Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Yesterday Road has been out since late October, but it still hasn’t appeared in Sony’s catalogue. I’ve contacted Smashwords five or six times now, and they have been unable to explain the situation or alleviate it (though they were able to get Kobo on board a few weeks ago).
Folks, this is one problem with self-publishing and its free distribution services. I can imagine Smashwords getting prickly with me at some point and asking, “And how much did you pay us to get your book into all these listings?” Nada. Oh, I see. You really do get what you pay for!
But in actual fact, we do pay Smashwords. Every time we sell a book through one of their partners, they get a cut. So there is some level of fee-for-service here. Still, what they provide for pennies on the copy would likely cost a crapload if you went through a paid distributor. One must not look a gift horse in the mouth.
One can be pissed enough, though, to look elsewhere for his next book. I’m thinking Draft2Digital might be a good alternative.
Question: Does anyone out there in WordPress land have experience with D2D? I’d love to hear your story, especially if you’ve also used Smashwords in the past.
Or, has anyone uploaded a book individually to each retail site, jumping through the various formatting hoops to do it?
Inquiring minds want to know!