The Indie Author vs. Amazon

I’ve seen it countless times. My fellow indie authors losing the fight against the giant corporation. I’ve been lucky. I’ve never had to personally experience too many issues from them. Until today.

On September 2nd, 2021, I placed my personally best selling book, HAWK, on sale. Originally, $3.99, I dropped him to $0.99 because I had two promotions offered to me. The first, a Kobo deal for the US and Canada. The second, the coveted BookBub deal for 9/15. I couldn’t pass up the opportunities, so I placed it on sale on all platforms from 9/2-9/19. Now, this is a longer period than I’d normally place my sale for. But again, the promotions.

On top of that, in an effort to maximize efforts, I applied to and scheduled several paid newsletter promotions, as well as swaps with fellow authors.

For non-authors, let me explain a few things. It’s EXTREMELY RARE to get a BookBub deal as quickly as I did. It was only the second time I applied. And they’re expensive. Hundreds of dollars, reaching hundreds and thousands of new readers. Also, Kobo is an online seller of ebooks, audiobooks, etc. Another great opportunity, although a but cheaper. Paid newsletters run anywhere from $5 to $100 and more. They send your book out to their subscribers, who are literally signed up just to get all the deals. Swaps with fellow authors means, I send their book to my list, they send my book to theirs. It’s a common way to cross promote.

Now, that everyone is caught up, let me be perfectly clear. Amazon pays it’s indie authors less than any other platforms. ANY OTHER PLATOFORMS. Apple pays me a larger royalty per unit, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo, you name it, they pay more than Amazon.

Even so, as an indie author, Amazon has always been and still is where the majority of my income as an author is generated. The indie author is chained to Amazon whether we like it or not. I used to be a Kindle Unlimited author. Meaning, my books were exclusive to Amazon, not sold anywhere else, and thus ensuring I was 100% dependent and at the will of the Zon. Now, I know plenty of authors who remain KU authors, and make a great living doing so. Good for them. I’m not saying they’re doing it wrong. But it wasn’t working for me. I found that a full read on KU was about half of the royalty I got for selling an ebook outright. So I pulled out of KU in 2020, determined to “go wide” and make it.

In June of 2021, credited much to the success of HAWK, I was able to qui my day job and become a fulltime author. So imagine my dip in income by one, putting HAWK on sale, and two the moment today that Amazon STOPPED selling HAWK and sending me a bullshit email that it’s come to their attention I may not have rights to the COVER IMAGE. This book was originally published in February 2021. So I ask you, how is it just now, two days into my sale, coming to their attention.

Side note: please rest assured, as a graphic designer, I do have the rights. It’s a freaking stock image for crying out loud. So I sent them an email back showing the invoice, the license history where I purchased it, and some scathing comments threatening to sue them for loss of income AND my paid promotions if they don’t put my book back up. Oh but the paperback? Still on sale. Odd right? It’s the same cover image. How convenient that it happens to be my ebook that’s on sale.

When I quit my job in June, it wasn’t because I was suddenly making a six figure income. I am NOT making that kind of money. I’m making a little more per month than I made at my day job. But THIS is my income now. This is how I pay the bills, feed my children. And Amazon, the machine, makes it harder and harder for indie authors as time goes on. They make us jump through hoops, prove our identities over and over again, our rights to the words, to the images, you name it, we have to appease.

And I’m tired. I’m tired of them, being a cog, begging with my hand out to them. I went wide to ensure I didn’t have all my eggs in one basket. I went wide because WHY would I only have one place, one source for income when that place has proven time and again they will find a way to mistreat me? I went wide because I believed as a creator, I deserved a decent wage for my product. And I believe Amazon fails to do that for me.

I know this is a rant. I know it feels like a rant. I’m not trying to say, “poor pitiful me, look what Amazon did” but rather what I’m saying is, “I’m an author, and I deserve better treatment than this”.

So, my next endeavor in attempting to get further away from relying on Amazon, is to begin selling my ebooks and audiobooks directly. Direct sales isn’t about rank. It’s not about the coveted orange banners from Amazon, or making a bestsellers list. It’s about income, plain and simple. It’s about ensuring that I can continue to be a full-time author and pay my bills as such. It’s what I want more than anything.

