There’s a lot of junk in the Amazon Kindle ebook store. This tends to upset folks…
My reaction to junk anywhere, has always been… “and your point is…??”
The Web’s packed with junk. So what?
I rarely see the junk – thank you, Google Web Spam Team. 🙂 The Web’s also packed with X-rated material. On a bad day, I may see a couple of nasty links, but I never follow them, so all that garbage doesn’t worry me; I no longer have young children.
The same applies to the Kindle ebook store. I see the junk more often than I’d like to, but I don’t buy it, and it doesn’t bother me at all.
As David Gaughran says about junk content in Jodi Picoult and the Myth of the Segregated Marketplace, the junk is pretty much buried, as it should be:
…this is the key point, the crap is invisible. Nobody sees a book that’s #700,000 in the Amazon rankings. They don’t appear on any bestseller lists. They aren’t recommended in Also Boughts. Readers don’t see them.
Those who believe the amount of crap is an issue must think that visibility on Amazon is distributed equally. Rather, it’s a form of meritocracy where books that are purchased more often are displayed to readers more often. Crap books that aren’t being bought will not be recommended at all.
Totally true. Crap anywhere shouldn’t bother you, unless it’s YOUR crap, and then you need to lift your game. 🙂
You’re not competing with crap
You’re never competing with crap ANYWHERE.
You’re always competing with the BEST.
Read David’s article above, he talks sense.
I haven’t read the Jodi Picoult interview he mentions, and I don’t intend to. I’ve read a couple of her books, and they’re great. Just because she writes great books however, it doesn’t mean I pay attention to anything she says about self-publishing. Or anything else.
You’re not competing with crap. You’re competing firstly with yourself. Write more. Write enough so that you know you’re writing better today than you did yesterday. Write the best you can. That’s all you can do, and all you need to do.
You’re also competing with the best, but perhaps “competing” is incorrect. You’re motivated and inspired by the best, whatever “best” means to you. To me, the best means P.G. Wodehouse, as I said in Good Writing is Not a Natural Gift.
More to the point – when you compete with the best, you add to the good reading available, and everyone needs more good stuff to read. I read a lot, and I read fast. I get through a book a day, most days. Thank heavens for the Kindle, it’s allowed my reading addiction to blossom. 🙂
So please don’t worry about competing with crap. You’re not.
Write the best you can. That’s all you need to do. Write your best today, and tomorrow. I want more good stuff to read.
Turn Your Words Into Gold: Write and Sell An Ebook In Just Eight Hours
Here’s what I love about writing ebooks: you write them once, and they keep on selling forever.
I know several writers who’ve taken to the Kindle platform like the proverbial ducks to water. One writer friend turns out a new Kindle ebook every month, like clockwork. The last time we spoke, she had 11 ebooks selling — and her income is rising month by month.
Another writer friend mixes writing her own ebooks, with writing ebooks for others. Currently she’s been commissioned to write a biography, and a family history, for the same client. She’s finding it huge fun, and she’s making more money than she’s ever made.
The benefit of writing and selling ebooks is that once written, they can keep on selling forever. Would you trade eight hours for an income stream?