On this blog every Tuesday and Friday I write about story techniques, structure, and/or publishing. Comments and questions are welcome. I also have a personal blog, Amy Deardon, on which I write about a variety of topics purely as they catch my fancy.

I've written one novel, A Lever Long Enough, that I'm honored to say has won two awards. In my life BC (before children) I was a scientist who did bench research.

My book, The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story, is now available in both hard-copy and e-book formats. I also coach would-be novelists and screenwriters to develop their story. YOU CAN CONTACT ME at amydeardon at yahoo dot com.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Growth of Amazon

Let me say at the outset that I have a love-hate relationship with amazon. I love being able to get books so easily, and I love love love my kindle. I bought a kindle fire for my husband out of my minimal personal funds, and am hopeful he'll love it also. (He wants one but doesn't want to "spend the money").

On the downside, as a seller I feel like amazon takes my little widow's mite to itself. My publisher is offering my book at a 55% discount, which means they are paid $7.20 for each $16.00 book. Printing, shipping, and miscellaneous costs leave very little to go into the coffers. By contrast, amazon takes $8.80 per book. Yes, they ship, but is this fair? Furthermore there is no one to talk with at amazon about this. The publisher choices are to lower the discount to get more per sale (a problem for other reasons), or suck it up until and unless I the author get better sales. I actually had a good wave of sales and was building momentum until amazon raised the price. Now, I don't know. It is discouraging, believe me. No one reads this blog anyway, so I guess I can complain a bit. Sigh.

The summary below is from frugaldad.com.

Amazon Infographic

Source: Frugaldad.com


  1. Hi Amy.

    Here's one happy reader who reads and enjoys your blog posts as they arrive in my inbox. They are always interesting, especially when you talk about aspects of story structure and also anything to do with characters.

    It's scary to see how big Amazon is now. Pity they don't give you a bigger slice of the pie seeing as you have done all the hard work of writing and editing your books.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. :-) Thanks Ruth! My apologies to all of you, my small but faithful group of readers. I DO know you're there -- which is why I try to put out a quality and helpful blog. You'll notice that, as frustrating as amazon is, my book is still available there for sale there, because it truly is an amazing platform. Keep on keeping on, right? Back to writing!