Smashwords Pre-order AND Amazon KDP Select at the Same Time

Guest post
by Thorsten Nesch

Contrary to all other information currently available, publishing your eBook for Kindle on Amazon in the KDP Select program and offering it for pre-order over Smashwords parallel IS possible!

A short while ago Smashwords started its pre-order system. Since I’ve published my novels recently at Amazon choosing the 90 day select program, Smashwords caught my attention at a time I was looking for the next platform anyway.

How great is that? I could upload my novels already in Smashwords – since I had the time to do it now – and when Amazon’s 90 days are over, it would be automatically published and widely available. In addition, people could pre-order it before. Perfect. Continue reading “Smashwords Pre-order AND Amazon KDP Select at the Same Time”

Rock That Vote!

Now’s the time for IU readers to choose the next flash fiction star. Who is it going to be?

Remember, all our winners will be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your favorite entry, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Support your fellow writers and participate in this week’s voting, then shout it out, bang the drums, and share the link to let everyone know the vote is on.

Polls close tomorrow at 5 PM.


Whose story rocked the flash fiction challenge this week?

  • AV Carden (31%, 16 Votes)
  • Aron Joice (24%, 12 Votes)
  • Kathy Steinemann (14%, 7 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Annette (8%, 4 Votes)
  • TJ Perkins (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Annette (Zagliani) (4%, 2 Votes)
  • August Crumb (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Newt Love (2%, 1 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Margaret Gunning (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

Measuring Up

When I first started out in this business I was advised never to talk about my sales numbers. I thought this was really good advice and have tried to stick with this as much as I could.

The one problem with this is that it’s hard to know where you’re at on the scale of things. Is that imporant? Well, sometimes I think it is. Looking at your ranking, comparing your books against others it can be quite motivating…but it can also be really depressing.

Out of all the groups I belong to, I share my sales numbers with one of them. We are a very close-knit unit and talk daily. We discuss everything to do with writing and publishing. I trust them and they trust me. So, in my opinion, this is a very safe place to be open about how my sales are going. Like I said, it can be motivating, encouraing and also depressing. Continue reading “Measuring Up”