Jeff and Will discuss the week, which had Jeff doing a lot of edits on Codename: Winger #1 as well as struggling to come up with a title and blurb for an upcoming collection of short stories. Will recommended two movies he watched this week: Angels of Sex and Boys. Jeff praised the recently released audiobook of Wade Kelly’s Misplaced Affection, which is narrated by Chris Patton. The guys also talked about Chris Fox’s appearance on Simon Whistler’s Rocking Self Publishing Podcast where he further talked about his book Writing to Market and discussed his upcoming 21 Day Novel Writing event. Will once again called out his sister Jessica’s Awash in Talent being in the Kindle Scout program and encouraged listeners to vote up her YA paranormal book. The guys recapped last episode’s Question of the Week, and you can find all the responses to that below.
The duo known as Kindle Alexander were interviewed this week to discuss their latest in the Nice Guys series as well as their writing process, how they got started and what’s coming up for them next. They also ask the Question of the Week: “As an author or a reader, do you use Kindle Unlimited, do you like it and why?” You can answer this week’s question in the comments section of this page. (Jeff and Will apologize for the audio quality of this week’s interview.)
Here are the things we talk about in this episode:
- Angels of Sex on Netflix
- Boys on Netflix
- Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly on Amazon/Audible
- Rocking Self Publishing Podcast Episode #137 with Chris Fox
- Write to Market: Deliver a Book that Sells by Chris Fox at Amazon
- Chris Fox’s 21 Day Novel Writing Challenge
- Awash in Talent by Jessica Knauss – vote for her book at KindleScout.
- Kindle Alexander website
- Kindle Alexander on Facebook
- Kindle Alexander on Amazon
- The Nice Guys series by Kindle Alexander on Amazon
- Kindle Alexander on Denise Milano Sprung
- Reese Dante Book Cover Designer & Artist
[h2]Question of the Week Episode 19 Responses:[/h2]
While listeners can leave comments on the website each week, answers come in from various other platforms as well (and we can only read a few answers on the show). Here are all the responses we got to the question “Does who publishes a book affect your purchase decision?” Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer.
- Eileen: The publisher plays a minimal role in my decision to buy a book. If it is an author with whom I am familiar or a book that has been recommended, I will not even notice or look for publisher information. However, if I am on the fence about a book, I will lean more towards taking a chance if it is from Dreamspinner. I typically find publishers buying pages frustrating, so if a book is available on Amazon, I will just go there to buy it Dreamspinner was helpful and responsive when I had issues downloading a book from their site, but Amazon just makes it so easy.
- Gillian: I do not auto-buy from publishers. I shop based on title, blurb, author and price. I’m sure that the cover has an impact too, but I don’t consciously shop by cover. Publisher? Well, I am biased towards NineStar Press, because I know the people there and where they’re at, much like Jeff with Dreamspinner (also I’m published by NineStar, so obvious bias). That said, what does make a difference? The publisher’s buying page. I prefer to buy from the author or publisher directly, but some publisher’s have sites that just look … scammy. It makes me hesitant to buy from them.
- Brandilyn: There are publishers that I won’t hesitate to take a chance on because I know they put out a good product. On the flip side, there are ones I won’t read at all for the opposite reason. I always approach self published with caution until I have experience with the author. New to me publishers are also approached with caution. The middle of the road publishers are where it gets tricky. Usually if it is an author I love, I will take the chance. However, I am wary about a “middle of the road” publisher combined with a new to me or middle of the road author. A good editor can elevate a mediocre author to greatness. However the opposite is also true… There are also publishers I won’t touch despite the author because of their business practices or other similar reasons.
- Gino: Sometimes, depends on the publisher. If I don’t know who the publisher is I usually do research on them to see what kind of books they’ve published in the past like anything by Penguin Putnam, Knopf I’ll read but some self published company I might be hesitant on.
- Dudley: I actually find myself liking independent self-published authors more than published ones.
- Sandra: If I’ve read that some authors have had problems with a publisher, it def makes me uneasy buying. But it is unfair to not support an author bc a publisher is an ass. Sooooo…. it really just depends on the situation.
- Willow: I could literally not care less about the publisher.
