In this episode, Terrance and I discuss the different publishing options available for independent authors.
Royalties & Publishing Service Fees
Royalty Calculators – Click on the Royalties tab for information on what you’d make based on various distribution options. Click on the Buying Copies tab to find out what it will cost you to order copies for book signings or local booksellers.
Fees for A La Carte Professional Services – CreateSpace offers help with cover and interior design, copy editing, and marketing at various prices.
- Royalty Calculators
- Printing & Shipping – This will tell you what it will cost you to have your books printed and shipped to you or drop-shipped to a bookseller based on your book trim size, page count, cover type and quantity. Note: Printing larger quantities of books (in the hundreds) will result in lower per book prices.
- Publisher Compensation – This will tell you what your compensation will be based on book trim size, page count, cover type and publisher discount.
- Setup and Revision Fees
For an in-depth breakdown on why you should use both CreateSpace and IngramSpark, read this feature by Giacomo Giammatteo: Part 1 | Part 2 (Note: A condensed version of this can be found on the Alliance of Independent Authors website.
Kindle Direct Publishing – KDP is the e-book counterpart to CreateSpace’s print book publishing. Regular Microsoft Word documents (*.doc, *.docx) or HTML files are preferred. They also accept several other formats such as MOBI, EPUB, Rich Text Format (*.rtf), and more. If you upload your file directly to KDP, setup is free. If you have CreateSpace convert a different type of file (for instance a PDF), you will have to pay a fee.
Kobo Writing Life – Kobo has its own e-reader and is a popular format in Canada and Europe. File setup with Kobo is free and they will convert your Microsoft Word document (*.doc, *.docx), MOBI, or OpenOffice (*.odt) file to EPUB. You can also upload your EPUB directly.
Nookpress – To make your book available for the Nook tablet, you can publish through Nookpress. They will accept Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx), .txt, .rtf, HTML and EPUB file types.
Smashwords – By publishing your e-book with Smashwords, you can automatically make your title available on all of the major e-book reader services. The one drawback for some authors is that Smashwords does not allow Digital Rights Management (DRM).
iBooks – You will need an EPUB, PDF or iBook (IBA) format file to upload to iBooks. I recommend uploading a Microsoft Word doc to one of the other services and then allowing it to create an EPUB file for you, which you can then upload to iBooks. Keep in mind that if you upload a PDF to iBooks, it will only ever display the pages as they are in the file. The various font size and background color reading options will not be available for readers.
ACX – The Audiobook Creation Exchange allows authors to either upload their own sound files for publishing their audiobook, or audition narrators to read their book based on an agreed compensation.
For more on audiobook creation, this podcast episode from TheCreativePenn.com has tons of helpful information.