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Suddenly, a cat appears out of nowhere, which makes Hayama shows her soft side for animals. She tells them that she has a pet cat named ' Beelzebub ' at home, which she nicknamed 'Bel'. Later, when watching Hayama does her class rep work, Yoko asks her why would she do it she has no interest in it at allin which she replies that it will look good on her resume. Serina is frustrated because Hayama stands in her way each time, and points out that she is chosen as class rep just because she looks like one.
Futaba denies it, and reveals that it is actually part of Hayama's plan all along. After watching Serina runs away after hearing Hayama's words, Yoko finally concludes that Hayama is actually devilish after all.
In class, Yoko watches Hayama and Futaba's physical education class, where they need to run. Serina, who is in the same class, mocks Hayama for her low stamina and body figure, and gets mocked in return. When the three return from school, Hayama found three abandoned kitten, and they look for new owners for them. When they discuss about it in school, Kondo points out that Serina used to have a cat, and in the end, she adopts one of the cats.
On a different day, Futaba insists on calling each other by nicknames. Both Futaba and Hayama suggests nicknames for Yoko, but there is nothing they agreed on. Yamaji then appears out of nowhere, and ask both of them to address Yoko as 'Yoko-sama' literally Miss Yokowhich ends up as her nickname, to Yoko's embarrassment.
When they want to pick a nickname for Hayama, Futaba asks for her first name again and againwhich she ignores completely. Only when her sister, Hayama Kou calls her 'Teru-chan', she finally gives up and tells that her first name is Teru.
When they found out that Kou is Teru's older sister, Futaba and Yoko compares them to angel and demon respectively. When Kou gives them candies, Futaba instantly pass out right after eating it. On Sunday, Teru and Kou go shopping together. They meet Futaba, and Kou's shop objective instantly change from buying cookbook to buying groceries. There, they meet Yoko, who manages to buy a gram mayonnaise for 98 yen from a flash sale. Having many raffle tickets, they try the raffle. While Futaba only gets tissues 5th prizeYoko gets a coffee set 4th prize.
Surprisingly, Teru gets Koshihikari Rice, the 3rd prize. Even more surprising, Kou sweeps all 1st to 3rd prize with her incredible luck. In the evening, Kou reveals that she actually wants to buy a photo album to store the photo from since they were little.
She reveals that Teru always gets injuries from protecting her when they were little, which becomes her reason for cooking healthy food despite the bad taste. On the next day, Kou made them onigiri as thanks for the previous day, with the addition of liver, white roe and bitter melon, which Yoko bravely eats. When Yamaji comes and asks her not to give Miss Yoko weird things to eat, Kou says that nothing good for them is tasty.
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A week later, Futaba reveals that she is running out of money due to her accidentally use her allowance to eat the expensive grilled sea urchin.
When Futaba decided she probably should work part-time, Yoko plans to do the same as well, while asking what should be a good place for her to work. Her two friends instantly imagine Yoko acting tsundere in a maid cafe. While Futaba suggests that they ask Yamaji, surprisingly he is nowhere to be found. They suddenly come across a flyer about a new cake shop named Secret Garden recruiting for workers. When they enter, there is no one around, so they look around. By looking and tracing the blood-colored spot on the floor, they thought that a murder happened, but it appears to just be a person accidentally spilled jam on the floor, and sleeping with her eyes open out of exhaustion.
She introduces herself as Sonobe Shino, Nishikawa Family's former maid, now opening a cake shop with Yamaji's help. Similar to Yamaji, she is also surprised that Yoko made some commoner friends. When Yoko tells her desire of working, Sonobe instantly agrees and even ask her two friends to work as well. An angry Yamaji Mitsugu comes in and fights Sonobe in an attempt to disallow Yoko's employment, which is stopped by Yoko.
When they return home, they come across a food challenge, which Futaba effortlessly finish, filling her stomach and even get extra money out of it. On a different day, Teru come across Futaba, who once again finishes another food challenge.
