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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 […]

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My Scribd sales take a jump

I don’t know why my Scribd sales through Smashwords jumped up during August and up-to-now. I’ve done no advertising or promotion of my ebooks, haven’t published a new ebook lately, and most of my ebooks are priced at 99 cents which is the dead zone on Amazon and I would have though the slow zone […]

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Authors wanted. Well, at least 2 authors wanted.

Some readers of this blog may know I also started the Smashwords Forum about three years ago as a meeting place for Smashwords authors. Right now is an exciting time for Smashwords Forum members as we need 2 authors to reach a membership of 1,000. Yes, the Smashwords Forum is at that great sticking point […]

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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 […]

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Threesome word puzzles

Maintain your brain with my latest vocabulary builder ebook. 100 challenging puzzles, each in a 3 by 3 grid. The object of “Maintain Your Brain Vocabulary Builder Threesome Edition” is to find the same 3 letters which either begin or end a selection of words in a grid. Each puzzle is a 3×3 grid with […]

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Bald Knob, Arkansas & Other Strange Tales

“Bald Knob, Arkansas” is a collection of 7 short stories. “Minnie Tushi Meets Her Love in Bald Knob” is the second short story. It is about finding love. “Bob the Road Painter” is about solitude, “Bob and the Dickheads” is about a musical family, “An Ordinary Man” is about workplace stress, “The Dumb Clucks Who […]

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Only 18 authors to go

Only 18 authors to go before the Smashwords Forum reaches 1,000 authors helping each other with questions about publishing or formatting or editing, promoting their works on the Smashwords Forum and other sites, and having fun chatting with one another. The Smashwords Forum began life in 2011 and very slowly gathered members. I started the […]

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Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here – Here’s How

“Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here – Here’s How” is an article written by Smashwords founder Mark Coker on his blog on November 19, 2014. I’ve copied it here as I felt it contained good information for authors. ### Beginning ### First the good news. For indie (self-published) authors, there’s never been a better […]

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Kobo report on using big data to help authors

An opportunity lies among those books that have high completion rates yet suffer low sales. Clearly those readers who have stumbled upon these books have loved them – so while the marketing team or editorial department may not have seen a winner among these titles, the reader did; it may well be worth experimenting with […]

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Three new 99 cent word search puzzle ebooks available; German, Spanish, English

I’ve recently published three new 99 cent word search puzzle ebooks, English, Spanish, and German editions, which are available at most ebook retailers except Amazon. Maintain Your Brain German Word Search, 2014 Edition. Available now. PDF version available from Smashwords. This 2014 Edition of my German Word Search puzzles provides another way to step out […]

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2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunties for Indie Authors

2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunties for Indie Authors [slideshare id=36677950&doc=ff-2014swsurveyrtbslideshareeditionppx-140706144952-phpapp02] Key findings in this year’s survey: The ebook sales power curve is extremely steep – This isn’t a surprise, but for the first time we share some numbers along the curve (see the slides in the Series section).  A few titles sell fabulously well […]

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Editorially – an online collaboration site by writers for writers closes doors

UPDATE: Editorially closing web site on May 30th, 2014. From Editorially, ” Today brings some sad news: Editorially is closing its doors. The application will remain available until May 30, at which point the site will go offline. We encourage all users to export their data. We’re proud of the team and tool that we […]

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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 […]

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Amazon delisting D2D ebooks and blocks account.

Amazon is pulling ebooks distributed by Direct2Digial aka D2D and has blocked D2D access to its Amazon account. D2D is a new distributor of ebooks and had been getting some credit for the speedy appearance of authors ebooks on Amazon, B&N, etc. Well, as it turns out the speedy appearance on a retailer after an […]

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How to sell your ebooks directly on Goodreads and earn maximum royalties

Goodreads is a popular book/ebook review site recently bought by Amazon, but there is an easy way to sell directly to readers on Goodreads and earn maximum royalties. Self-publishing authors can have links to mobi, ePub, PDF or some other file format, making it very easy for readers to click on the link, see your […]

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How to easily sell your books or ebooks on your blog or web site

The other day I found an easy way to sell my ebooks directly on my free wordpress blog, and other self-publishing authors can easily sell their ebooks or books following the steps outlined on the article link at end of this post. The catch. There’s always a catch. Buying something on the net always requires […]

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Smashwords Forum Writers Group forming now.

Smashwords authors and authors considering publishing through Smashwords are invited to join the upcoming Smashwords Forum Writers Group. The group is seeking input on a variety of topics of interest to authors. Authors can join the conversation by becoming a member of the Smashwords Forum – free to join – and together we can help […]

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Maintain Your Brain puzzles

Do you enjoy solving puzzles? Perhaps you know someone who does? I’ve made it easy for you to find your favorite puzzles as all 19 (at this moment) of my Maintain Your Brain puzzle magazines are available through one link. Now you can download inexpensive Maintain Your Brain puzzle magazines in ePub or mobi format, […]

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Crossword Puzzles by Ted, Volume One

78 pages containing 64 crossword puzzles. These graphic image crossword puzzles were never published in a newspaper but are now available as an inexpensive puzzle magazine in digital formats. A variety of shapes and difficulty provide you with hours of solving fun. Available for $0.99 at Smashwords in ePub and mobi. Available at other major […]

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I’m tired of reading about your low book or ebook sales. Do something about it.

I want all you new authors out there who aren’t selling any books or ebooks worth a darn and are whining about your low or non-existent sales on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or other online locale to stop crying about it everywhere as the only sympathy you’re going to get is from your mom or your […]