Five great publishing platforms that will successfully catapult your self-publishing business
Self-publishing through publishing platforms: There has never been a time for self-published writers like this one. It is also one that poses its challenges. As I am writing this article, the whole world is in the throes of Coronavirus pandemic that originated from China leaving devastation in its wake. A lot of people are working from home, and many will go online to seek entertainment. We are in a time when authors can write and publish as many books as possible and on different platforms. These sites promise good quality output that will increase your sale and put your work further out into the world.
1. Publish Drive
Publish Drive provide a platform for self-published authors and independent publishers. They promise quality space to publish your e‑book, print on demand and audiobooks in one place. They have worldwide distribution including Amazon, Kobo, Apple books etc. PublishDrive have an excellent reputation in the indie world but if you want to do well be ready to spend some money with them. You can start with a free e‑book distribution for new authors on the platform before they start charging. Their website is straightforward to navigate with instructions, blog and YouTube videos to guide writers new to the platform. Among the publisheing platforms this one is an easy beginner platform to start with.
They are a conversion and distribution channel. Draft2Digital promise to make life easy for an author by providing a platform that will enable you to convert your work into an e‑book and then distribute it on their digital storefront like Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Baker & Taylor and on Libraries. They also provide you with a lot of help and resources that will make the journey smooth. I like this platform. Draft2Digital will not charge you for using their platform to convert your book but will charge you 10% of each of your sale. Among the publishing platforms this one is easy to use.
3. Findaway Voices
Findaway Voices is an audiobook production and sale platform you can use as a publisher platform for audiobooks. As we know, audio has become king and is rapidly taking over from a shrinking e‑books market. Findaway Voices will match authors with narrators, produce your work and then market it to their 40+ audio retailers and library platforms. They charge a hefty fee of $1,000- 2,000 dollars for a 50,000-word manuscript.
Smashwords will display your books directly to readers. I love the colorful layout of e‑books on the platform and was immediately attracted to these. A lot of authors use Smashwords, and at least it is another one that can distribute your books to major retailers. They have over 135k authors, independent publisher, literary agents who publish on their platform. They give away a sample of the author’s writing to attract readers and do a lot of sales promotion. I look forward to exploring this some more.
5. Publisher Rocket
My last recommendation is a tool called Publisher Rocket. They promise to help you find more keywords that readers use on Amazon. What they provide is crucial because it means conversion for an author if a reader finds and likes your book. The software costs $116, including VAT. I would say Publish Rocket will be more suited for an indie author with a respectable body of work as it means that readers can go deep and you will be able to recoup your investment quickly.
There are many more tools and platforms (for example IngramSpark), and I hope to delve more into them in future articles. Do your research carefully and choose your platform wisely. In the meantime, keep safe and write more. The more books you have under your belt, the more money you will start to make.
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