They decide to go to Secret Garden and compliment the cake Sonobe gave them the other day, with Futaba claims that the cakes have a taste of maid. At Secret Garden, they found Yoko-sama in a butler outfit, surprising them though their reasons are different.
Yoko tells them that she is working there alongside Yamaji and Sonobe, and reveals that Sonobe is in her early thirties, despite her appearance.
Yoko is dismissed early by Sonobe, so she walks home with Teru and Futaba. On the next day, Futaba and Teru found Sonobe in their school, wearing the appropriate school uniform which she skillfully tailored.
Sonobe watches as Yoko carry out her classes, and realize that Teru and Futaba is not in Yoko's class, despite them being friends. The three of them then eat lunch together with Sonobe. Pleased with what she saw, Sonobe returns home, while asking Futaba and Teru to take care of Yoko-sama. The next day, Yoko found Sonobe handing out flyers to students, to her annoyance. In Futaba's case, it is revealed that she has been a walking black hole since she was in primary school, eating a loaf of bread with jam for snacks.
When they ask about Teru's past, she tells them that Santa didn't give her none of what she wanted back then either a white tigera pumaa snow leopard or a sabre-toothed cat. Suspecting it is because she has been a bad girl, she vows to be a good girl and study hard, even though it is all just for show.
Both Futaba and Sonobe are initially jealous of Teru who has a good older sister, but retract their statement after seeing her act in the present. Serina is frustrated to see Teru's cat Beelzebub's photo in a magazine, so she decides to take pictures of her cat as well, to no avail since she only has a smartphone camera. While Yoko says that she wants a pet as well, Futaba said she already has a dog, as Yamaji suddenly appears and ask her who does she mean by that statement.
Futaba jokingly asks Yoko to throw a stick and asks Yamaji to fetch it, but he surprisingly does so, to their creep. The next day, the three talks about hobbies. When Futaba claims that her hobby is cooking, Teru and Yoko don't believe it, and instead mock her by saying that her hobby is eating cooked food. In the evening, Futaba and Teru accompany Yoko, who wants to try eating at a fast food restaurant.
Yoko points out that Futaba likes to eat outside, which Futaba claims that eating out is what she lives for. There, Yoko reveals that her mother has died, and her father is working on "something big", and sending her allowance regularly.
Outside, they meet with Takezono Yuu, who claims to be Yoko's promised prospect fianceewhich Yoko denies, and tells them it is just a promise on the lips. Yuu meet with Yamaji soon afterwards, calling him a stalker.
The next day, Futaba's cousin is visiting, so they go to meet her. She introduces herself as Usuda Sakura, and when Yoko claims her to be cute, she replies that she already knows about it.
Sakura tells them that she has already planned for her life, while Yoko is reminded how life can be so cruel. Sakura considers Yamaji to be a future husband, seeing him as someone handsome, but cancels her intention after knowing that Yamaji is a stalker. They run into Yuu, who gives Yoko wagyu beef. A happy Sakura hugs Yuu-kun, surprising him, while revealing that they are both classmates, and Yuu-kun is her number one candidate to be her darling. The next day, Yoko tells them that she failed to cook the beef.
Claiming that her hobby is cooking, Futaba helps her to cook the beef, as the three have dinner together at Yoko's house. After annoyed by hearing that Futaba just come to play Old Maid with her, Teru suggests that they go to somewhere cooler.
In a restaurant named Jonafull, as the three friends sit down, Yoko-sama dozes off, and hit her head quite hard on the table. They learn that Yoko is exhausted from working. The next day, hearing that Yoko is exhausted and had injured her forehead, Sonobe asks Yoko to rest.
A worried Yamaji starts screaming asking Yoko to see a doctor, which Futaba advises that he is the one who should see one.
