Book Marketing and Promotion – Smashwords Worldwide Reach

Food for thought

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I do have issues with Amazon on a number of fronts including their reviewing criteria and oversight and also their treatment of Indies who are not affiliated into one of their Kindle programmes. I have no problem paying commission to a book seller but recently they hiked that for non-Kindle book authors which is I consider to be unfair.

There is quite a bit of benefits thought to not being affiliated to Kindle in as much as it offers me a great deal more freedom about where I do sell my books and how I share them. This includes having my own selling site where I can offer my books at a much reduced cost because there is no sales tax, VAT or commission.

We often get asked by the  authors we work with if they should be listed on Smashwords.  The answer is yes, because unlike Amazon, which might…

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A Huge Welcome for #RRBC Spotlight Author ~ RHANI D’CHAE!

Wonderful writer, wonderful books!!

Jan Hawke INKorporated

Today it’s my very great pleasure to host wonderful author, Rhani D’Chae, during her Spotlight Author month on #Rave Reviews Book ClubAnd, without further ado, let’s hear from Rhani herself!

The DrillSeries

rhani-bcShadow of the Drill came after a friend gave me a (bad) idea for a character’s name that developed into an idea for a book about an unrepentant enforcer by the name of Decker, who is known on the streets as the Drill. I wrote the book fairly quickly, and self-published it using PageMaker and my home computer. I sold the books online for a short period of time and then I read one. And I was forced to admit that my wonderful book was crap. It was crap with potential but…it was still crap. At that point I stopped selling Shadow and gave it an extensive rewrite that resulted in a novel that…

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An Heirloom for an unborn Child

Dear Child of Mine

An Heirloom Devotional For the Unborn Child

By Deirdre Tolhurst

“Let this be written for a future generation that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”—–Psalm 102.18 NIV

And so begins a most incredible devotional handbook for mothers going through pregnancy; especially for the first time. Fathers, too, will enjoy this journal of a sort as both parents read the daily passages, until their baby, who listens all those months, enters the world, already knowing love of God and parents.

Every woman faces pregnancy with multiple emotions—happiness, love, trepidation and fear of the unknown. Author of children’s books and poems, Deirdre Tolhurst writes ‘a labor of love’, pun intended, and structures it with interactive ‘read aloud’ passages and messages to the child growing in the womb, adding prayers and blank lines for the parents to add their own thoughts. The pregnancy becomes shared by mother, father and child(children), forming a deep lifelong bond.

This talented writer, speaker and devotional blogger has written one of the most beautiful books that I’ve read. Initially written for her own grandchild, the emotions evoked through conversations with the baby and God bring smiles and tears to the reader—often at the same time.

Deirdre skillfully adds practical information on exactly what the mother is experiencing throughout the different trimesters of her journey into motherhood. She also includes schedules of the baby’s progress from conception to birth, sometimes things that doctors are often too busy to relate, yet are of so much comfort to the new parents.

There is nothing more beautiful than bringing a new soul into the world. As parents pour out their love aloud each day for both their child and God, who is love, it makes having a baby as much a spiritual occurrence as a physical one. This lovely book is written as a gift for all parents and children, and is a deeply emotional experience; which helps as the family continues to grow with God as their mainstay in life. “Dear Child of Mine,” is truly an heirloom for the unborn child and will be a lifelong treasure to all who undergo the God-given miracle of childbirth.

Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

Emotional Beats: Facial Expressions

A definite keeper!!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, featuring Part 2 of the book: Body Parts. This post deals with facial expressions:

Facial Expressions

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Read for free with KU

Besides the usual way of describing an expression—he had an X look on his face—there is another, more elegant one:

  • A relieved look washed over his face.
  • She turned to me, her face lighting up as she spoke.
  • A shadow came over his face.
  • His emotions flitted across his face.
  • Darkness crossed his face.
  • A pained look marred his face.
  • She had a mischievous look plastered on her face.
  • Her brittle smile belied the sentiment of her words.

Next week: Do You Hear What I Hear?View all posts on the subject, or buy…

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#FREE Limited Time: PURE TRASH by Bette A. Stevens

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author


PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction) by Bette A. Stevens
#FREE eBook through February 26, 2017
Grab a copy of this must-read prequel to DOG BONE SOUP today at Your Amazon http://amzn.to/1T5tMAZ today!


“This is a glimpse into the characters of Shawn and Willie Daniels who take front and center in the author’s full-length novel, DOG BONE SOUP. A nostalgic vignette, PURE TRASH will whisk you into an era and place where many struggled to survive the grip of poverty. This short novella is filled with adventure, and the fun of boys being boys–riding bikes, collecting bottles for penny candy, and running into trouble…and prejudice.

“Enjoy this short read but when you are finished, I highly recommend purchasing DOG BONE SOUP. It’s a gem of a book that will leave a lasting impression with its memorable characters, heart and story line. Don’t miss it!” ~ Mae Clair, author

Book summary


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THE best Indie Book Club on the Planet… or how I became MEMBER OF THE YEAR!

Jan Hawke INKorporated

It’s the award season of course! However, this isn’t going to be about plaudits for bands, vocalists, or actors of the big, small, and live screens and stages, for the movie and music industries. Just thought I’d put that out there so any celebrity-junkies who’re expecting something glitzy can jump blogs to their usual trysting places. This is about books, first and foremost. All sorts of books, not just fiction, but memoirs, self-help, erotica (well-written raunchy tales) and non-fiction of every stripe. So, in a way, this is about the INSPIRATION behind a lot of those other, much more famous award ceremonies that have been going out with a raucous fanfare since the New Year. Because a lot of those Golden Globes, MoBOs, Emmys, Brits, BAFTAS and uncle Oscars started out in life as part of a book!

This is about theclick HERE or image above to go to RRBC…

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