Part 3 of 3 in How To Self-Publish a Book 101.

Places other than Amazon to Sell Book
Tools to make formatting easy
Done for you Services for Distribution

Episode 74: How to Self-Publish a Book (Pt 3 of e)

Episode 74: How to Self-Publish A Book (Part 3 of 3)I am writing a book in 2017. This is my research as my podcast documents my journey and shares it with you. So if you have self-published a book already and have tips or insights, please reach out as I would love to hear from you. In Episode 74 I discuss 5 other platforms to sell your ebook:Apple iBooks, Kobo, Blurb, Nook, Google Play & bonus: Scribd. Resources to Format: Pressbooks & Vellum . Done for you Distribution & Sales:Smashwords, Draft2Digital & Pronoun .Are you thinking about writing a book? Have you written a book? I'd love to hear from you. .What's the best way to write a book? Start . Have a great weekend!.. .#adobeaftereffects #animation#tipsandtricks #tips #self-publish#writinglife

Posted by Mike Murphy LLC on Friday, February 3, 2017

 

Episode 72 (Part 1):

Writing & Editing Tools:
Scrivener
Ulysses
Bear
Grammarly
Hemingway

Writing Accountability Website (I Failed):
750words.com

Episode 73 (Part 2):

Self-Publishing on Amazon.com

And the 3 main components of Amazon related to self-publishing which were:

  1. Kindle Direct Publishing to get your ebook in the Kindle Store
  2. CreateSpace for on-demand printing of physical copies of your book
    And finally
  3. ACX, or converting your ebook to an audiobook and we also touched on some money-making opportunities for podcasters and content creators to audition for reading audio books.

Episode 74 (Part 3)

Self-Publishing & Distribution in addition to Amazon.com

Other eBook Marketplaces (Amazon Competitors)

Apple iBooks Store: Ebook store designed for use on iPhones and iPads and there is no web version or store you can access in a browser to purchase books.

Kobo Writing Life: Popular platorm for self-publishers and will distribute your book to ebook sellers around the world. There is a 5-step process and then Kobo handles the rest and you get paid once you reach over $50 in royalties. Kobo is also a physical e-book reader that is a direct competitor to the Kindle Device and appears to be more popular in international markets.

Barnes & Noble: The Nook is still around, but Amazon is putting the squeeze on Barnes & Noble.

Blurb: I like Blurb. Blurb is a pioneer in self-publishing and made it possible for anyone to make and sell books without having to invest in upfront costs. Blurb can be viewed on Kindle, iOS and Android devices.

Google Play: The android platform for books and more. It is criticized for being hard to upload, but the Google search engine power makes it worth it.

Bonus: Scridb Read books, audiobooks & more

PART 2: FORMATTING MADE EASY

There are many different eBook formats and this is where a lot of people get overwhelmed:
PDF, ePUb, AZW, Mobi are the most common formats.

Scrivener, Ulysses and Adobe InDesign can handle all of these, but it takes a lot of work to make sure the design and formatting will work on multiple devices like Kindle, Nook, Kobo & iPad

Two time-saving tools to help with formatting:

Pressbooks.com

Vellum.pub

Note:
You still have to write the book in another program

You still have to manually upload your book to all of the platforms you want to sell on

But, you only pay for the formatting and owe them nothing in royalties.

Pressbooks.com

I may seriously consider this as I get my book in order as it will be a huge timesaver.

Costs: From $19.99 – $99 per book

You will still need to create accounts and upload your books to Kindle and iBooks and Google, etc, but Pressbooks does all of the heavy formatting work and ties it up in nice package for you to distribute on multiple platforms.

Vellum.pub
Not quite as powerful or feature-rich as Pressbooks.

Vellum “easily create beautiful eBooks.”

Cost: $19.99 per book a la carte or
$199 for unlimited books.

Simply upload your manuscript, Vellum will make it look pretty and spit out all of the formats exactly as you need them for uploading to all the major eBook sellers.

PART 3: DISTRIBUTION MADE EASY

Amazon is Step 1 for most self-publishers.

There are very popular platforms that have partnerships with all of the major eBook sellers around the world and you can upload your book and they will make sure your good gets sold in all of the other eBook marketplaces. This done for you service is convenient and major time savor, but you will make less per book than if you did it yourself.

  1. Smashwords.com
  2. Draft2Digital
  3. ProNoun

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