Going Smashwords Crazy

September 18th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , ,

I have been so busy getting my books published on Smashwords that I have been neglecting both the stories I’ve been working on: Kings of Klenar and Jixit.    I need to stop trying to write both of them at the same time and just pick one. Considering that Kings of Klenar is closer to being done, I need to work on that one.  It just takes place over a longer period of time, and I’m having trouble deciding what takes place between  the time Luna and Cass meet until Sierra is born.

I’ve also been super busy fixing up the house and taking care of real life stuff, that sometimes my writing gets kicked to the curb.  Shameful really, since I feel the best when I’m creating.  Hopefully someday i can say “creating a masterpiece”.  LOL

Anyway, the Cobblestone situation is finally behind me, so I will put that to rest.  Two of the books published through them are now online under my publishing umbrella. Not sure what I’m going to do about Painful Reflections. Might just make it a 99 cent book with the rest of them.  Who knows. It’s at the bottom of my priorities right now.

Sierra Sky isn’t doing that great at Total-e-bound, but I’ll never ask for the rights back on that book, since I LOVE that cover and aren’t willing to let it go! LOL  I wonder if i can hire Posh Gosh to design the next one?  Hmm….I’ll have to wait and see how I feel about it once i try to design the KOK cover myself.  🙂

But back to Smashwords. I can’t say enough good about them, so someone should slap me for not taking advantage of their offerings years ago.  I had it in my mind that since I already dealt with Amazon and B&N on my own, that I didn’t need them.  Didn’t even occur to me that I could opt out of those two venues and use the rest of their channels. I think they have about a dozen now. True, B&N tends to be the best seller, but it’s far easier to let Smashwords take care of that for me, especially for the short stories that I don’t have time to upload in different places.  Not only that but they provide the ISBN’s for free!  And they now have a series manager, so it makes it easier to distinguish those on other sites. So B&N now lists my A Modern Myth trilogy as a series, so it’s easier to readers to see there are other books.  That is SO nice!  They keep making improvements all the time.  They have gotten so much better since I first used them that they have pretty much left everyone else in the dust. I don’t even use Lulu.com anymore and need to take all my books down from there.  Createspace has better books for less, so there is no reason to keep using lulu.

So if you haven’t given smashwords.com a chance yet, head on over.  They have a bunch of free reads, anywhere from poems to full length novels.  True, some of the stuff is crap, but a lot of it is really good.

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