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Tiny Author vs Giant Companies

Published 11/08/2014 by Lily Crussell

I was just sent an email (it can be found online here; http://www.readersunited.com/)
about a dispute between Amazon and Hachette about low e-book pricing. I admittedly have no idea of what it concerns and as I have no dealing with Hachette, had heard nothing about it.

From what I can tell (I skim read it) Hachette isn’t allowing Amazon to charge what it wants for e-books. In the email they essentially ask authors to write to Hachette and tell them they’re wrong. Me, tiny author with no dealings with huge publisher, is being lobbied to contact a HUGE company. Amazon is massive, Hachette is massive and you want lil ole me to get involved?

The email preaches about how lower e-book prices mean ‘helping the e-book culture’ among other things, but I feel they are missing some serious points;

-E-Books are taxed, paperbacks are not.
-An e-book is no less work for the author, the same effort and energy goes into it.
-Authors are always the ones that get screwed for THEIR work and their creativity.
-Amazon is notorious for trying to cut prices at the cost of the author. Due to its size Amazon can INSIST on lower prices which means less bookshops, less money for authors, publishers etc.

Now I don’t make diddly on my work on Amazon. My e-book maybe gets me about £3 every couple of months, and the story I submitted for the compilation has all the profits going to charity BUT I don’t agree with any huge corporation getting such a large say in a person’s creativity. They’re not the ones spending hours pouring their hearts out onto paper (or screens!) and all the other fun that comes from the writing process. They deal with the finished product (i.e when all the work is done) and some how take the lion’s share (In lion society, the females hunt, the males are lazy and do very little, it’s a good term to use!) whilst the authors seem to get very little.

I also fail to understand how such a huge entity is trying to enlist us teeny tiny artists in THEIR fight.

Basically, from what I can understand, Amazon wants authors to get EVEN LESS by putting the prices down EVEN MORE. They ‘justify’ this by saying cheaper books mean more sales, but this is of no benefit to someone who has to make a living from selling the things.
As a consumer, lower prices are good, but as an author there has to be a balance. I am in awe of a world where EVERYONE else is making more money from a body of work than the artist is.

Anyhoo, that’s my rant for the day. Check out the letter in the link above and see what you think.

Here’s a cute picture to calm me down from that epic rawring!

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WOAH! EXCITED!

Published 02/03/2014 by Lily Crussell

I post books on Wattpad, along with poetry, and don’t tend to look at the number of reads as it didn’t seem to change dramatically. BUT! The last time I checked the number of reads for ‘Love on the run (from Zombies)’ it was at 3,000 ish reads.

IT’S NOW AT 13,700! How did this happen? How did I not notice?
So appreciative of everyone that has read it and commented. Please go take a gander and let me know what you think as I can’t improve without feedback!

Also there will be a second book in the series…at some point. It’s half written, but needs a lot of work (the story of my life!)

My work on Wattpad;

Little Blue Slips; http://www.wattpad.com/story/4912874-little-blue-slips
‘When Shannon starts at a new school, she is worried about the usual concerns; making friends, getting lost and keeping up with her work, but when she becomes the fixation of the school psycho and little blue slips begin appearing in her locker, all she cares about it making it through each day.’

Love on the Run (from zombies); http://www.wattpad.com/story/2280395-love-on-the-run-from-zombies
‘Rain has loved Jack for as long as she can remember, but it takes the zombie apocalypse for him to notice her.’

Stupid and Crazy; http://www.wattpad.com/story/12046297-stupid-and-crazy
‘It would never work. He’s a smoker, I’m anti-smoking. He’s worships Jack Daniels and I’m a teetotal-er. He has a son, I don’t want kids. He’s beautiful, talented and popular, I’m none of those things. He’s a Hollywood movie star and I’m…well…’

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Oh Loki, you don’t know the half of it!

Love and Light
Lily x

WATTPAD HELP! COMPETITION!

Published 12/04/2013 by Lily Crussell

I’ve had a couple of pieces of my work on Wattpad for a while, and ‘Love on the Run (From Zombies)’ is up to 3100 reads, which is great, but not enough. Please help spread the word about my work as Wattpad is completely FREE, and I’m hoping it will be a good forum for people to give feedback in the way of comments and votes.

My Profile is here;
http://www.wattpad.com/user/LilyCrussell

My newest (newest to be posted, I wrote it about five years ago!) Teen ficiton is ‘Little Blue Slips’
http://www.wattpad.com/story/4912874-little-blue-slips

‘Love on the Run….’
http://www.wattpad.com/story/2280395-love-on-the-run-from-zombies

Whoever promotes my profile and work the most via Wattpad will win a copy of ‘Dark Company’, bookmarks and a pen!
This is open for a month!

