Three popular paths to get your print and e-book to online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores
With triple-digit growth in self-publishing services, technologies evolving weekly, and advertising hype, it’s tough for authors to figure out which vendors to choose for which services. In this series, I’ve been looking at three popular paths to get your print and e-book to online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores, without going through the subsidy presses.
Path 1: E-book only or e-book first – Using either Smashwords and Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing or a service like BookBaby, how to get your e-book aggregated to the online retailers.
Path 2: Print (POD) – Get your print book formatted and distributed to the online retailers and brick-and-mortar bookstores.
Path 3: Partner with a pro – Finding a distributor, small press, publisher services company, book packager, or literary agent who will invest in and shepherd your book much like a traditional publisher in exchange for an exclusive distribution deal and significant royalty from sales.
These paths are also covered in detail in the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors.