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Robert Williams
08-24-2009, 08:56 PM
Hi guys,

As some of you may recall, I last posted on this thread to promote my short story collection, Strange Times (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3558). However, at that time it was only available on the Kindle.

I have now published it through Smashwords! (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3558) So now it should be available to everyone.

I have put up 30% of the book available as a sample, so you should be able to read several stories. To buy the whole thing will only be 0.99 for the first month or so while I try to build some buzz, so I hope you will help support a struggling author.:thanks:

P.S. Please do let me know what you think of the stories. All feedback is welcome.

animedude01
08-24-2009, 11:55 PM
Downloaded and queued. Now to find time to actually read it:D

Robert Williams
08-25-2009, 07:42 AM
Thanks animedude! I hope you like it.

Kevin Gerard
08-25-2009, 01:04 PM
Hi Robert,

How do you post on Smashwords? Is it difficult?

Thanks,

Kevin Gerard

animedude01
08-25-2009, 01:07 PM
Hi Robert,

How do you post on Smashwords? Is it difficult?

Thanks,

Kevin Gerard

This may be useful

http://www.smashwords.com/about/how_to_publish_on_smashwords

also

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54309

Kevin Gerard
08-25-2009, 01:12 PM
Thanks, DuDe!

Robert Williams
08-25-2009, 06:06 PM
Yep, those links are perfect. Very easy as long as you can format it right.

Kevin Gerard
08-25-2009, 06:22 PM
Hey - thanks for the Smashwords info. I spent the morning uploading a book. Their style format article really helped.

I bought your book, Robert. Maybe you guys can take a look at mine, you can check 25% of it for free. It's a kids/teens fantasy adventure series. There's a cool vid on the page, too, and testimonials right up front. Thanks again for your helpful suggestions!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3575

animedude01
08-26-2009, 01:46 AM
I bought your book, Robert. Maybe you guys can take a look at mine, you can check 25% of it for free. It's a kids/teens fantasy adventure series. There's a cool vid on the page, too, and testimonials right up front. Thanks again for your helpful suggestions!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3575

A bit OT in this thread, but...

I notice that this is book 2. Will you post book 1 as well? I always prefer to read a series sequentially rather than randomly :D

Edit: Oops, this should have gone in the Conner thread :smack:

Kevin Gerard
08-26-2009, 09:39 PM
Hey you guys,

I paid for Robert's e-book and downloaded it as a PDF file, but I can't find it anywhere on my computer. Is there some step I'm missing?

Thank you...

Robert Williams
08-26-2009, 10:07 PM
When you downloaded it, it should have given you the option to Save and then you would have chosen a location to save it to. Did you get a popup asking you to Open, Save or Cancel?

If you can't find it, PM me your email and I'll be happy to forward you a PDF.

Animedude, did you have any issues?

animedude01
08-27-2009, 01:49 AM
Animedude, did you have any issues?

No problems. I downloaded most of the formats (can you tell I'm a hoarder :) )and imported them into Calibre for upload to my reader.

Kevin, when I click on the PDF it opens in my browser (both Firefox and IE). That's why I normally right click on the PDF link and either Save Link As... or Save Target As... It can then be saved somewhere on the filesystem.

If the PDF opened in your browser, you didn't actually save it to your system. There is an option to Save As... to save a local copy if you want (the button looks like a floppy diskette), but the right click method is a bit easier, IMO.

Hope this helps.

Robert Williams
08-30-2009, 10:08 AM
I'm number 5 on Amazon's bestseller list for short stories on Kindle, as of 8:45 this morning! (Central Time, USA)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/157087011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kinc_2_4_last

I know most of the people here can't get the Kindle, but still... wow.

dreams
08-30-2009, 01:54 PM
I'm number 5 on Amazon's bestseller list for short stories on Kindle, as of 8:45 this morning! (Central Time, USA)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/157087011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kinc_2_4_last

I know most of the people here can't get the Kindle, but still... wow.

WOO HOO! Congratulations!!:happybounce:

Even though it has been up less than a week, how is it doing on Smashwords?

Robert Williams
08-30-2009, 03:17 PM
Thanks dreams. It's doing much slower on Smashwords. Haven't had any new sales the last few days, although I've been talking it up. I think it will pick up after the Amazon price goes back to normal.

Kevin Gerard
09-01-2009, 12:13 PM
Good job, Robert. I've been reading Strange Times. I've gotten through only a few stories so far, but they are compelling. "A Jar of Insects" was excellent, definitely a nightmare producer. Serling would have loved it!