And none of this is possible without your help. You are, after all, my readers. At the root of it, YOU ARE THE REASON I CAN BE AN AUTHOR FULL TIME. And for that, I am eternally grateful. So please know you can get my books through many other retailers. Know that you can order paperbacks directly from my website and Barnes & Noble. You can get ebooks from everywhere, including library services. And from now on, you’ll be able to buy ebooks and audiobooks directly from me through Payhip as well. Payhip is basically an online store to deliver digital content. And while they’ll charge me a small fee, it’s nothing compared to what the Zon makes off me. The files will be compatible with any e-reader you have. You can still read them on your kindle, nook, etc.

The only difference is, you’ll be supporting me directly. I’ll make a larger royalty per sale, and you won’t be giving any money to the Zon or wherever else.

My books will still be on the Zon, of course. If that’s where you’re comfortable buying, well, that’s fine. Just know you don’t have to.

I’ll be working for the next several hours to upload all my books to my Payhip. Here’s my direct store link and since the Zon fucked with HAWK, he’s the first one I uploaded.

MY STORE: https://payhip.com/KatSavageBooks

Thank you for your continued support. It means the world to me. And I’ll continue to do my best to create for you. I just have to make sure I’m financially stable to do so.

❤️ SALE FOR A CAUSE ❤️

In November 2013, my little sister Angela was brutally murdered and it has forever changed my life. She had one of those really infectious smiles, and her laughter was the same. Today, it’s hard for me to remember the sound of it

It took me six years to try to put my grief into words, onto paper. But when I finally did, Counting Backwards From Gone was born. It’s a book solely about the loss I experienced, the aftermath of events, and my most private thoughts.

Honestly, it’s the most important thing I’ve ever written.

April 15th was Angela’s birthday. She would have been 32 this year. Sometimes I try to think about the person she might’ve been.

To honor her, proceeds from the sale of her book this month will be donated to a domestic violence charity. I’ve made the ebook $0.99. Sales from ebooks, paperbacks, and even signed copies from my personal shop will all go to the charity. The signed copies will be limited, but I’ll try to keep up with demand.

Please grab your copy, share this post, buy your friend a copy, maybe you know someone grieving who could use these words. In honor of my sister. ❤️

All major retailers:
👉 books2read.com/countingpoems
Signed paperbacks in my shop:
👉 https://bit.ly/3cxgiNf

HAWK is LIVE!

I am so excited to bring Hawk into the world! He is absolutely your next book boyfriend! This story has all the things!
Grab your copy from your favorite retailer here!

What things does it have, you ask?
💀 A bad boy tattoo shop owner
🔥 A recently divorced single mom
😍 Lots of steam and spice
💋 Laugh out loud moments
💉 Swoon worthy date nights

FULL BLURB:
Hawk Tanner is not a man of many words—especially if you’re a silly girl getting a silly tattoo in his shop. The owner of Bird’s Eye Tattoo Studio doesn’t want you to tip him with your phone number or flirty glances. He’s tired of all the wrong women wanting him for all the wrong reasons.

Drew Ashby has no time—for anything. As a recently-divorced single mother, her focus is on finding a job, caring for her daughter, and rebuilding some semblance of a life after hers was wrecked.

When Drew lands a job at Bird’s Eye, sparks don’t immediately fly. She can’t deny the fact that her boss is a delicious specimen of a man. His tattoo-covered skin might even drive her wild, but his brooding presence and set jaw make him hard to read.

That is, until he drops the bad boy persona and starts making moves on her—kind and caring gestures she doesn’t expect.

Things turn hot, and just when Drew thinks everything is finally going right, life does what it does best: It throws her a curveball from her past.

Bird’s Eye might not be the family Drew envisioned for herself, but ideals can change in a heartbeat. There’s no doubt Hawk is the man she wants, but can he step up and be the man she needs?

What are people saying?
Check it out on Goodreads!

★★★★★ “I absolutely loved Hawk. …it was difficult to put this book down and do adult things.” -Persephone Autumn, Author

★★★★★ “Funny...Syrupy…Interesting….HOT!” -Marcie’s On The Books, Blogger

★★★★★ “Savage has definitely stolen my heart once again with her male protagonist.” -Crystal, Goodreads Reviewer

★★★★★ “Hawk = Swoon. So many feels while reading this story.” -Tiffany, Goodreads Reviewer

★★★★★ Oh My Swoony Heart!!!! Kat Savage has just delivered my new book boyfriend!!! -Mum Reader, Blogger

★★★★★ If you’re looking for a sweet, sexy, single parent read that will make you say “awww!” as frequently as you will be fanning yourself from the heat, Kat Savage has you covered with Hawk! -Britt The Hatters, Blogger

A Fighting Chance is LIVE!

