Help! Which publishing platform?

When I published Shattered Reflections through Amazon, I was fairly naive and had no idea of exactly how many self-publishing platforms there were out there. I certainly made mistakes. I was over excited about the idea of being published and that made me hasty. I did virtually no research. I wasn’t about to make the same mistakes again. If I use Kindle Direct or CreateSpace again, I want to be sure they are the best options.

Now, with Choose Yr Future finally looking somewhere near publishable, I want to make sure I get it right this time. There is a proliferation of self-publishing sites. All of which have their advocates, of course, as well as their fair share of doubters.

I admit that Smashwords does seem attractive but then so does Draft2digital. I can’t help but feel bamboozled. I suppose it was inevitable with the popularity of self-publishing that the field would become as crowded as traditional publishing routes. And that is good as they will have to work hard to keep their corner of the market. But it doesn’t help my head which is spinning.

So, anyone who has any experience of these sites, I would love to hear your opinion.  Anything to help me make this most exciting of decisions.

 

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2 thoughts on “Help! Which publishing platform?

  1. Smashwords and Draft2Digital are aggregators and they help get your book into other retailers other than Amazon. With Amazon, you have to go direct by uploading your book using their KDP dashboard, but if you want your book available on Kobo or Nook or iBooks then you’ll have to either go direct to each of them (which can be a pain and with iBooks, unless you have a mac it’s just about impossible to go in on your own) or use an aggregator like Smashwords or Draft2Digital. I have used Smashwords which pays quarterly and you have to upload a Word document using their style guide or an ePub, but I have since moved to Draft2Digital because it’s a lot easier and more user-friendly.

    Another option is Pronoun.com which will guide you through uploading your book (it can be a Word document) and cover, and even help you with categories and keywords. Good luck on your decision!

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