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09 October 2013 @ 02:00 pm
evil vs pratical  

Amazon may be an evil empire, but man, the check I receive from them every month sure helps smooth things along. It makes me desperate to do another self-pub project just to add a little to that kitty.

In, you know, my copious free time. *sigh* I haven’t had time this year to work on my contracted projects, nevermind a freelance thing. (This is unfortunately pretty literally true. It’s been my worst writing year ever since I became a professional and the worst one in memory since I began writing really seriously. The only thing I’ve completed is SHAMAN RISES, and I have to throw out most the 80 pages I’ve done on the 3rd book for my nephew. Which is due by the 10th of December at the latest, and I also have the pulp fiction novel to write between now and then.)

And once I get this contracted stuff done, I have the post-Walker-Papers project to put together a proposal for, and that’s going to be…large. So I do not see where I could shove a Kickstarter/freelance thing in, in any practical fashion.

I just need an extra month or two in here somewhere. With absolutely no distractions in it.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Mindy Klaskymindyklasky on October 9th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
Can't we buy those at the Month Store? (I need a six-pack :-) )
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, what I wouldn't do for a six-pack of months...!
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on October 9th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Mindy--you're thinking too small! I want a whole case! (And a six-pack of Guinness to go with it.)
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on October 9th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Amazon may be an evil empire to some, but Lord, they send me 4 to 8 royalty checks a month.

And every year, in December, they send the royalties early. So people have a little extra for the holidays.

I could use more evil like that in my life. -_-
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't know they did that in December. That's kind of, and when I say "kind of", I mean "totally", awesome.

Tell you what, you are totally my independent publishing role model. <3
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on October 9th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Every year for the past three years, so I think it's a policy for them. And why not? They send money to their authors, their authors turn around and go 'ooh, two day shipping, and it's almost gift-giving time! QUICK TO THE 'ZON! WE MUST SHOP!' I know I do, anyway. *grin*

I think I did the count right. I get one check from Amazon US for kindle stuff, and then between 1-4 more from each of the international kindle stores. Createspace, the Amazon-owned POD department, sends me another check every month. And ACX, the Amazon-owned audible department, sends me another. It adds up pretty quickly, even for someone with a low profile like me. :)

And thank you for saying so! I am doing my best here. And honestly, having a great time. There's no high like releasing a book you know fans are waiting for. You know how that is! :)
kit: inheritorscyclemizkit on October 9th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
I get 3 from them monthly, yeah, plus the occasional auto-deposit from Euro sales. I don't have any ACX stuff, but yeah. It's kind of awesome. :)

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. I think if I could find the time, writing the 3rd book in my Inheritors' Cycle would be the way to go for another crowdfund/independent project, because it *is* the book people are waiting for and are never going to get otherwise...
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on October 9th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yes, that would be awesome! Is there any contractual issue that would prevent it?
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
Nope! I'm in the free and clear to do it. It's just writing 175K, when, well, see post. :}
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on October 9th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hear you. I am planning 2014 right now and wondering where all the money and time is going to come from, and I'm not even done with 2013's projects, and I've got 5 of those left on my plate. -_-
mikaela_lmikaela_l on October 9th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
Catie, something you could do is to enter the Old Races stories and No Dominion in Smashwords Premium program, that way they would be available at Kobo etc instead of just Smashwords. :)
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
I know. I have a long flipping list of things I need to do with Smashwords. *sigh*
Aberdeenaberdeen on October 9th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
I would just like a few extra hours each day.

But I still say that what I /really/ need is to have Multiple Man's mutant powers. Might solve your needs, too!
silkiemom on October 9th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
I have thought about how useful Multiple Man's powers would be. And then I worry about extra copies of me running around, signing up to do even more stuff. So I think I'll just take the extra hours instead. :)

Although if I could buy extra months, I'd be getting a bunch of them as gifts for people.
All Over The Mapjemck on October 9th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
A thirty hour day and an eight day week. That would sort it for me.