One nice feature of Smashwords is the self-interview that authors can add to their profiles. Smashwords provides default questions, but authors can make up their own, or do a mix. I chose to use primarily my own questions, because I wanted to discuss the way my life intertwines with the novel and to explain a few stylistic decisions I made while writing. It was a fun exercise and I’ve gotten some good feedback from folks who found it enjoyable to read and instructive.
I’m going to tease you with a sampling of the questions, some of which have been partially answered in earlier posts and some of which I’ll discuss at more length in future posts. Here are five of the ten questions in the interview:
- What motivated you to write New Old World?
- Why did it take you 25 years to write this novel?
- How did you decide on your cover?
- Why does the narration change from first to third person and include other voices?
- Who do you think will enjoy New Old World?
Ready to read the whole interview? You can find it at: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/CDStowell
You never know what’s going to happen when you give your e-book away. But within ten minutes of reducing my price on Smashwords from 75% off to FREE during “Read an EBook Week,” I’d made a “sale”…and a half-hour later I received an e-mail from the buyer! He hadn’t quite read my “magnum opus” yet (!), but he’d already posted a flattering blurb on his blog under the title “2018 Overlooked Ebook Gems for $1 or Less on Smashwords.” You can see the post here, and I’ve provided a screen shot of his blurb below. The blogger is Robert Nagle and he’s not just a writer and a fan of literature, but a producer and promoter of e-books in this brave new world of digital content. I appreciated his post and hope to work more with people like this to get our books and businesses noticed.
Be sure to go to Nagle’s blog to see what other e-books he recommended, as well as his other posts and essays on a range of subjects: http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/weblogs/idiotprogrammer/
From March 4 to March 10, 2018, e-books all over the world are being discounted to encourage electronic reading—mine included! For just this week you can buy New Old World for $1.25 at Smashwords, a 75% discount from its usual $4.99. Here’s the link that goes straight to my novel, where you’ll see the price slashed. Just click on “Buy with Coupon,”download, and start reading!
While you’re at Smashwords, don’t miss my new interview! Either scroll down past my profile on the New Old World page or go straight to the interview.