received from Draft2Digital during my venture in publishing my book
with them last week. Yes, the book that was still attached to Amazon Select and
I had to cancel once I realized my error. That blasted book!! …………grrrr!!!
But… that’s not what I wanted to discuss
now. The message I have for you today is just how wonderful it is be treated
as I experienced here. Tara is obviously a person
who understands that many of us authors are flying by the seat of our pants
when it comes to doing all this publishing stuff. Sure we can create a story
from nothing, design conflicts, work in a villain or two and even instigate a romance.
But all this techno-garble is beyond a lot of us – and that’s the truth!
Not a problem! We can hire a VA
to take on this responsibility. Don’t laugh. Many Indies are forced to take
this road. But what if we can’t afford to pay someone else to do this work?
What if our budgets won’t stretch that far? I mean, after all, we have so many expenses
to cover already. Between the book covers, the editors (2 maybe 3) the
formatters to make the work look professional and, and…
It gets to be a pretty expensive hobby,
We all know that to take it from
being a diversion to a paying proposition, folks have to know about our books
and so there is the cost of promotion. Of course, an advertisement on one book
might hike up the ranking for a few days, draw a few more sales but then it slides back, levels out
and we’re forced to pay for another promotion. It’s the way the game is played
today. At least, for a lot of us.
Then there’s the idea that we should
have our work available to as many digital outlets as possible: Amazon, Barnes
& Nobel, Apple, D2D, Smashwords, and on and on…
promo is a new book. Sure! That’s great. Except when does one get the time to
write when we’re constantly spinning so many balls in the air?
So… I decided I needed
to take a break from my busy schedule and slay the dragon of ignorance. I would
read everything I could find that would help me with my goal. Learn the steps I
needed to share my work on as many of the other channels that I could conquer.
Trust me; it wasn’t easy to leave my comfort zone. I had a zillion questions to
When I received this letter, I
have to confess to feeling a huge sense of relief. Tara accepted and understood that I had
to make inquiries. She realised that it was all new to me. And she treated me
with dignity and kindness. Therefore, I would never hesitate to recommend Draft2Digital
to any of
my colleagues. From my own experience, I’m assured they will be well received and
Never worry about asking questions! We
are here to help you in any way that we possibly can! So ask away!!!
Yes, I believe you’ve got it. If you
were to upload a book with your links to your other books for sale, you can
submit this to Kobo and B&N (because they do not care about competitor
links). When you get to the publishing tab, just click the boxes next to Kobo
and B&N (but do not click Apple). This will submit this version to B&N
You can then upload a version (My Books
—> +Add New Book) without links to send to Apple. On the publishing tab,
ONLY click Apple as a distributor.
You will be able to tell the two
versions apart on your dashboard by the icons to the right of your book title
(on the My Books page).
The version going to Apple will only
have the iBookstore icon to the far right of the title. The version going to
B&N and Kobo will have the Nook and Kobo icons to the far right of your
Again, PLEASE let me know if you have
any questions or need any help with any of this.
Seriously, never hesitate to write or
call when you have questions. I would rather you ask then struggle trying to
find out the answer, or trying different things on our site that might waste
your time. Every system is a little
different, so I understand there is a learning curve.
any of you have wondered how to upload your books to the iBookstore without a
Mac, here is your answer. :-)))