Smashwords has a nifty little thing for indie authors. It's called an interview and it's completely impersonal in that a series of questions generated by their web site can be filled in for the world to view. The indie author can even choose which questions they want to answer, how many, and create their own questions.
That's correct. The indie author can even interview themselves.
The interview is then posted on the author's Smashwords page.
All sarcasm aside, I do think this is a nice addition to the Smashwords site. So I decided to fill in my interview for Desmond Shepherd. I also decided to not take the interview seriously. I did 10 straight questions, using the ones generated by the Smashwords site.
Below is the interview. Feel free to view it on the Smashwords page, too. If you do, it will also show books I've written—all of which you should buy because this is a top notch interview that will surely convince you to read my stories.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
To celebrate this milestone, I've created a Facebook Event. All are welcome to join the event and invite their friends and family to join, too. For everyone that joins, I will be rewarding you for your support.
What's the reward?
On release day, I will let you know. Until then, I'm asking for as many people as possible to join the event. The more people that join, the more people benefit. Leading up to release day, I'll also do some other fun stuff.
So what are you waiting for? Show your support! Here's a direct link to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/450193941767024/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Smashwords officially announced that they now allow serialized fiction. That means I can list all the episodes in the series and sell them through many distribution channels exactly as I intended. Did my blog post about them not accepting serialized fiction have something to do with this decision? I'll let you decide that for yourself.
So that's good.
On another note, I have completed writing The Permanent Man season. There is one adjustment to what I did. I intended to write 13 episodes but have settled on 12.
Because the season wrapped up nicely with episode 12. I did have an idea for episode 12 being something different and 13 being the finale. But that idea, though interesting and neat, didn't lend itself to a good story. Rather, it seemed like filler to me and I doubted the "coolness" of the idea would translate into something interesting to read.
Originally, this episode was to be released and called Dog's Eye View. As of now, it's a deleted scene that I might resurrect at some point in the future. Once you read the season, you should get an idea of what the episode would have been like.
So that's where things stand. The Permanent Man is in the editing stages now and more than half of the episodes are complete for publication.
Don't forget, you can pre-order the first episode now. For more details, see the episode guide page on this site.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
So how can this be done?
Simple. Offer the pre-order for free.
For one week, that's exactly the case. From now until next week, October 8, 2013, you can pre-order The Permanent Man #1: Pilot at no risk to your wallet or loved ones. Purchasing the episode will guarantee you first day ownership on November 12, 2013. And far in the future you'll be able to say, "Way back when, I pre-ordered the first episode of The Permanent Man." And your great-grandchildren will say in return, "What's The Permanent Man?" And you'll say, "Well ... gee. You know what? I don't remember." Such fond memories.
The free pre-order is available at two retailers, and they are listed below. So what are you waiting for?
- Google Play
KoboGet it while you can! A glitch in the system gives you the entire first episode for free. Once the publisher realized this, they ask to take it off of free pre-order.