Welcome to the next in the “Indie Author Series”! So glad you’ve decided to runaway to the carnival with us this week.
Well, what do you think?
I’ve been a big fan of Smashwords. I sell most of my books on Amazon, but Smashwords makes the publication process so easy. It’s a one-stop upload to so many formats. It’s very easy to make your book free there, which helps with marketing. Their coupons are great, so it’s easy to mark books down/give them away in the formats that readers prefer. There are so many formats out there and we all have our favorites. Right now I read everything on my iPhone and there’s a Kindle App for that, but if I didn’t have a way to read a book on my phone, I’d buy a book that did. I know this.
It’s great to track where your book sells in one spot. Granted, their sales spreadsheets are a little wonky in terms of formatting, but it is nice to go to the sales info and see everywhere your book is selling, instead of checking Amazon, B&N, Kobo, et. al. separately. But every sale on Smashwords takes a little more of the pie! Example? If I sell a book for $2.99 on Amazon I make $2.06 royalty, if I sell a $2.99 book on Smashwords I make $1.80. Every cent counts! But, that’s $1.80 I wouldn’t have made if that channel wasn’t available.
And, in the spirit of the Oscars…..THE ENVELOPE PLEASE!!!!
My biggest selling retailer of all time is Amazon. My biggest selling retailer on Smashwords in 2012 was Barnes & Noble, which I think is interesting because I only marketed Shadow Slayer & The Seven Caves & Other Spine-tingling Short Stories through Smashwords very late in the year. I uploaded all my other titles to B&N directly before then. Second place for 2012 goes to Page Foundry My biggest selling retailer on Smashwords this year is a TIE between Page Foundry & Sony!
And who do I think will win for Best Picture? Hmmmmm…. that’s a tough one. I’m still trying to figure it out. What about you? Are you going to an Oscar party this year? Hubby and I will be going to one up in PDX. But you don’t need to go anywhere to have fun, just click here to print out a ballot and pop some popcorn…you KNOW how I LURVE popcorn, and sit back and see how you do!
Check out what my fine author friends have to say: