New Publication Announcement – Smilodon
My eighth novel is going live. As you may have guessed, it’s titled Smilodon, and it’s the first book of a new series, The Primogenitor Saga.
*** Until March 31st (31 March 2021), Smilodon will be on sale. ***
I’m publishing the eBook format of this novel “wide,” which means across all storefronts and not exclusive to any specific vendor. This is a change in publication policy for me, as the eBooks of my previous series, Histories of Drakmoor and Cole & Srexx, are available through Kindle Unlimited and exclusive to Amazon.
Why have I made this change? I have become increasingly concerned that a major disruption of Amazon may be on the horizon. One of the few things the US government can agree on right now–regardless of party affiliation–is that something has to be done about Big Tech (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and possibly one or two others). And every time I consider that, the only thing I can think of is Ma Bell.
Haven’t heard of Ma Bell? That’s okay. I’m not surprised. You can read about it here.
I can’t help but feel that any breakup of Amazon due to antitrust activity will disrupt Amazon’s dominance of the eBook market here in the USA. As my stories are my sole source of income at this point (with eBooks making up the lion’s share of that), I feel intense pressure (admittedly, internal pressure) to build my readership across as many platforms as possible. Developing significant income via multiple retailers is more of a slow burn than the flash fire associated with Kindle Unlimited, and I sincerely hope I’m not too late.
I freely admit that I may be completely wrong about how the US government “handling” Big Tech plays out, and there’s no way to know what the long-term effects will be until we’re living through them. But I’d rather have my sources of income as diversified as possible, just in case I’m right.