Breaking News: The Secret of Kite Hill accepted to the Smashwords Premium Catalog
The first book in the Li & Lu series now available from multiple outlets!
[mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]L[/mk_dropcaps]i & Lu have come out of the Amazon shell and ventured into the brave, new world of … the rest of the world! Through Smashwords, you can easily* get your books into the hands of iBooks readers, Kobo fans, even Barnes & Noble Nook readers. All with a single upload. Get ready, rest-of-the-non-Amazon world: here come Li & Lu!
Here’s from the Smashwords’ site about the Premium Catalog:
Once your book is accepted into the Premium Catalog, we automatically distribute it to major online retailers. Notable retailers in the Smashwords distribution network include Apple (operates iBooks stores in 51 countries), Barnes & Noble (US and UK), Scribd, Oyster, Kobo, Yuzu, Blio and Inktera (formerly Page Foundry). Our industry-leading library distribution reaches OverDrive (world’s largest library ebook platform serving 20,000+ libraries), Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), and Odilo (2,100 public libraries in North America, South America and Europe).
Kobo distributes even further to other outlets:
Kobo powers the ebook stores of multiple ebook retailers around the world. Simply by distributing to Kobo via Smashwords, your books may also reach WH Smith in the UK, FNAC in France and Portugal, Livraria Cultura in Brazil, Angus & Robertson Bookworld in Australia, Bookworld in Australia, Indigo in Canada, Collins in Australia, Feltrinelli in Italy, bol.com in the Netherlands, Paper Plus in New Zealand, Play in Great Britain, Rakuten in Japan, Buy.com (now Rakuten) in the US, PriceMinister in France, Crossword and WHSmith in India, Eason & Son, Ltd in Ireland, Mondadori in Italy, The Paper Plus Group in New Zealand, National Book Store in the Philippines, Pick ‘N Pay in South Africa, La Central in Spain, Dogan in Turkey, participating Booksellers Association Stores in the UK, and participating American Booksellers Association stores in the US, and Orbile in Mexico (Orbile is a partnership between two large Mexican book retailers, Porrúa and Gandhi).
On the To Do List: list here links of all outlets where Kite Hill book is available.
Do we celebrate more the things we struggle with?
* Publishing through Smashwords sounds easy (upload Word doc and cover image and done!), but it’s full of potential hurdles. I should have kept count of the bumps in the road that kept our book from being accepted to the Premium Catalog. From the wrong size for the cover to something with the table of contents to finally struggling with multiple authors (and finally giving up and just removing my poor lads as co-authors just to get it live!) that it’s been a few weeks of getting it all the way to successfully published on Smashwords!