Tag Archives: Indie Authors

The Patreon Dilemma

patreon_navigation_logo_mini_orange The Patreon DilemmaThere has been some controversy recently about authors signing up for Patreon. For those who don’t know, Patreon is a site where people can sign up to support creators (not just authors, but photographers and artists, musicians, models… you name it) by pledging them a fixed amount of money every month. Most Patreons start at $1 or $3, and can go all the way up to hundreds of dollars per month.

I’ll be honest, I’ve been considering it for a long time, but I hadn’t taken the plunge because getting a Patreon involves two things: 1. Talking about money, and 2. Swallowing my pride. Let me explain. Continue reading →

With Friends Like These… The #AllRomance Debacle

So the news is now out that All Romance Ebooks, a beloved specialist retailer adored by many an m/m reader and author alike, is closing its doors for good. The new hit yesterday afternoon, to shock and disappointment across our genre. Sentiments that quickly turned to anger when we read the email we received (or, in my case, the email others posted on social media; mine seems to have got lost in the post). Continue reading →

Blowing It Series: Now in KU

I’m selling my soul to the devil one piece at a time. For the next three months, read all the books in my Blowing It series—Blowing It, Balls Up, and the prequel, Dom on the Side, exclusively on Amazon with your KU membership.

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An Amazon.com bestselling LGBT series, laugh along as Owen Barnes risks Blowing It, and prepare to have your heart wrenched as he battles cancer and his perfect life goes Balls Up. See where it all began with the standalone prequel Dom on the Side.

Blowing It was Runner Up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards for Best Gay Romantic Comedy.

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Blowing It Blowing It Book One

23 February 2015 | Novel | 83500 | Contemporary-MM

Writing a YA bestseller was the worst thing to ever happen to Owen Barnes. Out and proud for years, he suddenly finds himself back in the closet. Building surveyor Magnus Cassidy is the first man to catch Owen’s interest in almost two years, and he’s not going to allow his agent to erase Magnus from is life. Can Owen find a way to reconcile his public and private lives, or has he already blown it?

 

Balls Up Blowing It Book Two

07 June 2015 | Novel | 108000 | Contemporary-MM

Owen Barnes’s life is finally going the way he wants it, so when he finds a lump, he buries his head in the sand. He has a hundred excuses to delay the inevitable and hide one simple fact: he’s scared. Eventually, boyfriend Magnus drags him to the doctor, and the news isn’t good. Can Owen cope with the unexpected turn events have taken, or is his perfect life about to go balls up?

 

Dom on the Side Blowing It Book Three

25 January 2016 | Novel | 100000 | Contemporary-MM

When a one-night stand makes Ryan Jessop a casual offer to introduce him to BDSM, he discovers in Jim a skilled Dominant. Sameer Farouk is the right guy at the wrong time, and as far as Ryan can tell, not kinky. Torn between them, Ryan must decide if he’s prepared to gamble everything on one man, or if he’d be better off with a vanilla boyfriend and a Dom on the side.

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Sleeping With the Enemy

I did a thing I swore I’d never do: I’ve put some of my eggs entirely in Amazon’s basket. For the next three months, you can read the Puddledown Mysteries trilogy with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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Set in small town England in the aftermath of WWII, this series of non-explicit cozy mysteries opens with The Dead Past, Runner Up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards for Best Gay Historical Romance.

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The Dead Past Puddledown Mysteries Book One

21 April 2014 | Novel | 50000 | Historical-MM

Hugo Wainwright has been denying his attraction to men his whole life. When he stumbles over a murdered body in the woods, the ensuing investigation throws him in with Tommy Granger, the police inspector’s prime suspect. Certain of Tommy’s innocence, Hugo vows to clear the name of the man he’s falling for, but Tommy has his own secrets; secrets with deadly consequences.

The Coward’s Way Puddledown Mysteries Book Two

11 August 2014 | Novella | 45000 | Historical-MM

Hugo Wainwright thought life in Puddledown had returned to normal, following the discovery of a murderer two months earlier. Then the Viscount’s daughter goes missing, and more than one person is keeping a close eye on Tommy Granger’s cabin in the woods. As the net closes, Hugo has a decision to make: will he be brave, or will he take the coward’s way out?

The Poison Pen Puddledown Mysteries, Book Three

05 April 2015 | Novella | 43000 | Historical-MM

There’s a crisis in Puddledown. Weeks before the wedding of Helena Fairfax and Walter Evans, a malicious poison pen writer is wreaking havoc. Closer to home, Hugo Wainwright has his own troubles–Tommy Granger’s family are visiting. When Hugo receives a malicious note, Tommy starts to panic. Can Hugo uncover the author, or will the veiled threats of an anonymous stranger drive him and Tommy apart?

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Dirty Talk — Money, and How to Earn it From Home

Workathomead-300x291 Dirty Talk -- Money, and How to Earn it From HomeWe’ve all seen those signs at the side of the road, cheap paper flyers promising “Earn $$$ Working from Home!” Every other website seems to promise you can be rolling in cash if you just monetise your Pinterest account or learn Java or join some remote phone sales hotline.I don’t know anyone who’s ever seriously considered calling a number from one of those flyers, or taken those websites seriously when they suggested that ordinary people just like you are earning $10,000 a month working a couple of hours a week in their free time!

They’re scammy, right? Except for the past three years, I have been working at home (sometimes even in my pyjamas!), and I don’t intend to quit.

