Precious advice. I am really learning a lot about Ebooks from this thread than I ever have. I was looking at publishing an ebook almost 5 years ago, my fear was not having enough information and letting something go out on the internet which was less than good. I will look at some of the suggestions and resources that have been shared here. I am not in lack of what to publish, it is how to publish it and the quality of what I have to give that is major issue to me. Thanks a lot.
I’d investigate Amazon thoroughly before publishing an E-book there. A POD via Createspace is an option, but you may severely limit marketing options by using Amazon’s E book publishing because of their exclusivity rules.
The Best Option out there right now is Smashwords. Stupid name but good service, easy to use lots of marketing outlets.
I am epublished through Siren BookStrand. I have had a very good experience with them, but my debut novel has only been out for a month. Not too much money, but just to FINALLY have a published book out there is amazing! And as a previous comment said, just to use it as a springboard to get a pubished credit to your name is good. Be careful though, because some publishers basically get total creative control over your manuscript once they accept it, and can change your story any way they want to and you can't say anything to stop it. ONe of my writing friends had that happen and was devastated. Siren BookStrand has been very good about working WITH the author on edits, rather than forcing changes down our throats. As for self-pub, I know someone who has done extremely well with Smashwords. She is very happy with her choice to self publish. So research before you make a decision, then go for it!
I decided to publish independently rather than accept conventional publishing deal that put all the profits from my work in other pockets. In so, I chose to publish my first novel as an E-Book only and it is working well. I have sales in over twenty countries across 4 continents.
Through the path I choose, once published, my book was available worldwide via the internet or phone APP in 10 different reading formats, with sellers like Barnes & Noble, Sony, Apple and many more.
I also have it set up so that independent websites or individuals that promote my novel can receive an 11 % commission for all digital copies they sell on my behalf.
Impressive! Thanks for sharing, I will check out your profile and website. All of you are being so gracious with the information you share. You just gave another perspective on publishing Ebooks which is quite helpful. I will run and see what your books are about. Best wishes and wish me the best too because I will definitely do it!
I have a blog site that I use to promote my book, and also placed ads on a couple of book review sites. I finally figured out how to make my own movies, using Windows Live Movie Maker and have just put a couple of "book trailer" videos out on You Tube. Not sure it has increased sales, but at least it gives me a fighting chance. Hopefully the longer they're out there, more people might actually buy the book. But I do confess I have a wonderful sense of accomplishment in just knowing I am published, even if I never make it to a best seller's list.
The most important item I have found is to use a distributor that has multiple marketing and retailing arms. For example, if your book is accepted by Smashwords (the distributor I use), your Ebook will be formatted in roughly ten different digital delivery options that include Kindle (mobi) Nook (Epub) and more for computer and smart phone.
Further if the book is reviewed and approved as a Premium listing, they have marketing and delivery relationships with Barnes & Noble, Diesel Ebooks, Sony, Apple IBooks (thru I tunes) Kobo, Baker & Taylor and many more. As well as affiliates like Goodreads, All of which will give your book Global presence. I have actually sold more books in Europe, Australia and Asia than here in the US.
I had requests for printed versions so I am 'self-publishing' using a program I downloaded from the internet called 'FinePrint' http://fineprint.com/fp/. I am hoping to sell some of these printed books at the charity where I work to raise some money for the charity. They are only short children's stories so they are in a thick booklet design, one taking up 7 sheets of A4/100gms, the other taking up 14 sheets of A4/gsm (then folded with the front cover printed on double sided gloss A4/180gsm instant dry and stapled). They look quite professional and customers at the shop are quite happy to pay £2.00 for them.
You won't get a professional editor for your Ebook, so make sure to really pay attention and correct those grammar/spelling mistakes. Let me know if you got it published. Maybe market it to libraries with digital programs so more people will read it
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