As a new indie author, I'm personally of the opinion that my greatest enemy is obscurity. This is one of the many reasons why my book is distributed with a Creative Commons license that allows (and encourages) sharing the book freely with friends, neighbors, and complete strangers on the internet.
However, this is not always an easy position to take because "distributed for free!" and "distributed widely!" takes a tremendous amount of time. At last count, my novel "Pulchritude" is currently distributed at almost 20 different links:
• Amazon (US) (eBook)
• Amazon (US) (Print)
• Amazon (UK)
• Amazon (DE)
• Amazon (FR)
• Amazon (IT)
• Amazon (ES)
• Apple (via Smashwords)
• CreateSpace (Print)
• Diesel (via Smashwords)
• Google Play
• Kobo (via Smashwords)
• Sony (via Smashwords)
The Amazon and Smashwords links can be consolidated into a single process, but that's still a lot of uploads and managing. And thus there is a natural tension between Distributing The Old Book and Writing The New Book, since the aspiring indie author is frequently strapped for time.
With that in mind, I'm going to swallow my pride and as for help. I love this post at Slacktivist which gathers up online archival sites that distribute free literature. However! I simply do not have the time or spoons to research each one, determine if they accept Creative Commons books or only Public Domain books (there is a difference and my book is not Public Domain), create accounts at each one, and upload as needed.
So! If you are an archivist, and particularly if you are involved with Open Library or Project Gutenberg, and if you're at all willing to help me distribute "Pulchritude" for free through any of these sites (and/or through any torrents you may have access to), I'd greatly appreciate any uploading that you would do on my behalf.
Here are things that you will need:
Author: Ana Mardoll
Publisher: Acacia Moon Publishing
Publish Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9849822-0-2 (eBook edition)
Asking for help is hard, but I figure that if there's someone out there with a passion for archiving and a few minutes willing to help me, it's worth the pain of asking. Thanks in advance.