Blog Browser Day
It strikes me as being a shame that nobody nominated any blogs for Blog Browser Day this week. To me, this opportunities to bring the spotlight of free advertising to bear are priceless. Okay, so this one is really intended to direct folk to blogs that we, ourselves, like, but I would have thought that there’s no shortage of those! Please, my friends! Don’t be shy about these chances!
Those of you who follow me on Facebook too will know about this. My feelings are, however, still strong on the whole thing!
Yesterday, while doing a quick check on my Smashwords Dashboard, I discovered a whole bunch of my books had been taken off “Premium”! Now, that setting means that the books can and are sent to numerous other online bookstores. A very desirable state of affairs, of course. So removing books from it is devastating! But why? Well, all but one had, according to the Smashwords ‘autovetter’, a very, very tiny fault. Now hang on! I was under the impression that this system was part of the initial submission process for books. All of these books have been available for several months! So why did this happen? I’d love to know but, to be honest, the folk handling such questions at Smashwords get very defensive and I’m really in no mood for such nonsense. Suffice it to say that it took me bout 11 hours to make the amendments!
On a Very Much Happier Note…
Skylord is a short story depicting the plight of a young dragon nearing adulthood who is testing his mettle. When he flies too close to Ydren and makes an enemy of her, he tells his parents a lie about their encounter. There is an overabundance of dragons and not enough open territory. His lie leads his parents to go to war over territory. When Skylord learns that he cannot fly in the Phalanx and do battle because he is not yet an adult, he despairs that others will die and he cannot right his wrong. He flies off to the Lost Caverns and meets Belarth, a wise old dragon long presumed to be dead. Belarth gives him some valuable advice which gives Skylord the answer to the problem for which he as been searching. Great adventure fantasy for children ages ten and up.
Barbara Mojica on Aug. 16, 2013 :
Thank you so much, Barbara!
Apart from being able to get the brand new ebook version of Shade of Evil from Smashwords or any Amazon store, with the great new cover by Chris Graham, the 2nd Edition paperback is being prepared right now. In addition, my new novel is with skoobebooks and will, hopefully, be available in paperback by the launch date of 10th September. In fact, and this is very exciting, it may also be available in hardback! The ebook will be processed on the launch date, simultaneously at Amazon and Smashwords.
More exciting news: I have an artist friend looking into producing illustrations and a new cover for Skylord! The illustrated version, a fully fledged children’s book, will, I’m afraid, not be available as a free ebook, and the text only version will be withdrawn at the end of this month. This will reflect the additional work involved in producing an illustrated book. I will do all I can to keep the price down but ebooks generally can’t be priced below $0.99 USD.