Pronoun–it dead.

It’s official. Pronoun is shutting down. (cue the bugle playing Taps and wipe my tear from your monitor)

For those of you who haven’t used it, Pronoun was a one-stop shop for distributing eBooks to the top five online booksellers—including GooglePlay, KoboBooks, Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Nook—among others. Their interface was intuitive, they charged no fees for the use of their site nor did they take a royalty cut (the site functioned like more of a slush pile for Macmillan publishers), and they paid directly to my PayPal account. In addition to publishing, Pronoun also had an amazing style guide, a huge informational database, and they provided author pages, including those for pen names and/or client authors.

EMSA Publishing has used Pronoun exclusively for the past two years to publish and distribute eBooks. Now that they’re closing, what’s a poor publisher (or self-pubbed author) to do?

Why, find another publisher/distributor, of course. I’ve done the research, contrasting four popular online eBook distribution hubs, and here’s what I’ve found (saving the best—in my humble opinion—for last).

Smashwords

I used Smashwords as a distribution hub for my work when I was just starting out as a self-published author and ultimately abandoned it for Kindle distribution, primarily because it was so hard to get the file through their “meatgrinder” formatting app without incident.

Smashwords will publish your eBook to their own store just for uploading it, but if you want extended distribution, your book must find its way to the Premium Catalogue, which means passing the “meatgrinder” test. In addition to a number of lesser-known sites, Smashwords will distribute your

Premium book to Kobo, iBooks, and Nook, but NOT GooglePlay and Kindle. While Kindle isn’t an issue (all it takes is a click in Createspace and you can create a Kindle book), this means I’d have to go to a third site to upload each and every book, which just isn’t cost- or time-efficient.

Though I had to do some unpacking of the legal jargon in Smashword’s terms of service, it appears Smashwords charges 15% of your royalties to use the site (after the sellers have taken their cut), which it pays directly to your PayPal account within 40 days of their receipt of royalties.

Draft2Digital

Though I’ve never used D2D (as it’s affectionately called), it was recommended to me, so I thought I’d check it out, too.  D2D will publish your eBook to KoboBooks, iBooks, and B & N Nook, but NOT GooglePlay (they claim to be working on it)and Kindle.

They have “style suggestions” but no style guide. They charge 10% of the retail price, which they claim works out to 15% of the net royalties, making their business model more transparent than Smashwords’. They will also pay royalties direct to PayPal, with three other options available.

PublishDrive

On the surface, Publish Drive seemed great: they publish to all five major eBook retailers and charge 10% of the royalties, making them better than the other two sites at first glance. Like the other two, they let you use their interface to upload your books, but where they differ (and this is the deal-breaker for me) provided they are already in ePub, ePub2, or ePub3  format. If you need to convert your docx or pdf file to an ePub, you must contact them for a quote. In an article on The Book Designer site entitled Aggregation without Aggravation: Pronoun and PublishDrive, David Kudler states that he was quoted “around $170” for a 70,000-word book, making this option too expensive for my business model.   Once I discovered this, I didn’t bother searching out any of the other details. Though there are free ePub converters online, I’ve never liked the quality of the conversion and eliminated this as an option for me.

StreetLib

Also recommended to me by another writer was StreetLib, and this one seems like the best site by far. Though they charge 10% of the royalties (taking a cut of an already small royalty payout for the poor authors who’ve slaved over the manuscripts), they distribute to the top five distributors among others, and they allow you to upload doc, rtf, and (I believe) pdf and ePub files. They will pay directly to PayPal.

In addition to marketing tools—like Pronoun’s author page—they have an online editor that will let you create a spiffily-designed (since Word isn’t marking “spiffily” as an error, I’m assuming it’s a word) eBook.

Though I found it difficult to navigate their help files (I couldn’t find a definitive list of acceptable file types for downloads), I think StreetLib is probably the way I’m going to go. Though it’s unfortunate EMSA’s eBooks books may be offline for a week or more during the conversion, I’ll be switching my books over to StreetLib over the next month or so.

Pronoun, we had a good run, you and I, and after only two years, the breakup will be hard. To StreetLib’s credit, it’s been around since the mid-2000s, so the Italian company has an established track record. While nothing in this world is guaranteed except for Amazon and Google, fingers crossed StreetLib will be around at least as long as my business will.

Congratulations to author Elise Abram

Congratulations to Elise Abram and I Was, Am, Will Be Alice for winning the 2017 Kindle Book Review Awards in YA. 

Get your eCopy of I Was, Am, Will Be Alice, on sale for a limited time for only $0.99 to celebrate!

Congratulations to THE GOOD TEACHER!

paranormal, witches, romanceCongratulations to The Good Teacher and Lorraine Carey on winning the 2017 McGrath House Indie Book Awards for Horror and Paranormal!

