Starting a Business in the New Year: How to Self-Publish Your Books with Draft2Digital (Part 2)

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This is the second and final part of the tutorial on how to self-publish with Draft2Digital. Please let me read your comments, questions.

STEP 3: CHOOSE THEIR VENDORS

Draft2Digital will get your book listed just as fast as going direct, and they support some of the largest sales channels like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes/iBooks, Scribd, Page Foundry, Tolino, Oyster, CreateSpace (yes, really) and they’re working on adding more!

Instead of maintaining author profiles, sales descriptions, book versions, and series titles on all of those different accounts, they give you one easy place to maintain the information and make updates. Turning any of the sales channels on or off is as easy as clicking a checkbox.

They’ll automatically assign an ISBN to any book published through their system unless you provide one of your own. It’s a free service they provide because ISBNs allow them to distribute your book to more channels, and you don’t have to forfeit any of your rights.

If you already have the sales details ready for your next release (most importantly a firm release date), you can even set up preorders through Draft2Digital for all of their most popular sales channels. It’s a great way to build interest and boost your sales rank on release day.

They can also create paperbacks for any books generated through their conversion service (that is, everything except pre-formatted epub uploads). Simply choose CreateSpace as one of your sales channels at the publishing stage, and they’ll begin the process.

STEP 4: SET YOUR BOOK LIST PRICE

When you publish a book, you’ll enter a Digital Book Price (in US dollars). The list price is up to you!

They will direct their digital stores to sell your book at the list price you provided.

Even if you want to list your book for free, you choose a list price of $0.00 on the publishing page, and they’ll make it happen.

If you decide to change your book’s price at any time (either temporarily or for good), just go back into your portal and make the necessary adjustment. They’ll ensure that the updated information gets updated with all of their vendors.

STEP 5: MANAGE AND TRACK

Their goal is to take the headache out of publishing your book and managing it once it’s out there. They give you one easy place to take care of your book publishing business and track your success.

They also provide constant access to up-to-date sales reports for all of their vendors. They always post their sales numbers as soon as they’re available. And they make analysis easy by providing you all of their sales data in dynamic charts instead of in long, complicated spreadsheets.

Draft2Digital pays monthly, with a minimum payment threshold of just $10 for most payment methods ($25 for checks). They even offer direct deposit for international users. Once they receive their royalty payment – usually 30-90 days after sales occur – they’ll subtract their 10% and send the rest on to you.

Please let me read your comments, questions.

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