First Chapters–Going FREE on NoiseTrade and Smashwords

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jun• 30•14
First Chapters Omnibus

First Chapters Omnibus

eNovel Authors at Work took a giant leap into boxed sets to help promote member books. Jackie Weger had the idea, Rich Meyer,  eNovel Authors at Work’s tech guru executed it–because Weger is dumb as rock when it comes to tech stuff. Rich also designed the cover, made the banners for Facebook and Google Plus pages. Eleven authors participated in producing First Chapters up to 5,000 words of text. We asked for short author bios and short blurbs for books. At the end of each First Chapter is a link to the book’s buy page on Amazon. Rich pulled the book covers off Amazon so each book starts with a nice cover, then leaps right into First Chapters.

First Chapters is available for FREE download on NoiseTrade. Pete Barber, whose book NanoStrike is the lead title downloaded First Chapters from NoiseTrade as soon as it was posted and told us, it was smooth as silk to download the book. (Well, he  said it different, but I can’t print what he said here).  Rich followed up and reported that within the first couple of hours First Chapters had 13 downloads. NoiseTrade is hopping!

Thanks to Rich Meyer again, First Chapters is also now available as a FREE download on Smashwords.  As of July 22, 2014 First Chapters is on Amazon and priced at 99¢ because we can’t go FREE until Amazon price matches NoiseTrade, Smashwords and iTunes.

First Chapters is to introduce members’ book to new readers and at the very least give the books and authors some exposure.  We were able to put First Chapters together for $10 per author because Rich Meyer volunteered to put the omnibus together, build the cover and upload to all of the sites. Muchas Gracias, Rich!

First Chapters Omnibus

First Chapters on Smashwords

eNovel Authors at Work sends a heartfelt thank you to the authors who participated. We wish you great success. Do Tweet and Facebook First Chapters to your fans and followers. Don’t forget to use eNovel Authors at Work registered hashtag: #eNovAaW.

Participating authors: Pete Barber, Mike Markel, Sharon Cupp-Pennington, Dianne Greenlay, Lorrie Farrelly, Carolyn Steele, Linda Lee Williams, Julie Frayn, Donna Fasano,  Jackie Weger and Rich Meyer.



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    • Jackie Weger says:

      By the afternoon of July 2nd Smashwords recorded 71 downloads of First Chapters. You can help spread the word by tweeting. Pull the links out of the article and tweet once a week. Won’t hurt a thing.


      • Jackie Weger says:

        As of July 7th, Downloads on First Chapters is almost at 100–not yet though. Smashwords and NoiseTrade are getting the traffic. And Rich tells me we got 45¢ in tips on NoiseTrade. Laffin’.

  1. Great news. Looking forward to reading these.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      For those of you who don’t know, Terry is the guru behind Author Shout. I like Author Shout. Terry works with his ‘stable’ of authors and tweets our hashtag. He must have a tweet team because one of my tweets was RT 16 times by the Author Shout community. Thank you Terry.

  2. Rich Meyer says:

    Smashwords is being twitchy about getting it into the premium channels (for Nook, Kobo, itunes, libraries, etc.), but we’ll get it in there. I set the sampling of the book to 100% – I figure since it’s free and samples show up in the stats anyway, what the heck? 🙂

    Once we get it in the premium channels, we can it on Amazon and then have everyone do the “report a lower price” thing so we can get it set to “free” there as well. Then we can promo the heck out of it and ranking heads to the moon! 🙂

    Be sure to download your own copy of it! Everywhere!

  3. Mary Smith says:

    Sounds a brilliant idea. Don’t understand a word of the techy stuff but Rich seems to be the right one for the job.

  4. Wow! Thank you, Rich, and thanks to every author who contributed! It looks amazing!

  5. I am thrilled that my debut novel, HOODOO MONEY, was included in this cool project with so many other fine books. Thanks, Jackie! Thanks, Rich!

    Sharon Pennington

  6. Fantastic work Rich and Jackie, honoured to be included, looks like eNovel is really going places. 🙂

  7. What a great idea!! I love this!

  8. Jenny Harper says:

    I’ve downloaded it! Great idea – looking forward to some great reading!

  9. Sarah Lane says:

    Downloaded and look forward to reading them!

  10. Mike Markel says:

    Thank you, Rich, for your work on this project. Hope it helps us all.

  11. Rich Meyer says:

    FYI, First Chapters on iTunes:

    Hasn’t shipped from Smashwords to any of the others yet.

  12. Dale Furse says:

    What a great idea. I hope it’s a huge success for the participating authors.

  13. Rosie Dean says:

    Excellent idea. I now have it.

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