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Best Companies for Self-Publishing
« on: May 19, 2014, 07:51:33 PM »
I want to write a book this summer and hopefully have it ready to be published by January of next year. I know the publishing market changes every few years. A few years ago, Amazon and their Kindle company were the king and queen of the self-publishing world. Is that still true, today? Are there any new companies I should look into?

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 01:24:39 AM »
I use lulu.com to publish my books. They will publish your works to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and make them ready for Kindle too. My book is a physical book, but it is also available as e-books.

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 08:54:26 AM »
I really like Smashwords. I've got a couple of ebooks on there. Their basic website is fairly easy to use, and if you follow the style guide, you shouldn't go wrong on the formatting of the book. They also use a number of secondary vendors including Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Apple iBookstore.

What many authors do, though, is to sell through both Amazon and Smashwords. You will just need to identify the ebook on the title page as the 'Smashwords Edition' or the 'Amazon Edition'.

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2014, 12:20:57 PM »
Lulu.com is pioneer in the self-publishing market, but I haven't heard too many success stories from people I know that have used this platform.

Actually most of them are trying Amazon instead based on the popularity that Kindle has, but there are some other self-publishing options I have seen around, not tried any of these though.

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2014, 09:52:29 PM »
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I really like Smashwords. I've got a couple of ebooks on there. Their basic website is fairly easy to use, and if you follow the style guide, you shouldn't go wrong on the formatting of the book. They also use a number of secondary vendors including Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Apple iBookstore.

What many authors do, though, is to sell through both Amazon and Smashwords. You will just need to identify the ebook on the title page as the 'Smashwords Edition' or the 'Amazon Edition'.

Wow. I didn't know that! I thought that you can't sell your book anywhere besides Amazon if you're using Amazon. But two different Editions on the title page makes sense. Thank you!

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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2014, 04:36:26 AM »
I know that Amazon might not be the best out there with regards to the potential income and sales figures, but I have found that it is by far the easiest platform to work. Once I have my book written, it only takes a few minutes for me to have it out there for the whole world to see, which is a great thing of course. I don't manage to get them into physical form, but I tend to write short, non-fiction books anyway, and they work really well on e-readers. So I tend to stick to what I know, which might be losing me a little bit of money, but I just want to make sure that I have as little stress as possible whilst publishing, and I do believe that I have managed to do that.

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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2014, 04:39:48 AM »
From what I have learned about the industry, Amazon would be your best bet just by the fact that they are 'big'. One major problem most people run into, is formatting your E-book to achieve quality standards. You have to experiment with various tools and services online.  I will compile a list of both 'free' and paid for tools and services later.

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Re: Best Companies for Self-Publishing
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2014, 07:14:48 AM »
I've researched it before but don't quite remember what my conclusion was. I was mostly looking into the royalty rates. How much would I make per book sold and through what venues. I did look into Luluspace back then. There is also CreateSpace. The reasons I like these is that you can do eBook and print, which to me is important also. You have to read the terms carefully though. I'm jot sure if it was Amazon or which one it was, but sometimes you can only sell through their space.

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Re: Best Companies for Self-Publishing
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2014, 07:43:27 PM »
I have wondered what companies you would use to self-publish your books.  I didn't know these companies published the books.  When I am ready to write,  I will check out one of these sites to publish my book.

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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2014, 05:51:44 AM »
H'okay - from your OP, you sound a little confused about how self-publishing works, SpringBreeze. This is a HUGE question and a pretty big decision for you. I recommend you do a LOT of research about self-publishing before you dive in.

Assuming you've though about trade publishing and decided it's not what you want to do (about that I'll only say: do NOT pay anybody anything to be trade published. They pay YOU. If they ask for money, run. And RESEARCH.), self-pubbing comes with its own set of questions.


You can do self-publishing completely by yourself for no cost. It's free to upload your work to the various online shops - all you need to do is provide the (correctly formatted) file and the cover. The formatting is fairly easy, but it can be fiddly and will take a few hours for a full length book.

Or, you can opt to use a self-publishing services company like BookBaby or ebookpartnership. They will take a yearly fee from you and they will do all of the heavy lifting. For international users, it's worth noting that ebookpartnership is UK-based so there's no need to go through the ITIN tedium associated with other sites.

There are also companies which describe themselves as self-publishing companies but they're not. They're vanity publishers. You can spot them because they will charge you to publish, and they will take a proportion of your royalties. Avoid these companies: they're never very good.

If you do want to go it alone, you have the choice between being Amazon Exclusive (the KDP select program, which is necessary if you want to be included in Kindle Unlimited), or you can sell it everywhere. Smashwords and Draft2Digital are two sites which will distribute your work to other retailers - so you can upload to a single site and they will put it for sale on itunes, B&N, Sony, etc etc

If you write Romance, AllRomance is spoken very highly of too, so if you aren't exclusive to Amazon, make sure to upload there.

