Thursday, November 5, 2015

Kobo Features 200 Smashwords Titles in Massive Site-Wide Promotion

Our friends at Kobo today launched a massive site-wide promotion featuring 200 titles exclusively supplied by 159 Smashwords authors.

It's a "3 for the Price of 2" promotion where customers can purchase two participating titles and get the third title for free.  The promotion runs now through November 9 in Kobo's US and Canada stores.

The promotion is tightly integrated throughout the Kobo store.  It's quite impressive how they're handling it. 

The promotion is prominently featured at the top of the Kobo home page and on a dedicated promotion page at  The promotion will also be promoted in multiple email blasts to Kobo customers and integrated within customer shopping carts.

The promotion page at is impressive in its design.  The page presents large beautiful images of the covers.  A one-click search filter makes it easy for customers to view participating titles by bestseller rank (the default view), by highest rated, by alpha-sort or by date of publication.

Beside each title is a little "add to shopping cart" icon.  A simple click adds the book to the customer's shopping cart without taking the customer away from the promotion page.  This makes it easy for customers to go click-click-click as they fill their carts with these amazing books.

Customers browsing the individual book pages of any of the 200 participating books will also be drawn in to the overall promotion because participating books are noted by a green tags.

At left, I share a screen shot of how the individual book pages look, using a participating title from Jamie McGuire as an example.

Merchandising language above the title of each participating book encourages the customer to buy this and other books participating in the promotion.   So if you think about it, all 200 of these books will be driving customers into the promotion and promoting the other 199 books.

Juicing the promotion further, many of the participating authors will be promoting the promotion to their fans who shop at Kobo, thereby introducing their fans to 199 other great books from 158 other great Smashwords authors. 

My hat goes off to our friends at Kobo for the months of work that went into the planning and launch of this fabulous promotion.  I'm also thankful for all the great work they do every day to support Smashwords authors and publishers.

This is one of our most ambitious and complex promotions to date with a retail partner.  At the bottom of this post, I'll share some details on how these titles were selected.

Please join me in congratulating the authors with titles selected for this promotion.  I've noted the participating authors below along with the featured titles.  Please visit and buy these books!

Participating Authors and Books in the Smashwords/Kobo 3 for the Price of 2 Promotion:

A. Wendeberg - Moriarty (Anna Kronberg Bundle)
A.M. Hargrove - The Edge Series Box Set
A.W. Hartoin - Away From Whipplethorn Box Set (Books 1-3, plus a bonus prequel)
Addison Moore - 3:AM Kisses Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Adrienne Bell - The Agent Next Door
Ahren  Sanders - Reed's Reckoning
Alexia Purdy - Reign of Blood Omnibus
Amity Cross - Beat (#1 The Beat and The Pulse)
Amy A. Bartol - Inescapable (The Premonition Series, Volume 1)
Amy Harmon - The Law of Moses
Amy Miles - The Arotas Trilogy Box Set
Angela Roquet - Pocket Full of Posies
Angela White - The Price We Pay
Ann Omasta - Making Choices (Book 2 of The Davis Twins Series)
AnnaLisa Grant - The Complete Lake Series
Anne Marie Novark - Damsels in Breeches Regency Series Boxed Set Vol. 1 (Books 1-3)
Anonymous - Chameleon On A Kaleidoscope (The Oxygen Thief Diaries) ; Diary Of An Oxygen Thief (The Oxygen Thief Diaries)
Ashley Stoyanoff - Deadly Mates (Deadly Trilogy, Book 2)
Brandon Alston - Brown Eyes (Book Two, The Forever Trilogy)
Brenda K. Davies - A Stolen Heart ; The Vampire Awakening Series Bundle - Brian S. Pratt - Ring of the Or'tux ; The Morcyth Saga Box Set
C.J Duggan - Summer Series Box Set
C.L. Bevill - Bubba and the Ten Little Loonies
Camilla Chafer - Lexi Graves Mysteries Omnibus Volume One
Caroline Hanson - The Valerie Dearborn Trilogy
Casey Peeler - Covering the Carolinas
Chanda Hahn - Forever ; An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
Charlotte E. English - The Malykant Mysteries Compendium (Books 1-4) ; Draykon: The Complete Series
Cheryl  Douglas - End Zone (Texas Titans #2)
Cheryl McIntyre - Dirty (The Five-Part Serial Bundle)
Christi Caldwell - Loved by a Duke
Clover Autrey - Highland Sorcery Boxed Set
Colleen Hoover - HOPELESS ; Never Never
Cynthia Sterling - Great Caesar's Ghost, A Ghostly Romance
Dale Wiley - The Intern ; Sabotage
Danelle Harmon - The Beloved One
DelSheree Gladden - Intangible
Derrick Jaxn - A Cheating Man's Heart 2
Diana Fraser - The Mackenzies Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Diane Henders - The Spy Is Cast
E. L. Todd - Beautiful Entourage (Beautiful Entourage #1)
Ednah Walters - Runes (Books 1-3)
Elisa Braden - The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne (Rescued from Ruin, Book One)
Elizabeth Hunter - The Elemental Mysteries: Complete Series
Elizabeth Kelly - Willow and the Wolf (Book One)
Erica Stevens - The Captive Series Bundle
Eugene Lee - My Brother's Keeper
Eva Pohler - The Purgatorium Box Set ; The Gatekeeper's Saga Boxed Set
Franklin Veaux - More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory
Gary Reilly - The Enlisted Men’s Club
Gemma Halliday - International Cozy Mysteries ; Diva Detectives (Boxed set of 3 full length mysteries)
George J. Siedel - Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills
Ginger Scott - Wild Reckless
GJ Walker-Smith - The Wishes Series Box Set
Grace Draven - Radiance
Gregg Michaelsen - To Date a Man, You Must Understand a Man: The Keys to Catch a Great Guy (Relationship and Dating Advice for Women)
H. O. Charles - The Fireblade Array: 4-Book Bundle ; Voices of Blaze (Volume 5 of The Fireblade Array)
Harrison Drake - Blue Rubicon (Detective Lincoln Munroe, Book 2)
Heather Hildebrand - Dirty Blood Boxed Set, Includes: Dirty Blood, Cold Blood, Blood Bond, & Blood Rule
HP Mallory - The Dulcie O'Neil Boxed Set
J.A. Hornbuckle - The Possibility of Trey (A Hellion MC Novel)
Jamie McGuire - Beautiful Redemption: A Novel ; The Providence Trilogy Bundle
JD Nixon - Heller's Revenge
Jeff Gunzel - Legend of the Gate Keeper: Omnibus Volumes 1-3
Jenika Snow - Her Best Mistake
Jessica Sorensen - The Certainty of Violet and Luke
Jonathan Bales - Fantasy Baseball for Smart People: How to Profit Big During MLB Season
Joni Hahn - The D.I.R.E. Agency Box Set, Books 1 - 3
Joseph R. Lallo - The Book of Deacon Anthology
Julie Carobini - The Chocolate Beach Collection:  The Chocolate Series of Inspirational Beach Romances (Boxed Set)
Julie Johnson - Not You It's Me
Kahlen Aymes - The Remembrance Trilogy - Complete Box Set
Kaitlyn Davis - The Spirit Heir (A Dance of Dragons #2)
Karen Lynch - Refuge
Kate Whitsby - Montana Brides - 3 Book Bundle Box Set
Katie Ashley - Music of the Heart ; The Proposition Complete Series ; Search Me
Kelly Mooney - Southern Comfort Series
Kim Holden - Bright Side
Kimball Lee - Legal Action: Box Set Edition
Kira Saito - The Arelia LaRue Series Novels 1-4
Kirsty Moseley - The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window ; Nothing Left to Lose ; Always You
Kory M. Shrum - Dying for a Living Boxset
Kris Pearson - First 3 novels - The Wellington Series ; Taken by the Sheikh
Kristen Ashley - The 'Burg Series:  The Complete Box Set
Kym Grosso - Immortals of New Orleans Box Set (Books 1-4)
L.P. Dover - Love, Lies and Deception
Lacey Weatherford - Allure
Laurie Roma - 3013: Mated
Lee Hanson - Swan Song
Leeanna Morgan - All of Me (The Bridesmaids Club, Book 1) ; Montana Brides Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Leyah Attar - The Paper Swan
Lilliana Anderson - A Beautiful Bundle (Beautiful Series books 1-4)
Linda Gillard - Cauldstane ; The Glass Guardian ; Emotional Geology
Linda Kage - Price of a Kiss
Liz Fielding - The Beaumont Brides Box Set
Lizzy Ford - The Anshan Saga ; First Books (Romance Box Set)
Lyn Ragan - Wake Me Up! Love And The Afterlife
M.K. Eidem - Grim
M.L. Bullock - Moonlight Falls on Seven Sisters
Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Reilly - Thicker than Blood
Maree Anderson - Freaks Series Bundle ; The Crystal Warriors Series Bundle ; Liminal ; The Seer Trilogy Bundle
Mark Manson - Models: Attract Women Through Honesty
Martin Turnbull - The Trouble with Scarlett
Melissa Haag - (Mis)fortune
Melissa Wright - The Frey Saga (Books 1-3)
Mia Dymond - Treasure Me (Alpha Four, Book 1)
Micalea Smeltzer - Never Too Late
Michael R. Hicks - Final Battle (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 3)
Michele G Miller - Last Call
Michelle Howard - Torkel's Chosen
Morgan Rayne - Let Me Love You
Nancy Geise - Auschwitz #34207 - The Joe Rubinstein Story
Natalie Anderson - Breathe For Me (Be For Me 1: Xander)
Natasha Preston - Save Me ; Second Chance
Nick Pirog - Gray Matter (Thomas Prescott 2)
Nicky Charles - Alphas and Rogues - a Law of the Lycans box set
Nicola Marsh - World Apart Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Nicolette Pierce - Cashing Out (Nadia Wolf Novel #3)
Nikki Jefford - Duplicity (Spellbound #2)
Pauline O`Brayn - ¿Quién decide cuánto duran los besos?
Quinn Loftis - Grey Wolves Series Starter Bundle
R.E. Butler - The Alpha's Heart (Wilde Creek Two)
R.L. Mathewson - The Neighbor From Hell Collection I
Rachel Higginson - Love and Decay, Season Two Omnibus: Episodes 1-12
Rachel Morgan - The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow, #2)
Rachel Van Dyken - The Seaside Series (New Adult Rocker Romance Boxed Set) ; The Ruin Series Box Set
Rachel Vincent - Lion's Share
Ranae Rose - Inked in the Steel City Series Box Set #1: Books 1-3
RaShelle Workman - Blood and Snow Collection I: Book One, Two, and Three plus Cindy Witch, The Hunter's Tale, Gabriel, and After the Kiss
Rebecca Forster - The Witness Series Bundle: 7 Josie Bates Thrillers
Renee Bernard - Black Rose Trilogy Box Set
Richard L. Sanders - The Phoenix Rising
Rita Hestand - Family Ranch (The McKay's Series)
Robyn  Peterman - Hell On Heels (Book 3 The Hot Damned Series)
Ruth Ann Nordin - His Convenient Wife
S.H. Kolee - Shadow Series Box Set
S.T. Bende - The Elsker Saga Box Set (Books 1-3 + novella)
Sam Crescent - Betrayal ; Death's Dirty Demands ; Blaine: Christmas at The Skulls ; Devil's Charm ; Whizz ; Killer ; Runt of the Litter
Samantha Towle - Revved ; Trouble ; Revived
Sarah Mayberry - Anticipation
Savannah Young - The Wilde One
Shannon  Mayer - Recurve (The Elemental Series, Book 1) ; The Nevermore Trilogy
Shannon Ables - Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman's Guide
Shawn Chesser - Soldier On: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
Shayne Parkinson - Daisy's War
Shelly Crane - Wide Awake Series Boxset ; Devour Boxset
Simon Goodson - Wanderer - Echoes of the Past
Skye Warren - Wild Dirty Secret ; Love the Way You Lie: A Dark Romance Novel
Sophie Summers - This Broken Beautiful Thing
Stacey Marie Brown - Fire In The Darkness (Darkness Series #2)
Steve Stone - Afghan Heat: SAS Operations in Afghanistan
Sydney Landon - Fractured (Lucian & Lia 2)
T I Wade - AMERICA ONE Series of Seven Novels  ; Altruism
T.M. Nielsen - The Heku Series (Complete Boxed Set)
Tarryn Fisher - Mud Vein ; Marrow ; The Opportunist
Tenaya Jayne - The Legends of Regia Box Set
Terry Compton - The Alcantaran Series  Box set of 4
Tory Richards - Wild Marauders MC Lynch
Tracey Alvarez - Melting Into You

