Saffina Desforges Presents – the Kindle Coffee-Break Collection

One of the best things about being an indie “success story” (according to the KDP newsletter only thirty indie authors have sold more than 100,000 ebooks on Amazon) is that we can pay it forward for other indie authors.

We’ve been doing that here at MWi for quite a while now. Check the archives and see some great authors and books now doing extremely well that we were delighted to showcase and predict as future winners back when they were knee high to the proverbial grasshopper.

Our Crossing The Pond publishing initiative (part of MWiDP) has seen many of our authors make inroads into the UK market, and next month sees the launch of our international ebook store aimed specifically at the English-speaking markets Amazon either blocks from buying or imposes a $2 surcharge so your 99c ebook costs the buyer $2.99. But the author still only gets 35c…

This weekend sees the latest in our pay it forward initiative for indie authors, with the first of our short-story anthologies.

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Saffina Desforges Presents… The Kindle Coffee-Break Collection – which will be going live shortly on other platforms as simply Saffina Desforges Presents…. The Coffee-Break Collection, with a variant cover – is a mixed genre pot-pourri of short stories from indie authors, introduced by Saffi herself, and the first of many. We’ll also be publishing some themed anthologies with exclusively sci-fi, or romance, or crime, or whatever as we go into 2012.

Royalties will be shared equally per volume between all the contributors in that volume, so it’s not a get rich quick scheme, but it is a great way of increasing your author exposure. With ten (in the case of volume one) authors promoting the book that means ten times the promotional exposure for each contributor, which could lead to sales on their other books if their short story proves popular.

We hope to have Volume 2 and Volume 3 out by Christmas, and into 2012 plenty more will follow, each fronted by the biggest indie name on Kindle UK (and on Waterstone’s – the UK equivalent of B&N).

Most of us have short stories laying around gathering cyberdust. Most of us don’t have enough material to make an anthology of our own, so anthologies like this are a  great way to make your short stories work for you, helping promote your books and increasing your brand exposure on Amazon and other sites.

We have enough contributions for the next few volumes, but the more the merrier. This is a open-ended series.

Anyone interested in contributing to future volumes should drop us a line – markwilliamsauthor@gmail.com – and request our submission guidelines.

That’s it for today. Blatant promo. But don’t moan. It could be your name in the anthology next time!

Here’s the list of the great authors who made volume one (alphabetically):

Anne R. Allen

Debbie Bennett

Pam Howes

Miriam Joy

Tracy Marchini

Peter Salisbury

Katrina Parker Williams

Misti Wolanski

Michael Yarwood

with intros by Saffina Desforges

Saffina Desforges Presents… The Kindle Coffee-Break Collection is available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk and will be available from other ebook vendors shortly.

Frustratingly the blog links to the Amazon sites won’t go live at this time, but just put Saffina Presents in the search bar on Amazon and it will come up.

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  1. *dances* Bought it, read part of it, so happy to see Miriam with her name ‘in lights’ *giggles* Got to find time to read the rest. Maybe I should get the Kindle app for my phone… if there is one… *grin*

    (Okay I’m a little crazy as even thought that’s Miriam up there, I feel as if it was me… lol)

    :} Cathryn Leigh

    • Thanks for buying, Cathryn!

      Sure is great to see Captain MIm on the professional circuit.

      Miriam is going to be helping collate an entire anthology (or better still a series!) exclusively with teen writers.

      2012 is going to be an interesting year!

  2. Whoooo! *dancing around happily for Mim* Me next, me next! Haha, I’m the only one of the St Mall’s team who isn’t published yet – I feel shown up! Bah, if only I had some money on the blasted Kindle to buy the thing with! Ah well, after Christmas maybe…

    • Miriam Joy
    • November 27th, 2011

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    Out of interest, any idea how many we’ve sold? Because we’ve charted, and I’m trying to work out how many of those innocents were lured there by my blitzkrieg of links on every single website I ever visit ever….

  3. So excited to be part of this! So amazing to hit the top lists–that’s never happened to little old moi before. I hope people are prepared for my story. It’s very, very dark humor. Miriam, thanks so much for the blitzitude!

    • I’ll admit, so far yours was the only other one I read aside from Miriam’s, Anne. I have to say I was in giggle fits by the end of it. I mean i see the dark side and the sadness of it all, but having lived in Cali when the Governator was elected and living near San Fran, her suggested trade stuck my funny bone. :}

      • I’m so glad you “got” it, Cathryn. After what happened with my last blogpost (death threats) I expect some serious hate on that story. Some people just can’t understand humor at all. Especially satire. Which is a shame. I’m not sure I could survive without satirists. My message is, of course: those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.

    • Great to have you on board, Anne.

      One of the great things about this mixed genre anthology is not having to pigeon-hole the stories into a single genre fix.

    • Ooo, dark humor. I like dark humor.

      You’ll probably like my story too, then. But I look forward to reading yours!

  4. Just downloaded this on my cool new Kindle Fire. It looks fabulous! Wonderful cover art, and the color really pops.

    I’m deep into “My Generation.”

    What a wonderful idea. And a bargain, at 99 cents U.S.

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