In the end, after hearing that both Futaba and Teru has nothing to do, Sonobe asks them to manage the shop for the day, in which they have no choice but to agree. Teru complaints that she has to wear a maid uniform Sonobe's extra outfit while Futaba wears a white shirt with black skirt.
Sonobe replies by implying that she has no clothes with Futaba's size, since Futaba has a dynamite body figure. Futaba is shown to be an excellent worker, thanks to her vast knowledge about foods. Kou comes visiting the shop to see her sister works. A worried Yuu comes running to see Yoko. Sonobe says that Yuu is kind, while pointing out that his birthmark has faded by looking directly under his clothes as to imply that he has grownto the latter's shock and horror.
Teru and Yamaji realize that Yuu might just like older woman, when he obediently obey Kou's words. Kou then reveal another reason she came to Secret Garden; to give Yoko some food to get her better, to everyone's horror. Kondo Asako comes to Serina's house, shouting "Nishiyama!
Asako invites Serina to go to Secret Garden together. Unbelievably, Yoko claims that it was thanks to Kou's food that she is better, with the extra effect of she doesn't need to sleep last night. When Serina and Asako arrives, Serina is shocked to see Teru working there, in which both Serina and Teru having a psychological fight, with Asako trying to help, but ends up hurting Serina as usual.
Sonobe asks Serina to work there as well, but Yamaji objects to it, once again fighting literally with Sonobe. The next day, Serina comes stalking Secret Garden. Caught red-handed by Sonobe, Serina is tricked into wearing a maid outfit tailored by Sonobe the day before and work there replacing Yoko to earn her money to buy the camera she wanted.
Despite not working, Yoko, Teru and Futaba visit the shop, shocking Serina. As they are getting more and more customers, the three of them help managing the cake shop as well. Later on, when Serina is looking at cameras she want to buy, she encounters Sonobe, who is making printout of her face, which the latter claims to give it to Serina as memento, to her embarrassment. Not surprisingly, Yoko-sama don't know what a beach hut is, and Sonobe's attempt on explaining it to her end in failure.
An overprotective Yamaji brings along a metal bat, with the intention of swinging it to anyone who stare at Yoko-sama. Futaba once again expertly shows her skill of attracting customers by eating the desserts herself.
While handing out flyers to promote the shop, Yuu comes in a big boat, with the intention to help Yoko work Yuu force himself to eat all of them under the pretense that Yoko is the one who made them, but Yamaji reveals that actually he is the one who made them. In the end, Yuu gets a stomachache. Sonobe states that she has prepared barbecue for everyone.
To Yuu's dismay, Yamaji is the one who cooks the barbecue. Kou suddenly comes out of nowhere, claiming that she comes to help.
When they tell her that the shop is closed, Kou instead grills barbecue and serve them to the sickly Yuu, with Yamaji informs that he will call an ambulance, just in case. Yoko, Futaba and Teru intend on playing on the beach after their work with Himitsu no Hanazono is over for the season, but due to a shark sighted on the ocean, they have no choice but to cancel it.
Yuu comes by and hand them tickets to the hotel pool, and invites them to play over. To his horror, Usuda Sakura is there as well, even though it's just a coincidence. Happy that she found Yuu-kun, Sakura tackles him into the pool, which resulted in him being sent to the hospital though according to Futaba, it's just mental damage.
Unknown to them, Kou won the tickets to the pool from a raffle a while back, and gave it to Asako, who comes with Serina. At first, they try to ignore the three of them, but Futaba's act of training to catch abalone made Serina can't hold her temper any longer. Knowing that Teru is there, Serina runs off. Teru tries to finish her sandcastle, but Kou asks her to swim instead. Although everyone knows she can't swim, Teru can't escape her fate, and Kou forces her to train in the kiddie pool.
Sonobe and Yamaji's arrival saves Teru from being forced, as they bring lunch. While Yoko-sama points out that both Sonobe and Yamaji are late, both of them imply that they actually hunt the shark sighted on the beach and cook it for lunch. Futaba only thinks about food, and says that it is an autumn of eating, while adding that she can eat five times as much in autumn.