- Barb: For me, it depends on how good the editing is. A few major publishers get most of my business because the work is always 99% clean. However, a few others that are considered major do not produce quality work. There are a few self-published authors who are meticulous, and there are those who don’t realize that synonyms exist and that commas should not be thrown randomly at a page in the hopes they’ll stick in the right place. I avoid those authors at all costs.
- Morana: Sometimes. I tend not to trust Amazon because you can never be sure what you are buying. It may not say it is a serial then end with a cliffhanger. Publishers such as Loose ID are proven winners. You get what you are promised. If it says HEA, it is HEA. I mainly use AllRomance to get books these days. They offer a wide selection from trusted publishers.
- Amy: Doesn’t affect me at all. I rarely even pay attention to the label. I’m more about whether the specific book is something I want to read. I go through 10-20 books/month (depending on length) as a reviewer, and content is more important to me than anything else.
- Kendra: Sometimes it matters. I tend to look at some publishers at auto buy, but if I haven’t heard of one it won’t make me stop from buying one.
- Heather: I don’t usually take publisher into consideration when looking for books, but I’ve consistently found that the books that come out of Dreamspinner Press and Extacy Books are good quality, so if I’m stuck for something to read I’ll do a search for a book pubbed by them.
- Tory: I will buy anything published by Dreamspinner Press as I’ve liked everything they’ve published so far. Other publishers, I focus more on the blurb on the back soundling like something I would enjoy. I have been disappointed before by other publishers, so certain ones I won’t buy from at all.
- Denise: Who publishes my books doesn’t matter. I go by author.
- Christina: I don’t think I’ve ever looked to see who the publisher was when considering whether to buy a book or not. It’s never been a determining factor.
- Shanen: I don’t notice the publisher. I notice the blurb/trope/author. Honestly. From there I look at reviews. If I’m still unsure I ask my book friends.
- Morana: One thing that REALLY makes a difference to me…
If the blurb starts off by
“If you loved 50 shades of grey” or
“If you love Ann Rice”
If you can’t write a blurb that is about that book and not someone else’s… I will not buy a book that starts off by comparing it to someone else’s book.
- Diane (in reply to Morana): Thank you. I HATE that. And a lot of the books that are pushed by Bookbub do this. I don’t want a rip off of someone else’s story. I want something that is uniquely that author’s work.
- Amy (in reply to Morana): Yes! If I wanted to read those books, I would. I want to read THIS book or I wouldn’t have looked at it! Tell me what it’s about; don’t compare it to another one.
- Tammy: Actually, it does. After the shit hit the fan at Elora’s Cave, I wouldn’t buy books from them anymore.
- Elisheva: If i know a publisher isn’t paying their authors, I won’t buy from them. I started that way back when Silver exploded, and I won’t buy EC or Torquere now.
- Kia (in reply to Elisheva): Yeah, this is why I do check publishers, that and I’ve had really bad experiences with YA (straight) books published by Penguin, I’ve found many of them to be sexist crap. Even if the book sounded really awesome.
- Kathleen: Generally speaking, no.
- Morgan: I don’t not buy based on publisher (with the exception of a place like Ellora’s Cave) but it can push me to buy, I’ve come to really trust some publishers like Dreamspinners to put out quality books.
- Renae: I agree with some of the things mentioned here. I will often buy a book simply because I trust the publisher wouldn’t accept crap. Editing is a big thing for me, and I can trust these publishers.
And on the flipside there are also publishers I would never buy from, no matter who the author is. Usually because I don’t like how they’ve treated people in the past, their editing is sub-standard, or that the stories they put out are simply crap.
It’s also good to know a publisher, because I don’t want to be caught out with a book that doesn’t have a HEA, or contains elements I wasn’t expecting (rape, incest, etc). The publishers I stick with have strict policies on this.
I warily go with self-published, and if burned, will never try them again. Once I recognise the quality of some who self-publish, I will happily one-click them. I’ve also been caught out on self-published novels where I think, “How did your beta readers and editors allow this scene/scenario/storyline?” which doesn’t help the image of the self-pubbing business.
- Jordon: All depends.