Vandalism Too. A great little title for a sequel edition to Vandalism of Words methinks. Of course my first thought was Vandalism 2, but then I got a bit lost and started playing with II, to, two, to, too, tu, tutu, deux and twice. In the end my spell checker seemed to like Too, so I ran with its gut feeling of correctness.
Now pay attention, because I’m going to ask you to help me with my protest!
Let me explain. When I publish an ebook, I set a price on Kindle and Smashwords. Yes I know, duh. But sometimes I like to offer my books at a discount. Say on my website or blog. Or even on Smashwords, because it doesn’t offer the automation that Kindle provides. Pretty standard logic.
Except for this. Kindle (well Amazon) have a nasty little surprise for authors. Even though a price has been set and agreed with Kindle (and a set royalty of course) they search for your book and if there is a lower price on offer, they drop to match it. Even on the author’s own website or blog. The other problem is, they don’t advise the author that it has been done. Nor do they tell you that your royalty percentage is lowered or even worse, dropped to zero.
It happened to me recently when I wanted to have a small promotion using Smashwords, which was only moderately successful by the way. However, a couple of days later when I did my weekly check of my Kindle sales, I saw this one particular book had thousands upon thousands of unit sales listed on my account. (Read those words again. Unit Sales on MY account!) I was surprised, pleased and shocked. But not as shocked as when I discovered these unit sales were FREE, and not $0.99 as I had listed the book with Kindle. So no royalty whatsoever. Yes, we’re talking big bucks down the toilet here.
So, I have decided to react to this with my new little ebook, Vandalism Too. It’s not a great book, and really it only deserves to be offered on my blog as a freebie. But I want to see if I can make it a bestseller. Yes, a FREE bestseller! That’s the new Kindle phrase that just defies logic, but anyway.
So if you would like to help, all you need to do is go to the Vandalism Too page on Amazon, and click ‘Tell us about a lower price’ and enter (copy and paste) the following URL:
Then enter the price $0.00
By the way, check back in a couple of days, and you should hopefully be able to get the book for free on your Kindle and start the protest! If you want to read the book, well that’s ok, and if you don’t, that’s ok Too! And if it’s not free, well just go to Smashwords and grab a copy.
As an added ingredient of Vandalistic intent, I am going to add to this book as and when I feel like it, so as it will be free, you can just grab the new extended version later.
Thanks in advance if you agree to join in The Vandal’s Vandalistic protest. If not, well no problems. I’m glad you read this far anyway.