast episode per week.  Over the past few months the podcast has been neglected.  I believe I have only posted three shows in the past three months.
  3. I will finish and release my third book.  My first two books will be released around March and April respectively.
  4. I will spend more time with my wife and four children.
  5. I will make a deeper commitment to prayer.  I admit that this is an area that I seem to neglect for some reason.  I pray in the morning, but during the rest of the day this vital practice is a struggle.

These are my five resolutions that I commit to.  Please let me know what your resolutions are by leaving them in the comments.  I thank you again for reading this blog, and I wish you and your family a happy new year.  God bless you and your loved ones!

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