To Select or to Smash, asks Valerie Laws.
|Crime - does it pay?
|Paxo moved by my struggles...
|Meet the Meatgrinder...
It was agony, me dears. Smashwords call their formatting programme, which turns your ebook into a whole range of e-formats, The Meatgrinder. I certainly felt like I was being made mincemeat of. The result? I was accepted by Smashwords, and so nitpickingly perfect was my formatting, they put me into, wait for it, their PREMIUM CATALOG!! Yay! This is said to ‘ship’ (on an e-ship?) your book to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, etc across the board. Well, in effect, what has this much trumpeted distinction brought? Sales via non-Kindle ebook stores, 1 copy. (The Shame!) I can easily get to my Smashwords page for LBB, but when I seek it out on the other formats it’s very difficult to find, and I know it exists in the first place! Much googling has been involved... google Nook, you get pages on how to buy a Nook. Google Kobo, similar. Now there are ibooks and the ibook store is announced, but try to find it to search for your own book! All I could find was how to download the app. None of these pages are more than minimal when I did eventually find them, well the Nook and Kobo ones at least. How would readers find my book on Smashwords?
|Comedy - it's a funny thing
As a refutation of that last point, our libraries are free, and a wonderful service to us all, especially those who can’t afford to buy books. No reason they can’t keep up with the e-book phenomenon, if Waterstones can. Newcastle City Council is planning to shut down branches across the city, many in deprived areas, in response to Government cuts. Some of us authors are helping to fight this movement which is being repeated across the country. More anon. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from anyone with the answer to, or comments on, any of the questions above, especially on the Smashwords issue.
LYDIA BENNET'S BLOG http://amzn.to/LydBBUK, http://bit.ly/LBBSmash
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Lydia Bennet's actual blog: http://therealstoryofprideandprejudice.blogspot.co.uk/