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How You Can Grow Your Google+ Following


Saving time on Social Media, allows you to interact more with your followers and readers.  But first, you need lots of followers to connect with you.

The easiest way is to connect followers from several social media sites. So, no matter on which site your followers are, they will find your posts.  Some of the best social media sites to blog are LinkedIn and Google+.  Start to grow your presence on GooglePlus, this social media giant is as important as ever. Remember: Everything you post here is automatically in their search engine results!

Transfer LinkedIn Followers to Google+
Martin Shervington from PlusYourBusiness explained in a video how to connect your LinkedIn followers with your Google+ account. He explains how it works Step-for-Step:

  • Log in to your LinkedIn account and on the upper left go to your Connections page and click on “Keep in Touch”
  • Once you are on the page, click in the upper right on the gear-icon
  • When the Connection page appears, click on Export LinkedIn Connections in the “Advanced Settings” part in the right column
  • A new page opens with a button: Microsoft Outlook (.csv file)
  • Underneath you can see EXPORT, click this which prompts the download
  • Open the .csv file and you will get an Excel Spreadsheet on your computer screen with all the names and email addresses of your LinkedIn connections
  • Select all the email addresses in the E-mail Address column and copy them to your clipboard/notepad.

Another YouTube Video by Lee Smallwood shows:
How-to Import LinkedIn Contacts into Google Plus Circles

Should your LinkedIn account be relatively new with only a dozen followers, you can implement them one by one. Just copy every email address from your clipboard or notepad into the search function on top of your Google+ page, where it says: Search for people, pages or posts.  Google+ will open up their profile pages if they are a Google+ member, and you just need to click “add”

If you want your LinkedIn connections to follow you back on Google+ too, you can send them a brief note (in one shot to the entire circle!) saying hello and letting them know you are now following them on Google+ because you are already connected on LinkedIn.  To do this, use the function “Also send emails from you to Your circles” at the lower end of each post, next to the SEND button.  Just mark it, before you send your note.  No one will know that you just sent out dozens of emails.

Most Important:
Your Google+ profile must stand out to people who are in your niche. Shape your profile into something that looks interesting.  Place a great profile photo of yourself (not your cat, dog or motorcycle).  Be a person that others want to follow.
Join Google+ communities, you are then part of a larger group of people who are engaged on a certain topic.  This is another way that you can refine your level of engagement on Google+ in order to add not just a lot of followers, but the right kind of followers.



Why Should You Be Your Own Publisher?

What you can do to become a publisher, without any contracting with a corporation, and how you can publish on your own terms.
It is not theory:  I began as a publisher of books and an aviation magazine almost 30 years ago (print) and still publish (print and digital) my own books and those of other authors.

But I also have seen many authors giving the rights to their fabulous work away for a pittance and now are trapped for their whole life in very unfavorable contracts.  Or even worse: Some PAID for publishing their books, and on top of that they contracted their work for their lifetime plus 70 years!
So, Why Should You Be Your Own Publisher?
Consulting and coaching authors, I can see every day how difficult it is for authors when they don’t own full rights to their books.  Even their own book marketing efforts are limited and they have to rely on the mercy of their “publishers” where their books are sold, how long their book is listed, to which price it is listed etc.  I know an author who is waiting for more than two years that her books are converted into e-books by her publisher.

Which Are the Best Reasons to Be Your Own Publisher?

  • it costs less than you think to publish
  • you just “shop around”, check quotes and decide your service providers
  • you earn 100% of your net income, don’t have to split it with anyone else
  • your book will be faster on the market, compared to traditional publishing
  • you retain all rights, worldwide and forever for your books
  • you can sell your book as long as you want – not as someone else dictates
  • everything in the publishing process can be easily learned – and you will have to do your own marketing – no matter if you self-publish or go the traditional route.

Author-publishing is about taking personal responsibility for the management and production of your writing content!

Hugh Howey, author of “WOOL” explains the benefits of being the author-publisher of his (digital rights) e-books:
“No “compete clause”, having more time to write and you can take your time until your books take off.”
And further: “A great shift in publishing went from physical to digital.  And the center of publishing — New York and the east coast — is now the west coast.  The Big 5 of publishing is now better thought of as: Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter.”

