Time to try something new.
All my ebooks can be found on Amazon, and I never had any real problem with mister Bezos and his umpa-lumpas.
But I have always been curious about Smashwords, where I did buy a few ebooks but was never sure enough of my formatting skills to actually go and upload my works.
The dread Smashwords Meatgrinder was pretty scary, and I heard a lot of horror stories about mangled books and what not.
I read the Smashwords style guides, but still I was scared.
Then, this morning, my friend Brent Millis (aka Made in DNA) published this article
… which is pretty straightforward, and I thought, why not?
So I took the Buscafusco file, added a few things that Smashwords requires, eliminated a few that Smashwords does not like and lo and behold!… BUSCAFUSCO: Women & Children is up and running.
And now that the fear of the Meatgrinder is gone, I must admit I like very much Smashwords, that is exactly what the doctor ordered if one is writing short work in serial form:
- Smashwords allows to manage series
- … and to offer bundles
- pays a higher royalty rate than Amazon on lower prices
- … and pays said royalties on PayPal
- it offers a hell of a lot of formats
- provides a free ISBN …
- and distributes the ebook on a number of different platforms.
- And it includes tools for social media sharing.
Mind you, Amazon is still the most popular platform around when e-commerce is concerned, but why renounce a few extra markets, and (hopefully) a few extra bucks?
Now all I have to do is sit here and write, and that’s exactly what I will do.