Is There Life After Amazon?

is there life after Amazon?

“Lord, is there life after Amazon?”

That’s the question isn’t it? For authors and publishers? If Amazon conquers Barnes & Noble, LifeWay, Family Bookstores, and Books-A-Million, will there remain the freedom to write, publish, and sell novels and nonfiction outside of Amazon?

In July Amazon banished LPC from its KDP Select program. When I asked to be re-admitted, they replied, “We can’t offer any additional insight or action on this matter.” So while our titles continue to appear on Amazon as Kindle eBooks, they are no longer prominently featured or promoted by Amazon.

Thus my question to God: “Lord, reveal to me what you want me to learn from this. Show me the next step for LPC.”

Here are a few insights God gave me this week, followed by my prayers.

David was banished from the presence of Saul. I Chronicles 12:1

“Lord, may you be with us and bless us during our time of exile.”

Some Gadites defected to David. I Chronicles 12:8. The least was a match for a hundred. I Chronicles 12:14

“May the God of our fathers see what has happened to Christian publishing, and send modern-day Gadites to help change the face of publishing. Individuals who are strong in faith, where the least is a match for a hundred.”

Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you. I Chronicles 12:18

“I do not assume this verse of success is for LPC, but if it is your will, please give us success in the marketplace.”

Day after day men came to help. I Chronicles 12:18

“I ask that you send men and women to help LPC grow and reach new markets and more readers.”

Will not God also graciously give [you] all things? Romans 8:32

“Lord, show us a better way. Create opportunities for us outside of Amazon. If the LPC Ambassador Program is your idea, bless it.”

I do not know what will become of book publishing in the wake of Amazon’s growing influence, but the trends remain discouraging. Here are a few recent headlines from the book publishing industry.

Beacon Hill Press ClosingKansas City-based Nazarene Publishing House, parent company of trade imprint Beacon Hill Press, will shut down on December 1.

Abingdon re-evaluates publishing programs beyond 2015Abingdon Press, an imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House, announced Thursday that it is reassessing and realigning its Christian Living and Abingdon Fiction programs as a result of shifts in the industry.

Last week I received word that another popular romance imprint was shutting its doors. Each time a house or imprint contracts, another group of authors looks at the landscape and considers self-publishing with Amazon – a company that demands total loyalty.

Where are our Gadites of our day? Where are those men and women eager to change the face of book publishing? If you feel called by God to rise up and run at the giant, please email me. Together, I believe we can make a difference.

One percent of anything with God by your side is a recipe for success.

 

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“What’s going on in the book publishing business?”

Below are just a few headlines that reflect the shifting landscape of book publishing.
Beacon Hill Press Closing – Kansas City-based Nazarene Publishing House, parent company of trade imprint Beacon Hill Press, will shut down on December 1.
Abingdon re-evaluates publishing programs beyond 2015 – Abingdon Press, an imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House, announced Thursday that it is reassessing and realigning its Christian Living and Abingdon Fiction programs as a result of shifts in the industry. The new strategy results in the departure of Associate Publisher Pamela Clements.
Yesterday I received word another popular romance imprint was shutting its doors. I cannot divulge the name. I’m sure you’ll hear soon enough.
And this afternoon Jerry Jenkins announced that he’s shutting down his Christian Writers Guild.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/religion/article/64715-jerry-jenkins-shuts-christian-writers-guild.html
Meanwhile, LPC continues to advance into the great unknown. Coming soon, a major announcement regarding our new book selling model.

Now this from our friend and author Marianne Jordan.

“WHAT IS ONE QUESTION YOU WISH SOMEONE WOULD ASK YOU IN AN INTERVIEW?  Please don’t think about this too long? It can be funny, clever, or serious. Please send me your website info, or anything you want posted. Twitter, FB, whatever. I’ll post it under your answer?” 

Email Marianne with your question. Don’t forget your Amazon links, websites, FB, Twitter

 

Dry Bones Publishing

Dry Bones PublishingOn the last day of last week’s Novel Retreat at the Ridgecrest conference center (directed by Yvonne Lehman) I mentioned to Ann Tatlock that I should start a new imprint called, Dry Bones Publishing because, as I explained to Ann, “So many books have no chance of surviving in this desert wasteland called book publishing.”

I was kidding, of course. Last thing I need is another imprint.
But the trend in book publishing can, at times, appear desolate. Especially when you look at the number of houses that are cutting back, retreating, and pushing authors to self-publish. Okay, enough of the gloom.
What I failed to mention to the conferees on the last day was the word of hope God gave me and that word was: “Go in the strength you have.” The passage comes from the story of Gideon (I think).  (The verse is in my prayer journal someplace.) Judges 6:14
Point is, all we can do is respond to God’s call, do our best, and leave the “rest” to Him.
None of us can predict where book publishing will be in six months, much less two years from now. (Two years is about how long it takes to get a book released with a large house). All we can do is write the story God places on our heart, produce the best books we can, promote in ways that glorify Him, and trust He will send rain and sunshine and keep the pests (negative reviewers) away.
In the coming days I hope to announce some exciting ways LPC will expand our print sales. I still believe this is the best time to be a writer. The key is finding your target audience.
If you think of your book as a mega-church, then your goal is to find 5,000 parishioners who share your book’s vision. 5,000 who believe in your book’s message, in you … in a God who comes to the aid of those who went in the strength they had.
That’s enough for now. Time to go watch some football / baseball.
As allways, in-e misstakes associated with this emale are Eva Marie Everson’s fault and shud bee direecter to here.