Self publishing part 5

Everything is done. You are ready to publish. What now?

You can head over to kindle direct, to post on amazon.com. kdp.amazon.com for books under 2.99 you have the option of getting 35% royalties back. If you mark your book over 2.99 you can do 70%. You have a choice to do amazon select or regular. The select means you can only sale your book on amazon. The general let’s you sale it anywhere. Select gives you the option of free days and countdown deals which is pretty good. You also let amazon lend out your book to their prime members. You do get a % of the prime.

You can publish at Nook Press. nookpress.com. Royalties are 40% under 2.99 and 65% over 2.99.

You can publish at smashwords.com they have a how to PDF which I recommend you read through. If done right smashwords will publish you on bn.com, amazon, kobo, and a few others. You can also get free PDF, mobi, and epubs of your book when you upload it there.

One other that I use is All Romance Ebooks and Omnilit they have a huge collection of romance and others. Here you do need to have files to upload. I use just the PDF, mobi, and ePub which are the most popular. If done right they make books available at iBooks.

For print I use createspace.com they have easy guides and help you get your book into print. They are part of amazon so your book is available on there. There are options to put it out to other distributors as well.

There are other places as well. Always keep an eye out for ways to sell your books, but always be cautious as well.

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Publisher looking…

Some advice I wanted to share on those looking for a publisher:

  1. Do your homework. Research the company. Research the owners. The internet is an awesome tool to do searches on people.
  2. Writers Beware is a handy tool.
  3. If it sounds too good it probably is. There are certain things you notice. Always read over things, do not be afraid to ask questions. There is a great group of independent writers out there who will answer questions.
  4. Always read through your contracts finely. If it doesn’t look professional don’t sign. If there is early termination clauses question these.

Once you get accepted there are other things you need to keep an eye out. Don’t let a publisher bully you. A good publisher should be able to answer your questions fairly. Yes they are busy so it might be a couple days before your question is answered. Your publisher should not threaten you if you have concerns either.

There were a few things I noticed with NBP. One was that the publisher could careless about formatting. That should have been one of my red flags which I ignored. I would think a publisher would want the books they put out under their name to look as nice and neat as they could make them.

Being cautious is a good thing. Your book deserves good treatment. Find the right home for it, just like searching for a good babysitter or dogsitter. You want the best for your family, your book is your baby too.

For those reading who are published with publishers what advice would you give new writers?

Up next I will talk a little about self publishing and some helpful links.