I have today begun publishing all of my books on Smashwords. Don't worry, they will remain on Kindle and as paperbacks, from Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace respectively. The Smashwords development will expand my availability considerably.
The process is quite time-consuming because I have to prepare each book manually. There probably are ways in which I could automate the processes, but I don't use them in case they miss something. I am quite fanatical about producing a professional document for my readers. Anyway, so far I have managed to publish 'The Planning Officers' and 'Usurper'. They are currently on sale at the Smashwords Store in every ebook format known to man (including Kindle - the Smashwords editions are slightly different from the original KDP editions, which remain on sale, although the actual text is the same). The are undergoing a review process, which will determine their suitability for the Smashwords premium Catalogue, which will see them go our on iBooks, Kobo, Nook and the Sony E-Reader, to name but four.
I expect to have all seven books listed in the Smashwords Store within two or three days. Apparently it will take a little longer for them to go out to the other retailers.
My new book, 'The Ancient Realm' is now on sale after what felt like a very protracted gestation period. Considering that the cover first appeared on this blog at Easter, it has been a while. The book wasn't finished then, of course. I still had about a hundred pages to write, followed by the comprehensive edit. Editing a novel, for me, takes about a month because I do it meticulously. Unlike some independent writers, I take the view that I owe it to my readers to provide them with a book produced to professional standards.
My books are created in 'editing format', which is the sort of layout that a publisher would expect to see, were I submitting a manuscript to him: double-spaced Courier (the traditional typewriter font). This is chosen because it provides a very clear image for editing and makes a consistent word count simple. Never rely on your word processor's word count - they are hopelessly unreliable. Done that way, 'Realm' originally came out at 460 pages. By the time I had finished editing it, it was 436. You may notice that the Kindle edition estimates 271 pages. This is because the Kindle font is small and single-spaced, so the book takes up less room, even though it is textually identical. As soon as I have finished this blog entry, I will get on with formatting 'Realm' for paperback: single-spaced Times New Roman, fully justified. That will work out at a little over 300 pages, which should be taken as the book's proper length.
Thanks to Phillip for his help in editing 'Realm' and to Elaine for her help in marketing it
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.