They meet with a blue-haired boy, who shouts "Odagiri Futaba! At Stuffed Hut a restaurantYoko is mad because the boy they met earlier is being impolite.
They wonder how would someone know Futaba's full name. In the food challenge, Futaba manages to eat or rather, sucking using a straw a huge bucket of Almond Jello under the given time, completing the challenge. They then realize that Futaba's full name is put on the board each time she finishes a food challenge. At school, Futaba and Teru meets a girl with the same look as the boy, who shouts "Odagiri Futaba!
During lunch, they discuss whether the two persons are a similar person or not. When Yoko returns to her class with the intention of asking Yamaji to investigate it later, she meets the blue-haired girl, and realizes that she is actually her classmate, and asks the girl to meet her on the roof after school.
After school, the girl is shown to look up to Yoko, and is surprised to see her coming with Odagiri Futaba and Teru. When Teru says her name is Tsuji Sasame, Yoko says that she doesn't know her name, since she hasn't talked to her classmates yet. Sasame is surprised when she knew that Yoko is friends with Futaba, and asks Futaba not to stand in her older brother's way anymore.
Even more surprising, her brother is one year older than her, despite the sibling look like twins. Sasame tells them that her brother likes doing the food challenges, and will not stop before he can defeat Odagiri Futaba, even pushing himself too much.
Futaba assures her that she will defeat her brother so bad so that he can fight no more, which makes Sasame cries and call Futaba an idiot before running away in tears. When both Yoko and Teru gives her a disappointed look, Futaba claims that she just wants to eat, and start pitying herself, which her friends deny.
Futaba is banned from taking food challenges from restaurants besides Stuffed Hut due to her glutton, so she orders normally at Stuffed Hut this time, fear that she would be banned there as well, which is denied by the owner.
She orders a large helping of curry with egg, corn, cheese, croquette, cutlet and sausage, and the older Tsuji appears out of nowhere, claiming that is far from normal size. He instantly orders the same thing as Futaba, and claims that he won't lose against her. Tsuji finishes eating faster than Futaba, as he look at her proudly. Futaba claims that she doesn't want to compete and just want to enjoy the food this time, so Tsuji pays his food and run away crying.
A stalking Sasame claims that she won't forgive Futaba. Yamaji appears out of nowhere, asking that maybe she sensed him, though she denies it. Suddenly they see a candy lying in the middle of the road. Far from stupid, Futaba easily know that it is a trap and drag the proprietor out, who is revealed to be Sasame.
Sasame is surprised Futaba is not caught, as she claims that she catches her brother with the same tactic. Sasame reveals that she want to stop Futaba while not making Nishikawa Yoko hates her, which is exactly what she did. Shocked by the hatred, Sasame runs again, blaming Futaba. They tell Yoko that since Sasame is the first classmate she talks to, she should be nice to her, though Yamaji talks too much, angering Yoko-sama. At school, Serina is annoyed that both Futaba and Teru are talking loudly when she reads.
Serina claims that she borrows it from Asako, which she agrees, though Asako says that Serina is the fan of the manga from primary school, despite Asako is the one who buys majority of them. Teru laughs at Serina's book of choice, which makes her running away from class, crying.
Futaba notes that she has seen a lot of the same scene recently. Yoko stumbles upon Sasame while walking. A scared Sasame hit upon a pillar, which starts a chain reaction, and falls down. Seeing her coins scattered, Yoko, now values money more than ever, helps Sasame picks her coins. Sasame claims that she is ten yen short, and a panicked Yoko starts looking for it.
Thankfully, Teru arrives, and lends Sasame the ten yen she needs. Later, Sasame comes to class to return the ten yen she borrows. Hearing that Yoko works at Secret Garden, Sasame goes there, stalking. Getting caught red-handed by Yoko and friends, Sasame ends up eating cake with them.
