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March 7, 2013

This is the first post I have reblogged.

There seems to be an injustice here.

Should you agree then please reblog this. This,potentially, affects all of us considering self-publishing.

Do I detect `bully boy` tactics here?

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

The answer just might be yes because this is exactly what is happening to Jamie McGuire.  Jamie originally self-published her book Beautiful Disaster and the sales were so good that a publisher wanted the book.  So now the book is with a publisher.  Cool, right?  You’d think so except for this thorn that cropped up.  Amazon is sending out mass emails to people who bought Beautiful Disaster when it was self-published.  Amazon is offering a full refund for the $3.99 price it was when it was self-published PLUS the difference in price that the publisher is charging ($7.99).  And Jamie McGuire is the one paying the bill.  So Jamie is now paying every customer who wants a refund about $8.  Amazon’s not paying it.  She’s made it clear the publisher isn’t behind this.

Here’s Jamie McGuire’s blog post where she tells us what is going on.

My thoughts on this:

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6 Comments
  1. Oh! I read this post yesterday on another blog I follow. I was really shocked to read about what had happened to this author. It’s so bizarre … I couldn’t wrap my head around the logic behind it. But then I realized there was no “logic”. It was just ridiculous and petty. Hopefully, Ms. McGuire will get a good result, in the end.

    • I think it is terrible. What has surprised me is how little response I have received from this. I know that several of my followers have published/will want to publish on Kindle. This affects them but no response – how strange! Can’t see Ms. McGuire getting a good result, very sad.

    • Slepsnor sent me this comment:

      “As you all know, this weekend Amazon sent an email to readers who had previously purchased the self-published edition of Beautiful Disaster stating that this edition was no longer available and a refund was possible if they purchased the new edition. I’ve spoken with Amazon, and they have told me this was an error on their part. Thank you all for your patience and help in getting this situation resolved; I am so thankful to all of my dedicated readers!”

      Wonder if it was the adverse publicity over the internet that caused the decision or whether it was simply a mistake.

  2. I took a look at her site and found this:

    “As you all know, this weekend Amazon sent an email to readers who had previously purchased the self-published edition of Beautiful Disaster stating that this edition was no longer available and a refund was possible if they purchased the new edition. I’ve spoken with Amazon, and they have told me this was an error on their part. Thank you all for your patience and help in getting this situation resolved; I am so thankful to all of my dedicated readers!”

    I was wondering about this because it’s a horrible business idea for Amazon and it’s never happened before. Her new book would be sold on Amazon with the company getting a cut like every other book, so it really makes me think something else happened. It seems like it was cleared up though.

    • Thanks for clearing that up. I hadn’t checked the site in several days. Wonder if the adverse publicity through the internet caused the decision or whether it was a genuine mistake?

      • I’m not sure. It could be someone in Amazon jumped the gun on something and used the wrong wording. It could also be they were experimenting to see how it went. It’ll go down in history as a mystery alongside Atlantis and Elvis. 🙂

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