I finally did it!
Some time ago I was very excited because I self-published my novella on Smashwords: Silkskin and the Forest Dwellers.The excitement died down when I made only one sale, after having the book free for a month and getting lots of (free) downloads. Obviously my marketing techniques are less than brilliant. However, this was primarily by way of experiment and learning and at least I got to grips with the self-publishing system.
I have at last published two other books on Smashwords, another novella, Lord of Shalott, and a collection of three short stories, Three Legends. I also published these, plus Silkskin, on Amazon. They have all gone ‘live’ although Smashwords hasn’t approved the new ones for distribution to sites like Apple yet. (That can take about a week.) So at least I have kept one of my New Year’s resolutions, which was that this was the year I would self-publish these three books.
Here are the links to my ‘author’ pages. On Smashwords, make sure you have the adult filter off. These are adult books with some mild erotic content.
I read a lot of self-publishing advice and I thought for ages about the marketing ploy of making Silkskin free, but it backfired. New titles get some interest but are quickly buried under a mass of other publications. By the time I set a price, interest had waned. So for the other two, there’s a charge from the start. I’ve kept them very cheap, and I’m hopeful. If they go well I might do some giveaways later, and meanwhile I do have some Smashwords discount codes (100%) to hand out to anyone who’s desperate or – and this may be the main thing – willing to leave a helpful review. I can’t do that for Amazon – it’s free for all or none there.
I should perhaps say that I did everything – writing, obviously, but less obviously formatting and cover art – myself. You’ll realise if you read my last post that it was an arduous process and I’m quite proud of the results. It rather took over my life for the last few months and has been the reason I haven’t done much actual writing recently. Soon I intend to start on the formatting of a couple of my novels but at least I now know what I’m doing!
If you are interested, you can find the books on Amazon, or on Smashwords, under the author name Jay Mountney. You don’t have to be interested in the books themselves to comment here about my work on the formatting etc!! I’m always delighted to discuss those issues and ideas about cover art.
Apart from Silkskin, which was originally written for a fanfic challenge (yes, fairytales are a fandom, but of course there’s no copyright so the lines are blurred), the stories were not recent efforts. But they have been polished recently and I’m happy to have them out there as samples of my work.
Here are the covers for your entertainment, a little larger than they appear on the sale pages but not, of course, full size.