James Altucher, another bestseller author wrote in an article about self-publishing:
“I have published eight books in the past seven years, five with traditional publishers (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins), one comic book, and the last two I have self-published. In this post I give the specific details of all of my sales numbers and advances with the traditional publishers. Although the jury is still out on my self-published books, “How to be the Luckiest Man Alive” and “I Was Blind But Now I See” I can tell you, these two have already sold more than my five books with traditional publishers, combined.”
He listed the negative site of going the traditional route:

  • Advances for authors are going to zero
  • Marketing by trade publishers: almost zero
  • Grueling long process until the book launches
  • No control over content and design

… and most amazing: “Often bookstores will look at what’s hot on Amazon and then order the books wholesale from the publishers” – which could be you if you are self-publishing!

Do As Most Authors Did in the Past
Before the 1920’s they published their own books – until clever businessmen/trade publishers discovered this as a lucrative way of income.  They told writers in the past “no self-respecting writer would self-publish.  It’s for losers who couldn’t get their work published by a publishing house.”  Why?  To get the book rights and make the money – at the expense of authors.

It seems self-publishers approach the publishing process more and more confidently, are well-informed, and aware of how much publishing will cost and how long it is likely to take.  Finalizing a project you have long planned feels good, and it never was easier to be your own publisher!  Create print books, audio-books and ebooks, get Beta Readers and a professional editor.  Find a designer who makes a fantastic cover and promote your work to your readers.

If you follow my book’s advice you WILL become a successful self-publishing author – get it for less than a Latte:
111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free:
Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success

Here are more blog posts, full of valuable tips for self-publishing authors:

How to plan your publishing “business”

Where to find all the necessary information – with lots of links

Editing, cover design and book layout

Printing and the distribution of your printed book

Marketing, communication with readers and book promotions




Shopping for Books: How to Save Money



Amazon Free Bestsellers – Top 100 Free
For example:
Mark the page on your computer and find new offers every day.  You can choose between fiction and non-fiction, but often fiction books are scattered between non-fiction.
Students (no age restriction) can get Amazon Prime for half the price and it allows to get it via Amazon’s quick shipping system or free shipping.  In most cases, Amazon has the best prices for books anyway.

Goodwill, Frenchy’s or Salvation Army Thrift Stores
I am always amazed by their large number of great books and collectible magazines.  You have to comb through all their books, but you often find some in good condition and at very low prices.

Garage Sales and Flea Markets
I found the most wonderful – and often brand-new – bestsellers and (expensive) coffee table books at these venues – sometimes for only a dollar.

Barnes & Noble
Their membership program costs $25 but if you are an avid reader, it’s really worth it.  You will receive emails with coupons and offers and based on my experience, I’ve noticed that it is a lot easier to order through their online store because as a member, you receive a benefit of actually receiving free shipping and the items are usually delivered pretty quickly.

Books A Million – BAM!
They have a special price section, including recent book releases and sometimes promotions that include a “Buy 2, get the 3rd book” for free which had a nice selection.  Their membership program is similar to the one at Barnes & Noble, and they do price matching with Amazon – a good reason to become a BAM! member.

Target also price-matches with Amazon, which means: a good way to save money on these books but they have to be directly sold and be delivered by Amazon and not third party sellers.

Used Book Stores – Brick & Mortar
They can be found in almost every town or city – all over the world.  Books are mostly sorted by genres, so if you are looking for certain books you will find it easily, and most owners or staff can help you to find hidden gems.

