Well, I decided to unpublish all my projects tonight. As I stated in my previous blog post, I have been disappointed by the whole self-publishing enterprise.
My advice is that if you plan to self-publish on Amazon/Kindle make sure you do your homework.
Apparently, even after you unpublish, third parties can sell your books and you will not get a royalty because the book is sold used. The rationale is that you got paid the first time the book was sold, so you don’t get paid again.
So, does that mean your creative work is out there being sold and resold and you do not receive any royalties for your creative efforts?
It appears that is the case according to the email I received from Amazon/Kindle regarding unpublishing my books.
They still haven’t explained to me how third parties can sell my books if my books are now unpublished and are not supposed to be printed anymore.
I thought the books were printed when they were ordered, so if I have unpublished then how could they print it and sell it?
Cautionary tale: Think before you self-publish.
I advise against it.
In fact, tonight I completely cancelled my Amazon account and Kindle, as well. Also, I cancelled Goodreads.
I am just sick of the underhanded dealings of big corporations.
My books are my creative property; I deserve to make a profit off my creative property.
I put my foot down here.
I refuse to associate with Amazon/Kindle.
I am walking away from anything that resembles big tech.
I want to support local stores rather than buy on Amazon.
I will find an actual small press or literary agent to publish my creative work.
Self-publishing has been a disappointment and a rip off. . .
Jenny W. Andrews copyright 2022