Choices for Publishing: eBooks, Part 2

publish buttonLast week, we talked about publishing your ebook by uploading your file to a distributor such as Smashwords or Draft 2 Digital. There are valid arguments for letting a distributor do the job for you. For one thing, you only have to upload to one place (well, two places – more on that in a sec), which means that you only have to prep one electronic version of your book. And when you need to correct the inevitable typos, you only have to upload the corrected file to one place.

But there are disadvantages, too. For example, a distributor won’t pay you for your sales until the merchant has paid them, and merchants don’t update the distributor in real time. For another, you are going to get a smaller royalty if you use a distributor, because the distributor is going to take their cut before they pay you. Let’s use Barnes & Noble as an example. If you upload your book directly to Nook Press, B&N will pay you 65 percent of your list price (assuming your list price is between $2.99 and $9.99). If you put Smashwords in the middle, B&N will pay Smashwords 65 percent of your list price; Smashwords will pay you 60 percent of list, and keep the other 5 percent for its trouble. And while Smashwords pays quarterly – and must wait for B&N to report sales to them first – Nook Press pays 60 days after you’ve made a sale (although, like Smashwords, you must accumulate $10 in sales before they’ll pay you anything).

You should also keep in mind that you’re going to have to prepare a separate file for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) anyway, because KDP doesn’t play nice with any distributors. So you may decide that it’s worth the hassle to cut out the middleman and prepare separate files for each retailer. Your call.

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Thrifty Thursday: Stop Here for Savings

Stop Here for SavingsSTOP right there! I wanna know right now: Do you want some free books? 99 cent deals? We’ve got them right here on Thrifty Thursday.

Readers: look in the comment section below. If you see one you like, click over and buy it. How easy is that? (If you don’t see the book covers, adjust your browser’s adblock settings.)

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Which Story Is Your Favorite?

Vote5Wow. Eighteen entries this week. That might be a record! Now we need your help, our trusty IU readers, determining which story should win the honor of Flash Fiction Champion this week.

Remember, the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Which "Flowers for Her" story was your favorite?

  • Kathryn El-Assal (32%, 43 Votes)
  • Leland Dirks (27%, 36 Votes)
  • Pattyann McCarthy (10%, 14 Votes)
  • Joan Childs (8%, 11 Votes)
  • Jcc Keith (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (4%, 5 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (3%, 4 Votes)
  • B. Gabler (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Jenny Harrison (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Sally Cooke (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Jannis Styles (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Nancy Chenier (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Timothy Wan (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Amanda Stadler (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Nancy Gauthier (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Elia (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lauren Hodge (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Venkatesh Iyer (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 135

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.

Book Brief: If Mistakes Could Fly, You’d Be a Superhero

if_mistakes_could_fly_book_front4_thu (3)If Mistakes Could Fly, You’d Be a Superhero
by Kenyon Ledford
Genre: Parody Flash Fiction Collection
Word count: 8,500

The city is crying out for help. Private Eye Jonny Gonzo and Police Sergeant Joe Bidwell have arrived to help. Okay, so now the city is crying out for a superhero, instead. Up, up, and away, Money Man is on the way! Geez, people wonder why there is so much urban flight. This book of screwball flash fiction crime tales begins in an American urban sprawl, and culminates with a wild shootout of a fan-fiction epic involving a bizarro side of Batman and Robin, and taking place in the wild lands of Tasman, Australia.

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