Online: Thrift Book Stores
Their offers might include:

  • Every time you reach $50 in book purchases we will send you a $5 coupon.
  • Tell-A-Friend and Get $15% towards your next order
    2 for $7.00 3 for $10.00 4 for $12.00 – Additional books only $3 each

Find the 15 best online thrift bookstores here:

Great tips also at this Goodreads group:

Free Books for Reviewers
Receiving free books is a given for book reviewers – not only in print or ebook format but also as audio downloads.  If you are writing thoughtful reviews and you will be presented with more books than your shelves can hold.
And if you are new to book blogging and reviewing, start with reviews of the books you have already in your library, create a special page for them on your blog or website and a section “submission guidelines”.
Don’t forget to add “Book Reviewer” or “Book Blogger” to all of your social media profiles, such as on Twitter, Google+ or Goodreads.
Giveaway Books at Goodreads or LibraryThing
Did you know: there are thousands of books available through giveaways?  Authors stir interest to their work via book giveaways.  As a member at these book lover sites, you can apply and win free books.  If you enjoyed reading the novel you won – say thank you to the author and write a review.  Just as you would do with any other book (hopefully).
Happy Shopping, Reading and Reviewing!



Ebook Conversion vs. Ebook Formatting


Have you ever been wondering why it is possible to get a free ebook version from your online book distributor?  Or seen people offering to convert your novel manuscript into an ebook for $30 or $50?

While $30 or $50 are almost expensive for just clicking a button to import the (pre-formatted) manuscript, fill in a form with details about the book – such as title, author name, and retail price – click another button to add any required companion files to the project, then clicking one last button to output the ebook in the desired file format. It is mostly an automated process – done in less than 15 minutes.

I wrote a while ago that I had once paid $70 in advance for .mobi and epub, and received both versions after a wait of almost two months! and dozens of emails. I immediately transferred it to our distributor. He refused the epub version as it contained 63 !!! technical errors, and it cost me, even more, to have it done by a professional. Very frustrating!

Formatting an eBook – Especially Non-Fiction
Book formatting is mostly manual, because every manuscript is different, and the process of formatting a manuscript for ebook publication is primarily a process of minimizing and standardizing formatting.

List of eBook Formatting Steps for Mobi
Web content manager A. Hamilton once blogged this list:

* “Save As” to create Kindle file copy
* Insert cover image on the first page
* Remove blank pages
* Remove headers
* Remove footers
* Set margins to 1” all around, remove gutter
* Replace section breaks with page breaks
* Set two carriage returns before each pg break and one after each
* Insert page breaks before each chapter heading, if necessary
* Replace double spaces with single space between sentences
* Standardize body text style
* Turn off auto-hyphenate (Tools > Language > Hyphenation)
* Remove any tab or space bar indents, replace w/ ruler indents as needed
* Set line spacing to 1.5, max 6pt spacing after paragraphs
* Standardize chapter headings
* Standardize section headings
* Remove/replace special characters
* Reformat graphics as needed to 300dpi resolution & optimal size     (4×6” or smaller)
* Verify images are “in line” with text
* Insert page breaks before and after full-page images
* Modify copyright page to reflect Kindle edition verbiage
* Add correct ISBN to copyright page
* Insert hyperlinked TOC

Time and effort demands in creating ebooks are highly variable.  So, you better send a sample chapter and ask if the price quoted for the ebook conversion service includes formatting – and also the creation of any required companion files.



Alternative to ACX for Your Audio-Book

Thinking about transforming your print book or e-book into audio?  Draft2Digital e-book distributor partners with FindawayVoices to provide an alternative to ACX.  Starting July 18, 2017, you will be able to quickly and easily start the audiobook production process, right from your D2D  publication page.

Once your eBook is successfully published with at least one of D2D’s distribution channels, you can start creating your audiobook with FindawayVoices, with full support from the Voices team.  You can determine your production budget, select a narrator, and have your book produced and distributed to a robust audiobook network.

FindawayVoices an audiobook creation and distribution service gives authors more freedom and control over their work.  With Voices, it’s easy to create and sell audiobooks to listeners in more than 170 countries, through the world’s largest audiobook distribution network.   Audiobooks are a vital part of an indie author’s strategy, allowing you to increase discoverability and reach new audiences worldwide while increasing the opportunity for revenue.   Audiobooks, eBooks, videos and learning tools are circulated in 40,000 libraries, schools, and military installations.

