I just returned from a wonderful weekend outing in my official Happy Place…which is anywhere with my favorite musical group, The Texas Tenors. They actually visited Colorado for a change, so I didn’t have far to travel—and as a special treat, I was able to bring my oldest daughter and both grandkids to the shows. Everyone loved the beautiful music, as I knew they would. <<Ahem, dear Eldest, I told you so!>>
Now that the weekend is over, I’m back to earth and hard at work again. My creative balloon was filled, only to have it quickly deflate when I heard some news today that could very well affect my ability to put food on the table and take care of my family.
I’m a traditionally-published author, that is, I write for one of the New York “Big Five” publishers. I get advances and royalties from my contracted work—but only when my books are sold new and through legitimate channels. I don’t see a dime from the purchase of used books and those pirated from the internet.
I don’t know if readers realize they directly support their favorite authors when they buy new, but there you have it.
Do I write for the Lord, to reach the world with His love? Absolutely.
Do I need to get paid for my work? Definitely.
I have people dependent on me, especially since my husband had a double stroke last September.
So the news that Amazon is now not automatically making their primary “buy button” the legitimate publisher of my books is nothing short of devastating. Basically, through whatever bizarre algorithm they use, the large “buy button” can now very well lead to a secondary seller. I’ll get zip. Zero. Nada.
It’s hard to feed a family on nothing.
Many professional writer’s organizations are protesting as publishers, agents and authors try to wrap their minds around this change. As for readers, I hope that you’ll take the time to make sure your purchases go to support your favorite authors by buying only through the legitimate publisher. It’s an extra hassle, but I hope it’s one you’ll take.
Because without our readers, authors are nothing. I, for one, am grateful for each and every one of you. I know I can speak for every author here at the Inspy Romance blog when I say thank you for buying our books and supporting our careers. God bless.
Deb’s next book, The Cowboy’s Baby Blessing, will be available starting June 20th at a store near you.