Blogger Alain Gomez posts regularly to the author’s forum of Kindle Boards (which may be my favorite online place). Alain is a short story aficionado who reviews and promotes “shorts” on her blog. When she posted mentioning that she was looking for short stories to review, I sent her a copy of Rachel’s Eyes. Her review appeared today, and is quite insightful, I think. See it here:
I also need to confess that while Rachel’s Eyes has been free on Smashwords since I first put it out, yesterday I put a $.99 price there to match what’s on Amazon. I did this in part because I feel guilty. Maybe there is a loophole that allows one to give it away on SW and charge on Amazon, but to publish on Amazon, one does agree not to sell for less anywhere else. It helped me make the decision that after an initial spate of downloads at SW, I found the story sold at Amazon at 3 times the rate it was downloaded for free at SW. I am leaving the story for free on my website on the theory the most passionate fans of Eyes will find it there.
While I’m confessing I have to say that I’ve never figured out Goodreads. I’m am set up as an author there but haven’t the foggiest what to do about it and haven’t figured out much else other than how to look at the pages for my own books. So I went to GR and added Rachel’s Eyes to the list of my books, and of course afterwards read that they don’t really want to list short stories, only books. I couldn’t find any way to take RE down at that point. Nor can I find a way to contact anyone at Goodreads. As best I can figure out, I’m supposed to find someone with librarian privileges over there to fix things for me. So I’ve decided to just keep quiet and not do it again. One plus from the whole thing is that somehow after a year of Rottweiler Rescue being listed twice, once for the ebook and once for the paperback, with separate reviews and ratings for each, they suddenly show up as one. Go figure.