More Choices for Authors
Until now, authors had limited options for creating and distributing audiobooks and were often forced to surrender partial rights to their work or agree to lengthy exclusivity contracts.  Draft2Digital’s partnership with FindawayVoices, a company that aims to eliminate as many barriers between authors and audiobook listeners as possible.  On the downside: royalty-shares with the narrator are not an option at the moment.

Draft2Digital – D2D – Explains in a Media Newsletter:
Voices is a part of Findaway, an innovator in the production services for audiobooks for more than 10 years and a global leader in digital content delivery across retail, library, and K–12 channels.

  • FindawayVoices gives authors everything they need to create professionally narrated audiobooks, including:
  • Full Control—With Voices, you set the price, own the rights, control marketing, choose your distributors, and never sign an exclusivity agreement.
  • Global Distribution—You’ll gain access to a global platform that reaches consumers in more than 170 countries, through all major audiobook sellers across retail, library, and K12 channels (and yes, this includes Audible).
  • Custom Narrator Casting—The experts at Voices review your book and create a tailored list of recommended narrators at a range of prices for your specific title.  Voices will work with you at every step to ensure you choose the right voice at the right price for your book.
  • Professional Production—All narrators are vetted for quality, and all Voices audiobooks are quality-checked before publication, giving rights holders an extra level of assurance.
  • Full Service and Support—As a D2D author, you’re used to high-level customer support, and you can expect the same with FindawayVoices.  If you have any questions or need help, you can reach out to a Voices expert.
  • Already have an audiobook?—If you’ve already produced your audiobook, you can distribute through FindawayVoices without exclusivity, and at no cost.

FindawayVoices also revolutionized digital audiobook delivery with AudioEngine, which is quickly becoming the industry’s largest B2B audiobook delivery platform that enables brands to deliver one of the world’s largest collections of digital audiobooks within their own experience.
Audiobooks can be a tremendous benefit to an author’s career, and producing something of professional quality is now easier than ever.  If you have questions or would like more information about the Draft2Digital and FindawayVoices partnership, reach out to the D2D Customer Support!



AMAZON: Word Doc templates for POD Books

Nate Hoffelder posted recently on his popular blog: “When Amazon first launched KDP Print in beta last year, it asked publishers and authors to trust that Amazon could take any e-book and turn it into a good-looking POD book.”

Amazon has posted Word Doc templates for making better POD books at Kindle (platform) POD, which authors can use to format their manuscripts.

The templates come in various standard print sizes ranging from the equivalent of a paperback to a college textbook.  They are rather bland-looking, but on the upside, they also incorporate margins and line spacing that meet professional standards.

Find the templates, as well as other useful information on making POD books, on the KDP help pages.

Amazon Information:
We’ve created several resources to help you format your paperback manuscript:

For step-by-step formatting instructions, see this Help page

For tips about trim size, bleed, margins, pagination, and images, see our manuscript formatting guide here:

For in-depth guidance on formatting manuscripts, see our Paperback Publishing Guidelines

For instructions on how to update a published paperback, see our Help page

Step-By-Step Paperback Manuscript Formatting Guide (Beta)
We have created this step-by-step guide to help you format your paperback manuscript.  We recommend that you write your book in Microsoft Word.   The tips we give in this guide are specific to Word 2013, but the steps are similar in most other versions.

For your convenience, we have also created formatted templates in a variety of trim sizes.  For in-depth information on formatting your paperbacks, see our Publishing Guidelines.

Paperback Publishing Guidelines
Our Paperback Publishing Guidelines include the information you need to successfully publish your paperback:

  • Definitions of important terms like bleed, metadata, trim size, and production variance
  • Tips for entering paperback details like title, author name, series information, and ISBN
  • Tips for formatting paperback content like page size, inside/outside margins, images, and cover

To me, it seems that self-publishing gets easier and easier from year to year. 


Multiple Sales of Your Manuscript


Foreign Rights and translations into other languages can be a great way to leverage the value of your manuscript – but don’t expect big numbers right away.

Foreign rights belong to your book’s subsidiary rights.  Like any other sub-rights, such as audio, movies, book clubs, paperback reprints, electronic rights, foreign rights can be sold and separated from your book’s primary rights – which you totally own anyway as an independent author-publisher.
Before you sign a contract: Always first contact your national writers’ association for further information and get legal advice from a lawyer who is specialized in copyright.  This could save you several thousand dollars – if not more.

Let’s Start With the Revenue You Can Get from Your Book’s Retail Price:

If you sell your book on your own website ca. 90 – 95%
Selling through Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple or other online retailers: up to 70%.
Selling your manuscripts to a trade publisher, earns a (small) advance and ca. 8 – 10% royalties – but this will be subtracted from the advance and only if you “earn out” your advance, which means the book is really selling well, you receive royalties.
For most authors, the advance is all they really earn.

For small publishers and Indies the thought of selling their book rights internationally might be a scary one, especially if they are not familiar with the foreign publishers or haven’t attended any of the large book fairs in Europe (Frankfurt Book Fair, Leipziger Messe, London or Bologna Book Fair) or the ones even further abroad in Dubai or in Asia.
Some Facts Concerning Foreign Rights:

  • Publishers are going global to find growth.
  • Marketing plays an important role in foreign rights sales.
  • Foreign rights revenue is both, a global opportunity and a sales challenge.
  • In Germany for example, translation rights are around 40% (mostly from English).
  • Revenue will be an advance and approximately 6 – 12% royalty of the retail price, minus a percentage for the agent.
  • It’s also a long-term project as it takes around 18 months until the book is translated and finally available online and in bookstores.

So, how can you, as an author or small publisher earn more money from licensing your works in different formats and countries?  Imagine you can set up all the information about your book, including prices for different formats and contract clauses on digital platforms…
Global Rights Network Platforms:
Selling the rights to your books can be a lucrative business, putting local versions of your works in the hands of readers all around the world. The predominance of book fairs and back-and-forth negotiations between rights agents and editors left a gap for literary rights-holders.

Now there are online marketplaces for the 365 day 24/7 trading of book and journal rights available. Publishers of all sizes, including self-publishers, can make their book’s rights available for sale from several online profiles, allowing buyers to purchase rights based on their terms, growing income, and in many cases, creating new income streams!

What Are These New Digital Platforms Doing:
Automated rights selling systems, allow you to make titles available for rights transactions – worldwide – with little up-front work!

Set up your prices for rights by language, territory, format (paperback, hardcover, ebook or audio) and length of the deal.
Swap out the standard contract for your own – if you choose.
Reactivate your dormant backlist titles for rights sales and create a whole new income stream without interrupting your current rights-selling attempts through sub-agents and at book fairs!

How Much Does it Cost?
Once set up, your rights will be available for sale within 48 hours and you can start selling immediately after they’re life!  Several membership levels offer a variety of service options and features, some are starting as low as $30 for a year.

These are the Main Players: IPR License
A Marketplace for publishers to trade rights globally.  The platform offers the opportunity to monetise or find the best new content in a global marketplace.  It also acts as a copyright hub making it easier to locate copyright holders to clear permission for use of their work.

Let Your Book Translate into World Languages
You can certainly just translate your book and sell it through online retailers worldwide. Most spoken languages besides English are Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, German, Russian, Russian, Portuguese, Bengali, Japanese (albeit not necessarily e-book readers) according to Wikipedia.

Maximize Your Foreign Presence – For FREE
To maximize your presence in overseas Amazon Kindle stores, just set up an Author Central account in each of those country-specific sites where your book is available.  As Amazon divided the world in single countries, announce your Countdown Deals, new book launches or Free Kindle KDP Days in several languages: Order at Fiverr a short translation of ten tweets in Spanish, French, German etc. for $5 / 200 words. The countries with the most users of eReaders, according to a survey of Bookboon are the USA, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark etc.

International Book Fairs
Do not just turn up at an international book fair, hoping to sell your book. Meetings are arranged well in advance (4-6 months) with acquisitions editors at international publishing houses, to whom new projects are pitched, and new potential publisher customers can be discovered.

