Publishing on Smashwords

31 Jan

Been battling for the last few days with new formats for Smashwords. Of course their rules are different to those for publishing on Amazon, so I’ve been tightening up the paragraph spacing that one wants and the other doesn’t and changing font sizes and numbers of pixels. Basically a technology few days, which I quite enjoy, but do get frustrated with when the result is you’re still not quite right and you can’t figure out why not. If there is anything wrong, I’ve maybe put one line break too many, the writing and proof-reading is all perfect. (She says waiting to be contradicted).

Anyway, The Chocolate Refuge is now on Smashwords ( http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=colette+coen ) , for those of you who don’t know about it, it is a more author-friendly site than Amazon. And now my lovely e-book even has its own ISBN ( a great thrill for an ex-librarian). I had signed up to be exclusive on Amazon for the first three months, but that’s over now, so I’m spreading my wings. I also just got my first royalties, small though they were it’s a start, and very exciting.

Self-publishing my short stories has been a very interesting project. I had hoped to get another book up by now, but it just hasn’t happened as I’ve not quite got enough material that isn’t still getting sent out elsewhere. I have got plans to expand a couple of older stories and I will very soon now that I’m making new writing habits (see previous post). Ah yes, maybe one of my new habits should be doing one thing at a time, and not trying to write a novel, edit and try to write a story good enough for the Mslexia short story comp.

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