When I felt the book was complete, I turned to investigating how to get it published. I probably should have started this investigation earlier, but I didn’t. Though when I started digging, I found this article..
It is short, but contains a ton of general information. It was enough to get me going on a path to further discovery. I wanted more information and another author, Joel D Canfield…I’ve mentioned him before, had already recommended that I check out Smashwords as an ebook distributor. On the Smashwords website, I found this free ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success, by the same author, Mark Coker, who created the lengthy but very helpful style guide for submitting manuscripts to Smashwords. The thing I like best about this book is that the writer is honest. Sure, he’s going to promote Smashwords in it, but he takes it a step further to explain a lot of the pieces surrounding ebooks and indie publishing and more importantly the pros and cons of different indie publishing options.
Yes, you can make more money in royalties by submitting your ebook directly to Apple, Nook, etc. rather than using Smashwords, but if you modify your book or cover art, you have to also upload the new file(s) to each site. If you use Smashwords, you upload the new file(s), they will handle the distribution, and you make about 5% less in royalties. Personally I see that 5% as a price I’d gladly pay to save myself the time and headache of going to each site individually to upload the file. With Smashwords I can do it once, and my part is done. And there is ZERO cost to upload any new versions of your book and ZERO cost to get started with Smashwords. So I loaded the book to Smashwords which distributes to all the other ebook distributors (BN, Sony, Apple, etc). And I loaded the book to Amazon. Smashwords does distribute to Amazon after $2000 in sales. I’m not there yet, so I do handle the process myself on Amazon. And doing Amazon is also ZERO cost to me. So ultimately, Smashwords is a middle-man. But it’s a middle-man I want to have, so that’s why I use it.
Another free Mark Coker book available on Smashwords is, Smashwords Book Marketing Guide. I haven’t had a chance to get into this one yet, but I will. I’ve got five books I’m reading at the same time right now, so it will be a bit before I can dive into it.
Now, go! Write!