Evelyn Chartres Author

The Portrait in Print

Its been a good week for the Portait! A work which was released a little over a year ago.

On Smashwords the novel broke two-hundred (200) downloads, a definitive sign that even after a year listed the novel still generates some interest. In itself this is impressive, given that I spend very little time trying to advertise the work.

Views over the last 30 days for The Portrait on Smashwords.

Download activity over the last 30 days for The Portrait on Smashwords.

In other news, with the help of Moran Media the design got a makeover and its design was accepted by CreateSpace. Hence the Portrait is now available in print!

Unlike the Portrait of a Woman, this version is available in black and white. This change radically drops the book’s price; previous versions sold for close to 30$ USD whereas this one sells for under 7$ USD.

Additional distribution centres were not selected, since that would increase the base price of the book. I suppose if there were ever a demand to open up those channels I may consider it. Until then, better to make it affordable!

A Belated Time to Celebrate

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I was making sure that all of my storefront links to the Portrait were valid, when I noticed that my novel had reached 150 downloads on Smashwords.  Well it is 151 because I was rather late in noticing the milestone.

My decision to target Smashwords seems to have been a good one.  Here are some reasons why:

  • Smashwords has enabled me to target other sites such as Kobo, Indigo, Scribd and Barnes and Nobel without creating individual accounts.
  • Smashwords has a user community of its own and have left more comments than any other.
  • Smashwords has not buried my book under tons of new material.  I still get views, even if the downloads have waned. I have to be realistic, pushing people to view and download a book can be a full-time job all by itself!
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Last 30 Days of Statistics for the Portrait Page Views

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Last 30 Days of Statistics for the Portrait Downloads

While this is an achievement (albeit a minor one), I did not feel it was worth the effort or calorie intake to make a full-sized frosted cake.  I will save that type of indulgence for later!

An Unexpected Review

I am rather negligent when it comes to looking up my book on sites to see if someone has read the book and left a review. While Smashwords had a strong initial trend of views and downloads, it has since slowed down.

Reviews Full Text – The reader liked the story. The reader found the over-use of the author, the artist, and the dreamer annoying. The reader still gave 5 stars. The reader will read other books by this author. The reader couldn't write a book if she tried so please take the readers criticism with a grain of salt. The reader thanks you.

Screen capture of the original review and rating on Smashwords.

That is to be expected, since The Portrait has been out a while and I do not actively push the content. However, it has yielded some reviews over time and I came across this one today!

Any review that says the reader will grab my next book is a great news for me. So I thought it would be nice to share!

The Portrait is available on for free on:
Barnes and Noblehttp://goo.gl/jloJZy
Indigohttp://goo.gl/moxGRS
Kobohttp://goo.gl/8wCF8s
Scribdhttp://goo.gl/jm7nbS
Smashwordshttp://goo.gl/dyk9BE

The eBook is also available on:
Amazonhttp://goo.gl/j01Hyc

The Portrait on Smashwords – Broke One-Hundred Downloads!

In February of this year, I released The Portrait. During its previous incarnation as The Portrait of a Woman, it saw little traffic and activity graphs conjured up images of a patient flatlining.

At least my decision to move away from Amazon‘s Kindle Direct Publishing sphere of influence and branch out into additional markets has breathed life into the project. On Smashwords, the novel has broken a hundred downloads (was 118 when I posted) and still sees daily views.

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Last 30 Days of Statistics for The Portrait.

While downloads may be waning on the graphs, I prefer to not make draw any definite conclusions.  The book is available through considerably more markets and is free! After all, what is the value of a novel if you cannot actually sell it?

Smashwords has also been wonderful in delivering my eBook to other markets.  True you may have more control if you do it yourself, however for free novels this I feel this feature is invaluable.

The Portrait of a Woman Is Dead… Long Live the Portrait!

“A vision from the past becomes a writer’s deadly obsession.”

The Portrait's Cover

The Portrait is available for free on:
Barnes and Noble
Indigo
Kobo
Scribd
Smashwords

The Portrait of a Woman was released over a year ago through Kindle Direct Publishing.  The novel never did gain much traction, so I decided it was time to breathe some life into it.

Enter The Portrait, featuring a shorter title, a fresh cover and minor changes to the storyline.  I had someone review the novel to touch-up the formatting and grammar here and there.  Overall this release is superior to the original release.

This time I used Smashwords, which also distributes through popular sites like Barnes and NobleChapters-Indigo, iBooks, Kobo and Scribd.  Additionally, this book is available at no cost, since I feel that it’s more important to get this story out there!

While you can get it from Amazon, the book is not available for free. Please tell them about a lower price so Kindle users can get the book free of charge from Amazon directly!

The Portrait’s Synopsis

The Portrait is a Gothic horror about Victoria Frost, an author who develops an unhealthy obsession for her character. As events unfold, her obsession begins to turn on her and leads the author to question her sanity. Is this simply her slipping deeper into madness or are there other factors in play?

The Portrait is a mixture of contemporary and historical scenes with the latter revolving around her muse.  In this novel, the author will revisit an iconic scene using both prose and art yielding new pieces to the puzzle with every pass.