Top Publisher for French Foreign Rights
If you want to talk about foreign rights with a French publisher one of the biggest in the world, Hachette who are also partnering with Phoenix Publishing & Media Group in China and holds a 25% share of Atticus in Russia.

Top Publisher for Spanish Foreign Rights
– Good for U.S.A. too!
Planeta publishing-companies leads the world’s Spanish-language publishing markets in Spain and Latin America.  The company has further strongholds in Portugal and France, where it owns Editis the country’s second-largest group.
Grupo Planeta is present in 25 countries, with more than 100 imprints and a catalog of 15,000 titles.
A good idea would also be to join ALLI
New rights services are growing up online to help authors meet rights buyers directly without having to travel to a book fair and using technology to extend reach.  ALLI now has an arrangement with one of these, Pubmatch.  Members have access to Putmatch’s premium service through ALLI (usually $79.99) at the deeply discounted rate of $9.99.  Pubmatch will facilitate communication, data warehousing and the simplification of rights marketing for publishers, agents, authors and others, making it the go-to place for the international publishing community to find new titles and new talent.

Major agencies, specialized in Foreign Rights:

Choose Your Foreign Rights Agent Carefully!
Most agents charge 20% (or sometimes even 25%) on foreign sales.  This 20% rate is justified because normally two agents are involved (the second one being in the foreign country), and they end up splitting the commission.  If you are not represented already, why not try to find agents or even publishers yourself in other countries, especially if you speak more than one language?

There are things to watch when negotiating foreign rights deals – hopefully, an agent will keep an eye on these, but it’s worth knowing about it:

The term of the deal: Five years is most common, anything longer then you should be expecting a premium from the publisher.
Country / Territory for the contract: You might sign away Portuguese language rights without realizing that it will include publication in Brazil (and Mozambique, Angola, Macau, Cape Verde etc). Also, giving worldwide Spanish language rights could cause friction with any United States publishing deal, as there is a large Spanish reading audience in the US.
Tax situation in your and the potential publishers country: While there are now many treaties which allow for the uninhibited flow of money between countries, you could lose some of your advances to a foreign government’s tax.
Before signing a contract with an agent or a publisher, how can an author tell if the company is good with foreign rights?  Ask about their previous sales!  Contact authors who work with that publisher or agent and ask them about their experience.  It’s also possible to find out the name of foreign publishers and go to their websites and see what books they have recently published.

Find out what authors the agency represents overseas, then ask those authors about their own experiences.  Again, foreign rights are only a portion of an author’s income, so that’s something to bear in mind.  Check your agreement with a translations rights agent carefully.  Never, ever! give world rights away as standard, and you should also insist on a large upfront payment.

Read more:

In Gwen Ellery’s article are tips from foreign agents about the cultural difference – something very important!

John Penberthy, a successful writer, who searched the internet, found contact addresses of agents in other countries and contacted them directly.

Morris Rosenthal gives also great, detailed tips in his article about book contracts.

Importance of Foreign Rights

How You Can Sell your Rights or Split Your Book into Single Articles:

John Kremer sells helpful lists and reports for authors and an e-book with an extensive list of foreign rights agents



Pre-Editing Made Easy


Daphne Gray-Grant, a writing, and editing coach and author explained in an article: “When I started writing back in high school, I developed the nervous practice of producing a sentence and then going back to edit it, immediately.  Perhaps you do the same thing?  It took me 20 years to understand why editing-while-writing is so destructive – and another three years to stop it.”
“Remember, you should always write as quickly as you can.  Just be sure to edit – later when your manuscript is finished – as slowly as you can bear.  And to edit your work make use of the great tools that are available these days.”

  • Edit Minion
    This free software identifies adverbs, passive voice, duplicate or frequently used words, and sentence length.
  • Language Tool
    A tool that is capable of proofreading more than 20 languages. Style issues will be marked in blue.
  • Paper Rater
    Robust grammar checking tool which allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them.
  • After the Deadline
    After the Deadline helps writers to avoid spelling errors, gives grammar or style suggestions. You will spend less time editing.
  • SmartEdit
    This tool helps writers of novels and short stories to highlight all the issues in their drafts, including misspelled words, and repetitiveness.

