Mars in Retrograde, or how I embraced my inner KU


You get to a certain age—some of us do, me in particular—when simplifying your life takes precedence over constantly fighting the good/bad battle. You know the one. It’s the leftovers from a war that was lost so long ago in memory you just keep on keeping on, oblivious to the effect stress and strain take on your mind and body.

For me, the tipping point came when I realized I was spread so thin in trying to juggle dozens of balls/titles across an endless sea of book retailers/distributors that it drained me to the point of depression.

I’m not good with depression. It depresses me.


Besides, I could do something about it, take back the reins (and my sanity) and decide, once and for all, what was important. So, with beady eyes engaged, hands on ample hips, I took a long, hard look at my market and my readership.

Where are they and what can I do to focus on them and not some nebulous mass of faceless readers in foreign ports who, I’m told, want desperately to read my books but don’t have the dinero to pay for them, despite having pricy eReaders at their disposal, so the pundits say…

FREE! Give it away! Or make it so cheap they’ll upload YOUR book onto their pricey eReaders/smartphones that you’ll be lucky to earn a fraction of a cent USD, but hey ho, it’s exposure…

Ahem, newsflash, dudes and dudettes. If I want exposure, I’ll stand on my deck sans bra and watch the tractor trailers jackknife on route 100.

Y’all see where I’m going with this?

Well, there’s another thing going on, not my thing… my son’s transition to my daughter thing. That makes support from Mom critical, and some hard times to share, but it’s a journey I wouldn’t have missed for the world.

To simplify for Rowena’s sake, I needed to cut back on the insane amount of sheer crazy stuff that’s part and parcel of this publishing gig.

To make a long story short: I’m downsizing.

I’m keeping the sales venues where my readers are: Amazon is #1, All Romance eBooks/OmniLit is #2, with B&N, Kobo and a couple others accessed via D2D a distant #3. For those titles that aren’t 100% romance/erotic romances, I’m focusing on Amazon. For select titles, I’m also putting them into Kindle Unlimited which now rewards longer books, despite a totally crappy $0.006/page payout.

For 3 months, I can afford to see how that goes.

So, here’s the erroneously billed FREE if Read in Kindle Unlimited list of what’s FREE should you care to take a look at my rather diverse catalog of mixed bag genres (YA, paranormal, crime, actiony stuff) along with some scorchers—but you mostly have to pay for those. I’m old but I ain’t stupid.

FYI: Kindle Unlimited is not free, you pay an access fee of $9.99/month, but I don’t make the advert rules.


Dragon Academy  |   Choptank Blues & Other Stories   |   The Conference

Roman (Saints and Sinners)   |   The 90 Day Rule   |   The Holiday Toast Duo

Guardians of the Portals   |   Curry for One   |   Cajun Gothic (Blood Haven)

And a final pitch and humble reminder:

About Nya Rawlyns

Crossing boundaries, taking no prisoners. Write what’s in your soul. It’s the bass beat, the heartbeat, the lyrics rude and true. Nya Rawlyns is the pseudonym of a writer who cut her teeth on sports-themed romantic comedy and historical romances before finding her true calling in the wilderness areas she has visited but calls “home” in that place that counts the most: the heart. She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or two pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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4 Responses to Mars in Retrograde, or how I embraced my inner KU

  1. Erin S. Burns says:

    Enjoy your journey with Rowena! And this sounds like an eminantly practical plan with the book divvying, though not necessarily the exposure thing😉 Be careful of criminal charges.


  2. Greta van der Rol says:

    I’m feeling the same way. Smashwords is a waste of time and (for me) so is Omnilit. And yes, there are more important things in life than selling books. (Just make sure you keep writing them).



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