Going Wide with Draft 2 Digital…

For three years my ebooks have been available only for Kindle, for the sole reason that Amazon’s promotional opportunities worked well. But there has been one book for which Amazon has not delivered a reading audience– my science fiction (futuristic society) novel Dell Zero.

publishing-logo-ibooksI’ve believed for a while that younger readers might buy ebooks from iTunes rather than from Amazon. With the encouragement of John L Monk, whose Jenkins Cycle novels are now doing well on iTunes, I decided to sever Dell Zero from the restrictions of Kindle’s “Select” program, and place the ebook on several other sites.publishing-logo-kobo

In case you’re not familiar with Select, it’s a voluntary Amazon program that makes an ebook available only for Kindle. Books in the program are granted a few promotional opportunities, and Select books are also available to be borrowed by subscribers to Amazon Prime (Kindle Owners Lending Library) and Kindle Unlimited.publishing-logo-nook

publishing-logo-oysterI started stepping away from Select by exploring the requirements for placing an ebook on iTunes, but quickly learned the
process didn’t seem to be possible from a Windows computer. That’s when I also learned about Draft 2 publishing-logo-scribdDigital (D2D), an “aggregator” which will format your manuscript and send it to half a dozen sales channels. D2D takes a cut of earnings, of course, but the submission process took only a few keystrokes. Most of the sites I didn’t know anything about. So we’ll see what happens. It’s easy to “unpublish” on these sites should I decide later that Amazon Select offers more possibilities.publishing-logo-pf

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A new book for indie publishers and wannabes

Podcaster, audiobook narrator and author Simon Whistler has become a well-known name among indie authors. His new book, Bootstrapping for Indies: Self-Publishing on a Budget, presents a different and radical approach to self-publishing–the “bootstrapping mindset.” It’s an easy introduction to independent publishing.bootstrapping.jpb

The ebook is currently 99 cents on Amazon, and free to download from

Everybody won’t like or be able to follow Whistler’s suggestions, but they’ll be great solutions for others. After all, Whistler closely follows the indie publishing world and has interviewed and interacted with hundreds of successful indie authors. I’m not a publishing newbie, but I made notes to myself of good things to do to save money and increase visibility.

Whistler’s book should give a lot of encouragement to those who are thinking of “going indie.” Be sure to read to the end—you can do it in a few hours.

See reviews on Amazon.