When I prepared to publish my first book, I hadn’t a clue as to how to publish let alone the different outlets. From reading articles and blogs, I soon realized that Createspace, Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and LuLu were the way to go. Aside from Smashwords, I published through Createspace, Kindle, Barnes & Noble (Nook) and LuLu.
Now I’m not very good at promoting myself. AT ALL. I don’t like asking people for reviews or exchange reviews, promoting on blogs, social media, or researching the top reviewers on Amazon in my genre. I’m lazy to do any kind of promotional research, and I am uncomfortable tooting my own horn, so to speak.
Since I haven’t been able to overcome my promotional difficulties, I recently looked into other publishing outlets. I figure, the more places my books appear, the more exposure and possible sales. A couple months back, I tried to publish through iTunes Connect. The whole procedure was complicated, and when I finally got to the uploading part, I ran into a snag. It requested information regarding Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc. Aside from iTunes, I don’t own any Apple products, so I aborted the process.
A few weeks ago, my husband asked me why I’m not selling my books on Google Play Books. I told him I don’t buy books from there, and he responded, “But other people do.” I do have my blond moments. He was right, so I took his advice and published on GPB. It wasn’t too difficult. For those of you curious about it, just create an account using a gmail account, upload the cover and “pdf” file, fill out the information regarding description, ISBN, length and subject, and your book will be available after it’s processed (1/2 hour). I was also allowed to choose to have my books on GPB or GPB and Google Books.
Here is a screen shot of what my GPB book page looks like for my own reads and purchases.
The links to my Google Play Books are on my website, http://www.authordenisebaer.com/index.html – MY BOOKS under each book. What’s cool about GPB is that I can keep track of my favorite books, what I’m reading now, TBR list, history, purchased books, reviewed, and books suggested to me. Similar to Amazon, you can read a sample of the paperback or eBook version and write a review without leaving the site.
Here is a screen shot of my Google Books page for reads and purchases.
Since I recently uploaded my books to Google Play Books, I haven’t run into problems with it. There are authors who have pulled their books because GPB changes the price on the books whenever they feel the need. Since I priced my books higher, and I could use the exposure from Google itself, I think I’ll keep it on there for now. Besides, if they want to give my book away free and still pay me royalties, then I’m fine with that.
The next site I’d like to discuss is Gumroad. This site is great when it comes to costs. Taken from their site, “We take 5% + 25¢ per transaction. We don’t charge any additional monthly, hosting, or setup fees.” It was a bit clunky while trying to figure out the uploads, and such, but not too difficult. Again, the links to my Gumroad books are on my website, http://www.authordenisebaer.com/index.html, MY BOOKS under each book. An inlay pops up so you don’t have to leave my site to purchase the book. Less clicks, the happier the customer.
With my next book, I’m considering a first publication run on Gumroad. If people are afraid to purchase from Gumroad, then I’ll publish on other outlets.
Where are your books listed for publication? What are your cons and pros regarding Google Play Books or Gumroad?
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