Mark Coker’s Smashwords is a great alternative to Amazon for book-lovers. Coker is not selling boil-in-bag toast and camouflage snuggies. Smashwords is all about eBooks.
Joe Amazon sells eBooks too—for Kindle. If you happen to have Kobo, Nook, Sony or some other e-reader, well that is not really Joe Amazon’s concern. He’ll be happy to sell you a Kindle.
Coker himself is an indie author who experienced the same reflexive rejection from traditional publishing as have most of us. He founded Smashwords to help indie authors. The royalty percentage from Smashwords is far more generous than that offered by Joe Amazon.
Smashwords is not perfect. They have some areas of operation that still need improvement, but I do believe they have the indies’ best interests at heart. Can you say the same about Joe?
Let’s take a few moments today to spread the love a bit and support indie authors and Smashwords. Take a peek at some of these titles. If you see something you like, just click the cover and learn a little more—maybe even buy a book.
by L.E. Truscott
Hell hath no fury like a weapons expert scorned. Cassandra Broderick is a former US Marine now working in the weapons industry. Antonia Parker is the CIA agent who thinks she could be the key to breaking open her latest case. They have two things in common: they’re both about to have their hearts broken and their lives turned upside down. Someone is setting them up – for murder and espionage.
The second book in a series starring a Seminole Indian man named Jake Alvarez and his hard hitting cowboy buddy Doc Widon. In this adventure the pair are off to find the kidnapped son of Jake’s fiance. When young Adam turns up missing form a camp out on the family ranch Jake’s world is turned upside down.
Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead, but it doesn’t take her long to discover she’s actually caught between life and death. Desperate, Nicole searches for anyone who can hear her, only to discover the one person who can is the one person who has every reason to hate her. Can she convince him to listen before it’s too late? Or will her killer find her and finish the job first?
Alex’s life is following a script. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart. Dylan returns from Afghanistan injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag her into the mess of his life. When Dylan and Alex encounter reunite, they have to make new rules to keep from killing each other. The first rule is to never talk about how they fell in love.
by M. K. Coker
Detective Marek Okerlund unknowingly passes by a dying man chained to a fence in a Dakota blizzard—and gets what he changed jobs to avoid: a homicide. Acting Sheriff Karen Mehaffey asks for a detective to teach her the ropes and loses what she changed jobs to keep: peace in her family. Together, the estranged detective and sheriff must solve the case or both will be left out in the cold.