Love and hugs!
Lily x

Oh and before I forget;
BOOM! Decontamination Dance!
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Getting Old

Published 19/12/2012 by Lily Crussell

I really, really can’t be bothered to drag the whole thing up again, but it is STILL a problem and I’m honestly getting thoroughly fed up about it now. Anything you read about me that is negative…come ask me about it as it’s unlikely to be true if from certain sources.

Anyway, enough of that boring bull.

I’ve seen people are doing this;

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/26-random-acts-of-kindness

And honestly, I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to those people who were killed in that senseless way. I have one request though – please remember the children that were killed in China too. No one seems to be talking about that which makes me really angry as the loss of life is horrific regardless of where in the world it happened.

I managed one act today as I’m a bit slow on the uptake;

In England we have people selling a magazine called the Big Issue, it’s about current events and gives jobs to homeless/unemployed people. Today I paid for an xmas issue (£3) and told her to keep the mag. Tiny, tiny thing in the big scheme of things, but the smile the woman gave me was enough to make me grin for the rest of the day. If you want to take part in this, it would also help to spread the word by leaving notes like the article shows above, then more people will know and will hopefully take part. I think the one thing the world can never have too much of is kindness.

Go forth and commit some acts of gratuitous KINDNESS!

Love and Hugs

Lily x

See, Norman Approves! ;p

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My new Hero!

Published 09/12/2012 by Lily Crussell

OK, I think we all know that Norman Reedus has my heart, BUT, I have a new hero. She doesn’t use a crossbow, she doesn’t kill zombies (that I know of lol) but the only weapon she needs is the truth! Check out her blog!

http://blog.emilysuess.com/author-warns-mystic-press-reopening-under-new-name/#disqus_thread

http://blog.emilysuess.com/phoenix-fire-publishing-owner-publishes-fake-customer-testimonials/

All self publishing authors need to follow her as she is brutaly honest – just as we need her to be.

 

Here’s a gif of my boy so we don’t all get withdrawal symptoms due to the mid season break 😦

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Love and hugs y’all!

Lily x

Oh My God They’re Back Again

Published 25/11/2012 by Lily Crussell

Yes, I did just quote the Backstreet Boys. No, I’m not ashamed of that fact!

Ok, here’s a quick warning for all my author and writer friends. The ‘company’ that took my money, conned me and then threatened me have come back but under a different name. I don’t think I can say the name without getting into trouble, but it involves a mystical bird that came from the ashes. It’s completely up to you who you trust, but I HAVE been screwed by them and really don’t want anyone else to have to go through that, not least because I did everything I could to be polite and reasonable and they ended up threatening me. Not the kind of people you want to give your hard earned cash to.

If you do have too much money and feel like giving it to them, I have several better alternatives;

-Put it through a shredder.

-Bury it.

-Burn it (may be illegal in your country)

-use it for origami.

-Give it to the homeless

-Give it to charity

I’m sorry for the sarcasm, but the fact that they are trying to do it again has gotten me really angry as they didn’t suffer any consequences from what they did last time.

You have been warned.

Love and Hugs Lily x

This is purely to cheer me up, but I hope you enjoy anyway!

  Darlen! FTW!

Now go listen to Th Psychadelic Furs, eat some chocolate and take a deep breath (all of which i intent to do lol) x

Laptop I hate you!

Published 22/10/2012 by Lily Crussell

I have tried (unsuccessfully) to post on here for about a week and my laptop is not playing ball. I don’t know if it doesn’t like the site, or it just doesn’t like days ending in -day….urgh.

I’ve seen the possible covers for my book and am very excited. ‘Must Love Fangs’ on facebook is doing it for me, my problem is that all the options she shows me are great, so how am I supposed to choose? We’re looking at a Dec 22nd release and I am waaaaaay too impatient to wait that long! I will have a couple of copies to give away, but most will be available from Mystic Press etc. I will hopefully be flogging a tonne to family and friends too!

The e-book is gone from Amazon for the time being so it can be relaunched (Editted and everything! Unlike the last time where I paid £300 for it to be editted…BADLY!) Anyhoo, rant over.

Holy crap did you all see The Walking Dead? I’m in the UK so haven’t seen ep 2 (no spoilers) but I AM LOVING the extra Daryl action! I would quite honestly have sold a kidney to be Carol in that episode. Woah! Jealous much ;p