New Years' Resolution

With Christmas coming upon us, we focus on the needs of other people more than our own desires. However, people also happen to try and get a feel for what they want to do for their new years resolutions. It might be a ways off to determine, but I already have a few of my own, which I will be discussing today.

Many people focus on their health or to be more family-oriented, but I do not have to worry about that stuff. My main focus is to trim down some stuff. I'm a bit overloaded with stuff that others, including this blog, have gone inactive a few times. Some of these are really simple, but let's get down to business.

Goals for the New Year:

  • Close Facebook account
  • Regularly update the blog
  • Move away from Lulu

First on the list is to close my Facebook account. In an earlier post, I said I quit using Facebook for personal use. Facebook was the first social network that I joined and it was pretty decent for a while, but I keep getting spam from Facebook games and it even continues to annoy me by new stuff that is probably not so important and I cannot share stuff via my personal profile anymore, unless it is images or photos. As I got most of the people I care about to follow me on Google+, I don't really need it. Facebook has just become annoying.

Second, I want to keep this blog regularly updated. I know I have been doing pretty well this month and last month, but as can be seen by the monthly archives, I've had a few moments where this blog has went without a post. I would like to change that, even if it is just book reviews, like last month was entirely. I'm not too sure how well I'll do with this one, but I hope that I can accomplish this goal.

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iTunes search results for books.

Finally, I want to move away from Lulu. It had been great, when I first started. I could distribute ebooks in EPUB and Kindle, when I eventually changed my mind about ebooks being exclusively PDF and EPUB, but now I can only distribute EPUB and print edition, which means those that read my works on the Kindle can now only get my work from Amazon and Smashwords. In addition to not being able to distribute Kindle ebooks, I had an incident where I did not receive payment from Lulu, which finally got resolved in September or so. That was first first time I considered going exclusively digital. After all, Barnes & Noble paid me for the purchases I helped somebody get and Google has been decent about paying me for my Android apps, but those are direct deposits. During the little fiasco with the payment issue, they told me to get a PayPal account and I have not heard a whole lot of good things about PayPal, which did not intrigue me enough to use it. I've been more satisfied with Google Checkout, as that has not stabbed me in the back like I hear that PayPal has done to a lot of people. While such negative claims about PayPal could be false, I would rather not take the risk. Outside of the PayPal recommendation, the support staff on Lulu were helpful, even if I had to bug them multiple times. However, the main thing about Lulu that got on my nerves was that it distributed works to iBookstore and B&N; that I did not want submitted, either because they were listed there already or I just did not want them there. B&N; gets all of my titles in electronic format because I submit it to them directly via their self-publishing platform. As for iBookstore, they get whatever I submit to Smashwords, which has so far been only getting my latest works. Yet, Lulu had the guts to not only submit books I did not want there for either personal reasons or to reduce redundancy, but they also took time to produce EPUB of books that I already gave them in the EPUB format that validated against EPUBCHECK. I did the work for them and yet they do not use them. This is the reason there are multiple listings of my titles in iTunes, outside of the one ebook that I had them submit as a test run. This was the second time I considered going exclusively digital this year, but I could always try Createspace, which does not seem to be in the ebook business. Maybe, I can use this blog as a test run with Createspace. Lulu has so far given me payment issues and annoyance by doing work that they never really needed to do.

There you guys have it, those are my goals for the new year that will be rolling around after this Christmas. Most of this list is pretty much annoyances that I have faced. Those goals were:

  • Close Facebook account
  • Regularly update the blog
  • Move away from Lulu

What is your opinion on this? Do you have your goals for the new year planned already? Feel free to comment.

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