Sonobe tells Yoko-sama that she is glad Yoko-sama made another friend. A happy Yamaji says it is a miracle, and expresses his happiness that people can make friends even without money, and Sonobe is happy to be surrounded by another high school girl, and express her relief that Yoko becomes poor, to Yoko's annoyance.
The next day, both Yoko and Sasame pair up in physical education class, as Teru and Futaba watch happily. Suddenly, a new customer enters, and Teru sits besides Serina.
Both of them are surprised to see each other there. The story then flashbacks to that morning. Kou asks Teru to go out with her, and when she points to Nekonimashi, Teru reveals that she has a coupon to there already, which is the reason of Serina's encounter with Teru. Kou asks Serina the name of the cat she adopted back in episode 3, and when she says that the cat's name is Eternal or El for shortTeru laughs and claims that Serina just used the dictionary, which the latter can't refute, due to the fact is true after all.
Teru then tells them the name of the cats at the cafe, " Konohanasakuya-hime " called Kono-chan" Lakshmi " called Mi-chan" Apu-Kon-Tiki - Viracocha " and " Teutates ". While Serina says that the names are good, Teru points out that those names will be used at vet or in public, embarrassing the owners.
Serina takes out her DSLR camera and start taking pictures of the cats, as Teru watches in envy she didn't bring hers. While the ticket is for two people, Futaba says that she can't go she doesn't like animals so muchwhile Yoko-sama has work, so they suggest that Teru goes with Serina, to her dismay.
Worried, Asako and Futaba tails them. Though they try to split up, Serina's and Hayama's planned route in the zoo is exactly the same, making them meeting each other no matter where they go. At the Cat Room section, Nishiyama praises Serina for getting all the cats hooked to her.
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We're looking forward to serving you in Be safe and have a great New Year celebration! December 30, - If you want to build a house, it starts with a strong foundation.
To a great extent, the foundation contains the DNA that predetermines the options for the home that can be build on top of it. The same holds true for your book marketing strategy. It starts with a strong foundation. In episode 11 of the Smart Author podcast, out yesterday, I present part 2 of my six part series on book marketing. I share 17 tips on how to reinforce your marketing foundation to enable new and greater opportunities for the years ahead.
I discuss author brand-building, platform-building, knowledge-building and distribution. Check it out on our Smart Author page or visit the Smashwords Blog for more about this episode.
December 22, - Items: Today on Smart Author, I kick off the first in a six-part series on book marketing. I'm doing an exclusive audio serialization of the new edition of the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, the first major update in almost five years. If you haven't done so already, please be sure to subscribe to the podcast at your favorite podcast source so you can be the first to hear these new episodes.
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As we advised previously, some retailers will want uncertified erotic books removed from their stores after January 1, if not earlier, even if those books DO NOT contain themes prohibited by a given retailer. Previously, we delivered everything. Now their rules mirror Apple iBooks. They accept mainstream erotica and erotic romance, and also accept dubcon, but will no longer accept the other taboo categories.
All books requiring certifications all erotic romance and erotica that are not yet certified will also be removed from Tolino-powered stores within the next several days. November 28, - Holiday delivery schedules.
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In it, I share 20 tips to find the strength to power on despite the inevitable ups and downs of every writer's journey. Although I didn't deliberately plan it this way, today's episode fits with the Thanksgiving theme. More at the Smashwords Blog. If you find the episode useful, please share it with a writer friend. November 20, - Inktera, a small retail channel formerly known as PageFoundry, has closed down their store and is reorganizing their operations.
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Access it at Apple Podcasts or visit the Smart Author hub page for links to other podcast directories, or to listen right here over your web browser. There's also a short post on it with links over at the Smashwords blog. Marketing is important, but the more time you spend on marketing, the less time you have for writing.
