Just when I think I’ve got to grasps with this self publishing business Smashwords goes and turns my world upside down again! Thanks to their style guide the Smashwords edition of Above The Limit looks and feels far more professional. I tried to apply the same techniques to the Amazon version but it seems that no matter how hard I try Amazon seem to butcher it ever conversion! Thankfully I am now aware that Smashwords will distribute to Amazon anyway so soon I will be able to take my kindle account down and just operate through Smashwords.
I have also discovered that I made one critical error. I published Above The Limit via Smashwords earlier in the month and was forced to unpublish within minutes as I quickly realised that I had the date wrong and my KDP enrollment on Amazon had not yet expired. Within the 5 minutes or so that it was available on Smashwords 5 people downloaded samples. There was definite interest in the book. Since I have re-published it I have had no hits. This is obviously disappointing and I hope that my mistake won’t cost me too dearly in the long run.
Above The Limit has now been accepted into the premium catalog which means that it will be distributed to several major online retailers. I am obviously very excited about this.
During the course of my self publishing adventure with Smashwords I have discovered that I can set a book up with a future release date and offer a pre-order service. I am now looking ever more forward to completing Don’t Rock The Boat which I was hoping to release in December. This date is now looking less likely as life seems to have a habit of getting in the way! I will of course keep the world informed of my progress and intentions though!
Thank you for reading and have a great day.