Highlights from the Kobo Terms of Service

So, Kobo has opened up their self-publishing portal, and I combed through the Terms of Service. Here’s the basics:

  • Kobo can change terms as they see fit, and you must accept new terms every time they make changes. This is standard, but I like to put it up front because I’ve seen some people surprised that this is the case.
  • Kobo has the right to reject or remove works from their catalog as they see fit.
  • Kobo will provide free samples of ebooks to potential buyers. They can also choose to market your book as their discretion.
  • Kobo expressly acknowledges that authors/publishers retain all rights to their own works.
  • Kobo will allow authors/publishers to grant territorial rights as they see fit. In short, if you only want your books available in a certain country, you can choose it.
  • Kobo gives you the option of choosing to use DRM.
  • Kobo allows you to deactivate your account at any time or deactivate any particular works at any time.
  • Kobo allows you to set a “suggested retail price” but may change the price or add taxes to the price as they see fit.
  • Kobo pays out a 45% royalty to any works priced under $1.99.
  • Kobo pays out a 70% royalty to any works between $1.99-$12.99. (There’s a bunch of other requirements in that section that you should read and parse on your own, as I’m just trying to lay out facts and not be the spokesperson for how that whole kit works.
  • Kobo is not responsible for losses/damages/etc.

In short, it’s a fairly standard contract for the services being offered. You do need to carefully comb through, not just the whole TOS, but especially the 70% royalty requirements, as there’s more than just, “Set your price at X.”

And now, the long-awaited webcomic

After many weeks of twitter mentions and lots of chatter and a lack of posts, the webcomic is live! There are two ways to view it, so hit the main page for the comic to see your options.

It’s called “Nothing to Celebrate,” and it’s 9 pages about why I don’t like my period. Yes, that period. Because I have been trying to write the basic premise of the comic for years as a non-fiction essay, and it has never come out right. The comic has allowed me to properly bring in the humor I’ve been trying to find all this time, and I am delighted.


Submissions, Webcomics, KDP Select, and Other News

Lots of little things to talk about, so it’s list time!

  • As I very happily mentioned last week, I have a poem upcoming in Decades Review. I have nothing new to report on that front. I just wanted to see it in writing again and encourage you to check them out.
  • Duotrope informs me I should be hearing back from a market within the next ten days. I’m glad I’m busy enough I won’t have a lot of time to stare at the calendar because that is exactly what I’d be doing if I had a lot of free time.
  • I’ve managed to rough draft a script for a nine-page webcomic over the last two days. It’s autobiographical about why I hate my period. So, you know, it’s classy. All kidding aside, I really like the script, and I have a whole post planned around how learning how to write comics is helping me get out ideas I haven’t been able to properly explore in any other type of writing.
  • After reading a lot of blogs posts from a lot of different authors, I decided to try out KDP Select. Up the Waterspout is acting as guiena pig, and I’ll be reporting back as I collect information.
  • I’ve been trying to get into the habit of using 750words.com to get at least a little writing done everyday, and while I’ve missed the last few days, I do like it. It’s allowing me to work on some character study stuff for one of my books, and it’s also set me up with a very rough draft of what I think could be a very charming, fun short story.
  • The Microsoft Manual of Style finally has a fourth edition! I have been waiting for this for three years, as the previous version was out-of-print way back, and it generally costed an arm and a leg to get a copy. In one of my great moments in shopping history, I found a copy at the University bookstore that they’d had collecting dust in the back room for years. I got it for cover price when it was going for about a hundred bucks on Amazon.

That’s me for now. How’s you?