Podcast #12: Kevin Tumlinson, Draft2Digital
Kevin Tumlinson is Marketing Director at Draft2Digital and a prolific best-selling author of thrillers. Draft2Digital was founded in 2012 to provide an easy way to format and distribute your ebook.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 on the Author Friendly Podcast with Carla King
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About this episode
One of D2D's recent partnerships is with Bibliotheca, which extends their reach to libraries, a market overlooked by many self-publishers. Find out why it’s a great way to increase discoverability, about the mechanics of how ebook licenses get delivered and purchased by libraries, how the cost per checkout model (CPC) model allows as many patrons who want the book to check it out at the same time, and about the potential to make a lot more money by distributing to libraries.
We discuss the importance of audiobooks, too which Tumlinson says is “the new frontier” of book publishing because the market isn’t yet saturated. Draft2Digital has a partnership with Findaway Voices to help you get that process started.
Author pages also come up in our conversation, and not just your Amazon Central Author page but your free author page from Draft2Digital’s sister site Books2Read. Even if you haven’t published using Draft2Digital, you can use Books2Read author page, book page, and universal book link. A universal book link creates a single trackable link that shows readers where it’s sold. See an example: The Girl in the Mayan Tomb by Kevin Tumlinson.
Other features that I think you’ll find interesting are the automated front and end matter, including the Contents and the Also By page, and their book formatting tool that Tumlinson says is their “own version of Vellum” but for both Mac and Windows, with templates that output both ebook and print book formats.
The author of more than 30 books, Tumlinson talks from both sides of the author-aggregator equation, and I know you'll benefit from his insights.
Here are the links to Draft2Digital (D2D) sites we mentioned and other resources.
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