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Smashwords: A Review

Okay, I think it is time to put some of this Smashwords love-fest into perspective. I’ve read so many articles lately talking about how Smashwords is the best thing since sliced bread. Don’t get me wrong, most of what is said about them is true. It is a one stop stop for your ebook. You upload to Smashwords and they’ll send it to almost every online ebook site on the web (the notable exception is Amazon). Easy. Mostly. Convenient? Definitely. But it isn’t without its flaws. And here are the ones I’ve found.
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How to Give Away Your Indie Book On Kindle

It was a happy accident that Bob Moore: No Hero is now¬†free on Kindle. For those that have ever tried to upload a book to Kindle, you know that there isn’t an option for listing it for free.¬†Initially, I resisted putting it up on Kindle and Amazon because I didn’t want to charge for it. But after a few emails from listeners and fans, I decided to go ahead and put it up for the cheapest possible price of 99 cents. A buck isn’t much so anyone that might have bought it shouldn’t feel too bad I hope. I’m only seeing about 33 cents so any ill will should really go toward Amazon in my opinion. But I digress. The question is why can’t you put your book up for free and how can you get around it? Read on to find out. Continue reading How to Give Away Your Indie Book On Kindle

Fake Reviews on Amazon

You know what I’m talking about. Sure, some of them are funny (Uranium Ore, AudioQuest K2 Cables, JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank) but some of them are misleading. I’m not going to suggest it is intentional or even wanted, but it happens. When you get a following, those followers can can be a bit blinded. They seem to think you can do no wrong. Now, my followers aren’t like this. I get regular emails from people correcting me and thinking I’m an idiot. But others seem to have fans the border on the rabid. Case in point – Dean Koontz.

On a whim a year or so ago, I picked up Odd Thomas at my local bookstore. Between the cover and the back copy, I thought it sounded interesting. I can honestly say it is one of the only mass market books that I had to force myself to finish. I thought it was absolute rubbish. In fact, if you look at the one star reviews, particularly the one by R.H. Oakley, they pretty much sum up my thoughts. But the book has over 500 reviews at this writing and over 400 of them are 4 and 5 stars. So how can that be? Continue reading Fake Reviews on Amazon

Kindle, Premium Catalogue, and More

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.

Except Kindle.

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.

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