This isn’t an attack on Amazon. I understand that they want to run their marketplace a certain way and it’s up to the people who want to offer things there to adjust to their rules. It’s obviously working for them right now. No one is more successful in retail, but there will always be people who belong on the fringe, and it turns out that I’m one of them.
In my opinion, Amazon is the most restrictive place to publish ebooks with erotic content and I don’t feel like what I’m going to be releasing this year fits there well. The next Magic Means novels could get my account banned on Amazon, which is something I can’t afford, so I’m going to be publishing on the other safe havens that will be happy to accept my work.
That includes Smashwords (the best platform for erotic content), Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other platforms that will welcome most if not all the content I’m going to be releasing this year.
Sadly, thousands of people who downloaded the Magic Means series freebie (books 1-3 are free) won’t be able to find the next books on Amazon. While a simple search would remedy that, most readers won’t want to download anything outside of Amazon or they won’t care to learn how to, so I’ll lose them. Too bad. Magic Means is about to become even more awesome, they’ll miss it.
Books 6 and 7 are going to be released this summer, and they won’t be on Amazon because there is some religious, dubcon, gender bending and other taboo content within. The short stories and novellas I’ll be releasing won’t fit into Amazon’s plan either. I’d rather lean into the taboo than tone my work down, so freedom is important.
I tried writing Magic Means so it fit the restrictions Amazon puts on fiction, but that series invites creativity, controversy and runs head long into how free most of the characters are with their sexuality. As I explored the story and encounters in books six, seven and eight I found myself changing them to fit into the box Amazon built, to avoid the things that get books and accounts banned.
After the first draft of books six and seven, which were supposed to be out by now, I was severely disappointed. I bent over backwards to make those books tame enough for Amazon, but that sucked so much of the playful spirit and conflict out of the novels that I actually lost interest in working on the series at all.
I took a break from Magic Means for a few months then went back to edit books six and seven again. I decided to rewrite sections and edit the rest the way I wanted to, ignoring the restrictions I was avoiding so the books could be published on Amazon. Behold! Magic Means Books Six and Seven came back to life, with titillating fun and inter-character fascinations that I thought were much more enjoyable. It wasn’t that the new versions of these books were dirtier nessisarily, but you could tell they weren’t written while I was walking on eggshells. You could tell I wasn’t worrying about pissing some big corporation off anymore.
Sadly, similar books got some people banned from the Kindle Program completely. I respect Amazon and believe that what they’re doing is right for them, even if it doesn’t suit me, so instead of re-editing the books to suit their site, I’m not going to publish with them anymore. I’d rather stick to smaller platforms that want me than get ushered out of an establishment that doesn’t.
I’m going to miss out on a lot of money. We’re talking hundreds, probably thousands of dollars. Amazon is the biggest ebook marketplace in the world. After thinking about it for months, fixing two novels so they are better books instead of taming them so they fit in with what Amazon wants, I’ve decided I have to be okay with that. I write this stuff for titillation and fun. Not just yours, but mine too, and I’d like to be free to go wherever my muses take me. Unfortunately, they’re leading my more erotic work away from Amazon. That’s okay.
Please follow me to Smashwords, where perfectly formatted versions of my ebooks will be available for all your devices. If you’re already downloading my stuff on another platform, like Apple Books, Kobo or Barnes & Noble, that’s great too. I’m going to be releasing a lot over the summer, and I look forward to it.
Now the shackles come off (or go back on?). It’s time to have some real fun.