February 18th, 2011
So, last week, exactly at this time, I wrote a scathing post about Smashwords because it had been over a month and Bob still hadn’t made it into their Premium Catalogue. Well, cooler heads prevailed (namely Tanel’s), and I held off posting. Well, last weekend it was finally accepted and we’re now awaiting shipping. This means that within a week or two Bob will start showing up in all the major eBook libraries.
Yes, as most of you are well aware, Smashwords has not yet worked out a deal with Amazon. I had thought, a while back, to publish to Kindle myself but then discovered that you couldn’t do so without setting a price. I didn’t want to do that (I wanted to give Bob away) so I didn’t publish. Well, after a while and a few conversations with authors that both give their books away on Smashwords AND publish them to Kindle with the lowest possible price ($0.99), I’ve changed my mind. Specifically I asked Carolyn Kephart (her short story The Kind Gods is pretty awesome) who has published many stories that way and she helped convince me. Thanks for that. So now Bob is on Kindle. If you don’t know, I make about 34 cents on each sale so I have no plans of quitting my day job. This is just to get Bob in front of a different audience. There is a Kindle version available on Smashwords but the formatting is a little weird and the one I uploaded is perfect so you aren’t getting nothing for your buck. At least it is a bit better looking.
In fact, I’ve contacted a few authors lately with different questions including T.C. Southwell, R. E. Chambliss, and Eric Brook and everyone has been very responsive and helpful. There is a definite sense of community within the indie author community and, while I still feel a bit like an outsider looking in the windows from out in the cold as all the others drink hot toddies by the fire, I look forward to joining in.
In other news, I’ve also created a print version for those (like my mom) that want such things. I used CreateSpace (another Amazon service) and priced it as low as I could ($9.95). Again, not looking to make money on this one, just want to make it available to those that really want to hold a physical book. Right now we’re waiting for the proof to arrive and then, if all is well, it’ll be ready to ship. Link to come. Edit – Here’s the link. The proof looked really good. Very, very pleased. I’d buy it for $10.
Lastly, Michelle over at Indie Paranormal Book Reviews has contacted me again. She’s changed her review method and wanted to make sure I still wanted to be included. This is the same reviewer that warned that I might want to opt out because Bob wasn’t generally her style of book. I opted in – again. She also offered to do a feature on me in her Whatcha Reading column. I gladly accepted and am currently working on the questions she sent. I told her I’d probably have to wait a bit on getting those back to her until Bob showed up in at least the iBookstore. That will also (I hope) give me time to get the print version in Amazon so I can link that up as well. Based on the length of responses from the other author in the column (must be a new feature), I might be a bit too verbose. We’ll see how she reacts. Regardless, I can’t thank her enough for the coverage.