Pronoun Publishing VS Createspace/Kindle

pronoun vs kindle

Pronoun was announced to National Novel Writing Month winners last November. It is a free distribution hub to Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple and Google Play. It’s easy to set up your book with them, much easier than Createspace/Kindle, but Pronoun is only for eformat. If you want to see your book in hard copy you still have to go through a place like Createspace, but you can’t submit to Kindle again.

So, I published my book Jolene, You’re Not a Monster through Pronoun on Dec. 18, 2015 and I’ve almost completed the proofing process for Createspace with the same title. The Createspace template is glitchy, but with patience and perseverance I got through it. Pronoun was so much easier. It’s got a web based app that will convert your word file to mobi and epub. It was not a hassle like Createspace’s template, but there’s things that Createspace/Kindle has that I can’t get from Pronoun and I’m afraid I missed out on something very important.

Kindle Direct Publishing Select. When you agree to publish with KDP Select, you can’t publish your novel in eformat anywhere else. Your book will then be available through the lending library and Kindle Unlimited, and you’ll receive a royalties based on readership from the global With KDP Select you can sign up for countdown deals and free book promotions. Pronoun does nothing to help you promote your book and ninety percent of my sales have come through Amazon Kindle.

I wish Createspace/Kindle would team up with a better programming team, like the ones used by Pronoun. Still, my next book, The Worms Crawl In, I’m doing through Createspace/Kindle, so I can get their promotions. If this works out and it generates more sales plus reviews on Jolene, I’ll do a follow up blog.

As of right now though, I’d recommend Createspace/Kindle first until Pronoun comes up with a way to help authors to promote their novels that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

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FIRE! SINKING THE BOOK PIRATES!

AH-HA! HUZZAH FOR GOOGLE!

Here’s the story the pirating of my book Jolene, You’re Not a Monster and a GIVEAWAY!jolene 3b2c small

Earlier today, I read on Goodreads that a few of the authors found their books posted on a google site for free without their consent or knowledge! Alarmed, I searched google for my book, Jolene, You’re Not a Monster and for my name, Kacy Jey. On the second page of the name search, I found it.[58S.PDF] Free Download Jolene,
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Google … for free [58S.PDF] Jolene, You’re Not a Monster By Kacy A. Jey book full – Ebook, PDF, for kindle, android, ipad, nook, netbook notebook, and PC. this real free.

I contacted google. The reply I got included this, “Please note that Google Sites is an online application used to create and share webpages. Google Sites URLs typically have the following format: https://sites.google.com/site/exampletitle/. If the allegedly infringing content at the URLs in question are not associated with Google Sites or another Google product, you will not receive any further emails about your notice.”

But fusiontables is a google beta browser app, so I expect I should hear back from google. (Yes, I know I’m not capitalizing google and it’s on purpose because I’m irked at them a little. The process to report copyright infringement was intimidating.)
This is where I took a lunch break and this was the email I came back to:
Hello,
Thanks for reaching out to us.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have completed processing your infringement notice. We are in the process of disabling access to the content in question at the following URL(s):
HUZZAH FOR THE GOOGLE TEAM!
I hope the Google Team gets on the corrupted use of this fusiontable app. To my author friends, be ever watchful for pirates! When you find them, shoot them down. To the pirates, shame on you for stealing what you can buy for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee.

 

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Book Review: The Red Tent

This review of The Red Tent, by Karen Jacobs aka Kacy Jey author of Jolene, You’re Not a Monster for the Gonzales Book Club and appeared in the Gonzales Inquirer on March 15th. I’m posting it here, because The Red really is a great book that I highly recommend to anyone, even men!

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The Gonzales Book Club met at the Gonzales Public Library on Feb. 18 to discuss “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. This was Diamant’s debut novel. It was originally published in 1997.

The novel is based on the brief story of Jacob’s family that is told in Genesis chapter 34 in which two of Dinah’s brothers slaughter all the men of a neighboring tribe, take everything and everyone of value; because they believe Dinah was raped by the man she loved. But, that’s their side. The Red Tent is Dinah’s side of the story.

From a young age, Dinah shouldered great responsibility as the only daughter in a large family of one father, four wives, and twelve sons. The four wives or as Dinah called them, her four mothers looked to her to remember them and their stories. These stories give us an enchanting look into what life might have been like at the birth of the Jewish and Christian religions.

For Jacob, Dinah’s father was the son of Isaac who was the son of Abram. Their story: Their God asked Abram to sacrifice his only son, who was a gift from this God in Abram’s old age, to prove Abram’s devotion to his God. At the last moment, Abram’s God sent him a more fitting sacrifice. Abram, Isaac and Jacob believed that their God was greater than all the other deities. Jacob’s four wives Leah, Racheal, Zilpah and Bilhah believed in many different Gods and Goddesses, but Jacob ruled the tribe. So when Jacob had to circumcise his first born because his God demanded it, the women didn’t like it, but they could not stand against Jacob or his God’s wishes. This is only a small taste of the sub-plot of the religious evolution, but it’s woven throughout the book with subtle threads that by the end made for a fascinating tapestry that showed us the beginning of two worldwide religions.

Still, this isn’t a religious book. It is the story of young woman coming into her own. She wasn’t raped, but gave herself to the marriage bed as was the custom of her husband’s tribe. Though she suffers for the murderous deeds done by the hands of her two wicked brothers, Dinah survives. To live, though, she must remember the lessons she learned as a child in the Red Tent.

As for the Red Tent, it was where the women went during their monthly cycle. All the women were within a day or two apart in their cycles and would spend three days in the Red Tent resting and refreshing. What a marvelous idea. Three days at the spa with your girlfriends, to bond with every month. We discussed that this is something we as women have lost in our drive for equality. We no longer celebrate the feminine. We speculated that most women we’ve known have hated their menstrual cycle. Whereas the women in the Red Tent embraced it as evidence that they were the life bearers. Without that spilt blood, they could not bring new life into the world. And really, the main theme of this book is celebrating bringing life into the world. Dinah is a rich character, as are her mothers and many of the supporting characters.

The world Ms. Diamant recreated is beautiful and so real that if I believed in reincarnation, I’d think she lived there, perhaps as Dinah. This is a book that has changed the way I see other women and myself. It’s shown me another side of the Biblical stories and given them a refreshing burst of fresh air in my mind. I’d enjoy reading other books based on the Bible stories, especially if they were done in such a tasteful non-preachy way as Ms. Diamant has done with The Red Tent. I think the Song of Solomon would make a great book, but it’d have to be R rated.

This book is available in eformats, paper, audio and it’s also been made into a mini-series that is available on Amazon.

Our next meeting will be on March 17 at the Gonzales Public Library from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. We will discuss Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout, a collection of short stories based upon a the central character Olive Kitteridge. Everyone is welcome at our meetings.  We look forward to see you there.

Reviewed by Karen Jacobs aka Kacy Jey author of Jolene, You’re Not a Monster, member of the Gonzales Readers Group and the Gonzales Writer’s Group. Connect with Karen via Facebook, The Web or Twitter.

The Writer’s group meets the first Thursday of every month at the Gonzales Public Library 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is open to new members of all ages. Under 18 writers must be accompanied by an adult their first time. The next meeting will be April 7th.