Addition 10/31/11 – One thing I forgot to mention about Smashwords that Ava’s comment reminded me of – it’s a way for those in countries where the book is unavailable (or where there’s a “delivery fee” of as much as the price added on) to get books for your Kindle or other ereader. For Kindle you want the mobi format.
As of right now, the book is available for Kindle on Amazon and on Smashwords in other formats, including epub. A search didn’t bring it up on B&N yet.
Well, almost. The DONE is that I uploaded Dancing on Coals to Amazon’s KDP for Kindle and to B&N’s PubIt for Nook earlier today. I also sent revised f iles to Create Space, which produces the paperback and distributes to Amazon. So my best guess is the book will be available to Kindle and Nook people in 2 or 3 days, and the paperback available to order in maybe 5-7 days.
Those of you who were here last year may remember how it went with Sing My Name. The product page on Amazon appears like the Cheshire Cat, little by little, so at first you see a skeletal version with no story summary and some of the usual features missing and gradually everything fills in. I’ve never gone directly with B&N before, so I’m not sure what to expect there, but I think it’s usually similar to Amazon. I read somewhere once that before you can find a new book by searching the title or author’s name on Amazon, you can find it by the identifying ASIN number Amazon uses, so if anyone wants to try that, the number is B0061FDRNA.
The “almost” is Smashwords. I’m working on that version now and will have it done before I go to bed tonight. I confess to a singular lack of enthusiasm. SW requires an upload in Word, which I hate, and then they convert, and the end product is never as pretty as the Amazon Kindle version I format myself and check out on my Kindle before uploading. This time I also checked the B&N epub file both in the reader on my PC and on my Kobo, which isn’t exactly a Nook, but the format is the same, and things looked good there. So my advice to the world is if you have a Kindle or Nook, get the book from Amazon or B&N. Settle for SW only if you have another reader. The book will be distributed by SW to Kobo (but I understand they’re so backed up they aren’t taking new books right now), Sony, Apple, and Diesel, but it takes weeks for those sites to get books from SW and get them up. So in spite of my prejudice, I will upload a plain vanilla file to SW. The one advantage there is the ability to set the sample size larger than Amazon’s 10%. I think I’m going to use 35% this time.