How the titles were selected:  One of the biggest challenges authors face is discoverability, so you might be curious to learn how we surfaced the titles above from among the 380,000 titles at Smashwords.  It's my hope that by sharing some of my process below, Smashwords authors can get a better idea for how to not only utilize our tools to improve their chances of us nominating their books for future retailer promotions, but also how to make their books more discoverable to readers across all our retailers.  So here goes...

It was tough but fun project that spanned multiple months of work.  A few months ago, Kobo asked me to recommend up to 200 titles for the promotion.  Unlike many retail promotions where we're often looking for free, discounted or low-cost books, or top-performing preorders, for this promotion we favored published books priced $3.99 and higher.  So this excluded free series starters as well as follow-on series books because it wouldn't make sense to fill the promotion with a lot of "Book #2s" in a series.  We wanted to help authors put a great foot forward under the assumption that for many Kobo customers, they'll be discovering these authors for the first time.  We want to put smiles on the faces of Kobo customers! Series starters with a price of $3.99 or higher were welcome and received some priority because what better way than a great series starter to introduce readers to a new author?  Smashwords authors who linked their series with the Smashwords Series Manager tool had an advantage here because it made it possible for us to surface our bestselling series that have series starters priced $3.99 or higher.  On top of this, we also wanted box sets within the price parameters because a box set would allow us to give Kobo customers a complete introduction to these these great writers.  Authors who followed our previous recommendations and tagged their box sets with our enhanced box set metadata option had a big advantage here because it made it easy for us to identify our bestselling box sets within the parameters mentioned above. 

To narrow our search from 380,000 titles to 200, we analyzed the recent 6-month sales track records of Smashwords authors with books that fit our parameters.  This allowed us to apply the fairest selection criteria based on merit.  Authors who fully distribute with Smashwords had an advantage here, because if an author uploads direct to B&N or iBooks, we can't verify and count their sales, and if we don't distribute them to Kobo we obviously couldn't include them in the promotion because we didn't have the right to distribute them.  Once we surfaced the broad list of candidates, we secured Kobo's approval for our proposed list (they approved all our titles) and then we worked with the authors to secure their approvals.  Unfortunately, some of the authors we invited had non-working email addresses attached to their accounts, so those authors were dropped.  We also dropped a bunch of other authors because although we nominated (and Kobo accepted) their books early in the process, by the time we contacted them for their aproval some of them had unpublished their books to enroll them in KDP Select.  Oops.  The silver lining to their missed opportunity was that it opened up more room for other great authors who maintain wide, uninterrupted distribution.

Again, my thanks to Kobo for organizing this promotion, and my thanks to the participating authors for their awesomeness!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dan Poynter, The Father of Self Publishing, Passes Away

Sad news.  Dan Poynter, the man I consider the father of modern day self publishing, passed away yesterday after a long illness.

Dan led the indie author movement long before the movement had a label, and long before many of its current beneficiaries were even born.  Tens of thousands of writers over the last three decades have benefited from the best practices wisdom of his Self Publishing Manual, not to mention his hundreds of presentations over the years at writers conferences around the world.

Dan was a mentor to me, long before he even knew me.  I first read his Self Publishing Manual about 12 years ago, before Smashwords was even a glimmer in my eye.  I was drawn to Dan's book because he explained the business and process of publishing.  He provided writers the tools to think, act and publish like professional publishers.  If you've followed Smashwords at all over the last eight years, you'll see the DNA of Dan pervades much of what we do at Smashwords.

Dan was an early ebook reader and ebook advocate, long before it was trendy.

I remember when I first spoke with Dan in early 2009.  I emailed him and invited him to publish on Smashwords.  He invited me to call him at home over the weekend.  I remember I felt giddy as a star struck teenager, and I immediately found him to be gracious, selfless, caring and absolutely dedicated to empowering writers with transformative knowledge that he knew would help change the world.  I interviewed him for the blog (read my interview with Dan Poynter here) shortly after that conversation.

Dan changed the world.  All of us - Smashwords and every indie author - are operating in a world that Dan first envisioned and, more than anyone, helped to encourage in his multiple decades of self publishing advocacy and education.

Above all, Dan was an incredibly nice guy.  He made himself available to every writer any time, whether at a writers conference or on email or when they called him at home.  He wanted to help writers achieve their dream.

Dan was an early supporter of yours truly and Smashwords, and he went out of his way to open doors for me in the early days when the stigma of self publishing meant that most everyone else greeted me with suspicion.  Dan knew my mission was to democratize publishing for the benefit of writers.  I had the great honor to present some of my first presentations alongside Dan at the IBPA and San Francisco Writers Conference.

In many ways, the rise of ebooks helped Dan realize his vision too.  Ebooks enabled every major retailer to stock self published books, so it was this democratized distribution that finally helped the world realize, appreciate and enjoy the extraordinary talent locked between the minds and fingertips of ordinary writers around the the world.  Dan believed in the potential of every writer when the rest of the industry thought most writers weren't good enough.

Dan was also stubborn.   He was a fighter and an eternal optimist. I learned early on during the course of his illness that he didn't like talking about it with me.  He took pride in beating the odds, and he did for a long time.  And he never stopped looking forward to publishing his next book, never stopped living and never stopped looking forward to helping the next author be that much more successful.

Dan was a living legend.  I'll miss you Dan.  So long and thanks for your immeasurable contribution to the world of writers, authorship, publishing, books and human decency.

If you have memories of how Dan touched you, please honor him by sharing your memories below.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Amazon Lowers Kindle Unlimited Payouts

Last Friday in a bit of news that was missed by most indie authors, Amazon quietly announced that because they're pricing their Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service at $3.00 per month in India, authors will now earn less.

I'm sorry to say I predicted such a devaluation back in March in an interview with the International Publishers Association titled, Not all Subscription Services are Created Equal. In that interview I warned there was nothing stopping Amazon from waking up one day and deciding that their $9.99 subscription service should be priced at $3.00 instead.  So now it's happening in India.  Amazon hints it will happen in other countries too.

Was I prophetic?  Not really.  None of this should come as a surprise, yet thousands of authors will be surprised once they realize the slippery slope that is KDP Select.  It's an inevitable outcome when authors surrender full pricing and compensation control (via their KDP Select enrollment) to a company whose entire business model is predicated upon commoditizing and devaluing products by stripping suppliers of pricing control.  Amazon does this in the name of offering customers the lowest possible prices.

Is Amazon Working to Kill Single Copy Ebook Sales?

There's another potentially more insidious form of devaluation taking place, and sadly the indie author community (which supplies the bulk of KU titles) is Amazon's unwitting accomplice.

Kindle Unlimited is training readers to think that single-copy ebook purchases are too expensive.

In my Oyster and the KDP Select Party Train post, I shared screen shots of how Kindle Unlimited makes even 99 cent single-copy purchases look expensive when the same book can be read for free under Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime.

Six days following my Party Train post, bestselling indie fantasy author Randolph Lalonde reported that he has received hate mail from Kindle Unlimited subscribers who refuse to purchase his books unless he makes them available for free as part of their Kindle Unlimited subscription.  Wow.

Like many indie authors, Randolph Lalonde prices his full-length series starters at free and prices the rest of his books at $2.99 and $3.99.  He writes great books and earns great reviews, but suddenly now for a small but apparently growing subset of readers spoiled by Kindle Unlimited, his books are too expensive.  Crazy.

Kindle Unlimited is crucifying single copy sales upon the altar of greed and gluttony.

Enjoy your single copy sales while they last.

As I've written previously, indie authors have the power to prevent this bleak future.  All they need to do is stop enrolling their books in KDP Select before it's too late.  Spread the word.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Smashwords Announces Distribution to Gardners Books: Expanded distribution to over 400 retail stores, 2,000 public libraries and 400 academic libraries

Smashwords today announced a comprehensive distribution agreement with Gardners, the UK's largest book wholesaler. 

The agreement significantly expands the global footprint of the Smashwords ebook distribution network, enabling Smashwords authors and publishers to reach hundreds of online retailers, public libraries and academic libraries.

On October 22 Smashwords will begin delivering 230,000 ebooks sourced from the over 100,000 indie authors and small independent presses to 400 ebook stores powered by Gardners operating in 32 countries and serving customers in 138 countries; 2,000 public libraries in the U.K.; and 400 academic libraries in the UK, Europe and Middle East.  The agreement excludes Smashwords erotica titles.

Gardners clients and their customers will gain access to many of the world's bestselling indie authors, including numerous New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. The Smashwords catalog features a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction titles, and is especially strong in popular genre fiction including romance, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy and science fiction.

Agreement Spans Retail and Libraries

The comprehensive partnership covers both retail and library distribution.


