Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Interview!

I was recently interviewed for Steven R. Drennon's website. Check it out at the link below!

Adventures in Writing: Interview with Kevin Domenic

It would also mean a lot to me if you could share the link to help spread the word! Post it to facebook, twitter, and any other of your favorite social media sites! Thanks everyone!

God bless,
Kevin

Saturday, August 27, 2011

How to Publish and Distribute Ebooks with Smashwords

When I decided to start publishing my books as an indie author late last year, one thing that concerned me was distribution of my work. I didn't know the first thing about listing my books on websites like Barnesandnoble.com or the Sony Reader Store. I did some research online in search of some guidance until someone suggested I check out Smashwords. So I did.

For those who might not be familiar with the site, Smashwords is a tool used by both authors and publishers to distribute ebooks to a wide variety of sites on a multitude of platforms. Rather than trying to contact each individual retailer, Smashwords does all that work for you. All you need to do is create a free account, format your ebook according to the Smashwords Style Guide, and upload them to the site! On top of all that, there's a very helpful FAQ available that will show you step-by-step how to do it all.

You will be given the opportunity to write a description about your book, set a price, add tags, a cover, and even the ebook formats in which you'd like your work to be published. The Smashwords site will then review your submission and tell you whether or not your book is suitable for publishing.

What's that? Why wouldn't it be suitable?

First off, it's not about content. And it's not about whether or not you're a good writer. It's all about proper formatting. There are a number of different variables that go into creating a file that is readable by an eReader. If the book isn't formatted specifically to the Smashwords Style Guide, technical errors might arise that could affect the way your book appears to the reader. Centered lines might lose their justification, font sizes might be altered, lines may over lap, or any number of other possibilities. So the Smashwords "Meatgrinder" will process the book to find out if any such errors exist. But rest assured that if you follow the Smashwords Style Guide, there should be no problems when uploading your book.

Another benefit of proper formatting is the opportunity to be included in Smashwords Premium Catalog. If you want your books to be distributed to other retailers as opposed to being available solely on the Smashwords site, you'll want to make sure your books are formatted to the correct specifications. Smashwords will then add your work to the Premium Catalog. Details about all benefits of inclusion can be found on the Smashwords Distribution Page. It should be noted that both Apple and Sony require an ISBN number, but Smashwords makes fulfilling that requirement easy. Once you are accepted into the Premium Catalog, you simply request an ISBN from Smashwords (It's free!) and they'll distribute your books to the iBookstore and the Sony Reader Store.

Through Smashwords, I have published four books with another one coming this Fall. My first three novels are sci-fi/fantasy books, and the other is a non-fiction humor book about my career in retail. The first Volume of my sci-fi/fantasy series, called Key to the Stars, is available for free right now on Smashwords. Click the image below to download!
You can also check out my Author Page at Smashwords. You'll find all of my books listed there along with a brief bio and my Twitter feed.

That's really all there is to it. Smashwords really does make the entire process easy. Just trust in the Smashwords Style Guide, and you'll be selling ebooks across the web in no time! Welcome to ebook revolution, fellow indie writer. It only gets better from here!

God bless,
Kevin

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Building Blocks Update

Hey everyone,

Sorry things have been so quiet here. I've been spending the majority of my time doing one of three things. First off, I've been hard at work editing Building Blocks. It will probably be some time before it's ready for the public, but I really think it's coming along well.

My job has been working me overtime as we've been short-staffed as of late. But they are supposed to be bringing some help in next week, so hopefully I won't have to spend so many hours at the office.

When I haven't been working or editing, I've been sleeping. I don't know for sure that I have sleep apnea, but it only makes sense given my symptoms and family history. Gonna have to see a doctor about that sometime soon.

At any rate, I hope to have more going on here and on my facebook pages once I can dedicate more time to my writing.

In the meantime, I'm still looking for people to review any and all of The Fourth Dimension books. The Amazon.com pages are in major need of more reviews, but anywhere that readers might post something would be much appreciated! Please help me get the word out so that more people can follow Arus' journey across the stars!

Oh, and I've also begun preliminary outlines of Volume IV. Can't wait to get started on it!!

Hope you're all doing well. Be good to each other.

God bless,
Kevin