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You Don’t Owe Me A Review

Save-an-author-225x300 You Don't Owe Me A ReviewIt’s been a fact since before I was published that authors these days love reviews. It’s another fact that readers love to leave reviews — sites like Goodreads have created an entire reviewer industry out of ordinary, everyday readers. No longer do you need a doctorate in literature in order to bestow your lofty opinion from the hallowed pages of the Times Literary Supplement. These days, anyone with an internet connection can review whatever they read, however they like. Continue reading →

Release Day: Dom on the Side

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When a one-night stand makes Ryan Jessop a casual offer to introduce him to BDSM, he discovers in Jim a skilled Dominant. Sameer Farouk is the right guy at the wrong time, and as far as Ryan can tell, not kinky. Torn between them, Ryan must decide if he’s prepared to gamble everything on one man, or if he’d be better off with a vanilla boyfriend and a Dom on the side.

Available from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, iTunesAllRomanceEbooks, B&NSmashwords.

Coming soon in paperback.

Note: Dom on the Side is a prequel to the Blowing It series and can be read as a standalone.


 Make sure you check out the awesome book trailer by the super-talented Meredith King!

Blowing It is On #Sale

Yes, you heard that right. From Sunday 29th Nov through Tuesday 01st Dec, Blowing It will be available for the bargain price of $0.99 from Amazon and AllRomance. It’s a top-10 LGBT bestseller reviewers have called “hugely entertaining, wildly fun, and wickedly hot!” Grab your copy now!

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Owen Barnes never expected writing to make him rich, much less with a YA novel written for a bet. Being nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the most prestigious award a children’s author can win, is a dream come true. But Owen’s newfound fame comes at a price, and not just changing his surname to Black.

Gruff, gentle building surveyor Magnus Cassidy is the first man to catch Owen’s interest in almost two years. Owen’s agent, Max, might be trying to control his image, but Magnus sees the real Owen: the eyeliner, drainpipe jeans, and sexy underwear, not the Young Conservative in a tweed jacket Max is turning him into.

When a photo of Owen and Magnus appears online, just weeks before the Carnegie ceremony, Max starts damage limitation. Out and proud since he was fourteen, Owen isn’t going back into the closet without a fight, and he refuses to let his agent erase Magnus from his life. Encouraged by his friends, Owen lashes out, not realising his behaviour could hurt the man he’s doing it all for. Can Owen find a way to reconcile his public and private lives, or has he already blown it?

Contents: passive tops and slutty bottoms, bitchy best friends, bad jokes, sexy underwear, an excess of beards, and a smattering of angst. May contain nuts.

 

✭✩✭✩✭Praise for Blowing It✭✩✭✩✭:

 This book had me smiling, laughing and crying.

I laughed, smiled and enjoyed myself thoroughly.

You can’t go wrong with a Kate Aaron book, pick this one up and be ready to enjoy.

This is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read so far in 2015!

Kate Aaron spins a web with her words and getting caught in it is a pure pleasure.

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KDP Select and the Myth of “The Pot”

So we all know by now that Amazon is changing their payment scheme for Select borrows from a flat-rate payment triggered at 10% read, to a payment per page. They’ve delivered a laughable example of $0.10/page for this new system, which comes into effect next month. I think we all know it’s going to end up being something less than a cent per page when it actually happens, with the old payment of around $1.30 per read being the top-end of payouts for a full-length novel.

Plenty of people have already written about this change, but I want to talk about the entire payment model, premised on a “pot” of money set aside each month for payment to be made from. Allegedly this pot comes from the $9.99 monthly subscription from people enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Except it doesn’t.

From day one, Amazon has topped up the pot from its other coffers. They’ve added undisclosed amounts to account for paying a full, fixed amount to large publishers as well as providing incentive bonuses to Select’s top performing authors. Everybody else believes they get a share of what’s left after Amazon has cherry picked those it wants to pay more.

But let’s think about that share. It sounds good, telling people they’re going to “earn” an equal amount of a large sum of money. Each month is almost like winning the lottery. But how do we know that anything is equal?

Amazon says the pot comes from subscriptions. How many subscribers do they have? They won’t say.

Amazon says authors earn a share based on the total number of books borrowed. How many books is that? Amazon won’t say.

Amazon now says they’ll pay based on pages. How many pages are read in an average month? They won’t say. How many readers skim enough to trigger a borrow but don’t read past maybe the first quarter of a book? Amazon won’t say.

Don’t be disillusioned, they know all of this. They know, or can very accurately predict, how many books, how many pages, how many subscribers there will be in a month.

And isn’t it curious how the value of a borrow never seems to fluctuate much?

Select is Amazon’s way of eradicating list prices and 70% royalties they never wanted to offer to begin with. When you sign up, you’re agreeing to let Amazon pay you whatever they want, and trusting them to play fair. Do you think $1.30 on a $5.99 listed title is fair? Because I don’t.

Select authors rely on Amazon’s word that there is a pot and that it’s divvied equally. I would dispute both those claims. Amazon knows what it’s going to pay month on month for Select borrows. The minute fluctuations of a few cents a month are all part of the illusion. The pot is an illusion, a golden carrot dangling before its stable of authors. You hear there are millions up for grabs and like any gambler you buy a ticket. Then, when you don’t get millions, Amazon tells you it’s because you didn’t earn it. It’s all your fault, and nothing to do with the fact they paid out a couple of hundred five figure “bonuses” before they even thought about paying you. It’s nothing to do with the fact they put best sellers like the Hunger Games books in KU and had to pay the publishers the full sale price, however many of the borrows you got.

Amazon could tell us tomorrow what they’re going to pay for July, because they already know. Look beyond the talk of subscribers and pots and equal shares. Open your eyes. Amazon holds all the cards, they have all the data, and they know what they need to put into the pot each month to trigger a price per borrow (soon per page) that they’re happy paying out. All the mythical pot does is distract authors from the fact Amazon has already determined exactly how much they’re worth.