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REVIEW: E-Book Weekly: Review of Freya’s Bower Site and...

Logo of Freya's BowerThis week we’re reviewing Freya’s Bower. Freya’s Bower is a subsidy of Wild Child Publishing. FB opened it’s electronic doors in spring of 2006. While the catalog is small, it offers books in fifteen different categories. It is a non-subsidy publishing house and pays 40% e royalties and 10% wholesale print royalties with no charges to authors. The only print book currently available appears to be its Charity Anthology.

It is advertised as “an erotica and romance publisher”, however, the submission guidelines are clear that if sex isn’t organic to the story, it should be left out. They prefer third person stories. Each month they give away one free ebook. The contest is simply sending an email with the word “contest” in the subject line. There is a newsletter, an author blog for readers to communicate with authors and a blog to keep up to date with the publishing plans of Wild Child and Freya’s Bower.

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  • Website layout – There are two sites: the main site which features the books and information about the type of book, length of book, ratings, submission information; and the bookstore site. Both layouts load quickly and are easy to navigate with links to information primarily on the left side of the webpage. On the main page, the primary method to navigate is by author, category, or rating. On the bookstore page, it is an alphabetic scroll through the catalog. Along the top of the main page run navigation links for contact, submissions, privacy policy, terms of use, and monthly contest.
  • Book length – The explanation of novel lengths are straight forward and not cutesy which I appreciate. They offer anywhere from a Bite (6,000-8,000) to Humungous (100,001+)
  • Freya's Bower LogoInformation about each book - Clicking on a book title takes you to a book page that features the cover art and a very short description of the book. There is a link to an excerpt and if the book was reviewed, it may include a link to a positive review. Unfortunately, from the book page, you cannot click on the author’s name to view other works. If you see this logo, it denotes that the book is a Freya’s Bower Bestseller.
  • Navigation – By author, category or rating on the main site. Alphabetical by title on the store site.
  • Excerpts – one page and only accessible via the main site. No excerpt on store site.
  • Reviews – links to reviews on the main site. Store site allows reader reviews.
  • Series – There does not appear to be any links to series or perhaps there are no series
  • Wishlist - There is no wishlist but there is a permanent cart where your books will remain until you remove them Cart – The cart can be accessed only after a book is added and then “Shopping Cart” and “Checkout” appear at the top of the page. Even after the book is purchased, it remains in the cart until you remove it manually.
  • Bookshelf – None
  • Payments – Credit card and paypal. Credit card information must be reentered for each purchase.
  • Downloads – Downloads are available via the invoice page which is a link sent to you in a confirmation email. Downloads are available for 14 days and the user is limited to three downloads.
  • Confirmation – A confirmation email was sent immediately after my purchase with a link to the detailed invoice. This link sends you to the download page. This information is not readily available in the confirmation email.
  • Account set up – Billing information can be saved for future purchases. Credit card information has to be reentered for each new purchase.
  • Formats – HTML and PDF.

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Irks: The credit card information must be reentered for each purchase despite the requirement to sign in to purchase a book. The books remain in the shopping cart even after the purchase. There is no direct link from the main site to the store site. You must put a book in a shopping cart in order to find your way to the bookstore. Of course, I am always unhappy with limited download times.

Pros: Both the main site and the store site load quickly. The cover art is available for each book and there are excerpts for each book. The store allows user reviews.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Jan
    Mar 19, 2007 @ 12:22:54

    I hadn’t seen you do this before (but then I miss a lot). This is a really great feature. Thanks for taking the trouble to do it.

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