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At the end of every month we invite romance author Zoe York on to share hers thoughts and information regarding the latest news in self-publishing and the indie industry. This episode we discuss the below items:

How not to close your online ebook store…

Several days before the end of 2016 All Romance eBooks suddenly announced it’s upcoming closure and say they are unable to pay the full commissions of what they owe authors for the last quarter, instead they offered to pay 10c on the dollar of what they owed up to the 27th. Not only that but they would kept selling the ebooks until they closed at the end of the year. This last minute notice was supposed to have gone to all authors and a separate notice to all readers so they could download the ebooks they had stored.

B&N’s Nook woes and its over zealous adult filter…

B&N pulls their new $50 nook–that was meant to be their Kindle Fire beater–from stores. Statements made by B&N say it is due to a faulty charger but oddly don’t mention anything about the Chinese-loaded malware that was reported to be on the nooks!

Zoe also brought up the overly aggressive adult filter that B&N implemented just recently.

Data Guy surprises us all about print sales…

Print vs Digital, Traditional vs Non-Traditional, Bookstore vs Online: 2016 Trade Publishing by the numbers – Data Guy’s presentation slides for Digital Bookworld 2017

Konrath surprises all with traditional deal…

Konrath accepts a print only deal with trad publishers Kensington for three of his books. Which is interesting considering the fun-times and public online back-and-forth debates he had with the Kensington CEO and President, Steve Zacharius just a couple of years back.

KDP account closed and books pulled and how to get them back again…

Author JM Poole found an unwelcome surprise in his junk mail recently. It informed him that his KDP account had been closed and his ebooks pulled. It took a few days to find out what was going on and an email to Jeff Bezos to get it fixed. Why did this happen? The Amazon bots thought JM had created what Amazon calls “Systematic accounts”, accounts that facilitate illegitimate reading or borrow activity of books in Kindle Unlimited.

Guest: Zoe York

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York is a busy mom of two young boys and the creator of modern, sexy, small town contemporary romances. Her debut novel, What Once Was Perfect, started the popular Wardham series, and her first military romance, Fall Out, was released as part of the international bestselling SEALs of Summer super bundle.

She lives in London, Ontario and is currently chugging Americanos, wiping sticky fingers, and dreaming of heroes in and out of uniform.