I am Now 100% Out of KU

For the time being, at least.

No more KENP charity. If I succeed, I succeed. If I fail, at least I fail as a writer’s equivalent of a call girl. Not a streetwalker.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

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4/5/18 Progress Report

I am some 30k into my next book, which is low. I think it’ll be really, really good, but time will tell how correct I am in that assessment. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that I’m not sure if I should (after it is done, edited, and whatnot) just fire it out, or try and maaaaaybe submit it to a couple agents first. Maybe shoot for a big publisher? If I choose to attempt this route, it may significantly delay the release date, especially if I somehow succeed in selling it. The jury is still out on that.

“A publisher?” I hear you ask. “In the age of self-publishing?” Well, yeah. In this oversaturated market, the prestige that comes with getting published by one of the big five is no small thing. Not to attempt it now, when I am starting something new, would be foolish.

That’s still just a thought for now, mind you. I may even apply for Kindle Scout, which is about the only way I would ever be willing to put my work into KU again. Scout pays nicely, and the boost it gives new releases is all but unfair. Combined with my back catalogue, it would all add up significantly.

Just some musing on my part.

Stay brutal.
M. T Miller

Ascent Is Now Wide!

Ascent is now getting published on Kobo, B&N, and iTunes. ‘Chemistry will follow soon, then Strife as soon as it’s out of KU. Then Bedlam.

I may go back someday if things change for the better, but I doubt it. KU is something that will inevitably crash and burn. I don’t see why I should be on the plane when it happens.

Nothing new to report. Writing, and very slowly at that.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Leaving KU?

Big news. Well, not really. But yes.

In a couple months I’ll most likely be killing my Amazon exclusivity and expanding to Kobo, B&N, iTunes etc.

Why? Because it seems like the only sane thing to do.

Look at KU like this: it gives you some extra cash in exchange for willingly giving up on a part of the market. In theory this is fine. But the more you stay in the program, the more you have to rely on it. And the piece of market you’ve neglected keeps growing. So in the long run you find yourself not only gimped, but also strapped to Amazon’s back.

And then Amazon starts skimping out on the rations. KENP payments (to the uninitiated, this means payment per read page of a book rented through subscription) can go down, and the writers will stay trapped. It’s basic economics. No reason for them not to do it.

This isn’t news to me. I knew what I was getting into when I enrolled, and I chose to stay in the system because I needed the extra dime. But now it’s no longer about squeezing out what little I can. It’s about reach and not being tethered to a flawed and unsustainable system.

So there you have it. I apologize to those of you used to reading me through your subscriptions. I guess you’ll have to buy me. Sorry, but I have to eat.

For now I’ll just leave my books in and wait for their individual enrollments to expire. Then I can move along with spreading like a tumor. I must drown out everything and everyone else.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Improvement

It’s still too early to say why, but I’ve re-read Risen in detail and am doing the same with Ascent. I’ve ironed out the odd little kinks, but what jumped at me the most is how much I’ve improved over the course of the series. I’m so much tighter, leaner, and more subtle it’s almost embarrassing to see how clunky I used to be in comparison.

It’s a bit tempting to edit Risen and polish it out, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that. That book was what it was back when I wrote it. Let my improvement as a writer be evident to the reader as they progress through my work.

What was, was. It made me who I am today.

Speaking of that, yes, I am working on my next book. I’m very much pleased with what I’m making, but what I’m not pleased with is my speed. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do on the side, which clashes with my decision to give the finger to the world.

Doesn’t the world see that I’m trying to work here?

What I’m Up To

With all these glowing reviews, Black Panther must be not only the best superhero film of all time, but also the best movie ever, period. There can’t possibly be anything wrong with this, right? No way that it’s just another stale turd that Disvel regurgitates down our throats with the command “Swallow.”

Glad we got that cleared up.

In other news, I’m writing and I’m consuming media. I’ve finally gotten round to seeing season two of the Expanse. Love this show. Excellent writing and characterization, both for primary and secondary characters. I must marry Drummer. Then we will make a bunch of emotionless kids whose only purpose will be to kill. It will be glorious.

I’ve seen this comedy flick called Killing Gunther. Critics say it’s bad. I say it’s quite good. It has Ahnold, which means that it can’t fail. A couple good laughs with some solid pathos. Reminded me of a nice song.

I’m listening to music from the Transistor OST while I write. Doesn’t really fit the mood of what I’m making but it keeps me going fast. As for the story itself, I’m off to a good start. I think I’ve learned a lot over these two years of walking the path of the writer. Time to apply it.

Yeah, I’m reading the first Witcher book. Figured if I’m writing about monster hunting, I might as well see how an established writer has done it. It’s quite fun but kinda rough. Might be the English translation, it’s atrocious. Geralt loves his combat pirouettes, but I guess it could be worse. It’s interesting how it took me two stories to figure out I was reading adaptations of fairy tales. For now it’s very different from what I’m trying to make actually, which is unexpected. Let’s see where it goes.

That’s about it. Off to the grind.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Time To Get Moving

I’ve made my decision. I will definitely write the monster hunter story. I may not end up starting a series around it, but I will tell this tale. I hope I get to start a series around it, but I can’t make any promises. Writing a novel is a journey of self-discovery, and I don’t know who I will be after this one is finished.

So it’s that time again. Time to say “fuck you” to life, isolate myself, and do the work. I’m not missing much.

I’ll still be posting here, but don’t expect anything important or substantial. For the next month or two, my higher functions (meaning all my functions because I’m so smart. Hurrrrrrrrr) will be occupied.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller