Back in July I posted my first full-length mystery novel Death on a Dig to Smashwords. I also made it available through Amazon, although not on their Select program which also allows readers to borrow the book. Subsequently I’ve published three short stories to both sites as well.
I like Smashwords and I think their distribution capability is really valuable. There’s a learning curve, but I find it easy to use and there’s lots of help when you take a wrong step. But the reality for me is that although almost all my marketing efforts use links to Smashwords, I sell more on Amazon.
Do people who find a book on Smashwords that they think they would like to read then go to Amazon to see if it’s for sale there? It’s almost as though that’s the case.
Not to mislead people… I haven’t sold a lot of any of these stories, which isn’t surprising to me since I’m unknown as a fiction writer.
My short stories are all over the place. Murder in the Clubhouse is more YA than anything, set in the world of 1940s professional baseball when Canadians and American girls were recruited for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
In the Early Hours is a sequel to Death on a Dig, featuring Gwen Madden. A family friend has been murdered, his body found on a Toronto ravine park bench. The victim wasn’t a favourite with Gwen Madden, but her daughter Isabel is distraught. The best support Gwen can offer is to find the murderer.
Amends for the Dead, which is offered free on Wattpad [“the best place to share and read stories”], is a noirish present-day short story in which Lonnie Kuhl has to find why his friend was killed before he can find who did it.
Setting every story in a different sub-genre probably isn’t the best way to interest readers, but I feel like I’m still trying to figure out what I enjoy writing the most.
I have enrolled In the Early Hours and Murder in the Clubhouse on Amazon’s KDP Select, which means they’ve been ‘unpublished’ from Smashwords. I’ll let you know if sales rates change.