Gardners Extended Retail Distribution - Gardners powers the online ebook store operations of over 400 small and medium-sized booksellers globally as part of its white label ecommerce and digital content fulfillment & distribution services.

Notable retailers with ebook stores powered by Gardners include, , in the UK, in Sweden , in South Africa and in Denmark., which is owned and operated by Gardners, is interesting because it features and supports hundreds of independent brick and mortar retailers.  Every sale benefits the consumer's selected shop. Hive features a large range of titles from the Gardners catalog of over five million items which include ebooks, print books, DVDs, audiobooks, stationary supplies and more.

Smashwords authors and publishers will earn 60% of the after-VAT list price at Gardners-powered ebook stores, the same terms as they earn with Smashwords at iBooks and other major retailers.


Gardners library ebook distribution will allow Smashwords authors and publishers to reach both public libraries and academic libraries.

Askews & Holts Library Services - Askews & Holts (A&H) is a sister company to Gardners, and operates the UK's largest library ebook service.  A&H currently powers the ebook checkout systems of 81 public library authorities in the U.K. comprised of 2,000+ public libraries.  This represents over half of the UK library authorities, serving a local population of 17 million people.

The A&H library service is really interesting.  Unlike conventional library ebook services that require the library to purchase the book prior to allowing the patron to discover and sample it, A&H offers libraries a truly patron-driven service.   All Smashwords titles will be available and discoverable to library patrons.  Patrons can search the catalog and when they check out a book it triggers a purchase by the library, assuming it wasn’t previously purchased or checked out at the time.  This patron-driven approach to library ebooks solves a significant budgetary challenge faced by all libraries - namely that libraries under other systems routinely waste precious budget to purchase books that are never read.  Libraries can set monthly budgets to control costs.  Once budgets are met, library patrons are given the option to purchase books that aren't yet in the library's catalog, or that might already be checked out.  Also in a significant first, A&H will include all Smashwords books priced at FREE so library patrons can access the books at no cost.  By contrast, Smashwords partner OverDrive, the world’s largest library ebook platform, doesn't support free books and prices all sub-$1.99 and free Smashwords ebooks at $1.99.  This minimum pricing requirement has disappointed some Smashwords authors and publishers that want to show their support for libraries by offering their books at lower-than-retail prices including FREE.  With the Smashwords Pricing Manager tool in the Smashwords Dashboard, authors and publishers can set custom prices for libraries.  Similar to our library distribution deals with OverDrive and Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Smashwords authors and publishers will earn 45% of the list price for all library sales.  Also similar to our other library deals, once an A&H library purchases a Smashwords title, they own it can check it out to one patron at a time.

VLeBooks - Smashwords titles will also be accessible on the VLeBooks service, the ebook platform for Browns Books for Students, another sister company of Gardners that serves academic libraries.

VLeBooks is used by 400 schools & colleges in Europe, the Middle East & Asia and 78 universities in the UK, with over 200,000 students registered on the platform. More than 16,000 academic librarians and teachers utilize the platform for their digital and physical book orders.  The terms of sale for VLeBooks are the same as for Askews & Holts.

How to Distribute Ebooks to Gardners

Smashwords shipments to Gardners will begin on October 22, seven days from today.  If you want your books distributed to these new Gardners channels, your Premium Catalog-approved books (excluding erotica) will automatically flow to them starting in one week.

If you wish to opt out of either the Gardners retail or library channels (NOT recommended), you'll find the option in your Dashboard's Channel Manager.  Two channels are listed separately, one is labeled Gardners Extended Retail Distribution and the other, which comprises both library channels is labeled Gardners Library Distribution.  With distribution beginning in one week, Smashwords estimates that most Smashwords books will be listed at these services within six to eight weeks, although titles may appear earlier or later than anticipated.

Thank you Gardners for supporting Smashwords authors and publishers!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

250 Smashwords Crime Fiction Authors Featured at Bouchercon 2015

Two hundred and fifty Smashwords authors will be featured this week at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bouchercon, now in its 46th year, is the world's largest mystery convention.  It's expected to draw 1,500 readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction.

Included in the conference registration bags will be a Smashwords thumb drive.  On that drive will be 430 ebooks from 250 Smashwords authors.  The drive features breakout indies, New York Times bestsellers, USA Today bestsellers, hybrid authors that publish both indie and traditionally, and future breakout authors.

Invited authors were selected from among Smashwords crime fiction bestsellers, Bouchercon attendees and members of Sisters in Crime.

We've done similar drive promotions for RT Booklovers, RWA and Penned Con, and they're always a hit with readers and writers alike.  It's a great chance for the industry's most enthusiastic crime fiction fans to discover their new favorite authors.

Jim Azevedo, Smashwords marketing director, will also be on hand at the conference manning a Smashwords table and participating in workshops. 

On October 8 at 11:30am, Jim is on the "Changing Face of Publishing for Writers & Readers" panel at the Marriott, room University A/B. Immediately following the panel, Jim will be right down the hall, in room University C, presenting a workshop titled "The Secrets of Best Selling Indie Authors." In this workshop, he'll share best practices of the bestselling indie ebook authors. Consider adding Jim's session to your schedule via the excellent Bouchercon app, which you can get here:

Here's a summary of the participating authors and their books.

