Updated 6 August: I found out that I can get a free ISBN number for my ebook and once it gets approved for the Smashwords Premium Catalog it will be available to ALL ebook retailers, including the iBookstore, Kobo and the Sony estore. I’m not saying they will all carry it, but it will be available to them.
I have finally published an ebook of my first short story, He’s With the Band on Smashwords.com. The tale of a songwriting soundman for an old school Christian rock band and his finding the first woman he’s wanted to be in a relationship with in years, I first wrote it over a decade ago and pulled it out and polished it up so I can finally share it with the world. I trust that readers of all kinds will find something in it to enjoy, regardless of where they stand on issues of faith.
Since I am publishing it on Smashwords.com, an ebook distributor, you can find it not only on their website but possibly in the online stores for a number of ebook platforms. You should be able to find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple’s eBookstore, Kobo, Diesel, the Sony Reader store and others, and it’s always DRM free so you don’t have to buy another copy if you want to move it between devices you own..
The best part is that you can read up to 20% of the ebook for free on Smashwords, and if you like it you can get the entire ebook for just $.99 (US), but if you get it before 30 August you can get the entire ebook for FREE.
Want to ask your favorite ebookstore or library to carry it? Give them the following information to help them get it:
Title: He’s With the Band
Author: J.M. Hardin
Publisher: Smashwords, Inc.
No matter where you get it and in what format, please leave a review for it on the site where you bought. If you bought it somewhere other than Smashwords please consider leaving a review there as well. Reviews are extremely important for helping others find my ebook, especially since it’s the first thing I’ve ever published.
Of course when you’re at Smashwords you should also look through their library and see the thousands of books they have available.. I can’t tell you how many great reads I’ve discovered just looking at the latest free ebooks they have. Some of them have made me want to read more from the author, and some ebooks have excerpts of their other books that have made me start a list of books I want to buy just to be able to see where the stories go.
If you don’t have an ebook reader you can install ebook reader software on your computer. I use calibre for reading ebooks, and there’s a version for you regardless what operating system you run. If you run Windows, Linux or even the Mac OS there’s a version of calibre for your computer. There are a lot of reasons to love calibre, and one of the best reasons in my book is that it can convert between just about any two ebook formats as long as the book isn’t locked down by DRM.
An even better reason to use calibre is the fact that you can not only save searches and create virtual libraries to help you find specific groups of books quickly and easily, you can also set up a second (or more) completely different library if you want to completely separate some of your books from the others. Do you have a lot of ebooks and want to split your cookbook collection off from the rest? Set up a separate library in calibre and you won’t have to scroll through them to find the next fiction book you want to read. Have a type of book that’s a guilty pleasure you don’t want found in your regular library, like Gothic romances or slasher horror books? Make a separate library for them, just make sure you switch back to your regular library before you close calibre or it will show up the next time you fire up calibre and may have to explain to your loved one why there’s so much Gothic romance in your ebook library.
I look forward to hearing what everyone thinks of He’s With the Band. I also started a novel back when I wrote He’s With the Band and if I get enough positive response I’ll dust it off and get back to writing it. It won’t be nearly as strongly Christian as He’s With the Band is, but as it stands now it’s definitely a romance, and it’s also set in Boston. Perhaps I’ll write another short story first, just to try my hand at another genre. Let me know what you think in the comments.