I thought these were some good points to consider when deciding who you publish your book with online! I don’t have a book out currently, but authors may find this informative! -OM
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I often hear authors sound flabbergasted when their books, even their newly launched publication, the one they have been working on for so long and spent a fortune, in both time and effort promoting and marketing, shows as OUT OF STOCK on major bookstore sites.
I mean, how can a brand-new novel, only published yesterday, already be out of stock? Besides, it has been published as a POD (print on demand) so it can never be out of stock… can it?
Why, if it is available from one site, is it showing as out of stock in another? It all seems so confusing.
I have been asked, “Surely if my potential reader sees out of stock against my book, they will simply by another book, someone else’s book… won’t they?”
My answer is “It is a possibility, even a probability.”
I have known Linda on WordPress as long as I have been on this platform. She is one of the first blogs I visited and that is the first step of meeting any new blogger. The second, third, and fourth steps are the same… you keep interacting and keep your network connected. That is how a platform thrives, sustains itself, and grows. Linda is doing the same and her interaction with her audience is remarkable! It is remarkable if you consider how busy she is with her personal life and the release of her book!
If you have to steal content to make content… stop blogging. It obviously isn’t for you and stealing is lame as shit.
WHEN YOU STEAL IT MAKES YOU LAME AS SHIT!
We all want to be shared and there are great ways to share posts given to us by WordPress and other media platforms. I appreciate anyone that pushes my writing on in the form of a pingback or reblog, but what is trending these days isn’t sharing. It is stealing and it is piggybacking.
I’ll explain what the difference is so there is no confusion.
I have spent countless hours getting this website ranked on google. Don’t ask me how, I am no SEO expert, but regardless my site is where it is. What people now do is piggyback off the ranking and SEO status of other sites to get their sites noticed. Sometimes this is done innocently and is a totally legit way of networking. Other times people intentionally create fake ebooks full of URLS of high ranking sites so that their own URL goes up in Google search.
Why is that a big deal?
Ask anyone that has attempted to climb the ranks of Google and they’ll tell you. It is an impossible code that many of us spend lots of time trying to break. Countless books are written about google analytics and ranking for a reason… it is a very complex animal. So when we finally accomplish that ranking we become frustrated when we find some toolbag trying to ride our coat tails without permission.
What does this mean?
Simple. For the past 3 years, since I gained my rank, a new ebook with my URLs and some of my writing has been placed into fake ebooks and hosted somewhere on the internet by unknown people. Many of you have experienced this too in some form. The worst part is these aren’t even real books and aren’t hosted by Amazon. These are thieves running proxies so they can attempt to make the few dollars off each URL they grab.
Stealing is wrong. We have all heard this right? I do not use free photos, free images, or any photos I find on the internet because… STEALING IS WRONG AND WEAK!
If you can’t come up with your own content and have to resort to stealing just stop blogging. No one will miss you. No one will care.