Author (click to view profile) - Participating title(s) separated by semicolons.
A. J. Davidson -  An Evil Shadow; Churchill's Queen; Paper Ghosts
Al Rennie -  Clearwater Ambush; Clearwater Diaries; Clearwater Journals
Albert Simon -  Coachella Valley Traffic Jam; For Sale in Palm Springs; Mystery on the Tramway
Amy Saunders - Auf'd (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book Two); Cliffhanger (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book One)
Angela Crider Neary -  Li'l Tom and the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau
Anna Castle -  - Black & White & Dead All Over; Death by Disputation; Murder by Misrule
AnnaLisa Grant -  Five
Anne Louise Bannon -  Fascinating Rhythm
Anne Marie Stoddard - Murder at Castle Rock
Annelie Wendeberg - The Devil's Grin
Aya Walksfar  - Old Woman Gone; Run or Die; Sketch of a Murder
Barbara E Brink - Roadkill (Double Barrel Mysteries #1)
Barbara Ellen Brink - Entangled (The Fredrickson Winery Novels #1)
Barbara Loos - Disillusioned; Unidentified Person in Italy
Bobbi A. Chukran - Dye Dyeing Dead
Bryan James - LZR-1143: Evolution; LZR-1143: Infection; LZR-1143: Redemption
Bryce Allen - The Spartak Trigger
Bryna Butler - Wrong Side of the Grave (Mothman Mysteries)
BV Lawson - Played to Death
C. A. Newsome - A Shot in the Bark; Drool Baby; Maximum Security
C.A. Larmer - A Note Before Dying (Ghostwriter Mystery 6); Killer Twist (Ghostwriter Mystery 1); The Agatha Christie Book Club
C.L. Bevill - Bubba and the Dead; Veiled Eyes
Carole B. Shmurak - Deadmistress
Carolyn Arnold - Eleven; Ties that Bind
Casey Peeler - Full Circle Series Box Set; Losing Charley
Cathy Perkins - Cypher
Cecilia Peartree - Closer to Death in a Garden; Crime in the Community; Reunited in Death
Charlotte Boyett-Compo - Under the Mayhaw Tree
Chris Seaton - Dairyland Murders Book 1: Head in a Haymow; Dairyland Murders Book 2: Femur in the Fieldstone; Dairyland Murders Book 3: Cop Incognito
Christine Benedict - Anonymous
Claudia Hall Christian - Suffer a Witch; The Fey; The Tax Assassin
Colin Cotterill - Pool and its Role in Asian Communism
Connie Shelton -Deadly Gamble: The First Charlie Parker Mystery; Legends Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Mysteries Book 15; Sweet Masterpiece: The First Samantha Sweet Mystery
Cori Lynn Arnold - Northern Deceit
D. D. VanDyke - Loose Ends
Dale T. Phillips - A Memory of Grief; Crooked Paths; More Crooked Paths
Dana E. Donovan - Eye of the Witch; The Witch's Key; The Witch's Ladder
Dane McCaslin - A Bird in the Hand
David H Fears - Dark Blonde; Dark Lake; Dark Quarry
David Housewright - The Devil and the Diva
Dean Wesley Smith - Kill Game
Deb Baker - Murder Passes the Buck
Debbi Mack - Deadly Detour; Five Uneasy Pieces
Debra Lee - Redemption; Taken
Dee Davis - Eye of the Storm
Deirdre Verne - A Countdown To Death; Water Under the Bridge
Demelza Carlton - Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer
Diana R Chambers - Stinger
Diane Burton - The Case of the Bygone Brother
Diane Fanning - The Trophy Exchange
Diane Henders - Never Say Spy; The Spy Is Cast
Dianne Emley - Cold Call
Dianne Venetta - Ladd Springs; Not Without You
Don Gutteridge - The Bishop's Pawn
Donna Huston Murray - What Doesn't Kill You, The Mystery
Dorothy McFalls - Birds in Paradise
Drew Lindsay - Black Mountain Affair; Coral Sea Affair; Get Charlie Noah
Edith Maxwell - A Fire in Carriagetown; Just Desserts for Johnny; The Stonecutter
Elaine Orr - Behind the Walls
Elizabeth Spann Craig - A Body in the Backyard; A Dyeing Shame; Progressive Dinner Deadly
Ellery Adams - A Fatal Appraisal; A Killer Collection; The Path of the Crooked
Ellie Oberth - The Hudson Agency - Chicago Style; Who Murdered The Ghost?
Emily Mims - Never and Always
Eric Meyer - Black Ops Heroes of Afghanistan; Fury of the Tiger; Killing Faith (A Gabriel De Sade Thriller)
Eric Wilder - Big Easy; Bones of Skeleton Creek; Primal Creatures
Erica Stevens - The Survivor Chronicles: Book 1, The Upheaval
Eva Pohler - The Mystery Tomb; The Purgatorium
Foinah Jameson - Mostly Dead Melvin
Francesco Zampa - Double Murder for Maresciallo Maggio; There Is Always a Reason, Maresciallo Maggio!
Gail Oust - Murder Is Dicey
Gary K. Wolf - Who Censored Roger Rabbit?
Gemma Halliday - Luck Be A Lady (Tahoe Tessie book #1); Spying in High Heels; Unbreakable Bond (Jamie Bond Mysteries #1)
Giacomo Giammatteo - Murder takes Time
Gin Jones - A Dose of Death; Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Gina Fava - The Race; The Sculptor
H H Fowler - Javier
