Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book 9 Release Date and Other Big News

Dear Readers,
A lot has happened since I last contacted you. This email has several notices and updates. Please take the time to read them all so you’ll know what’s going on.
Book 9 Release Date and sample
First, the promised release date for book 9 is March 29th. I tried hard to get it to you sooner, but this was the best I could do. The link below goes to my website page, where you can find the links for your preferred store.

Also, I posted the first 100 pages of book 9 a couple weeks ago on my blog. You can find the post here:

A Reminder
Second, is a reminder that my autographed paperbacks have been on sale for the last year ($10 less than usual) and that is expiring this month as well. To get the old deal before it’s gone, order from this page on my blog. This is the only remaining link for them.

Kindle Unlimited
Next is something that you may not want to hear. Let me start with saying I’m sorry. I can’t explain how hard this choice was. I’m joining the Amazon Select program.

What does that mean?
It means that all Angela White books will now only be offered through Amazon. You won’t be able to get them through Kobo, Nook, iTunes, or any other store except Amazon. No, not even on my blog or websites.

How will it affect readers?
If you already get my work through Amazon, nothing will change. If you get my books through any other source, you will no longer be able to use them.

When does this start?
It already has. The final links will all be gone by the end of the week.

What if I want to get caught up before you remove your books from my preferred retailer?
I’ve made a page on my website that has all of the remaining links on other stores. It will be pulled as soon as the remaining links are gone-roughly by the end of the week. All my titles have been discounted to $3.09 or less to help ease your pain during this transition period. Here is the link to the page:
I’m not buying a Kindle! What should I do to keep following the series?
Amazon has an app that you can download onto your device (nook, iphone, tablet, etc.) so that you can access their entire bookstore. I have placed that link on all my book pages, along with a link for joining the Kindle Unlimited program. It gives you unlimited reading of their inventory (more than 2 million titles and counting) for $10 a month. The Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games are just two of the bigwigs you’ll find.
I need to tell you here that I’ve just become an affiliate of Amazon, so any links you click on my website (never emails. That is against their terms of service) may generate a small commission for me. If you refuse to do that, no hard feelings. I certainly understand and I still adore you. If you chose to use those links, thank you for your support!

What about books that I have preordered?
All preorders will still be sent like promised, as soon as they are ready. For example, those who have preordered book 9 directly from me can most likely expect to receive it in their email a week before it goes live on the stores.

What about future releases?
All future releases will be put on all stores for the first month, to allow current readers to stay caught up. After a month, they will be moved to the Select program as well. *This does not include Smashwords or GooglePlay. My work will not be on those sites.

Why are you doing this? Don’t you know you’re going to lose readers over it?
I do know that. I’ve gone to great trouble to find ways for readers to still have access, but I understand that many of you will be angered over this and probably put me on your never read again list. You may place bad reviews, pull public support, and bash me in blogs and articles. I feel your pain. I feel your loss. I will miss each and every one of you.
So, why?
Imagine having to pick between paying your bills and be loyal to your customers. In the end, you have to be able to pay those bills. Ebook sales have dropped drastically. Why? Hard to say. Lot of reasons would be my theory, but at the top of those are programs like KU. Giving readers tons of books for one small monthly fee is the wave of the future. Readers can get access to so much material on Amazon that they’ll be on overload.
And that means they aren’t buying anymore. They’re still reading, just through plans that save them money and give them more books. It’s a win-win for Amazon and their readers, imao, but it hurts the authors who were trying to spread their work out to all sites and stores. It squeezed us. So hard that huge book sites went belly-up and big authors caved to the pressure of becoming part of the subscription plans. In short, authors no longer have a choice. If we depend on the income, we have to stay with the times. Most people want these subscriptions. I’ve held out for almost 2 years, but I must now cave to the pressure and give the majority what they want. I won’t ever forget that readers from every site came together to support me. I just can’t feed my family on good wishes, you know? I’m sorry. I really am. I do hope you’ll join me for the second half of the LAW journey on Amazon.

What if I want to read the books on KU right now?
Some of my titles are already there. The Alexa's Travels and HOP-17 Series are there. You can go to Amazon and  search or you can go to my website and follow the link on the book's details page. My other two series should be live in the program as of this weekend.

Did you vote in the Safe Haven camp meetings?
This one is from an earlier book, deciding on age limit, and where the camp would go next.

This vote is on the punishment of Adrian and Conner.

And finally, I have created 2 ‘pins’ on Pinterest that I would like you to consider browsing. The first is a missing persons pin. Did you know that 100,000 people go missing every year in the US? Neither did I. If we can bring home even one of these missing kids, moms, or dads, it’s a great thing.
The second ‘pin’ is a job set. Each morning, I go out and find a recent post from the USA that is hiring full time with benefits (Please read the job fine print for yourself to be sure. Things change) and one of them might be the opportunity you’re searching for. Or just a way to pay the bills. I certainly understand the need for that.  I hope it helps some of you realize those dreams. Here is the link:

That’s all for now, but don’t forget to stop by my blog for Life After War Wednesdays. We’ll be covering character profiles, releases, samples, votes, polls, giveaways, and much more.
Have a great day, world. Watch your six.

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