The pre-orders are open for early birds wishing to catch the worm on November 12th - the launch date for the second BookElves Anthology, featuring stories by Cheryl Carpinello, Rebecca Douglass, Wendy Leighton-Porter, SW Lothian, Annaliese Matheron, Jemima Pett and Ben Zackheim.
The announcement by Smashwords of their new partnership with Gardners, the UK's largest book wholesaler, means that all our books - ALL our books - are now available to over 400 small ebook retailers powered by Gardners in over 32 countries. These retailers serve 138 countries.
It also includes distribution to thousands of public and academic libraries, including 2,000 public libraries in the UK. Every Smashwords book will be listed for patrons in every library - patrons will not have to ask their library to acquire it.
We're delighted that working with Smashwords brings us these extra benefits, as for a small publisher discoverability is everything. Amazon's algorithms don't really promote our books, although White Water Landings does seem to be hitting a spot, as we thought it might, in the aviation history and family history genres. But then, the non-fiction world is less competitive.
Oyster and Flipkart no longer carry Smashwords titles. Oyster has been acquired by Amazon, and Flipkart could not adapt their systems quickly enough to respect Amazon's exclusivity criteria. Please refer to the Smashwords website for details if you need them.
We have a lovely, or rather, two lovely reviews from the BookShelf Gargoyle today, winding up the Princelings of the East Blog Tour 2015.
On Princelings of the East: At times, during Fred’s story arc, I felt a bit like I was reading Jane Austen (for guinea pigs) and during George’s, I felt like I’d fallen into Back to the Future (for guinea pigs). While this might sound an unpromising match, it actually worked really well to keep me engaged. And as I mentioned before, whenever I remembered that these were guinea pigs – riding in carriages, fixing industrial vending machines and the like – it gave me a chuckle. It’s rare that you find a book that is pitched nominally at children that also has enough intellectual material in the plot to keep adults interested, but this is one of those books.
On Princelings and the Pirates: I thoroughly enjoyed this story, being partial to tales set on the high seas and the whole “main characters are guinea pigs” thing really had me giggling as my mind boggled at some of the more swashbuckly battle scenes in which the characters engage. This book also had many more touching scenes as friends, new and old, fall into dangerous situations and the thin line between life and death becomes a tenuous one to walk.
See the whole post here: https://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/an-engineer-and-a-philosopher-walk-into-a-time-tunnel-the-princelings-of-the-east-blog-tour/
Congratulations to the two winners of the Princelings of the East on the Goodreads Giveaway last month.
We've now started another - for the Princelings and the Pirates. Just one copy this time, but international as always. You have to be a member to enter, but it's free, and it's a great way of meeting other readers and finding out other books you might enjoy!