I’m taking part in an Xmas promotion at Smashwords, so all my books are at 25% off. Smashwords is an ebook distribution platform based in Los Gatos, California, founded in 2008 by Mark Coker for independent authors and publishers. It was the first platform I ever uploaded one of my ebooks to, and I am still with them, years later.
The company was started by a former Silicon Valley publicist with the lofty goal of using technology to democratize publishing, allowing writers to appeal directly to readers without having to deal with gatekeepers such as agents and editors. How it works is that authors and independent publishers upload their manuscripts as electronic files to the Smashwords website, which converts them into various ebook formats. Once published, the books are made available for sale online at a price set by the author or indie publisher. The books go to places like Kobo and Barnes & Noble, but they can also be bought directly from Smashwords.
Anyway, Smashwords are currently running an Xmas promotion that includes all my books at 25% off. Nearly 6,000 other authors and publishers have also enrolled over 30,000 of their ebooks into the promotion. Smashworlds are promoting the sale directly to over 1 million registered customers via their Smashwords Store.
Smashwords claims to pay their authors and publishers the highest royalty rates anywhere (up to 80% list for sales in the Smashwords Store), which means more of the reader’s hard-earned dollar goes directly to support the creators of the books they love to read.
The sale is called the Smashwords End of Year promotion and it is already underway. It started on December 25, 2017 and it will continue though January 1, 2018. I’m only dabbling my toes in the water by offering 25% off, but other Smashwords authors and publishers are providing readers with deep discounts on ebooks, with coupon code levels for 50% off, 75% off, and FREE
The way the promotion works is that readers browse the catalog, and can search by coupon code levels and categories. But they have to be quick, because after 11:59pm Pacific time on January 1, the catalog disappears. The coupon codes only work at Smashwords and will not affect prices at other retailers. Follow this link to find my ebooks at the reduced price of 25% off.
Galaxy Dog (Dark Galaxy) Start Reading the Dark Galaxy Trilogy
The first book in the Dark Galaxy Trilogy, always the best place to start, is Galaxy Dog. It’s a little more old-school and fun than a lot of the sci-fi that is around at the moment. It has spaceships, robots, battles, and brave warriors rebelling against an evil empire. Click the book cover and go to the storefront you prefer to buy it now, or follow this link.
This is a universal book link (UBL) and you will be greeted with a page displaying all the places the book is available online. Just select the storefront you prefer and, if you want, also make this your default bookseller. From then on, every time you click a UBL you will be taken directly to the book you are interested in, on the storefront you prefer. The UBL even allows you to go to the Amazon store that matches your region.