The purpose of this post is to define the terms aggregation and distribution. I also want to introduce you to the tools and services I recommend most. Read carefully and get on the right publishing path that reaches a wide network of online ebook retailers and brick-and-mortar bookstores. Indie authors can upload ebooks to sell […]
Since my first year-end report in 2010 (see also 2013, 2014), the world of self-publishing has stabilized significantly with vendors steadily improving their features and partnering with others to offer more robust services. The publishing industry has been in great upheaval since the mid-90s, sending published and unpublished authors into a panic when faced with unknown options […]
This morning Smashwords announced a new distribution agreement with Gardners Books. The arrangement includes a retail component and a library component. Key takeaways include: * Smashwords will deliver approximately 230,000 titles to 400 ebook stores powered by Gardners, operating in 32 countries and serving readers in 138 countries; 2,000 public libraries in the UK; and […]
Canva announced their ready-to-edit ebook cover designs this month. Take a look and you’ll find a bunch of templates pre-filled with images, fonts, and graphics. You can switch out the image with your own (or stock photo or royalty-free image), and change the font color and sizes.
This week, Smashwords announced what they say is its most ambitious feature ever, assetless preorders. I always encourage authors to use Smashwords, the largest ebookseller in the world, to publish and distribute their ebooks to the widest network possible. If you’ve got Smashwords and Kindle, then you’ve got the ebook market covered. Not to mention app stores and libraries. […]
Publishing small prevents author overwhelm and also avoids what I call “the embarrassment of premature distribution” because any mistakes you make – typos, keywords, design adjustments – can be corrected and re-uploaded quickly and easily. So before you distribute your book with BookBaby, IngramSpark, or Smashwords, think about going direct with just one online retailer […]
You’ve got your manuscript, so now what? Before committing to big distribution, try these quick and easy ways to publish while you finesse your book with great editing and design. You won’t even need to buy an ISBN number. If you’re not quite ready for prime time, beta publishing is a great way to get […]
If you are self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57. Wait a minute, Carla. Do you mean to say that instead of paying upwards of a thousand bucks for professional book design […]
This week’s indie pub love goes out to Smashwords’ Mark Coker, self-publishing author-enabler with his wildly successful publishing engine. If you’re self-publishing a text heavy ebook this is the place to be. Smashwords only makes money when authors make money. They have no author services to sell you, not even a how-to guide because Mark […]
Apple today named a Smashwords title as its Book of the Week for its US and Canada iBookstores. The title is Heller, a series-starter for Australian mystery and detective writer, JD Nixon. Apple concluded a similar promotion in Australia and New Zealand last week which caused all her priced titles to catapult to the top […]
10 Great Services to Help You Create and Sell Your Ebooks – Self-Pub Boot Camp Approved! These ten great services are Self-Pub Boot Camp-Approved vendors. This means that I have used them and have found them to be cost-effective, reasonably easy to use, ethical, reliable, reputable, get-your-money’s-worth vendors. This particular list of vendors names those […]
Smashwords in 4 minutes – learn how easy it is to create and distribute your text-heavy ebook to online ebook retailers and iOS and Android app stores. This audio – video slideshow is the kind of thing I present in the Self-Publishing Boot Camp workshops.
Read Mark Coker’s free Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success – identifying 28 best practices of the most commercially successful Smashwords authors. Many of the authors are poster children for the best practices he recommends. The Secrets book is all about what you as an author can do to publish professionally. He underscores in the book […]