As promised, I'm letting you know that I published my story "Brotherly Love" on Kindle this weekend. It came as a shock to find so many novels with the same title. I should have googled those two words first and come up with something better. But it will do for now. It will be interesting to compare results with Smashwords. Again, thanks for your help, pls and wondo.
Going off topic, last year I finished a 100,000 word YA novel and patted myself on the back. This is my break-out novel, I thought. However, my mentor said she liked the story but the structure was not sound, so I put it aside. With my time now virtually monopolised by my daughter's business, I have decided not to 'waste' that effort but to publish the ms by Do-It-Myself on CreateSpace. I don't intend to spend a lot of money on it but I feel I owe it to the people who helped me to at least give them a print copy. I see you shaking your heads and saying "Don't do that. Improve your manuscript first until your mentor is happy with it." However, honestly and truthfully, I'll never have enough time. I'm three-quarters of the way through my Martian story and want to submit it to an agent when it is finished, so whatever free time I can find will be devoted to that.
Revised versions of "The Gift" and "Staying Alive" are back on Smashwords.
Experience is the cold water that douses the fire of imagination. From "The Gift"