The Solstice

Where Did The Solstice’s Store Links Go?

Short answer: I took them down.

(Well, obviously. There’s only me working on the site!)

Long answer: I don’t sell a lot of books; I barely sell any. I’m never gonna hit the #1 spot on… well, anywhere, or get people sending me fanart. But of the few copies of The Solstice I did sell, they were only on Amazon. I checked: nothing on Kobo, nothing on Smashwords, nothing on Apple Books, nothing on Google Play.

But why? If I take it off all those platforms that I’m getting no sales on, then I can enter the book into KDP Select, which means I can take advantage of Kindle Countdowns (and maybe I will when I stop being lazy and figure out what one is) and free book days.  KDP Select also lets the book be available on Kindle Unlimited (so people can read it free, if they want) and the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.  All I have to give up in return is those non-existent sales on other platforms.

Bit of a no-brainer, really.

The Solstice, an m/m romance novella by Pax Asteriae

I Did A Thing (which means m/m romance novella The Solstice is now available for preorder!)

I should have been writing, I know.  I've got a whole bunch of things, not just Marcus and Blake, waiting for some love and attention.

The cover of The Solstice, an m/m romance novella by Pax Asteriae

One of them, though, is The Solstice, one of the Tales from Rosgarde I started writing in preparation for NaNo.  It took a... little longer to finish than anticipated: I completed it around midnight at New Year.  Quite aptly.

And now, in an uncharacteristic fit of optimism, I edited it and published it!  Well, set it up for preorder.  It comes out Friday 22nd May.

It was going to be Amazon exclusive, like the others, in order to be enrolled in KDP Select, but with the backlash against Jeff Bezos' news that he is now a trillionaire (!!!) I know quite a few people are now avoiding Amazon.  So, to everyone's dismay, I dusted off my passwords to Kobo Writing Life and Smashwords and logged into Google Play Books, and it's now available to preorder from there too.

Do I imagine queues of people desperate to preorder?  Not on your life.  And it's currently giving me a headache because it means lots of links on book pages instead of one or two, and Smashwords never actually gives you the links to the pages for their expanded distribution just to be awkward so I can never track down a link to Apple Books / iTunes / whatever the hell they're calling themselves now.

Couldn't I just submit through Apple, now they've finally opened their registration to us plebs without a sainted Apple device?

No.  Because Apple couldn't run a piss-up in a brewery, if that archaic and ridiculous sign-up process is anything to go by.

So Smashwords it is, for that anyway.

And what else?

Well, there may be a paperback on its way too...  I really can't imagine anyone buying it, but I felt like having fun.  (And yes, I really do consider formatting fun. 😀 )

So now it's just a matter of waiting, and then pretending I didn't Do The Thing because this always strikes terror into my little withered heart.

Such fun.

So if you like your m/m romance with boys who're angry, arsey and quick to fall in love, it's a short read, it has smut (ooooh) and it'll be relevant maybe once a year or so. Who knows.  Maybe if I write more of the longer Rosgardian stories, it may one day warrant a page of its own...