Uncategorized

Bye Bye Smashwords

Okay, so I have been making some changes to where I have my books published. Smashwords….I gave the site a run for a year and made a whopping $7.46!!! Come on! What gives? So many places on the web I have read how great Smashwords is supposed to be at getting your books to Kobo, Apple, Sony, Barnes and Noble, etc. Sure it is great at doing that, but sales through those channels have not amounted to much. For the time, effort, and frustration I put into manuscripts for all their formatting rules…! Ugh I am taking the $7.46 and leaving! I am removing that extra frustration of formatting my books for Smashwords when I already have to do that for Kindle and CreateSpace. I can remove some stress and save a lot of time by cutting out Smashwords. I am not trying to badmouth the site, by all means if you are making it great on Smashwords, then great! It just wasn’t for me.

My books may be on Apple, Sony, B&N and a few other places for the next few weeks, but they will be disappearing soon. Sorry for anyone who uses something other than Kindle. I am thinking of offering my books for sale in these other formats directly from my own website. Something for me to think about.

Writing Tips

Write with Purpose: How to NOT look Self-Published

Write with Purpose: How to NOT look Self-Published.

 

If you’re already and Indie author or someone entering the field, you will find some good tips here to help you look more professional. This is definitely a site I’ll keep on hand (among a few others).

Best of luck!

~Janis~

General Updates

The Ultimate Decision

In this day in age when you have self publishing, print on demand publishing and traditional publishing on really has to decide which is best for them. For some it is self publishing and print on demand. I’ve done both. I have six books published on Kindle and through CreateSpace, problem is I don’t feel “published”. I don’t feel the great joy that comes with making it with a traditional publisher.

So I have made the great decision to pull two books, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York, and A Daughter’s Reflection, off the market to try and get them traditionally published. I know this will take longer and probably will go through several rejections. I’m no stranger to this process as I first tried this before any other type of publishing. I also have two other books not yet finished but working on: Secret Anguish: A Journey to Better Health, and The History of Watertown, New York, I would also like to publish traditionally.

Today begins the hunt for a literary agent. Time to grab some Teeccino and open the Writer’s Market. Wish me luck!

 

Have a great day everyone and God bless!

Janis