What do I mean by autopilot? These are "set and forget" marketing tactics you implement once yet will reap you months or years of marketing benefit.
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October 30, - Wow. It's right there among the first podcasts listeners will see when they're searching for a new podcast to listen to. Big thanks to Smashwords authors and publishers especially those of you who signed up for our launch team! With your help, we're changing the world one indie ebook at a time! If you're not on iTunes, you can view a screenshot of the feature over at the Smart Author Podcast page at Facebook. Today is launch day of the Smart Author Podcast.
The first four episodes should start appearing around Noon Eastern. I'll post updates thoughout the day related to the launch. Tim Knox has the scoop on the launch of the podcast. He did this video interview with me yesterday and it just went live this morning. We've got more great indie author quotes over at the Facebook Smart Author Podcast page. Thanks, everyone for the encouraging words today. We're getting some great feedback on the initial episodes so it's great to hear authors are learning new ideas and insights.
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If you know anyone who's ever suffered from fear, anxiety or depression, Rachel's talk may help change their life. Rachel Van Dyken on Overcoming Fear. September 21, - At least once every three years, the US Internal Revenue Service IRS requires all non-US authors and publishers to review, update and certify the tax compliance information that was provided to Smashwords via your Payment Settings page.
Soon, non-US Smashwords authors and publishers will receive reminder emails from Smashwords with a prompt to visit your Payment Settings page. This information is required to ensure uninterrupted payments. Thank you in advance for helping us maintain IRS compliance! September 15, - Smashwords today introduced a new policy regarding erotic literature. Effective immediately, all authors and publishers of erotic literature will be asked to provide supplemental categorization information regarding the absence or presence of certain taboo themes.
This enhanced categorization information will be used to honor the listing preferences of our retailer and library platform partners. Conventional book categorization standards are inadequate for erotic literature. Our new approach, which has been blessed by our largest sales outlets, aims to ensure trust and transparency for the benefit of authors, publishers, retailers, libraries and readers alike.
Over at the Smashwords Blog we've got full details on this new initiative, along with a handy chart that summarizes which taboo themes are acceptable at which sales outlets. If you publish erotic literature, please click to your Dashboard to begin certifying the absence or presence of these taboo themes.
September 12, - We're excited to announce Global Pricing Control, a new feature that allows you to set custom pricing in different countries and local currencies. It's a great tool if you're running a BookBub ad or any other custom price promotion in any country. Access the new feature from your Dashboard.
Full details at the Smashwords Blog. In a nutshell, they no longer accept certain taboo subcategories of erotica as described in their newly updated content policy which you can now read at http: Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
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A superfan will propel your career forward for decades to come because they're the readers who will buy all your books sight unseen. They're the readers who leave five-star reviews, order your book on preorder, and who drive enthusiastic word-of-mouth for your books and author brand.
They're less price-sensitive because they trust you'll provide them a great read. For this week's Publishers Weekly, I wrote a short column on the steps writers can take and avoid as you work to earn and deserve the reader's trust and admiration - How Indie Authors Can Cultivate Superfans.
July 25, - Scammers are using using Smashwords book reviews to make marketing solicitations to authors. If you receive this message, we advise you do not respond to the solicitation. If you have already responded, and if you've had any correspondence with this service or services, please alert the Smashwords service team by copying the full text of your email thread with the scammer into the Smashwords support form which you can access by clicking the "? If you're able, activate your email's "full headers" feature so we can better track the perpetrators of this scam.
An example of the scam message appearing in recent days on several book reviews is, "Hi, I would like to promote your Smashwords book for free to my list of newsletter subscribers.
If that is fine by you please email me at [redacted] to book your spot, thanks. June 23, - The Smashwords Survey is out!!! View the slides and data at the Smashwords Blog. The sale kicks off July 1 and ends July There's also a short post about it over at the Smashwords blog.
Effective this week, we are shipping updates and new books to them every hour, 24X7.