I know, I know, it’s two months early, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. Besides, who’s complaining? Gentry is here and according to everyone who’s read it, he’s the book boyfriend you’ve been waiting for! Get it on Amazon now!

Lyla Whitney managed to escape her hometown. Since then, she’s been avoiding certain things at all costs—like small-town setbacks, her family’s farm, and suffocating under too many expectations. Oh, and love, of course—but that’s one thing eluding her.

Aside from that, things are wonderful for her in Boston—the big city she chose to run to. That is, until her heartbroken little sister beckons her back to the very place she ran from: Whitney Farms.

Lyla braces herself to be there again—but only temporarily. Only through her sister’s impending divorce. What she doesn’t expect is the newest—and hottest—resident at the farm.

Newly single and free to do as he pleases, Gentry Bodine meets Lyla and at once, she rises to the very top of that list. His craving for her is demanding, undeniable.

With an attraction so palpable, even the inexperienced and gun-shy Lyla can’t resist—especially when lured with poetic, seductive notes from the unexpected southern charmer.

But when they fall into temptation—of what appears as fleeting summer fun—both must decide: Will they give love a fighting chance?

Check out early reviews on Goodreads and add A Fighting Chance to your TBR!

Excited for more from A Chance At Love Series? Check out the entire series here!

Praise for A Fighting Chance:

Holy-Sexy-Southern-Man Batman!

I LOVED this book. Gentry’s instant desire for Lyla was so sexy. I loved his little notes. I loved that he saw pictures of her before meeting her and had that crush.

Our heroine was so believable. I could totally understand why she had so few meaningful relationships, due to her parents. She is a runner, through and through. But Gentry was patient and understanding. I loved how Harper nudged the couple along and I can’t wait for her story.”

-J.R. Rogue, 5-Star Review

Um, can I have a Gentry across the hall who writes me notes?

I fell hard in love with A Fighting Chance. In so many ways, I relate to Lyla. The way she protects herself from her past for her future. But Gentry challenges this in all the most alluring ways. Has her questioning which path to take. He makes her feel after years of suppression. Makes her see the world in a different light.

Kat wrote Lyla and Gentry with such perfection. I love the poetic ties and the gentle romanticism. Absolutely perfect.

-Persephone Autumn, 5-Star Review

This is a book you fall instantly in love with. Gentry is the true definition of a gentleman and Lyla is a modern heroine. You just want to be best friends with her; from her inner dialogue to the way she fights to be true to herself is just so relatable.

There are just so many hidden treasures in this book; coming back to your roots, family, finding yourself, fighting for your future and love. Kat gives us this funny, sexy story that once you finish you literally just smile and maybe swoon. Okay, I was totally swooning.

-Daniele, 5-Star Review

Move over, book boyfriends… Gentry is my new #1. I’ve read all of Kat’s work and adored every word…. But this novel is another level for her. Gentry is absolute perfection. Can’t wait for the next book in this series.

-Kayleigh, 5-Star Review

Poetry Prompts

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It’s April and J.R. Rogue and I are back with our annual poetry prompts for National Poetry Month!

The title of the series is These Blue Depths. Use hashtag #TheseBlueDepths on social media so we can follow along.

Don’t forget poets.org has lots of ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month!

Here is the list in case you want to copy/paste:

  1. The Secrets I Left On The Shore
  2. What The Tide Told Me
  3. Ivory Sands & Your Lies
  4. Rib Cage Like A Conch Shell
  5. The Land Can’t Find Us
  6. The Anchors I Carry
  7. Say There Is No Love Left
  8. Our Water Graveyard
  9. The Wounds We Soak
  10. What The Storm Brought In
  11. Shade Of Blue You Refuse To Wear
  12. Depression Is A Great White Shark
  13. Where The Oceans Bleed
  14. Reckless Current
  15. Things We Say When The Earth Falls Away
  16. Drunken Palm Tree Sway
  17. Where The Storm Meets The Horizon
  18. A Band-Aid On The Dam
  19. Everywhere It Follows You
  20. Splinters In My Sole
  21. Purposeful Abandon
  22. Make A Wish
  23. Hidden Monster In You
  24. Alone & Adrift
  25. Flowers For Crimson Dawn
  26. My Body Is Waterlogged
  27. The Way Comfort Sounds
  28. Swollen Expectations & Deflated Realities
  29. If You’ve Never Been To Pier 42
  30. A Fisherman’s Goodbye

With This Lie is LIVE!

