Unfortunately I will no longer be uploading new material for free on Wattpad. What is there will remain there, but I won’t be adding King of Blades or any other future works to the site.
It isn’t just because everyone wants to read the books for free and are not interested in purchasing the polished versions. Yes, that does make things difficult as I am publishing the books I write so I have a bit of extra money to pay those pesky bills that go along with being a human in today’s society. But I also write in other genres under other names, so I wasn’t completely concerned.
The main issue is Amazon. While working on updating and re-releasing a more finely edited version of For the Love of a King, Amazon accused me of stealing my own work twice. Because the story was “freely available online” they pulled Love from the production process both during paperback production on Createspace and ebook publication on Kindle Direct Publishing. I was sent emails both times telling me I needed to follow a series of steps to prove I had the right to publish the title.
Now, I understand why Amazon is doing this. They have clearly been dealing with issues of stolen works because their self-publishing system is so simple. This causes them headaches because authors start to distrust their platform for letting so much plagiarism through the gates. So they are trying to avoid those problems by vetting book uploads against internet-combing bots. It does make me feel better as a writer.
However, it is a major waste of my time when I have to submit a book two or three times and explain that I am indeed the same person as the one who posted the story online for free. Quite honestly, I’m already tired of it, and I haven’t even gotten to that stage with Curse of Blades yet.
So, unfortunately, it’s time to stop with Wattpad. My apologies to those who follow me there and were hoping for King of Blades to be uploaded. Amazon ruins everything.
Anyway, here’s a writing song of mine.