Langstrath Parrot

Thrillers and stories by Simon James

Ebook Preorders 101

My KDP Select has just finished for Ghost Note and I’m using this as an opportunity to set it up for pre-order on Smashwords. Many thanks to @MarkCoker at #Smashwords for this post:

If you’re planning to publish a book in the next 12 months, this post will teach you how to use ebook preorders to reach more readers….

Synch your phone with your BlueHost email – easily

I love technology. I love it when it works seemlessly. I get frustrated when it doesn’t – when it doesn’t do something that I think should be logical and easy.

A case in point: synching my Android phone with my BlueHost website email.

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A newbie’s guide to publishing an e-book


Ghost Note started life as five notebooks of pencilled words. 

In my ignorant enthusiasm, I figured this was the romantic way to write a book. 

It felt romantic at the time, but then I had to type it up to:

  1. Edit it
  2. Send parts of it to agents
  3. So the agents would rip my arm off for the manuscript, and I wouldn’t have to worry about setting it up on the web

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Blog #1 – my first interview

So I’ve just set up an account with Smashwords as one of the distributors for With A Bullet, and one of the lovely things the site does is to host a free interview with the author.

I left it alone the first evening I was on Smashwords, as I was too busy formatting, checking formatting, and adding in Twitter links etc into my manuscript (as advised in one of the Smashwords free guides).

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