I closed my group and my author page on Facebook because the site is useless; previously I had tried to join larger groups but I found that unless you were like Karen Dales, Shaun Allen, Danny Kemp and the top 10% people treated you at best like something they stood and it smelled like last month's food which had gone off, but most times owing to the nature of the best-you got ignored.
I left LinkedIn because most people either treated me like dirt for either being poor and not being able to afford decent covers or publicity packages and those who didn't do that, looked down on me for not having a good education.
My isolation brings with it many good things, I am no longer worried about people back-stabbing me or undermining what little I achieve. I am no longer trying to keep afloat a sinking ego as a writer on Amazon, as I won't be putting anything on there, apart from perhaps using CreateSpace to run a book for "The Love of the Sea."
One thing I noted, which is prevalent is that when some writers get books which sell well, they treat me like an inferior person.
If selling lots of books causes a drastic personality shift-or did it bring out what was hidden? Perhaps staying out of print is a saving grace. There again, I hope I don't have that streak in me.
My few remaining contacts on line, are people I feel I can trust, as most have known me for a while and we share a bond of friendship.
The Amazon jellyfish covers a greater market place, but this blog reaches more people directly-as I say "If you got the market for eggs-do you expect to buy apples," Amazon is a huge market and books are a small part of it, and my books are a tiny section of the small section.
Unless I had a sudden rush of sales which pushed me into the top 100 writers there is little too gain, as shown by my ANNUAL payment, which amounted to less than the price of a bag of fries every four weeks.
I cannot charge what I think my time is worth, being an unknown writer I need to cut my throat to try to entice sales. At the $1 price I am forced to ask for a sale, I see $0.35c for weeks and sometimes months of work, at this price the choice is easy either give it away FREE or STOP.
The choice is easy, the decision which one to make is hard.