The ebook and paperback are available now on Amazon right here
 
Add it to your TBA and check out early reviews on Goodreads here
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SYNOPSIS:
Dani Monroe is more than just another jaded woman. Her veins run deep with every reason to never fall in love. If her mother taught her anything, it was how easily a betrayal is earned. After a childhood spent learning that lesson, it’s the only truth she knows. Now, as a woman with needs, she strictly dates married men. She knows what she is getting with them—all of the fun and none of the feelings—and that’s how she likes it.
 
Lucas Kane has only ever been in love once. Disloyalty followed soon after and he wants no part of “a future” with anyone ever again. But having the same conversation with different women became redundant. So he slipped on a wedding ring, and soon realized there were many women out there very attracted to married men. Those same women asked no questions when it came time to say goodbye. So he carries on like this—faking a married life and fooling around.
 
A chance encounter brings the two together and while it sounds like a match made in heaven, both are leery, with cynical hearts. What happens when two people hell bent on avoiding love find themselves falling? How many lies have they told? Will the truth set them free, or rip them apart?
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With This Lie Cover Reveal!

The cover for With This Lie is here!

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Check out the synopsis:

Dani Monroe is more than just another jaded woman. Her veins run deep with every reason to never fall in love. If her mother taught her anything, it was how easily a betrayal is earned. After a childhood spent learning that lesson, it’s the only truth she knows. Now, as a woman with needs, she strictly dates married men. She knows what she is getting with them—all of the fun and none of the feelings—and that’s how she likes it.

Lucas Kane has only ever been in love once. Disloyalty followed soon after and he wants no part of “a future” with anyone ever again. But having the same conversation with different women became redundant. So he slipped on a wedding ring, and soon realized there were many women out there very attracted to married men. Those same women asked no questions when it came time to say goodbye. So he carries on like this—faking a married life and fooling around.

A chance encounter brings the two together and while it sounds like a match made in heaven, both are leery, with cynical hearts. What happens when two people hell bent on avoiding love find themselves falling? How many lies have they told? Will the truth set them free, or rip them apart?

Preorder it on Amazon here!

Preorder a signed paperback from my shop here!

Don’t forget to add it to your TBR on Goodreads here!

I Hope This Makes Makes You Uncomfortable…. no really…

I HOPE THIS MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE is live on Amazon!

And don’t forget, you can still order signed paperbacks from my shop! I think that’s the best way personally because then I get to write in it!

SYNOPSIS:

Kat Savage returns after a two-year poetry hiatus to release “I Hope This Makes You Uncomfortable”, a collection of poetry intended to do just that. In this collection, the author focuses on a little heartache, a little loneliness, but mostly being a woman, and all the sensitive, uncomfortable, and violent emotions and acts it brings about.

Signed paperback: bit.ly/2QOqxje

Amazon paperback: amzn.to/2Pv2Qjd

Kindle edition: amzn.to/2DaMjdD

Goodreads: bit.ly/2B979bf

K, thanks, I love you, bye.

COVER REVEAL! – I Hope This Makes You Uncomfortable

It’s here! It’s time! Here is the cover for I Hope This Makes You Uncomfortable!

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SYNOPSIS:
Kat Savage returns after a two-year poetry hiatus to release “I Hope This Makes You Uncomfortable”, a collection of poetry intended to do just that. In this collection, the author focuses on a little heartache, a little loneliness, but mostly being a woman, and all the sensitive, uncomfortable, and violent emotions and acts it brings about.

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads here! Plus, you can nominate it for the Goodreads Choice Awards Poetry category by way of write in ballot here!

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Preorder your signed paperback from my shop here or preorder your Kindle edition here! I Hope This Makes You Uncomfortable releases on 11/15 so be ready for it!

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Check out these early 5-star reviews on Goodreads:

“This collection hurts. It really hammered home all of the ache I feel being a woman in this world. All of the expectations and the self loathing we learn from society. Everyone needs to read this.”
-Author, J.R. Rogue

“Kat wrote so beautifully and unapologetically about what it is like to be a woman who is ridiculed. I am so insanely wowed by her work, especially this collection.”
-Goodreads Member, Maria

“Savage. Her name perfectly describes her words. Blunt. A punch that will catch you offguard somewhere between your abdomen and the memory of the boy in 5th grade that snapped your bra strap so hard you cried.”
-Author, Kayleigh Buckner

“Her poetry is written in a way that makes you feel all of her pain and emotion through the pages right down to your core. It’s real, it’s raw and it packs a punch. I was going to mention that it is probably not for the faint of heart, because yes, it will make you uncomfortable.”
-Goodreads Member, Renee