Saturday, March 26, 2016

Last Chance to Read "Deep" for Free!


On April 1st my story "Deep" will be ending its run on this site. The story will no longer be available on a pay-what-you-want basis.

Thanks to a brilliant new self-publishing platform, Pronoun, "Deep" will be available in an all-new ebook format from several major retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books.

Pronoun is a revolution in self-publishing. Part of the problem with indie publishers has always been the lack of professionalism. Even the most diligent and well-meaning authors make major slips when it comes to layout, cover design, fonts, and other book design issues. Pronoun is changing all that by giving authors a free way to publish a crisp, professional ebook.

If that was all they offered, I wouldn't be that impressed. Calibre will do the same thing for you, with more customization. But Pronoun has a few advantages that put it head and shoulders above any software I've tried.

The interface is clean, modern, and incredibly easy to use; Calibre looks a little 2005 by comparison. Pronoun is also a web app, which means there's no software to download, no slow installation process, and no pesky updates (Calibre, on the other hand, has a new version almost every time I open the app). But those are just the surface advantages.

Pronoun's biggest advantage (in my mind) is that they offer distribution and sales tracking through the top five ebook retailers on the web: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, Apple iBooks, and Kobo. With local software like Calibre, you have to take your ebook to each site individually, go through each site's laborious set-up process, track your sales in five different places, and collect payments from five different sources. With Pronoun, all the work is done for you. Once you create your ebook, they put it up on all five websites, track sales across all of them, and collect all your payments in once place.

And the best part: they don't even take a cut. (The retailers do, but Pronoun doesn't)

I know. I didn't believe it either. It seems impossible, but its true. The company plans to make money by offering premium paid services in the future. But for now, while they're still young, they're building up their core business with free services.

Needless to say, I'm a big fan. Going forward, I plan to publish quite a bit of my short fiction through Pronoun. I'll still be offering free and pay-what-you-want stories through this site, but each story will be available for a limited time only. After the promotional period, I'll be moving them into retailers.

If you're an author or an indie publisher, and you haven't heard of Pronoun, you owe it to yourself to check it out. And if you haven't read "Deep" yet, this week is your last chance to have it for free!

Deep

In the wake of tragedy, Sophie Liang just wants to get her life back to normal. Before she can, she has to go on a final adventure with the one person she doesn't want to see.

But something worse than awkwardness awaits her; something terrible and wondrous.


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