Previously they only accepted once-daily shipments, Monday through Friday. They've made a number of incremental improvements over the last few years that have led to much faster deliveries and book listings. This is yet another incremental improvement that will allow them to start processing our books faster so you can start pleasing their customers sooner. Most books should appear there within two business days of delivery. As a reference point, back in the early days andshipments for most retailers were once a week and it wasn't uncommon for some large retailers to take several weeks or longer to get the book live.
March 31, - Tomorrow is April 1, which means it's April Fools day. I was planning to write a fictional spoof about Amazon secretly firing their entire Kindle customer service team in India and replacing them with ill-tempered robots but no one noticedenhanced with real KDP support team email communications.
It would have been fun but I'm not doing it. I explain why over at the Smashwords Blog. In a nutshell, I think there's enough fake news out there already and I don't want to add to it on the one day per year where such fake news trickery is somewhat acceptable.
No tricks tomorrow, and that's the truth! Have a great weekend everyone. March 28, - The library ebook market is growing. This week for Publishers Weekly I wrote a column that shares five tips on how to market your ebooks to libraries. Check out the article here and please share with your author friends. At Smashwords, we love libraries and we love librarians. The article provides authors a peek inside the curation challenges faced by librarians, and offers ideas to help you get your books in the door.
February 28, - Read an Ebook Week kicks off this Sunday. The promotion is covered over at the Smashwords Blog and will also be promoted to over one million customers of the Smashwords Store. Visit our official event page at https: But more importantly, it will be promoted by participating authors.
The more authors who promote it, the more readers that will discover fabulous books by other participating authors. February 24, - We had a database connectivity issue this afternoon, which caused some books to not appear in users' dashboards. If you were struck by this issue, and ended up attempting to publish your book multiple times, please check for, and unpublish, any duplicates! Thanks and sorry for the confusion!
I'll do a keynote on 10 Trends impacting the future of publishing and then will follow that with three workshops on ebook publishing Introduction to. Learn more over at the Smashwords Blog. First shipments will begin in about one week with first titles appearing in their platform within three weeks.
Given the scale of our catalog it may take two or three months for them to onboard all the titles. All non-erotica Premium Catalog titles will flow automatically. Of course any authors who've chosen to opt out of all new channels or who wish to opt out not recommended! With the addition of CloudLibrary, Smashwords builds on our leadership in the library ebook space.
We love libraries because libraries are engines for author discovery, and library patrons buy a lot of books at retail! February 1, - tax forms were loaded yesterday find them at Account: Tax Documents though they were mislabeled as for By late last night, the issue was fixed for most authors and publishers but there are still a few lingering forms that await repair.
We should have it fully rectified in the next few hours. Thank you to our eagle-eyed authors who alerted us immediately, and please accept our apologies for any confusion this caused.
January 22, - Quarterly payments went out Friday. We made this change ahead of our other big news for February - our move to monthly payments as previewed in my year in review post a few weeks ago. We hope you enjoy our faster payments! December 31, - Happy New Year's Eve! As this crazy year comes to a close, I want to give a big thanks to Smashwords authors, publishers, retailers, library partners, readers, industry friends and Smashwords team members.
As is annual tradition around here, today I published my publishing industry predictions as well as our Smashwords Year in Review. Two posts over at the Smashwords blog. Please have a safe holiday weekend. We'll see you in ! December 19, - Learn how to do a beta reader round for your next release.
I wrote a how-to article for Publishers Weekly. Similar to iBooks see October 31 update belowKobo also goes into a relative lockdown mode during the holidays in which new books and metadata updates cannot be processed. For Kobo, they will not accept new title deliveries or metadata updates between December 19 and December This means that all final manuscripts for preorders that go on sale during or near these dates, and all desired uploads and prices changes should be delivered to Smashwords by Friday morning Pacific time December 16 to be safe if not before.
