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When publishing an electronic book, the first decision to be made is whether to accept the Kindle “deal”. It’s called Kindle Select and Amazon pushes it hard. Give us all the electronic rights to your novel for at least 90 days, they say, and we will put you in a lending library that can yield you big bucks AND we will let you give your book away for free during five special promotional days.
The alternative is to say no, and to also publish your book at the iTunes store, Barnes and Nobel, Sony, Kobo, Deisel, etc. Or, say no and publish your book on a little known website called smashwords.com that will distribute it to all of the above and then some. Because I just plain like gutsy little endeavors like smashwords, I went this second route with my first novel x0. But, because I like comparing results, I tried the Kindle Select deal with y1.
And now, it is 91 days later. Total dollars from the Kindle lending library? Zero. No surprise given that users can borrow just one book a month. Total promotional copies of y1 given away? 675. This is a number that brings me a good deal of joy and I can only hope that some of these folks actually read the book.
The exciting thing about this being day 91 is that it means that I can legally and ethically make y1 available on smashwords today and so I have. It can now be downloaded in a format to print out or to read on almost anything. Please check out the nifty smashwords page for the book.
And for those potential readers who just do not want to read a book electronically? Good news. Over the next couple of weeks y1 will also become available IN PAPERBACK through Amazon.com. More details will follow.
Please check out the blog Serial Distractions, a place for “Fiction, Reviews, Geekery” and an all around fun blog for science fiction readers. Librarian and author Shedrick Pittman-Hassett reviewed x0 a few months ago here and he has has been kind enough to now review y1 as well. He seems to have liked it 🙂
It’s another give-away day on Kindle. Grab y1 for free here.
A thank you goes out to Nick Wastnage, author of twelve crime novels and the blog “just a crime writer and an optimist” . He has been kind enough to feature y1 and my guest post this week. Please check out his site for tidbits on an interesting assortment of crime writers and for a cheeky quote of the day sure to make you chuckle.
Please check out Brian Rush’s blog for his review of y1. He is a fantasy writer himself, and describes his fascinating blog as “a site for books, Pagan and other open minded spirituality, general creativity and cantankerousness, not necessarily in that order.” You may enjoy his interesting insights about mythology, fantasy and spirituality while you are there.
Please check out the blog “The Cult of Me” for a short interview of mine. Fellow indie author Michael Brookes also shares interesting observations about the process of writing on his blog, and features regular interviews with those of us trying to get started as new authors. It’s a fun blog to follow.
I also have Michael to thank for pointing out to me how easy it would be to make paperback copies of x0 and y1 available. I ordered a copy of his book “The Cult of Me” and was impressed with both the quality of the physical book and with his story so far.
It is likely that both x0 and y1 will be available in paperback soon!
Thanks to Deva over at the Urban Paranormal for giving y1 a little publicity. Deva reviews all sorts of books but her favorite focus is on paranormal stories that involve African-Americans and inter-racial relations. I highly recommend her site for some interesting finds!
A mother knows that eventually she has to let her children go, in order for them to blossom into the wonderful people that she always hoped that they would be. And so, at some point, an author has to let a book go. Stop with the rewrites. No more obsessing. Put it out there to be enjoyed, disliked, ignored or praised. Whatever. It is done.
And so as of September 1, I declared to myself that y1 was finished. It is now available here at amazon.com. Please check it out! Any further obsessing will be done here on my blog instead :).