Smashwords Summer Sale ends on the 31st.
You can find all of my e-books on Smashwords for free or .99 during the sale.
Dana Ellington, Independent – Published Author
Quick note – I’m participating in the Smashwords’ Summer Sale. Go to Smashwords to get your e-versions of my available titles at 50% off or Free!
I’d love to get your feedback on the stories. I’ve mentioned that the formatting may be a little sketchy on the Kindle, but hopefully, that won’t take away from the story too much.
Anyway, if you grab a copy or two…
Just a quick aside – I was all set to announce that the e-version of Aphrodite’s Twin was FINALLY ready for sale. It was to be a quiet, low key book release don’t’cha know, but alas, best laid plans and all that as I review (for the first time) what the full book looks like downloaded from Smashwords.
Um. Yeah. After having followed their formatting instructions to the letter, I find I have a download that is a hot mess formatting wise. The bookmarks don’t take you exactly where they should and there are no clear cut page breaks. A hot mess. On the other hand, all the books I formatted to upload to Amazon look just fine. Mind you, Amazon is Kindle and Kindle only in terms of their directions for formatting. Smashwords incorporates a step called the “Meta Grinder” which takes your formatted book and does some electronic handwavium to produce a file that’s supposed to work on any digital format. Apparently, that’s any digital format except Kindle. All of my previous books that I have available on Amazon look beautiful on my Kindle. The one book I preview from Samshwords? Not so much.
So, does this mean the others are equally as craptastic when downloaded from Smashwords? If so, that would explain why sales have been, well…craptastic on Smashwords as well. I could just cry.
So, while I had hoped Smashwords would be the way to go, it looks as if Amazon will be the best bet if I want to sell a professional looking digital book. Ho hum.
If anyone has had any experience with Smashwords, would you please put a comment below and tell me how things worked out with your books – either those you sold or purchased? I’m really curious now if maybe I’m just missing a critical step in the formatting process, or if Amazon is just the better platform for ebooks. Meanwhile, I’ve got to format the book now and upload it to Amazon. sigh…
Did I mention how I feel about formatting?
But since it’s up there…Aphrodite’s Twin is now available at Smashwords! :-). As incentive to get folks to download it, I’m going to make it .99 for the rest of February. If you buy it, in return for your feedback on the formatting (and to say thank you), I’ll work a really good deal on the paperback and or the Amazon version (as in huge discount on one, or a free copy of the other).
Thanks! And um, Happy Valentine’s Day!
See, there’s this stack of unsold books sitting next to my desk now. I’ve been less than actively working the marketing to say the least. I hit a wall a year ago and for whatever reasons (I have yet to figure out what happened to my mojo) I stopped promoting my work.
So, here I sit, preparing to do another major purge and I don’t want to box up the books and tuck them in a corner. I’d rather have them in the hands of readers who may enjoy the tales of personal triumph (and sex…I have a book of erotic short stories there on the left) and romance. The thing is, I have no idea how to promote them. Past experience has shown that book launches are both fun and effective, but alas, they cost way more money than I happen to be privy to at the moment. Outside of that, my marketing attempts have netted zero sales. I’ve done “two-fers”, “bogos”, and assorted other deals. I’ve given away the e-versions left and right (which didn’t do squat to increase sales afterward, much to my chagrin, lol). I’m fresh out of ideas, and quite frankly, patience as well.
So I turn to you, the few readers of the blog who haven’t yet purchased copies of any of my books – please tell me, what would prompt you to part with $10.60 at the high-end – $7.41 at the low (price includes tax. Add $4 for shipping in the US), for a paper back written by as yet unheard of, at least outside of a small circle of friends, family, and past co-workers, independent author? :-).
It’s one of my Core Desired Feelings and now, it’s at the core of how and why I write. Check out today’s blog post for more on this word and read an excerpt from my collection of erotic short stories.
Warning, the excerpt is rated NC-17 so read at your own risk.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks, as always for stopping by.
Reading erotic fiction on an electronic reader is a delicious experience because no one can see what you are doing. Unlike a regular book, your eReader does not have a cover to reveal its contents. You can privately and discreetly read anything you like. It is a wonderful and somewhat empowering process. The only challenge is to find great erotica.
The Readerotica series was created to provide quality erotic stories easily. Because we are sponsored by Vibrators.com we can afford to choose the finest stories from hundreds of submissions. The result is a high quality, well-spoken collection of enticing stories at a very reasonable price. Readerotica is even available for free when we are permitted, because we want to be able to offer free erotic stories.
Readerotica 4 – Exciting Situations includes the following stories:
Chapter 1 – The Couchsurfers – Chris Komodo
Chapter 2 – Forever There, Then Gone – Jstar G
Chapter 3 – How I Like My Coffee – Louise Blaydon
Chapter 4 – B&E; &B – Lynn Lake
Chapter 5 – Full Body – Dana Myles
Chapter 6 – Tying Up Loose Ends – C. Margery Kempe
Chapter 7 – Pottery Yarn – J.A. Reynolds
Chapter 8 – Adjoining Rooms –Dee Turner
Chapter 9 – Renovation – Abby Fowke
Chapter 10 – Attention – Stephanie Smith
We hope you enjoy this collection of ten erotic stories and the ability to read them without judgment. Look for other volumes of Readerotica wherever you find eBooks.