Men are just Tall Babies. A new ebook by Ted Summerfield.

Tall Babies is about self-centered determination and absolute acceptance of ones’ imperfections. “You can’t truly change who you are. But you can profit by it.”

Tall Babies does contain some sex, for Sybil always mixed business with pleasure for thirty-four years before retiring her stable of ‘boys’. Sybil isn’t an erotic tale of sexual explorations or expectations, or some ‘50 Shades’ of fantasies. It is a story of one woman who strove to make wealthy men feel more confident, more aggressive in business, better husbands or boyfriends, and, most importantly, fulfilled her need to be loved and to give love in return. While allowing her to make a buck or two doing so. What’s the harm in that?

Available now for $2.99 here at Smashwords and at all major online retailers like Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, etc.

Available for Kindle devices at Amazon here.

$10,000 prize for Canadian authors

If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and you published a debut book in 2015, you might be eligible to nominate your title for Kobo’s second annual Emerging Writer Prize.

They’re now accepting nominations in categories of Literary Fiction, Romance and Non-Fiction. All submitted books must be available for sale in the Kobo store. Nomination process: Publishers and authors (traditionally published and self-published) can submit debut books published in 2015 at www.kobo.com/emergingwriter.

The application process opened February 4th and closes on March 11, 2016.

They’ll announce shortlisted titles on April 26. They’ll make final sections between April 27 and June 8, and then they’ll announce the winners at a coctail reception on June 23, 2016. The winner in each category will earn $10,000 and special merchandising between June and December of this year.

New Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology ebook

Smashwords Forum Writers is the publishers’ name for a new anthology ebook by Smashwords Forum authors Bret Allen, John Chapman, Shelia Chapman, Şerban Valentin Constantin Enache, Julie Harris, Kell Inkston, Alan James, Ian Kotze, Jennifer R. Povey, Ria Stone, and Bonnie Turner.

“Tales from Indies: Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015” is comprised of eleven contributions ranging from short stories, an essay, chapters from science-fiction, fantasy, historical retelling, to paranormal romance. It is available now for free from Smashwords using Coupon code BU68H

 

Threesome ebook links for Apple iTunes worldwide

Here are the Apple iTunes links to my latest word puzzle ebook titled ‘Threesome”.

100 word puzzle games for US$0.99. (Threesome is also available at other leading ebook outlets)

Threesome cover

threesome cover

Argentina: http://itunes.apple.com/ar/book/isbn9781927418253
Australia: http://itunes.apple.com/au/book/isbn9781927418253
Austria: http://itunes.apple.com/at/book/isbn9781927418253
Belgium: http://itunes.apple.com/be/book/isbn9781927418253
Bolivia: http://itunes.apple.com/bo/book/isbn9781927418253
Brazil: http://itunes.apple.com/br/book/isbn9781927418253
Bulgaria: http://itunes.apple.com/bg/book/isbn9781927418253
Canada: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/isbn9781927418253
Chile: http://itunes.apple.com/cl/book/isbn9781927418253
Colombia: http://itunes.apple.com/co/book/isbn9781927418253
Costa Rica: http://itunes.apple.com/cr/book/isbn9781927418253
Cyprus: http://itunes.apple.com/cy/book/isbn9781927418253
Czech Republic: http://itunes.apple.com/cz/book/isbn9781927418253
Denmark: http://itunes.apple.com/dk/book/isbn9781927418253
Dominican Republic: http://itunes.apple.com/do/book/isbn9781927418253
Ecuador: http://itunes.apple.com/ec/book/isbn9781927418253
El Salvador: http://itunes.apple.com/sv/book/isbn9781927418253
Estonia: http://itunes.apple.com/ee/book/isbn9781927418253
Finland: http://itunes.apple.com/fi/book/isbn9781927418253
France: http://itunes.apple.com/fr/book/isbn9781927418253
Germany: http://itunes.apple.com/de/book/isbn9781927418253
Greece: http://itunes.apple.com/gr/book/isbn9781927418253
Guatemala: http://itunes.apple.com/gt/book/isbn9781927418253
Honduras: http://itunes.apple.com/hn/book/isbn9781927418253
Hungary: http://itunes.apple.com/hu/book/isbn9781927418253
Ireland: http://itunes.apple.com/ie/book/isbn9781927418253
Italy: http://itunes.apple.com/it/book/isbn9781927418253
Japan: http://itunes.apple.com/jp/book/isbn9781927418253
Latvia: http://itunes.apple.com/lv/book/isbn9781927418253
Lithuania: http://itunes.apple.com/lt/book/isbn9781927418253
Luxembourg: http://itunes.apple.com/lu/book/isbn9781927418253
Malta: http://itunes.apple.com/mt/book/isbn9781927418253
Mexico: http://itunes.apple.com/mx/book/isbn9781927418253
Netherlands: http://itunes.apple.com/nl/book/isbn9781927418253
New Zealand: http://itunes.apple.com/nz/book/isbn9781927418253
Nicaragua: http://itunes.apple.com/ni/book/isbn9781927418253
Norway: http://itunes.apple.com/no/book/isbn9781927418253
Panama: http://itunes.apple.com/pa/book/isbn9781927418253
Paraguay: http://itunes.apple.com/py/book/isbn9781927418253
Peru: http://itunes.apple.com/pe/book/isbn9781927418253
Poland: http://itunes.apple.com/pl/book/isbn9781927418253
Portugal: http://itunes.apple.com/pt/book/isbn9781927418253
Romania: http://itunes.apple.com/ro/book/isbn9781927418253
Slovakia: http://itunes.apple.com/sk/book/isbn9781927418253
Slovenia: http://itunes.apple.com/si/book/isbn9781927418253
Spain: http://itunes.apple.com/es/book/isbn9781927418253
Sweden: http://itunes.apple.com/se/book/isbn9781927418253
Switzerland: http://itunes.apple.com/ch/book/isbn9781927418253
USA: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781927418253
United Kingdom: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/isbn9781927418253
Venezuela: http://itunes.apple.com/ve/book/isbn9781927418253

How do you decide to buy a book or ebook?

Recently I’ve read a number of articles and posts by authors, cover designers, book publishers which, when taken together, suggest readers only buy ebooks/books with great covers, readers only buy ebooks/books because the sample content is great and could care less about how the cover looks, readers only buy books/ebooks because of great reviews, readers seldom buy books/ebooks based only upon reviews, readers never buy cheaper ebooks, readers mostly buy cheap ebooks.

With all the contrary advice being bandied about I thought a place where readers themselves can quickly voice their book/ebook purchasing decisions would be a good start to adding some clarity amidst all the confusion.

There are five separate polls listed below. Please provide your answer to all five polls.

How important is a cover design to your decision?

Is sample content more important than a great cover in your purchase decision?

Does a high price mean high quality to you when purchasing a book or ebook?

The price I usually pay for an ebook is…

Book/ebook online reviews are….

 

A flood of “Professional” ebook formatters

The advent of self-publishing through online retailers such as Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and distributors like Smashwords has brought forth an assortment of ‘professional’ people willing to help a new author format an ebook or provide other services for a good size fee.

I manage a forum called the Smashwords Forum. This forum is for authors who need help with formatting, marketing, promotion, and all the other aspects of publishing an ebook. The forum is free to join, and has close to 700 members now.

The forum has a “Read before posting” section which contains a variety of topics with information on the forum, how to use the forum, and posting do’s and don’ts among other topics. The “Read before posting” section clearly states this is a forum for authors. It is not a forum open to everyone and anyone. It certainly isn’t there to help ‘professional’ people solve some problem with formatting or whatever.

To my way of thinking a ‘professional’ should possess an above average degree of knowledge on publishing ebooks. This knowledge, especially relating to formatting or conversion problems which are often the case with new authors, should be something a ‘professional’ knows about and can quickly solve.

The reason I bring this up is a ‘professional’ joined the Smashwords Forum and sought help with a problem which has been known about for a long time and discussed many times even on the Smashwords Forum. (Free registration required for full access.)

This ‘professional’ didn’t bother to read the “Read before posting” articles available on every forum board section, didn’t Search the forum before asking the question (very unprofessional), and at first didn’t bother to post the question in any of the forum boards.  Instead, this ‘professional’ just popped it into the Shoutbox at the very bottom of the board which few, if any, members ever scroll down to see or use.

To my way of thinking this was not professional. The way I see it, a ‘professional’ charging a goodly sum for services should possess a modicum of knowledge on a subject before charging for it. The ‘professional’ could have easily found the answer to his/her problem by simply searching the net for the answer, as his/her problem had been discussed many, many, many times over the years.

But this ‘professional’ was too lazy to even search the Internet for the solution. Not very professional.

So I barked at him/her on my forum. I wrote, “Marti or Jim, you offer your services as professionals (UCS Press) selling authors formatting for ebooks, so you really should have some understanding of epub coding. At the very minimum you should possess a modicum of formatting knowledge before selling your services.

Your UCS Press mission statement exclaims “To be known for exceptional customer service, and to provide a quality product in return for a fair price.”

This site is for helping authors, not self-proclaimed professionals who charge fees for their services and yet seek free help when they have a problem.

You’re a professional. Get professional help.

PS: Thank you for posting here as requested. Posting in the Shoutbox as you did multiple times isn’t the proper way to use a forum. I realize you needed a quick answer, being a professional charging money for your ‘services’, but posting here is proper etiquette.”

He/she didn’t like my reply. “I started doing formatting on SW before epub started.  This is something that I am trying to learn.  I had thought one of the reasons for this forum was to offer assistance.  I will look elsewhere for someone who wants to take the time to be professional about it and offer some assistance.”

My reply was “-members username-, if you had taken the time to review the “Please Read Before Posting” pages included on every forum board you would have seen this forum is for authors. Even if you had taken a moment to perform a Search using the two words paramount to your problem – epub start – you would have found links to posts which had help for that issue.

You were too lazy to even search for previous topics on this subject. Again, if you had bothered to read the “Please Read Before Posting” pages you would have had a good idea on how to Search this forum. But you are lazy and and unprofessional in your conduct and manner. You are a professional offering professional services for a healthy fee, but this forum is for authors seeking help, not professionals such as yourself. Be professional. Seek professional help, -members username.”

Maybe UCS Press does fine formatting and authors who use his/her services are quite satisfied. But it riles me when people who charge for services expect to get help for free when they have a problem. For geezus sake buy a book on the subject, search the Internet, take a course. At the minimum use the Search function on a forum and show a tidbit of professionalism.
I’m not saying the people operating UCS Press should never be used by authors, they may do good work. But there is a flood of ‘professionals’ stalking the ebook world seeking to make some money after failing to earn any as authors. Authors should cautiously approach any ‘professional’ and perform due diligence before consenting to any work agreement.

Promorrhea; a dilemma for authors.

I know it’s tough being an author and even more tough trying to get someone, ANYONE, to look at or even purchase one of your works, but an author doesn’t have to resort to promorhea to try and get attention.

Promorrhea, or spamorrhea or whatever you want to call it, sometimes occurs when an author uses an automated Twitter or Facebook posting system and sends updates every ten or fifteen minutes. Updates being the same bloody post plastered over and over and over and over and over ad nauseam.

Promorrhea sometimes occurs when an author sends emails to ‘followers’ or ‘subscribers’ repeating the same – or very slightly different – update as the one delivered to Twitter and/or Facebook.

I don’t mind a little promotion of literary works, I do promote my works so I can’t be offended by someone promoting their works. But I don’t send out continual promotional material.

There isn’t any known cure for promorrhea, other than blocking the offender or ‘unfriending’ or ‘unfollowing’ the rascal.

Perhaps an author will read this post and think twice before having a promorrhea attack. Let’s be honest, probably nobody actually reads and acts on promorrhea. Most recipients may be like me; I delete, unfriend, unfollow, or perform some other manner of stopping the offensive blight upon my screen.

Be brave. Beware of exhibiting signs of promorrhea.

6-Letter Word Puzzles ebook now available

Maintain your brain with these 320 fun ways to test your vocabulary knowledge and perhaps discover new words in a challenging word puzzle game.

You are given a word like CARPORT or a series of words like DONALD DUCK, and you make as many 6-letter words as you can from that word or series of words using each letter only once.

Sound simple? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. Great fun and a great way to maintain your brain with these vocabulary puzzles.

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View free sample at this link to Smashwords. Available in all popular formats including ePub, mobi, and PDF for just $0.99.

Viral hit = trivia

I was going through some of the solutions in my upcoming 6-letter word puzzles ebooks when I was notified of incoming mail and discovered a link to youtube about some other thing that had gone viral.

That’s when I remembered one of my puzzles. The clue words were VIRAL HIT and it had only one 6-letter word solution I could find: TRIVIA.

Considering youtube and other social networking sites and their popularity and propensity for trivial things, the fact that VIRAL HIT resolved to TRIVIA seem quite appropriate.

Sometimes an English language word puzzle just hits the nail on the head.

German Word Search Puzzles Volume 2

My German Language Word Search Puzzles Volume 2 is now available at most major online retailers.

German Words Search Puzzles Volume 2 cover.

More challenging than regular English language word search puzzles, this Volume 2 of German language puzzles really tease your brain just like Volume 1.

Choose from 51 games in easy, medium, and hard levels of play. Puzzles are laid out 1 to a page, with large print for easy reading and solving. These puzzles were previously published, and are now available to you as an inexpensive ebook.

All puzzles are graphic images and can be printed out or solved on any device that allows drawing on images. You’ll have hours of fun solving these puzzles, whether or not you speak German. Happy puzzling, Ted.

Available at the following online retailers for $0.99.

Barnes & Noble for the Nook ereader.  

Kobo ereader devices.

At Smashwords for Apple products, Kindle products.

Two new Quote Falls Puzzle ebooks.

Quote Falls Puzzles. Volume 1.

Cover of Quote Falls Puzzles Volume 1 by Ted Summerfield

You’ll have hours of fun solving these funny, witty, inspirational, and thought-provoking quotes. Quotes from Richard Nixon, Garrison Keillor, E.E. Cummings, H.L. Mencken, Natalie Wood, Hedy Lamarr, William Saffire, Mark Twain, Truman Capote and others. 50 large print puzzles set 2 to a page that you can solve on your device where permitted or print out and solve. On sale now at Smashwords for $0.99. Available soon at other online retailers. View a free sample here at Smashwords.

Quote Falls Puzzles Volume 2.

Volume 2. 50 large size printable Quote Falls puzzles designed for hours of fun. This ebook contains funny, inspirational, witty, and thought-provoking quotes. Quotes from Benjamin Franklin, Samuel A. Peters, Washington Irving, George Peck, James Thurber and others. Two puzzles per page that are perfect for printing out and solving, or solving on your device where permitted. On sale now at Smashwords for $0.99. Available soon at other online retailers. View a free sample here at Smashwords.

If I Had A Tattoo picture ebook for children

A rhyming picture book story of young boy who thinks he’d like to have a tattoo. He thinks of all the monsters that help him make his bed, do his homework, play sports, and do other things so well and decides those are the kinds of tattoo’s for him. But what if he gets laughed at for having monster tattoo’s? 14 colorful pictures and 6 printable full page black and white drawings of dinosaurs for your child to color and draw tattoo’s upon. Suitable for ages 2 to 102.

You may download a free sample, or purchase for $0.99, here. Available soon at other major online retailers.

Nestor Nose Falls Asleep picture ebook for children.

Nestor Nose Falls Asleep

“Mommy, does a nose ever sleep?” That simple question leads to a tale told long ago to the mother about a nose named Nestor who fell asleep once, but only once. Nestor Nose dreamed of delightful characters, like an elephant with a twisted trunk that Nestor helped straighten out, but soon there were terrible monsters chasing Nestor and wanting to eat him. Suitable for 2-5 year old, this picture book contains 20 color pictures and the appendix has large black and white pictures for printing and coloring.

Available now in all digital formats at Smashwords, other retailers in 4-8 weeks.

Read a sample of Nestor Nose Falls Asleep, or purchase for $0.99 here. Link opens in new window or tab.

3 of the 20 color pictures in this ebook:

(Title Watermark across images does not appear in any picture in ebook.)

Nice to get a pat on the back now and then.

I checked the different retailers selling my ebooks for any current reviews and was pleasantly surprised.

My $0.99  5-letter words puzzle ebook got this response on May 19, and 5 stars too, on Barnes and Noble:
Fun fun fun
When i first saw this book i didnt think it would be challenging enough for me being the word person that i am, I was so wrong! This book is very fun and challenging there is something for everyone in this book. Highly recommended for kids as well as adults.

Here is the link to that puzzle ebook and the review.

Jargon word search puzzles for May 2011

Six word search puzzles, in easy, medium and hard levels, using jargon words in this free printable puzzle magazine ebook for May 2011.

Many of the words are computer or Internet jargon, and sometimes computer programming jargon.

You may download this free puzzle magazine from the 2011 puzzle magazines link, or here…. jargon word search may 2011

Self-publishing scammers part two

With ebook publishing becoming more popular every day, authors are sometimes tempted to use a self-publishing company for a printed version of their work.

Here is a list of companies an author should be wary of using: iUniverse Author House – AuthorHouse – Xlibris – Bertram Capital Management – Author Solutions – Trafford Publishing – Wordclay.

A search on Google returned a large number of pages reporting scams by the companies listed above.

I’m sure there are many respectable publishers helping authors self-publish printed books. A search on the Internet is one way to find a good publisher as well as see results of scammers like the companies reported above.

Kakuro cross sums free puzzle ebook for May 2011

These six kakuro cross sum printable puzzles for May 2011 are all hard level puzzles.

Instructions and solutions included with this free puzzle magazine ebook. Puzzles published under a Creative Commons licence.

You may download these hard level kakuro cross sums puzzles from the Free Puzzle Magazines > More Free Puzzle Magazines 2011 page, or here….. kakuro-cross-sums-may2011

Kobo still struggling to correct ebook pricing problems. Updated.

Update, Jan. 2012:  Borders in Australia now has correct prices for my ebooks. That makes both Borders in Australia and Kobo displaying proper prices.

Back on February 20th I noticed online retailer, Borders in Australia, had priced my ebooks at $4.95 when the actual price should have been $0.99. I contacted Smashwords. A while later the price was reduced to $3.95, where is has remained up to this date. I contacted Smashwords.

Kobo supplies ebooks to Borders in Australia, so getting no reply from Smashwords for 90 days I contacted their Australian retailer directly.

I contacted Borders in Australia about the retail pricing error of my ebooks and got a prompt reply the next day.

Borders AU said in their email to me: “I would ask that you or your publisher take this matter up with Thorpe Bowker (http://www.thorpe.com.au/) as information on our website is supplied to us by a third-party and as such we do not have the ability to edit or amend as appropriate the product information shown on our website.” By ‘third-party’ they probably mean Kobo, but I’m not sure.

I contacted Thorpe Bowker, and they responded within minutes: “Thanks for your email.  We don’t actually supply Borders with their e-book data.  However, we will forward your email to the correct person at Borders and ask them to correct the information.”

Within a few minutes I received an email from redgroupretail.com: “Your enquiry was forwarded to me regarding the sell price on your ebooks on our website. We receive our feed of digital content from Kobo Books in Canada but the sell prices are generated by an algorithm that takes into account cost price, the variation of currency exchange, DRM, and service fees. This can make the final sell price higher or lower than the RRP. Due to the nature of the digital feeds and the pricing structure, we are unable to manually change individual pricing on ebooks.

I hope this information is useful and thank you for your enquiry.”

So I checked my current sales report on Smashwords.

Sales report from Smashwords indicates I’m receiving from Borders AU the royalty on the US$0.99 price, and not on the retail price listed on their website of $3.95. Or it might be $4.95 list at the time book was sold, but I’m not sure.

I might be misunderstanding Smashwords Terms of Service on Royalty payments, but the TOS states “Kobo is also 60% for books priced between $.99 and $12.99 for US and Canadian dollar-denominated sales. Sales in other currencies at Kobo are at 38% list.” My list price on Smashwords is US$0.99.

So if ‘list’ price in Smashwords TOS means the retail price on Kobo owned Borders Australia, shouldn’t the royalty on a $3.95 book (at 38% of list) be $1.50? Or does ‘list’ sometimes not mean ‘list’?

If ‘list means the price an author sets on Smashwords or some other ebook distributor, then what happens when an online retailer charges more than the ‘list’ price? Is there a dramatic discount at the checkout? I don’t know.

I know Kobo has been having some difficulties getting their digital systems working properly for pricing books, but their price of my ebooks has been higher for more than 90 days.

Authors may want to check their ebook pricing at Borders Australia.  And then check your sales report at Smashwords. You may also want to join the Smashwords Forum. It’s free.

Christmas Tree for Santa & Icky Foods; 2 new ebooks for children.

I’ve published two new ebooks for children. Both contain color pictures as well as large black and white pictures, which can be printed out for children to color, at the end of the ebook.

You may view a free sample of any of my ebooks by visiting Smashwords. (Link opens in new window)

A Christmas Tree For Santa is another of my color picture ebooks for children. This story is about Forest Ranger ‘Ranger Rick’, who decides to take a Christmas tree to Santa because there are no trees at the North Pole. On the way, Ranger Rick runs into a thieving moose, a friendly polar bear, a vacationing penguin, Santa’s helpers, and Santa. This colorful picture book for children 2-7 also has large, black and white pictures in the Appendix for printing & coloring. This story is an adaptation of a puppet show I wrote many years ago.

You may download a free sample of “A Christmas Tree For Santa”, or purchase it for $0.99, from Smashwords here.

Icky Foods Make Me Sick

“Icky Foods Make Me Sick”is a colorful, picture coloring book is about a very young girl named Susie Snorz, who is very fussy about what she eats. Susie, who can’t stand to see her baby brother enjoy anything, gets really mad one day because her baby brother is enjoying something she thought would be icky. She learns new things can be good. Appendix contains large black and white pictures for coloring. Suits 2-5 year old.

You may download a free sample of “Icky Foods Make Me Sick”, or purchase it for $0.99, from Smashwords here.