What Authors Should Know About Ebook Distribution

What Authors Should Know About Ebook DistributionThis is part four of a six-part series.

You’ve finished your book and you’re about to take the plunge and release it as an ebook. How can you make sure you’re fully prepared so that the process goes as smoothly as possible?

Of course, you’ve already read the first three posts in this series, so you’ve made sure your manuscript is formatted, you’ve had it copy-edited, and you’ve engaged a professional designer to create a stunning cover that will capture readers’ attention. What more do you need to do?

Choose your service

Decide how you’re going to get your book converted and distributed. There are a variety of services available, from pure DIY options to companies that will help you with each step. Maybe you’re happy to sell your ebook in one or two stores, or maybe you want it available as widely as possible.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about royalties, exclusivity and hidden costs. Will you need to earn a certain amount before getting paid? Can you control the price of your book in stores? Do your research on the service you’re thinking of using and check their social media accounts. They should be contactable and transparent. Can you pick up the phone and ask them questions? What’s their response like when you do? Do they respond promptly to emails?

Much more.


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