Making Sense of Digital Publishing

Making Sense of Digital Publishing

99% of fiction is now sold in digital formats, like the Kindle, the iPad, Nook, Kobo, etc. This is at least what Bob Mayer claims in his book How We Made Our First Million on Kindle: The Shelfless Book. When I found out I decided right there and then: my Maya & Filippo series MUST be available on these platforms. I didn’t study business for five years to forget about the 4 Ps of marketing and Place (Distribution) is most certainly one of them!

So I did a little research on the best way to convert my picture book and I decided to use my beloved Readers’ Favorite ebook conversion service. If you don’t have a picture book, just a regular manuscript full of words as opposed to images, you can use one of the freelancers on Mark’s List (provided by Smashwords).

The good people from Readers’ Favorite were very fast – it only took them a few days to convert my book Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland – the quality was excellent and they will also quickly change anything that you might not like. They give you two files: mobi for Kindle and ePub for all the others.

So now I just uploaded my book to Kindle via kdp amazon. Did you know that anybody who has an amazon account can publish a book? Now I am wondering whether I should enroll for KDP select, which would mean that for 90 days I wouldn’t be able to make my book available on any other platform. In return for what? 5 days of giving my book for free on amazon. People say it works.

In the meantime I am checking out Smashwords, which if I understand correctly, gets your book EVERYWHERE, except for the places that you have already uploaded before (you deselect these). You can also schedule release date in the future and make your book available for pre-orders, which seems to be a very cool marketing trick, because the sales before launch day accumulate and become registered all on day 1, possibly getting you quite high in rankings – this is something I should definitely try! Maybe I could even schedule launch date 90 days from now, meaning that it could be enrolled for KDP select first and then go live on every other platform.

It looks like this world of digital publishing is very fascinating for authors who are business-oriented. The best way to foretell the future is to create it, so let’s do it!


  1. Gede Prama says:

    Thank you for sharing and Greetings from Gede Prama 🙂

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