Haena James - Elysium Dreams; Mercurial Dreams; The Dysfunctional Affair
J Jackson Bentley - 48 Hours; Chameleon; Shadow of the Burj
J L Simpson - Lost Causes (A Daisy Dunlop Mystery ~ Book 1)
J. Robert Kennedy - Depraved Difference; Rogue Operator; The Protocol
J.J. Chow - Seniors Sleuth
J.J. DiBenedetto - Dream Child; Dream Doctor; Dream Student
J.L. Abramo - Catching Water in a Net; Clutching at Straws
J.T. Lewis - Gabriel's Revenge; kidNAP Inc.; Murder! Too Close To Home
Jake Needham - Killing Plato; The Ambassador's Wife
James D Best - Murder at Thumb Butte
James J. Murray - Cuffed; Lethal Medicine; Unforeseeable Consequences
Jan Coffey - Silent Waters; The Janus Effect; Trust Me Once
Janel Gradowski - Christmas Canapés & Sabotage; Pies & Peril (Culinary Competition Mysteries book #1)
Janet Dawson - Kindred Crimes; Take A Number; Till The Old Men Die
Jaron Summers - The Adjal of Jimmy Temple
Jay Amberg - Bone Box
JD Nixon - Blood Ties; Heller
Jeffrey Marks - Under Investigation
Jenna Bennett - A Cutthroat Business; Ditching David; Island Getaway
Jennifer L. Hart - Murder Al Dente
Jennifer Oberth - Married to Murder; Masked Rider: Origins; Mr. E in Cabin 187
Jeremy Robinson & Sean Ellis  - Flood Rising (A Jenna Flood Thriller); Herculean; Prime (A Jack Sigler Thriller)
Joel Gomez-Dossi - Pursued
John Edward Mullen - Digital Dick
John Ling - Fallen Angel
John Locke -  Promise You Won't Tell
John W. Mefford - Booker - Blood Ring; Booker - Streets of Mayhem
Jon Messenger - Wolves of the Northern Rift
Josh Lanyon - Winter Kill
Joyce Ann Brown - Catastrophic Connections: A Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery
Joyce Mason - The Crystal Ball
Judith Copek- The Shadow Warriors
Judy Fitzwater - Drowning in Air; Dying to Get Even; Dying to Get Published
Judy Hogan - The Sands of Gower: The First Penny Weaver Mystery
Julia C. Hoffman - The Enemy Within
Julie Coulter Bellon - All Fall Down
Julie Lomoe - Hope Dawns Eternal
K.B. Owen - Dangerous and Unseemly
K.C. Tansley - The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts
K.G. McAbee - Double Double Cross; Me and the Bank; The Case of the Sinister Senator
KA Laity - Chastity Flame
Kaine Thompson - FemCorps; Nobody
Karen McCullough - A Gift for Murder; A Question of Fire; Unmasking
Karen Rose Smith - Always Devoted; Her Sister
Kate Donovan - Trace Elements
Kate George - California Schemin'; Crazy Little Thing Called Dead, Take 2; Moonlighting in Vermont
Kathleen Bacus - Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne book #1); Calamity Jayne and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Lawn Gnome (Calamity Jayne book #8)
Kathryn Long - Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes
Kelly McClymer - Shop and Let Die
Kelly Rey - Motion for Mistletoe (a Jamie Winters Mysteries holiday short story); Motion for Murder
Ken McClure - Chameleon; Pandora's Helix; The Lazurus Strain
Kevin J. Anderson, editor - Fiction River: Pulse Pounders
Kory M. Shrum - Dying for a Living
Kourtney Heintz - The Six Train to Wisconsin
Kris Nelscott - A Dangerous Road
Kristen Houghton - For I Have Sinned A Cate Harlow Private Investigation; Grave Misgivings
L. Barnett Evans and C. V. Rhoddes - Grandmothers, Incorporated; Saving Sin City; There's Something Wrong with Miss Zelda
L.L. Bartlett - Murder On The Mind; We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert
Lars Emmerich - Balls Deep; Devolution; The Incident
Laurie R. King - Hellbender; Mrs. Hudson's Case
Lee Driver - Chasing Ghosts; Fatal Storm; Full Moon Bloody Moon
Lee Hanson - Castle Cay
Leeann Betts - No Accounting for Murder
Leonie Gant - Not Famous in Hollywood
Leslie Langtry - Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (A Greatest Hits Mysteries holiday short story); Merit Badge Murder
LH Thomson - Quinn Checks In
Libby Hellmann, Christine Kling, Sujata Massey, Zoe Sharp, Julie Smith -  - Killer Femmes: 5 Irresistible Crime Novels From Around the World
Lillian Stewart Carl - Ashes to Ashes; The Secret Portrait; Time Enough to Die
Linda Johnson - A Tangled Web; Breaking the Cycle; Trail of Destruction
Lisa Phillips - Bait; Sanctuary Lost
Lise McClendon - Blackbird Fly
LS Sygnet - Beneath the Cracks; Daddy's Little Killer
Lucinda Brant - Deadly Engagement: A Georgian Historical Mystery
Lyn Hamilton - The Xibalba Murders
Maddie Cochere - Murder Is Where the Heart Is; Murder Under Construction; Sunshine Hunter
Marcia Talley - In Death's Shadow
Marcus Wynne - Johnny Wylde; Too Wylde; With A Vengeance
Maria Grazia Swan - Bosom Bodies; Love Thy Sister