During holiday periods it's always smart to deliver in advance of stated deadlines. November 21, - Tip of the day - Now is a great time to look at your calendar for and get all your planned releases up on assetless preorder today.
With an assetless preorder, you establish the preorder listing without a manuscript. You don't have to deliver the final manuscript to Smashwords until 10 days before release, and if you need to shift your release date earlier or later, you can always do that self-serve from your Dashboard. Books born as preorders sell more copies because preorders enable more effective advance marketing.
Learn more about assetless preorders here.
October 31, - Holiday release planning for iBooks. Each year around the holidays, retailers usually implement special delivery deadlines for new releases. Apple informs us that for all release dates between December 18 to 31,iBooks' stated delivery deadline is Monday, December 12, PST. To be safe, this means if you have a release planned during this window, plan to upload your final manuscript by Friday, December 9. For release dates between January 1 and 8,the delivery deadline is Friday, December 16, PST which means you should upload your final manuscript on or before December Tips for expedited holiday processing: Get your holiday releases up on preorder now if they're not already up on preorder.
Preorders always receive expedited review and processing at Smashwords. It's not uncommon for a preorder listing uploaded in the morning to appear at retailers like iBooks and Kobo within a couple hours.
The deadline for final file delivery for preorders is 10 days before your on sale date. If you can upload early, you'll beat the last minute rush. The moment you upload your final file, download and review your epub version to check that the NCX and the formatting are all complete.Ending Kobo Chan - Yume No Ozaku (LIRIK)
If your book is uploaded at the last minute and it doesn't meet retailer requirements, it will delay delivery. If you require any special assistance to make your deadlines, please contact our support team by clicking the "? We look forward to helping you!
September 29, updated - We performed routine database maintenance today between 9am and Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. September 28, - Smashwords Coupons have been enhanced with two new capabilities: Metered coupons - allows you to limit the number of redemptions to create greater reader urgency.
Descriptive campaign labels - makes it easier for you to monitor your different coupon campaings. More at the Blog. Click on your Dashboard's Coupon Manager to try it today. This is being repaired today. For a few brief moments today, you may notice the sales disappear before they reappear in their accurate form a few minutes later.
We're sorry for any confusion this may have caused. August 24, - Smashwords today announced Smashwords Alerts, a new feature that automatically notifies readers when their favorite authors release a new book. Full details over at the Smashwords Blog. To follow an author they love, readers simply click to the author's profile page at Smashwords and click the button to subscribe to author alerts. Give it a try! A couple weeks ago over at the e-reading enthusiast site Mobileread, I asked readers there to identify their single most important method of book discovery.
The 1 most-cited method is to look first for the latest books from their favorite authors. Check out the survey here to see all the other answers. Enrollment is now open at https: Each year, thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers participate in this fun month-long promotion which celebrates summer reading in the Northern hemisphere and winter reading in the Southern hemisphere. Please help spread the word. The more books enrolled, and the more authors and publishers out there promoting their participation to readers, the more readers that can then discover the books of fellow Smashwords authors.
Think of it as a massive co-marketing collaboration where thousands of authors work in parallel to introduce readers to thousands of awesome indie ebooks.
June 18, - Each month, Publishers Weekly runs a bestseller list of the Smashwords Top 25 bestsellers for a recent month. The top 25 bestsellers for the month of April are now available on online HERE and will be in the print edition this Monday. June 6, - As a follow-up to my June 3 note below, an update: All previously missing sales are now reported in your Daily Sales charts.
They're aware of the issue and working to fix it. We're hoping by early next week they'll have the issue resolved. May 27, - Items. Smashwords and Wattpad are collaborating on another promotion. As you may recall, last year they did a big promotion that featured about 70 Smahwords romance authors. This week and for several weeks to comethey're promoting Smashwords mystery and thriller writers. The full story is over at the Smashwords blog.
We expect to partner with them on additional promotions in the future to support other categories.