Kudos to Lorraine Carey and ON BORROWED TIME

The following review was written by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite. Congratulations to Lorraine Carey!
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On Borrowed Time: Women of the Willow Wood, Book 2 is a paranormal romance novel written by Lorraine Carey. While this is the second volume in Carey’s series, she gives enough background information to enable this book to be read as a stand-alone. Daniella Reyes would miss Nina Santos, who had been her host for the last month, and she’d miss the two dogs who had become her close friends and companions. So much had happened since she had arrived at Nina’s ranch, but Daniella was eager to play her part as a new initiate in the Women of Willow Wood, a society which had its roots back in history to the 14th century and even before that to 1400 BC. She was still getting used to her new name, Rachel Torres, and would now be a guardian in the order with the responsibility for rescuing souls. The order had found a teaching position for her in a small Texas town, where a young teacher was being manipulated by her cult-leader boyfriend. Rachel’s first assignment was to rescue Audrina Campbell.

Lorraine Carey’s paranormal romance novel, On Borrowed Time: Women of the Willow Wood, Book 2, is a thought-provoking and compelling novel that incorporates mythological themes in a modern day story about a sisterhood sworn to help others. Daniella Reyes is refreshingly real and bluntly skeptical of the one-year chastity request the Women of the Willow Wood lays upon her, and I wondered just how long she’d be able to comply, especially after she meets the dishy Brandt Meade whose cover as a parent just doesn’t sit quite well with her. While there are a few spicy words thrown in here and there, On Borrowed Time is a sweet romantic suspense novel that reads beautifully and is quite enjoyable.
On Borrowed Time: Women of the Willow Wood, Book 2 is most highly recommended.

New Five-star Review for Lorraine Carey’s THE GOOD TEACHER!

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Congratulations to Lorraine Carey on her latest 5-star review!

To read more about The Good Teacher, see http://emsapublishing.com/books/the-good-teacher-women-of-the-willow-wood-book-1/.

Now available: On Borrowed Time, Book 2 of the Women of the Willow Wood Series.

Vote for THE GOOD TEACHER in the Summer Indie Awards

paranormal, witches, romanceCongratulations to Lorraine Carey, author of The Good Teacher: The Women of the Willow Wood Book 1 who is a semi-finalist in Metamorph Publishing’s 2017 Summer Indie Awards.

Please go to https://www.poll-maker.com/poll954024x598a0Fe6-40 to cast your vote.

Best of luck, Lorraine. The Good Teacher deserves this and more!

Interview with Novelist John Collings

John Collings, author of the young adult, humour novel, Tag: A Cautionary Tale is interviewed by Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews website:

Novelist John Collings joins me today. We’re chatting about his new young adult literary fiction work, Tag: A Cautionary Tale.

Welcome, John. Please tell us about your current release.

Tag: A Cautionary Tale is a fictionalized history of the playground game, Tag, and all the games that were spawned from its inception. The boys who created the game enjoy it on a daily basis until things start to fall apart for them. Soon factions are formed and neither side listens to the other side as they both inadvertently work towards the destruction of the field they both love.

To read more, go to Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews.

A Science Fiction Sensation: The Nexus and Other Stories

The Nexus and Other Science Fiction Short Stories

The Nexus and Other Stories

by Elise Abram

Why are aliens visiting us? Will the future be dystopic and if so, what might happen along the way?

Aliens, ghosts, clones, zombies, vampires, nightmares come to life, teleportation…

Is your interest piqued?

One book, thirteen stories.

In The Nexus and Other Stories, science fiction author Elise Abram explores the myths of the modern world. When vice overcomes common sense, the results cannot be positive. Elise Abram writes from the heart, examining the beliefs and obsessions of contemporary life, speculating what might happen if the science we are toying with and/or if the creatures we glorify in our popular culture become commonplace.

Buy The Nexus and Other Stories.

Welcome Lisa Colodny!

EMSA Publishing would like to welcome author Lisa Colodny to our family of authors.

About Lisa:

Lisa Robin Phillips Colodny was born and grew up in the rural countryside of Kentucky. She attended the University of Kentucky and Broward College in Fort Lauderdale and graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University. Her non-fiction publishing history includes numerous publications in the health and science industry. Other titles currently available by this author include an award winning children’s book, Ms. Abrams’ Everything Garden, and an adult fiction, The Town Time Forgot.  Dr. Colodny currently works in the healthcare industry and resides in South Florida with her daughter and their Labrador retriever, Cooper.  

 

Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_River#/media/File:Hukou_Waterfall.jpg

About Yellow River Pledge:

Imagine being Dr. Jordan Chamberlain, a successful, beautiful, young medical examiner with the perfect husband, the perfect life, and the perfect friends. To an outside observer, she has it all, until her husband announces, without warning, that he doesn’t want to be married anymore. Jordan’s perfect life crashes and burns all around her. She buries herself deep into her work and temporarily embarks on a career consulting with the FBI’s Violent Crimes Division under the careful eye of college friends turned colleagues, who support her during her time of crisis.

Jordan connects with Detective Sean Logan, an acquaintance from work, and the romance that ensues is the most complete, fulfilling relationship she’s ever known until it’s threatened by ties she still has to her ex-husband.  As she struggles to find closure for an old life she no longer has and define a new life with Sean, her future is once again jeopardized when Jordan becomes the next target of the serial killer she’s been pursuing through her work with the FBI. 

Congratulations to Lorraine Carey!

 

 

The Good Teacher by Lorraine Carey has been nominated for the Summer Indie Book Award in the paranormal category. You can read all about the contest at Metamorph Publishing‘s website.