Yesterday, many authors received the news that Pronoun, an aggregator for books like Falling for Jordan and Finding Sam, was closing in two months. Their new owner, MacMillan, had decided that it just wasn’t a sustainable model, this after they got the most of the real reason they acquired it, for data mining purposes.
While I knew Pronoun’s run was never going to last, it took me awhile to process things. It was no biggie for my other books I distributed through them like Finding Sam which was the first book I’d put up apart from all my other books so I could separate earnings I made from its sale which went straight to Ovarian Cancer research. The short stories would be easy to migrate as well. They’re stories I also give away as samples of my writing.
But then it hit me: I’d just released Falling for Jordan and all the links for my promos are through them. That means when I migrate all that information to the corresponding vendor on my own like the rest of my books, it’s basically starting over. Any reviews on iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Google Play are will disappear although Amazon works to match the reviews to the new book when you request them to.
Changes, changes… it comes with the territory.
But it’s not all bad or so-so news. I just received permission to use lines from this song in my book! So can you say Second Edition just in time with Pronoun announcement? YES!