Friday, July 1, 2011
Well...here we are. In 2008, I said they were coming like gangbusters very soon. Last December, I repeated it. Now here it is July, 2011, and 95% of all my book sales are eBooks. Smashwords has made a huge entry into the eBook publishing arena and they don't seem to be doing anything except growing. I just joined the "Summer/Winter Site Wide Sale," setting all my books at 50% off. Already sales are popping. The only way I can look at this is to say that this is wonderful! I could never have imagined selling books on this level. The influence of "traditional publishers" is quickly fading. Of course there are downsides to this, but VERY few. Sure, there is a lot more crap out there, but it is YOU the readers that will ALWAYS have the say in which author is successful and who will be a BUST! For readers, this is incredible! No more should anyone pay upwards of $25.00 for a book. What do you all think?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Being a publisher with Smashwords, I have decided to wait until Mark Coker completes the agreement with Google Ebooks and publish through Smashwords. From what I have seen so far, I think my ability to establish an agency deal is much better working through Smashwords than trying to publish directly to Google Ebooks. What are your thoughts on this issue?
Friday, December 3, 2010
Something very disturbing happened yesterday. It seems that a startup ebook company known as Bookmato has been soliciting for authors and publishers to sell their books on their service. I STRONGLY URGE all authors and publishers to look very carefully before you leap. I have been in contact directly with Mark Coker of Smashwords regarding this matter. It seems that Bookmato people has stolen a great portion of the Smashwords Terms of Service. They have since been contacting all of the Smashwords authors and publishers from contact information posted on Smashwords. This new company (Bookmato) is not distinguishing themselves with any sense of credibility. Please do not rush to publish with them at this time. They are NOT a proven entity yet and they are, in fact, operating without any moral character or integrity at this point. Look at them very carefully before you make your own decision. To date, in FACT, Mark Coker is NOT involved in ANY discussions whatsoever with Bookmato. In FACT, Mark has sent them a TAKEDOWN order to remove their plagiarized Terms of Service. Also, breaking a book down into chapters and selling piecemeal may have an adverse affect on enforcing your copyright sometime later. Think CAREFULLY. It is your work and reputation that could be placed in jeopardy without realizing it. Take the TIME to check them out. Remember, we've been given time so that we don't have to experience everything at once. Use it wisely. I'm now stepping down from my soapbox. Thank you. I'll be here all week. lol