Advice For the Struggling Writer

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Thirty-nine things to remember while struggling to build your writing career  was an article sent to me via Pinterest by someone very special. I appreciate the fact that she was thinking about me. I guess she was listening more than I thought she was each time I expressed my feelings to her about the whole writing thing. Anyway, all good advice and most of them, I learned to follow over the year. I write because I love to express myself. I write because I have stories to tell. This past year has been an enlightening experience, mostly since I took the leap to put out my first two-part novel. I learned from all sorts of mistakes I made, and at times I felt very insecure and ready to give up.

It was my mother who insisted that I push forward, and continue to write because she could tell how alive I became in doing so. Besides, she said she loves my stories and plots I share with her over tea. So here I am still tapping away at my keyboard every chance I get, doing what I love best-writing.

So there, that’s my story, and the advice I want to share with you all.

A Few Updates From M.L. Kilian Just In Case You’ve Missed it

Future Events

  • Wine and conversation with author ML Kilian in San Francisco – October 21, 2014 – 4-6:30p.m. – details click here
  • Look for new book cover design for Piazza Navona (November) and Nob Hill (October)
  • Signing up for LondonBookFair 2015 – stay tuned for details
  • Currently organizing a book-signing tour – stay tuned
  • BOOK 3 – NOT YET TITLED – To Be Released February 2015

Current Events

  • October 2014 Contest/Book Giveaway – click here for details
  • A new ebook version of Piazza Navona ISBN 9780990585732 is now available for sale
  • A revised version of Piazza Navon paperback is now available for sale
  • Holiday gift pack – order from Etsy Atelier300. Order your signed copies now. Great gift ideas for the woman over 35.

 

Valid Book Distribution Concerns As an Indie Author

As many authors or those striving to become one, the second your book is published and available for potential readers, you feel a sense of accomplishment. In a way unexplainable. After all, you’ve put your blood, sweat and tears into the project and deserve at least some appreciation for your accomplishment(s). So you wait, marketing yourself and your book almost daily to get the word out, hoping by some miracle your work is discovered and added to some favorite reading list or given at minimal a 3 star review, 5 of course if you are that lucky. Then one day you click on Amazon.com and discover there are a hundred variations of your novel, sold at different prices from some unknown online bookstores, and you pause, very baffled at how that could be possible. Especially when you’ve gone through a specific reputable distributor and set up pricing to make a dollar for every 10 sold. Who are these people you wonder? So you write an email to Amazon to find out, and they reply timely of course, but as follows:

 

Hello Kilian,

While researching this issue for you, I found that “Piazza Navona” is offered on the Amazon.com Marketplace by third party sellers.

Books which are sold by sellers using Amazon Marketplace list a number of used or new listings under the Amazon price. They may also list “Available from these sellers” in place of an Amazon price.

Sellers either collect used books or buy them wholesale from publishers. As sellers have already paid for the books when buying them used or wholesale, you’ll not receive any royalties for the copies they sold. They are free to set their own prices for their retail sales. Detail pages for Marketplace titles will remain in order to allow third party sellers to participate in Amazon.com’s Marketplace.

I hope this information helps to better explain the issues you noticed for your book and I apologize for any frustration this issue has caused you.

We appreciate your understanding and hope to seeing you again soon.

Best regards,
XXXXXX

While I understand Amazon’s take on business, what they don’t seem to understand with their seller’s Marketplace program is what that does to the actual owner of the product. So, If I understand correctly, I did all the work, and someone else is benefiting?

So I opened a Seller’s Marketplace myself (Atelier300), testing the system. But the concept that ‘someone unauthorized’ is selling my books was bothering me, almost obsessively. So I wrote to each and every one of the sellers simply inquiring, and so far 50pct replied as follows or close to it:

“We apologize, we will remove your book immediately from our inventory.”

Maybe now I can get some sleep, I resolved, closing my eyes.

All Good Things Must Come To An End – I suppose

I normally read my emails while I commute to work in the mornings, feeling always the need to get my day started, even if simply organizing my thoughts. As I scrolled through my inbox, I noticed one from GoodReads, reminding me the Piazza Navona novel giveaway I launched on their site has ended and they have a list of five winners for me to send the books to. Although I was happy with the outcome, I have to say I was a little sad, the contest ended too soon in my opinion. So, congratulations to all the winners, whom I am not allowed to mention nor contact, based on the rules I agreed upon with the site. I hope you enjoy the novel and find it in your hearts to write a review. Every bit counts when you are an indie author.

Until next contest…
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