I Love Being an Amazon Author but…

I Love Being an Amazon Author but….

I love being an Amazon Author. I had toyed with the idea of writing for years but always talked myself out of it in one way or another.

It wasn’t until June of 2017 when I finally decided I was going to write. I opened my laptop and began to type away. I found the stress leaving my body with each touch of the keys. I became lost in my work. I didn’t think about the terrible day I had at work, how long it took me to get home or anything for that matter. For that time it was just me and my keyboard.

I wrote my first book, well more of a super short book but a book nonetheless, and felt a sense of accomplishment that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I reread what I had written and had a terrible feeling engulf my body. What if what I wrote was complete and utter trash?

I needed someone to read my work and give me an honest opinion. I didn’t want anyone to know that I was writing, let alone writing lesbian erotica. 

I took a deep breath, printed the book as a PDF and emailed it to my wife.

That night as I laid in bed I looked at her and said, “I wrote a book and I need to know if it’s good or not.”

She smiled at me and said, “Yeah sure.”

I didn’t ask her if she had read it or what she thought about it. Truth be told I was worried that she was going to hate it. If anyone knows erotica it’s her. She reads many genres of books but erotica is right up there on her top five list.

Fast forward to a little over a week later and without me asking as we watched television in the living room she said, “I read the book. Not bad, not bad at all.”

“You really mean it?” I asked with concern.

“I really mean it,” she said with assurance.

Perhaps it’s a bit ironic that my first book was titled, “My Journey.” Thinking back it was symbolic of what was to come. I created a book titled, “My Journey,” as I was to begin the journey of becoming a self-published Amazon author.

In August of 2017, I excitedly uploaded the manuscript, created the cover and submitted the book. The end result is a grand total of 1 sale and 1,826 pages read through Kindle Unlimited.

I would think that many authors would be beyond upset over those numbers but I wasn’t in the least. It told me that there was one person that not only wanted to read my work but paid money to do so. It told me that there were people out there that wanted to read what I had written.

Not only was I relieving the stress from my body and mind but there were people out there who not only read my book but also may have enjoyed it.

The reason I say, “May have enjoyed it,” is because I really don’t know. There were no reviews on Amazon from anyone that had read the book. All I knew was that 1 person bought and others through Kindle Unlimited read it.

I love being an Amazon author but I wish I had a way to know how many people have read my books. I know they’re being read but I don’t know who’s reading them and if they find them to be enjoyable or not.

It wasn’t until sometime later that a person left a 5-star review of my one of my books. I was over the moon with joy. I thought to myself, “This is so great. I should send him an email or say thank you for the review through Amazon.”

I soon discovered that doing any of the above is not possible. I love being an Amazon author but I wish that I could communicate with my readers.

I discovered Amazon Author pages much later on but it brought a smile to my face when I discovered that a person who had purchased one of my books not only left me a great review but was also following me. 

“I wonder who else is following me?” I asked myself out loud.

Unfortunately, there is no way to find out. One could do an Amazon giveaway to get more followers but it still wouldn’t allow an author to know how many followers he or she has. In addition an author wouldn’t know if any of those people who followed as a result of the giveaway decided to stop following.

I wish beyond all wishes that I knew how many readers were following me.
I’m sure there are authors who share my sentiments. However, I had to take a step back and realize why Amazon chooses to do what they do.

For example, if authors had the ability to communicate with readers, even if it were through the site, how many authors would send a message that included a request for an email address? If the author had thousands of followers that the author would have the ability to obtain the reader’s information, pull the plug on his or her Amazon account and cut Amazon completely out of the picture.

Please don’t misunderstand me as I do love being an Amazon author.
Amazon provides people like me with an outlet to get their work out to millions of people across the globe with no out of the pocket expense.

They store my work for life regardless if my books sell or not. They even allow me to create paperback books, again, with no out of pocket expense.

Being an Amazon author may not be perfect for many but it is perfect for me.  

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