This Friday, I recommend checking out PublishDrive if you're selling your books in ebook format or plan to.
Selling In Multiple Stores And Countries
PublishDrive offers a way to upload an ebook once and sell it in over 400 stores worldwide.
The stores includes ones you've likely heard of, like Apple iBooks, Kobo, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble, and also hundreds of others.
What I like about PublishDrive is that chance to reach readers–many outside the U.S. and Canada–who might not have access to Amazon, Kobo, or other well-known companies, and to do it without needing to upload separately in hundreds of stores.
Books Already Published Elsewhere
If you've already published your books on other platforms, you can still use PublishDrive.
I recently listed all four books in my Awakening supernatural thriller series. Because those are already available on Kobo and other platforms, I simply unchecked those boxes, targeting only stores I hadn't already published in.
I don't know how much I'll get in sales as I haven't yet figured out how to advertise for all the stores, but I didn't see any downside to making the books available through more sites.
There were no upfront costs to publish. As of right now (January 2018), PublishDrive gets 10% of the digital list price.
Again, this seems like a no-brainer. If there are zero sales, it costs me no money out of pocket. I spent time setting up the books to publish, which is a cost, but it was only a few hours. That seems worth it for the chance of future sales.
Caveat – Book Descriptions
I hope to write more about PublishDrive down the road once I've had my books published there for some time.
So far I've found one downside.
The book description section appears to allow using basic html codes (such as for bold, italics, headlines, etc.) to make the description look appealing, which I wrote more about here.
At least one platform, though, dropped all formatting, including headers and paragraph spacing, resulting in this run-together, awkward-looking sales copy:
To deal with this, I revamped all my descriptions into simple paragraphs that I feel more confident will be readable on all platforms.
And now a word about Writing As A Second Career:
A Change Going Forward
Last Sunday I wrote an article More Than Writing a/k/a Goals For The New Year.
After writing it, I created my author business goals and started scheduling the next few months' time to pursue them. In the process, I discovered I have far less time than tasks to do.
One of my major goals is to write a series of articles on my author website answering questions about what is truth and what is fiction in the background mythology of my Awakening series. Ultimately, I hope to compile the articles with additional material into a Readers' Guide.
Going forward, to make room in my schedule to do that, I'll be skipping Sundays and limiting my writing on this site to every Friday.
I hope you'll stay with me!
If there area any particular topics you'd like me to address please post them in the comments or email me [email protected].
Until next Friday–