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Smashwords

I just put my novella, Club Blood, on Smashwords. Their formatting requirements are a little more stringent than Amazon Kindle’s, but that’s because they offer the books in several different formats. And it has to look good on all of them! The great thing about Smashwords? You get 85% of your sales. Amazon only gives you 35%. So it was kind of a “duh” moment for me when I realized I should have my book on Smashwords, too. I probably won’t get the volume of sales I’m getting on Amazon, but I’ll be getting a bigger percentage of them. The good thing is I don’t have to choose between them. I can publish on both. See the beauty of self-publishing? No one can tell you that you can’t put your book in two different places! Or three…or four….

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Do you know what the great thing about e-publishing is? Instant gratification! We live in a world where we want everything right now. And the advances in technology has allowed us to have it. The internet has changed everything from looking up information to publishing a novel. I’ve always loved technology and I’m beginning to love it even more from an author’s viewpoint.

The first e-book I ever read was by Stephen King. This was a little experiment of his. You would go to his site and download a section of his book for $1.00. It was on the honor system at that time, and he was going to continue to post sections of his book as long as the percentage of payment for downloads was high enough. And, believe it or not, the majority of the people paid, allowing the story to continue.

Now I read e-books almost exclusively. I see people posting on blogs about how e-books will never replace print books because “you just can’t beat the feel of a real book in your hand”. I say hogwash. The story is what’s important, not the form it’s presented in. I am currently reading a book in print because I had a free gift card from Borders. It’s a really long book, so it’s bulky and awkward to me. For me, e-books are the way to go. And I hope others feel the same way, since that’s how I’m publishing my books.

If you don’t believe that e-books are here to stay, read this article by Amazon:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1369429&highlight

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