Marie Moore -  - Game Drive
Marilynn Larew - The Spider Catchers (Lee Carruthers # 1)
Mark Arundel - Codename: Casanova; Codename: Moneyman; Codename: Santiago
Mark Sublette - Paint by Numbers
Mark Troy - Game Face; Pilikia Is My Business
Martha Carr - The Keeper; The List
Martha Reed - The Choking Game
Mary Clay - Bike Week Blues; Murder in the Stacks; The Turtle Mound Murder
Mary Kennedy -  Dead Air
Melissa F. Miller - Irreparable Harm
Melissa Pearl - I Know Lucy; Set Me Free
Mette Ivie Harrison - Saving the Moon; Ten Apprentices; The Queen's Truth
Michael Balkind - Gold Medal Threat; Sudden Death; The Fix
Michael F. Havelin - Ben Bones and the Deadly Descendants
Micheal Maxwell - Cellar Full of Cole; Diamonds and Cole; Helix of Cole
Milda Harris - Adventures in Funeral Crashing; Adventures of a Graveyard Girl; Killer Cupcakes
Milly Reynolds - Happy Deathday To You; The Hanged Cow; The Woolly Murders
N. L. Quatrano - Murder in Black and White
Nanci Rathbun - Truth Kills
Nancy J. Cohen - Hair Raiser
Nancy Jill Thames - Murder in Half Moon Bay
Nancy Sartor - Bones Along the Hill
Neil S. Plakcy - Genie For Hire; In Dog We Trust
Nicolette Pierce - Deadly Dancing; The Big Blind
O'Neil De Noux - Grim Reaper; John Raven Beau; New Orleans Confidential
Paisley Ray - The Rachael O'Brien Chronicles
Pat Camalliere - The Mystery at Sag Bridge
Patricia Dusenbury - A Perfect Victim
Patricia McLinn - Sign Off
Patrick Malloy - Bang Bang
Patti Larsen - Freak Show
Paul D. Marks - Angels Flight - A Noir Short Story; White Heat
Paul Pilkington - The One You Love
Peg Cochran - Confession Is Murder
R. Barri Flowers - Dark Streets of Whitechapel: A Jack The Ripper Mystery; Justice Served: A Barkley and Parker Thriller; Murder in Maui: A Leila Kahana Mystery
R. E. Conary - Life's A Bitch. So Am I.
R.E. Donald - Ice on the Grapevine
R.R. Gilston - World Without Safewords
R.T. Lawton -  9 Historical Mysteries
Rae Davies - Loose Screw
Ranae Glass -  - Chasing Daybreak
Rebecca Forster -  Before Her Eyes; Hostile Witness; Silent Witness
Richard L. Sanders - Betraying Nexus; The Phoenix Conspiracy; The Phoenix Rising
Rick Bylina - All of Our Secrets; One Promise Too Many
Rick Mofina - A Perfect Grave; Every Fear; The Dying Hour
Rob Bliss - Cut
Rod Hoisington - One Deadly Sister; The Price of Candy
Ronald L. Ruiz - Jesusita
Ross Cavins - Follow The Money
S.D. Tooley - Restless Spirit; The Tunnel; When the Dead Speak
S.J.A. Turney - The Thief's Tale
Sally Berneathy - Death by Chocolate; The Ex Who Wouldn't Die
Sandra de Helen - The Hounding; The Illustrious Client
Sandra Ruttan - Childhood Dreams; Harvest of Ruins
Sarah Ettritch - The Atheist
Sarah R. Shaber - Simon Said
Sarah Woodbury - The Good Knight; The Uninvited Guest
Scott Wittenburg - Double Trouble; The Barcode Murders; The Collector
SE Jakes - Catch A Ghost; Free Falling; Long Time Gone
Sheila Connolly - Relatively Dead
Sherry Siska - The Divas of Doom; The Floozies of Fate; The Madams of Mischief
Sheyna Galyan - Strength to Stand
Sibel Hodge - Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave
Sibel Hodge & Elizabeth Ashby -Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Simon Jenner - Ethan Justice: Origins
SJ Rozan - Body English; Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case; Cooking the Hounds
Sonnjea Blackwell - Ghost of a Chance; Home Free; Killer Fate
Stacy Verdick Case - A Grand Murder
Stephanie Caffrey - Diva Las Vegas
Stephen Booth - Claws
Stephen Leather - Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon; Take Two; The Bestseller
Steve Anderson - The Losing Role
Sue Star - Murder In The Dojo
Susan Froetschel - Royal Escape
Susan Harris - Shattered Memories
Susan Mac Nicol - Love and Punishment
Susan Schreyer - An Error in Judgment; Death by a Dark Horse; Levels of Deception
Suze Lowden - Las Vegas Gamble: A Minkind Thriller
Tamara Ward - Private Deception
Teresa Blue - Letters From Inside
Terry Odell  - Deadly Bones; Deadly Secrets; Seeing Red
Tia Catalina - Blue Falcon
Tim Ellis - A Life for a Life; Footprints of the Dead
Todd Borg - Tahoe Blowup
Trace Conger - The Shadow Broker
Traci Andrighetti - Limoncello Yellow (Franki Amato Mysteries #1)
Tracy D. Comstock - Murder Is Our Mascot
Tracy L. Ward - Chorus of the Dead
V. J. Chambers - Skin and Blond
Vinnie Hansen - Art, Wine & Bullets; Black Beans & Venom; Murder, Honey
Wendy Dingwall - Celtic Curse; Hera's Revenge
Wil A. Emerson - Fatal Mistake; Oh Henry
Will Thurston - The Talent Scout
William Hertling - Avogadro Corp
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