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First, let me start by noting that I had previously locked my novel, Violet Storm in the KDP Select program. Which meant that by electing into the program, my ebooks were exclusively sold by KDP/Amazon and no other ebook channel. After a little more research and several months into the program, I later found that experts did not recommend this (check this great article by HuffingtonPost). My own personal sales and the data itself made me reconsider my original strategy. I wanted my novel back in all the channels it was once in, plus a few others.
That led to more research. I wanted to know what other successful self-published and hybrid authors were doing to better achieve this goal. Enter the one-stop-shop platforms.
Let's look at two of the platforms I personally considered: Smashwords and Draft2Digital. What do they do, you ask? These platforms allow you to manage your online distribution channels in one location. No more logging individually into multiple sites like B&N, iTunes, Kobo, etc, one by one to check your sales and your royalty payments. Talk about painful. They do take a 10%-15% commission for their services but from what I've read by other authors, it's well worth the cost to have a one-stop service like this. As writers, we want to spend a majority of our time focusing on writing, followed by marketing, and then financial management.
What's also useful is that these platforms can give you data that may shape your marketing approach. Both of these platforms do the same thing. So how does one decide on which to move forward with? The answer is "user-friendliness." Smashwords has been around a long time. But the interface needed a lot of work to truly make the process "simple" for users. The idea was right but the apparently, the solution needed some refinement, as expressed by many frustrated users. Enter Draft2Digital, which has been gaining a lot of traction and positive feedback from authors.
Because our time is precious, and we shouldn't have to deal with the challenges of learning new systems that are supposed to make our lives easier, I decided to choose the platform that would achieve just that. Draft2Digital was just as advertised. Simple and easy to use. They pay out royalties on a monthly schedule, and offer a simple chart to track your sales. Within minutes, Violet Storm was loaded and sent off to five different ebook channels.
I hope this info has helped you in some way!
In Other News:With the new distribution channels and the homework I've been doing to better write compelling blurbs and synopsis (a true weakness of mine), I decided to rework Violet Storm's blurb. The original was fine, but who wants fine when one just needs a little practice to make it great?
Here is the updated version:
Aeva Storm is a sensible but maddeningly tenacious athlete with the grisly scars to prove it. On the night of her most riveting championship victory, a bolt of lightning rips from the sky, sealing her fate to becoming humanity’s newest kind of weapon. A Modi.
Modi’s are humans reconstructed with synthetic parts, turning them into frighteningly invulnerable and striking creatures. The innovation was first used as a cure for a fatal disease within the City of Light. But the genius behind the invention has gone rogue with his experiments and the Monarchy is determined to shut him down. The cunning scientist forges ahead with his controversial operation, unleashing a new era for all mankind.
Filled with political intrigue, unbreakable familial bonds, and evocative young love, VIOLET STORM is a gripping read that will challenge the way we think about our own human limitations.
You can now (if not soon) find Violet Storm in Kobo, Nook, iTunes/iBookstore, Page Foundry, and Scribd. Draft2Digital is working on securing a contract with Google to get it into GooglePlay! I can't wait!
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