Never a good idea, but still, I’ve no intention of shutting up in this case.
So, the Amazon reviewer bravely hiding behind the name Ja’chyra whose moral outrage at the agency model led them to their one star review of Ragged Man. You’ve enjoyed the series thus far – that’s nice – but you won’t be buying any more because of the evil publisher stealing your money by supposed price fixing.
Ah well. As modest as my success is, and I’m well aware it is modest: fuck you.
I don’t need readers like you, people who think a book should cost no more than three quid and / or work for the Amazon propaganda department. The kindle edition is £7.99 – if you think that’s excessive, please do go and read only self-published works for now on and enjoy the self-righteous glow you’ll get from poor writing, structure, editing and frequently unfinished series. The average income for professional authors in the UK is, if memory serves correctly, about seven thousand pounds. Most of your favourite authors probably didn’t get stunning success on their first book and actually had to work other jobs and make sacrifices to continue doing what they love. They understood that, and they accepted it, but don’t pretend that means every royalty didn’t matter and they don’t know how lucky they are to be successful. I know I’m lucky to be mid-list and there are others who’re finding it even harder, and their royalties also need protecting.
That you’re embracing an Amazon business model that has picked a random number as a suitable price for books makes it likely you’re also the sort to buy books from supermarkets and download all your music for free. In short, you think you have a right to something for nothing or almost nothing and I don’t need readers like you. Here’s a newsflash for you – the discounts in this country are killing publishing, squeezing more and more money out of the authors and forcing the publishers to cut an already wafer-thin margin. Aside from the bestsellers where economies of scale come into play, the majority of sales in the UK basically don’t make any profit given the work involved, the bulk of sales are worth it largely just for profile and sales figures, not money.
So I’ve lost a reader, that’s mildly annoying. But you’ve made it far easier to wave you goodbye by being a twat who doesn’t feel I should get paid for my work. I would love to do that at your place of business, but I’ll settle for simply not giving a shit about you any longer.