Robert Williams
09-01-2009, 06:25 PM
Thanks Kevin! I'm glad you like them so far.

Robert Williams
09-12-2009, 11:06 PM
Curse you, Amazon! My titles are not public domain! Process my updates!

Grrr... I hereby encourage everyone to go to Smashwords for my book.

(I know most of the people here don't have Kindles. I'm just venting.)

Robert Williams
09-19-2009, 01:49 PM
I woke up today and my book was at #4 on Amazon's bestseller for science fiction short stories on Kindle! Moving on up.

Also Kevin Gerard put a good review on Smashwords. Thanks again Kevin!

dreams
09-19-2009, 08:05 PM
I woke up today and my book was at #4 on Amazon's bestseller for science fiction short stories on Kindle! Moving on up.

Also Kevin Gerard put a good review on Smashwords. Thanks again Kevin!

Whoo Hoo!!:happybounce:

Robert Williams
09-20-2009, 01:04 PM
:) Thanks dreams.

Robert Williams
09-28-2009, 10:56 PM
Amazon has at last updated Strange Times back to its normal 5.99 price, but the whole thing is still 99 cents at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3558). Hope you guys can check it out!

Robert Williams
10-01-2009, 10:59 PM
Strange Times just got another 5-star review on Amazon from "J.Chambers." You can read it below. It is still 99 cents on Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3558)if anyone is interested!

"I don't read a lot of short stories, but occasionally, if I see good reviews, I'll pick up a collection and have a go at it. With "Strange Times," I'm glad I did. All of the thirteen stories are very readable, with no throwaways included just to pad the collection. It's hard to label the stories under a single genre, but if I had to, I would say horror/terror is the most common theme that links the stories.

I was impressed with the author's knowledge of world history, culture, and customs. The stories took place in a number of countries and in several eras dating back to the days of the Roman Empire. One story even involves time travel, and another features a visit by extraterrestrial aliens.

Two stories warrant a little warning. "The Experiment" and "Would You Like to Save a Man's Life?" involve some pretty gruesome torture that makes waterboarding look like a day at the beach. They weren't too stomach-churning for me, but I made the mistake of reading them at bedtime. Read these two during the light of day!

"The Man Upstairs" was one of my favorites. No spoilers, but it's about an ordinary man turning to violence to right a wrong and validate his own life, something we've probably all thought about a few times.

One of the stories, "Shapeshifters Anonymous," is a whimsical bit about a group of shapeshifters meeting to air their problems and grievances. It's very short, but it shows the author's humorous side.

"Pretty" was one of the most original stories. It's more like a fairytale set against a backdrop of Japanese legends.

The author's writing is very smooth and professional, and the formatting for Kindle was excellent. All-in-all, I'm looking forward to more of Robert Williams' work. "

dreams
10-01-2009, 11:42 PM
Congratulations, Robert. It's nice to have people appreciate your work, huh?

I bought your book, but haven't started it yet. I still have a couple of books I'm finishing before I get to it.:)

Robert Williams
10-02-2009, 12:39 AM
It's very nice, dreams. Always good to hear positive feedback. :)

Robert Williams
10-13-2009, 12:48 AM
Strange Times (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3558) is still 99 cents on Smashwords, if anyone wants a good book for Halloween.

Robert Williams
03-06-2010, 03:08 PM
I just posted an article on my short story "Graymalkin" on my blog. Check it out, if you like.


http://www.booksummit.com/profiles/blogs/on-graymalkin

Robert Williams
03-20-2010, 01:36 AM
I put up another blog post, this time about my story "Mary Rogers." Good reads for people who enjoy hearing about the background of a story.

http://www.booksummit.com/profiles/blogs/on-mary-rogers?xg_source=activity

Robert Williams
08-31-2010, 09:11 PM
Strange Times (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3558) is a collection of stories I wrote over a period of seven years. It has tales of horror, science fiction, mystery, historical and literary fiction, and humor. The stories' settings span time periods ranging from the British Isles during the time of the Roman invasion to medieval Japan, to nineteenth-century New York to the distant future. They revisit tales from Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare, while other stories were inspired by actual events. So far it has received only 5-star reviews. In fact it just got another 5-star review on Amazon today (8/31/10). It's only $1.29 on Smashwords.


Here (http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Times-ebook/dp/B002IA005U/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2) is the link to the Amazon listing. I hope you'll check it out. Thanks!

CaraM
09-01-2010, 03:36 PM
Congratulations on your standing at Amazon!!

www.caramarsi.com
Logan's Redemption
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0040JI3PG

Robert Williams
09-01-2010, 09:19 PM
Thanks, CaraM!