A recent change with Smashwords now allows authors some leeway regarding pre-sale of books. Such pre-sales are very important to a new book for a variety of reasons best summed up by Mark Coker. On June 17th, Smashwords announced that authors can now create an “asset-less” preorder book.
This means that authors may now create a book on Smashwords without uploading the final manuscript until closer to the release date. It allows the book to go into the premium catalog with the release date set up to 12 months in advance; you can read the details in the link above.
The advantage is that an author still completing a book has the ability to have the book listed with a release date on retailer sites such as Barnes & Nobel, iBooks & Kobo. Readers can reserve copies in advance, allowing authors to promote their work as it is completed. All the final sales go out on the release date, boosting the sales stats very quickly and improving visibility.
Smashwords will also port your book into Amazon KDP with $2,000 in sales upon your request. With pre-sales, if you have that much in sales upon release, you could port the book over to Amazon rather quickly. However, I’m going to verify whether Smashwords will do this if a book reaches $2,000 in pre-sales which is even more beneficial.
With all this in mind, I’ve put The Bow of Destiny into pre-sale status via Smashwords. Now you can reserve your copy at select retailers (Barnes & Nobel, Kobo & iBooks/iTunes app) and possibly Amazon/Kindle in the near future. The pre-order price is $2.99 (sorry Smashwords doesn’t allow it to be free in pre-order). This price will go up after the release date to $5.99 so reserve your copy before 9/28/2015 to secure the sales price. Want to see a sample? Look for news in the next week on an updated version of my short story e-book, The Black Bag, which will contain a sample of The Bow of Destiny.
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