I’ve run across a handy chart comparing the leading Indie Ebook self-publishing services. It provides royalty rates for each service, but beware: Some services are free, but keep a percentage of the author’s gross sales. Others charge fees.
You might also want to start by reading the post, “Digital Book World Self-Publishing Guide,” which is very concise, but probably doesn’t include any new information. The accompanying chart, which I found most helpful, is here.
I broke through the 50,000-word barrier on my WIP (that’s Work in Progress, for the uninitiated) a few days ago. I’ve rarely had trouble with the proverbial “writer’s block,” but as I approach the end of the WIP, I’m encountering some unexpected psychological resistance. I may have broken the resistance yesterday.
As I try to finish up the book, I find I’m easily distracted. Most of all, I’ve been confusing myself by reading all the advice I can find about the details of publishing an Ebook, particularly the ongoing discussion about Amazon’s Select program, which threatens to suck the oxygen out of competing Ebook channels.
It’s easy to find information about the most well-known distribution channels, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Nobel’s PubIt!, and Smashwords. But I’ve also been running across advertising for a number of other services. They’re all in it to make money, one way or another. I can’t help but wonder about the value of the services available, and particularly if any of the services give an author’s book an edge in the marketplace.
The chart referenced above doesn’t resolve my questions regarding quality or professionalism of the services, but it offers some hints, and it helped me get a handle on the basic differences among the services. Most notably, the chart leaves out Apple’s e-publishing program.
The present consensus of author-bloggers, based on many posts I’ve read, is that Amazon is the clear leader in the growing Ebook market, whether an author chooses to opt in or out of the Select program. In fact, Amazon more or less single-handedly created the market! Most authors report far fewer sales from other channels. But cumulatively, sales from other channels could be significant.
I’d be very interested to know if anyone has experiences to report from any of the service providers, such as Book Baby, Lulu, FastPencil or Outskirts. You’re welcome to add your thoughts or experiences in the comments below.
— John Hayden
- Ebook and Indie Book Revolution Is Reflected in Blogs (johnhaydeninmd.com)
- Where to Start With Publishing (A Couple of Questions I Received and My Answers) (selfpubauthors.wordpress.com)
- In Depth: Kindle self publishing: Free but at what cost? (techradar.com)
- Ebook Mania: Juggling the Moving Parts of a Publishing Rube Goldberg Device (marketyourbookblog.com)
- Decisions, Decisions…BookBaby vs. Smashwords (rachelrueben.com)
- How Are Your Sales With Google Ebooks? (worddreams.wordpress.com)
- Smashwords to Distribute to Blio and Public Libraries Via New Distribution Agreement with Baker & Taylor (smashwords.com)