A lot of words spilled in two posts:
- Slushy Glut Slog: Why The Self-Publishing Shit Volcano Is A Problem — which the people who are the problem will never think they’re the problem.
- Why the self-publishing shit volcano isn’t going to stop erupting any time soon — which the people who are the problem will never read to the end because they can’t understand it.
The glut is something I’ve raised in past posts that I am now too damn lazy to look up. But I do want to go on record — again, because I’ve done it before but only on Twitter — about how I see the “shit volcano” ending.
Someone at Amazon, maybe even Bezos, will some day notice the jillions of not-selling Kindle books taking up space on their servers and wonder why.
Why are we keeping these things that don’t sell?
Why are we allowing them to fuck up the ability of people to find the Kindle books that do sell?
Why are we dealing with the administrative costs of these non-selling Kindle books?
Why should we ever have to X-ray these Kindle books that aren’t selling?
And those are the two key words: “Aren’t selling.”
Amazon isn’t a damn charity. They want to make money.
And Amazon, especially, above all other companies, likes to make money efficiently. (If you don’t believe Amazon has an efficiency fetish, go look up the system they have for the shelves in their warehouses.)
Having jillions of non-selling Kindle books clogging up the arteries of Amazon search is inefficient.
So, as I’ve said on Twitter and am now repeating here, Amazon will begin to purge those non-selling Kindle books.
“Dear Author” emails will be sent out to inform all those so-called writers (the ones who are the problem and who actually aren’t writers) that their time is up. They’ve had X years to prove they could make a buck — for themselves, but most of all for Amazon — with their shit and the free ride is over. Amazon wants its server space back and its search capability back.
The way I hope Amazon goes about that is to record the IP addresses of those non-selling “writers” and ban further submissions from them.
But getting hit with a banhammer might be the only way to go.
The people who are the problem are thick. This is why they are the problem.
And if Amazon finds that such an extreme measure isn’t enough to keep out the NaNoWriMo and assorted other never-will-bes, I can foresee — as Wendig does — a listing fee of some sort being applied. That would truly be unfortunate. Because it’d scream Vanity Publishing, a smear many fine future self-publishing writers wouldn’t deserve.
But truthfully, I think the banhammer would work.
It’d be a slap in the face to wake them up, to puncture the bubble of their self-delusion. At the very least it would get them the hell off Amazon. Let them go clog the places that specialize in being the World’s Largest Slush Pile.
Amazon should be reserved for writers who are actually writers and are there to make money — for themselves and for Amazon.
Editor’s Note: A commenter has already provided the perfect refutation of this post. The tl;dr version is that everyone said the same thing about Blogger, Youtube, and other sites with user generated content.
Editor’s Note: I’ve posted a refutation that explains why this line of reasoning is off base: