Five great platforms that will successfully catapult your self-publishing business

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

Publishdrive publishing platforms

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.


2. Draft2Digital

Draft2Digital publishing platforms

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 publishing platforms

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.


4. Smashwords

Smashwords publishing platforms

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

Publishing Tool 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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Stella Oni

Stella Oni has a degree in Linguistics and African Languages from the University of Benin and a MSc in Information Systems and Technology from the City University, London.

She is the founder of the blog African Britishness where she writes on culture, travel, food, health and well-being. She is a contributor to Thrive Global and also writes on Medium.

Stella loves to write about Tech and has just started her new platform –

Her debut fiction, Deadly Sacrifice, a police procedural set in London and Nigeria and introducing the first black African female police detective in UK fiction, was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize in 2016 and will be published by Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd in July 2020.

Stella is currently writing the 2nd in the series.

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