Monthly Archives: July 2013

My first review

I had to brag about this: my very first review has been posted about my book (A Dog’s Life).  Yes, I’m happy and yes I’m showing off 🙂  And to top it off, it’s a 5-star review!

Ok, I do know the person that put it up there, but I expect nothing but the truth from him and I never even expected a review to be posted.

That’s all I wanted to say at this point.  Thanks to Mark for buying, reading and reviewing this book.  Thanks to all who have been so supportive along the way!

Expanding your market – Smashwords

Ok, I’m sure many already knew this, but this is a journey for me and I’m learning as I go (and search and read and…).

Smashwords!  Plain and simple.  I started my publishing through Createspace and it’s been easy and great.  Then I did a direct publish of my ebook through Amazon (KDP).  So where else can you sell through?  What about getting your content on an iPhone, or selling through Barnes & Noble?  This is where Smashwords comes into play!

I had heard about it, but I thought it was just a different venue to get your book published, and I already chose Createspace.  Not the case, and why limit yourself!  SW is where you can upload your ebook and they convert into to multiple formats so that anyone and everyone can read it.  If someone wants to buy it and read it on their PC: go for it.  iPhone?  Check!  B&N?  Got it!

And it’s pretty easy.  They do have strict guidelines for how to format your book, but it’s just a matter of changing some formatting and uploading it.  And if it doesn’t pass their initial check, try it again!

Oh, did I mention the cost?  Nothing.  Well, sort of.  They simply take a portion of your sales.  But the best part: you are out there in much more multiple locations.

So, don’t sit on the sidelines on this one.  Be Nike and Just Do it!!!

Here’s my page on Smashwords:

Continued thanks!

I just wanted to pass along a big thanks to many people.  I recently (finally) published my novel, and the response has been great.  I mean people actually bought the dang thing?!  And read it 😮

As I stated when I launched this, it was just to get it out there.  I didn’t do it for the money or fame (lol); I just wanted to write and show that writing off a little.  Maybe even get some feedback, which I have now received from several people.

Of course I’m more than happy to accept public reviews from those that bought the book:

Review on Amazon: the link to my author page, which will get you to the book or ebook:

Review on Goodreads:

Thanks again to everyone, it truly means a lot to me!


Ok, so I’ve known of Goodreads, but now I’ve really discovered it (

If you’re looking for a place to find a good book, this is the place to go.  I highly recommend it.  You start out picking out different genres that you like (mystery, biography, etc) and then review books you’ve read in each category.  You also mark books you want to read.  From there, it gives you recommendations of books you should check out!  Simple, yes.  But also fantastic!

You can also try and become one of their “librarians” and update or add titles you feel people should be reading.  They also have news groups that you can comment in and stay in touch with others.

In short: I like it! 🙂

AND…I’ve added my own profile on their You can see what I’ve read and want to read.  Maybe someday my own book will be on there!!

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