My #fantasy #folkllore #shortstory collection Kateri’s Tales was accepted in #Smashwords premium catalog which means its distribution is expanded to include venues like #Kobo.
I uploaded Kateri Tales: Based on Haudenosaunee Folktales and it’s now live on Amazon Kindle’s Select Program and Lending Library. It will be available in other venues once the 90 day exclusivity period is over.
It’s a blend of fantasy, contemporary fantasy and urban fantasy. Some stories are “sequels” I felt certain folktales needed. Others are based on my reactions to traditional beliefs. For one thing, what kid, from any culture, could resist using a forbidden name, even if it puts his people in jeopardy?
An 18th birthday party gets crashed by a close encounter.
This is the first of a series of backstory flash fiction pieces for the soft science fiction novel, Bricolage, that I’m editing now. The Jordan family goes on the trip of the lifetime when the Spacefarer Nix Kaphale offers to payback their five years of hospitality by giving them a tour of an intergalactic civilization. Rory Jordan will soon be known as the most brilliant brat in the galaxy. You can read the story in Khiatons September 2015 newsletter by signing up for the Khiatons Flash/Update Newsletter Google Group.
Should you self publish your work or try to get a traditional publishing contract. Jane Friedman’s Updated Key Book Publishing Paths in 2015 will help a writer choose the best publishing path in 2015.
Don’t know whether to self-publish or get a traditional publishing contract. It’s possible to do both? Writer’s Digest sent me another email for a free Hybrid Author Game Plan pdf that’s free to download if you don’t mind registering for the Bookbaby mailing list. Click the cover to access the download page.
Self Publishing Boot Camp is free to download if you don’t mind signing up for a newsletter but it’s worth it to get future updates on the book. It tells you the nitty gritty details of self publishing.
I’ve come across mention of Draft2Digital a new company that distritbutes ebooks and you can also use to set up an account to print paperbacks with Createspace. It’s a new company that’s working at growing its distribution channels but already has most of the major ones covered. It also offers monthly payments as long as you reach its threshold, but it’s best feature maybe that it doesn’t have a complicated formatting guide to follow. There’s people who prefer it over Smashwords and apparently it’s starting to affect Smashwords’ market share.
It’ll be a while before I’m in a position to give a personal recommendation on its services, but I will definitely give it a try once I’m ready to self publish my work, and it’s worth investigating yourself.
The Independent Publishing Magazine gave the company a favorable review that explains its features more fully in December 2014. Earlier reviews point out its then limited outreaches, but it has grown since then, and it’d be worthwhile to look up the FAQs on the site and current reviews of the company.
BB eBooks gives Tips for Publishing on Draft2Digital with a step-by-step tutorial.
Self Publishing Review has a guide for social media network sites authors can use to publicize their works. The top picks have their advantages and cons rated and a list of sites to try at the bottom of the article.