My advice is to not use only ONE software, but at least TWO – better THREE – and use them in separate sessions to fine comb your manuscript BEFORE sending it to a professional editor.
… And Why You Still Need an Editor:
Pre-editing will save you money and embarrassment.  However, none of these grammar tools can replace human intelligence.  You will still need a professional editor who then fine-tunes your manuscript for an outstanding, successful book.  Just to give you one example, how your editor will improve your book even more:

Developmental and Line Edit
He or she will give you the “big picture” feedback about structure, style, pacing, and voice. A developmental edit for a work of nonfiction may include feedback about the book’s organizational structure, as well as both stylistic and informational strengths and weaknesses. For fiction manuscripts, developmental editing also includes notes on plot, the point-of-view, and characterization.
Often, a developmental edit is given in the form of a detailed report or letter rather than as notes made directly on the manuscript. Then, there is also the line edit, where your editor will point out specific things such as certain lines of dialogue that don’t sound convincing, or pacing problems in a given section.
Here are even more digital tools for your pre-editing:



Pro’s & Con’s to Distribute eBooks via Pronoun



You might have read several articles in this blog about converting ebooks and distribution via aggregators, such as LightningSource, CreateSpace, IngramSpark. We also introduced Draft2Digital and the British eBookPartnership.

Let’s Have a Look Today at PRONOUN
Created by Macmillan Publishing (one of the Big 5), Pronoun is a site which distributes your ebook to online retailers.  But not only that: Pronoun offers you to create a free landing page for yourself, including for each of your books, from where you can add links to any or all of the five largest English-language ebook retailers: Amazon, Apple’s iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Google – to which Pronoun distributes your e-books.
You can pick and choose your retailers on Pronoun.

Pronoun’s greatest benefit is that they pay out a full 70 percent of the book’s cover price on all sales for all ebooks under $10 – and 65 percent for books priced over $10).  Pronoun pays the full 70 percent revenue even for e-books priced under $2.99.

See What You Would Receive Elsewhere:

  • Amazon pays 70 percent revenue minus the $0.15 per megabyte transfer fee for ebooks priced $2.99 to $9.99 while paying 35 percent for lower- or higher-priced e-books.
  • Barnes & Noble pays 65 percent revenue between $0.99 and $9.99 and 40 percent for higher priced e-books.
  • Google Play pays 52 percent revenue.
  • Apple and Kobo pay 70 percent.
  • On June 7, 2017, Pronoun announced the addition of the library distributors OverDrive and Bibliotheca to its retail distribution.  Authors are now able to add OverDrive and Bibliotheca as distributors when publishing on Pronoun, adding their ebook to catalogs from which over 20,000 libraries can purchase for circulation.

Conversion of eBooks is FREE

  • The best file format to deliver to Pronoun is docx – not doc.
  • Files are converted for free to mobi (for Amazon, and ePub for all other online retailers)
  • You can choose separate pricing for of major currencies.
  • However, prices are available only in amounts ending in $0.99
  • Revenue is paid out monthly, forty-five days after the end of the month in which the sale occurred.

Pronoun is helpful for authors and offers a number of amazing features, such as showing you your book cover next to others in its category, as well as suggesting less crowded categories and more effective keywords.

Now the Con’s:

  • Only English-language books are converted and distributed through Pronoun.
  • If you let your book distribute to Amazon through Pronoun, you can’t advertise your e-book using Amazon Marketing Services
  • You cannot list the title through the exclusive KDP Select or the KindleUnlimited program – well, after all, they pay you 70 percent revenue!
  • You can’t add any links to other online retailers – as Apple iBooks, for example, refuses to list e-books that have a link to Amazon in their text.

eBook Conversion
Pronoun’s conversion tool is based on the open-source software Calibre.  You can choose fro six book design templates.  So, novels are best suited – not so much non-fiction books with complex layouts…

A well-paying aggregator that converts novels for free, and distributes to all major online retailers – offering even a free website for you and each of your books.  In the future, many authors will want to use Pronoun as their one-stop solution.

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