Almost one month ago, Passive Guy announced he would be writing a book that analyzed Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing contract.
It’s still happening.
He also announced this book would be available on November 1.
That would be tomorrow.
It won’t happen then.
The reasons are two-fold:
1. PG has been very busy working for his legal clients. His client base has grown quite rapidly. This is a good thing.
However, PG has obligations to his clients that he can’t ethically put on hold while he finishes his book.
2. PG has gained much more information about Amazon’s contract than he expected to gain. He can’t say more about that, but this is also very good because this means his book will be better.
However, it will take a bit longer to write.
PG is not sluffing off on this project. As evidence, he presents part of one the pages covered with what passes for a visual representation of PG’s analytical process.
This is how you find out everything about a contract. Well, maybe not you, but this is what PG does. PG has many, many pages like this.
“But wait,” you say, “the Kindle Direct Publishing Terms and Conditions are not all that long.” You would be right.
However, if you thought the Kindle Direct Publishing Terms and Conditions constituted an indie author’s entire contract with Amazon, you would be wrong. There is more.
To allay mounting hysteria among those conscientious souls who read the KDP Terms and Conditions and thought they knew everything, allow PG to say Amazon doesn’t have monsters in its basement. PG hasn’t finished his analysis, of course, but he has looked at enough contracts to be confident he would smell the monsters at this stage of his analysis if they were hanging around.
However, the longer a contract that includes cross-references and defined terms is, the more complex it becomes and complexity does not increase geometrically. A 20-page contract is usually far more than twice as complex as a 10-page contract.
One of the things a good attorney needs to do is to understand where all the moving parts of a contract are, then run through multiple scenarios under which various parts move in different directions and in different amounts. If there are 100 distinctive possibilities and an attorney only understands 99, as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow, possibility #100 will happen.
PG apologizes for not having his magnum opus Amazonius ready so you can give it to your grandmother for her birthday on November 2. He suggests 99 Little Doilies as a possible alternative.
PG is not going to reveal a new release date, but he is embarrassed enough about missing this one that the book will get finished in a hurry.