If you have any questions, this is something I know a lot about (trade publishing, too), so feel free to ask.

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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2014, 09:09:22 PM »
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H'okay - from your OP, you sound a little confused about how self-publishing works, SpringBreeze. This is a HUGE question and a pretty big decision for you. I recommend you do a LOT of research about self-publishing before you dive in.

Assuming you've though about trade publishing and decided it's not what you want to do (about that I'll only say: do NOT pay anybody anything to be trade published. They pay YOU. If they ask for money, run. And RESEARCH.), self-pubbing comes with its own set of questions.


You can do self-publishing completely by yourself for no cost. It's free to upload your work to the various online shops - all you need to do is provide the (correctly formatted) file and the cover. The formatting is fairly easy, but it can be fiddly and will take a few hours for a full length book.

Or, you can opt to use a self-publishing services company like BookBaby or ebookpartnership. They will take a yearly fee from you and they will do all of the heavy lifting. For international users, it's worth noting that ebookpartnership is UK-based so there's no need to go through the ITIN tedium associated with other sites.

There are also companies which describe themselves as self-publishing companies but they're not. They're vanity publishers. You can spot them because they will charge you to publish, and they will take a proportion of your royalties. Avoid these companies: they're never very good.

If you do want to go it alone, you have the choice between being Amazon Exclusive (the KDP select program, which is necessary if you want to be included in Kindle Unlimited), or you can sell it everywhere. Smashwords and Draft2Digital are two sites which will distribute your work to other retailers - so you can upload to a single site and they will put it for sale on itunes, B&N, Sony, etc etc

If you write Romance, AllRomance is spoken very highly of too, so if you aren't exclusive to Amazon, make sure to upload there.

If you have any questions, this is something I know a lot about (trade publishing, too), so feel free to ask.

I've bookmarked bookbaby. I'll be checking it out and see what they can do for me in promotion.

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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2014, 09:19:46 PM »
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From what I have learned about the industry, Amazon would be your best bet just by the fact that they are 'big'. One major problem most people run into, is formatting your E-book to achieve quality standards. You have to experiment with various tools and services online.  I will compile a list of both 'free' and paid for tools and services later.

I agree with you on Amazon being the best bet. It's definitely where I'm shooting my first arrow. And I found Elance to be a seemingly good source for finding affordable freelancers who can format an ebook, and set up a website for it. So I also plan to let somebody else do the formatting and setting up website for me. I have an iPad and Kindle reader, so I can see how my books are gonna look in Kindle and iBooks before it's formal release.

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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2014, 04:01:37 AM »
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I've bookmarked bookbaby. I'll be checking it out and see what they can do for me in promotion.

Most of what is offered tends to be stuff you can do yourself for free (things like being listed on Goodreads, for instance). You're largely paying for not having to do that research, contact making, or form filling yourself. Anybody with a hard copy can host a giveaway on Goodreads, and LibraryThing allows e-givaways.

There's an awful lot of marketing stuff which is only heard by other people using the service. Kirkus reviews is a good example: the paid-for reviews don't have an audience with the book buyers or the public. Nor do they carry the kudos of a "real" Kirkus review.

Before putting your money (or energy) into promotion, think about how you buy books. Look carefully at who is interacting with the promotion services, and - above all else - check out some of the books being promoted. Are they being found by the general public? What is its ranking?

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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2014, 04:50:23 PM »
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I've bookmarked bookbaby. I'll be checking it out and see what they can do for me in promotion.

Most of what is offered tends to be stuff you can do yourself for free (things like being listed on Goodreads, for instance). You're largely paying for not having to do that research, contact making, or form filling yourself. Anybody with a hard copy can host a giveaway on Goodreads, and LibraryThing allows e-givaways.

There's an awful lot of marketing stuff which is only heard by other people using the service. Kirkus reviews is a good example: the paid-for reviews don't have an audience with the book buyers or the public. Nor do they carry the kudos of a "real" Kirkus review.

Before putting your money (or energy) into promotion, think about how you buy books. Look carefully at who is interacting with the promotion services, and - above all else - check out some of the books being promoted. Are they being found by the general public? What is its ranking?

Thank you.

I'm taking all of that in. I'm immersed into getting my work done and can only really concentrate on that at the moment, but I'm also gathering useful knowledge to go on when I'm finished. I fully understand that paid services are usually for things you can do yourself and they are only there to make money. You give good advice.

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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2015, 04:11:58 AM »
Fantastic thread, thanks for all the comments! This is really good to know stuff for all of us aspiring self published writers. We can all but dream :)

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