Evelyn Chartres Author

Blurring the Lines

It’s not everyday that one gets to blur the lines between fiction and reality. Using a high quality version of my cover, I had a 20 x 30 inch canvas print of the Lady made.

So what is a canvas without a frame?  I had a local shop build me a custom frame using two separate borders. I have to admit that rather like the final product. Although I will say that I am likely biased!

A Portrait’s Vanity

I got a few copies of The Portrait in the mail from CreateSpace the other day, but could not inspect the package due to a business trip. This is the first time since my arrival that I’ve been able to get a good look at them and I believe they came out well!

As previously mentioned, this edition is in black and white which significantly reduced the prices. The images turned out well and are clear, additionally the four pages that were flagged as having unusual characters came out as they did in the preview… flawless. So yes, I am rather happy how they turned out!

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.