Monica Dube (114)

Here are articles by the very talented Monica. She's an expert on what different stores such as Google Books and Amazon look for.

How does Kindle Unlimited work for authors?

KDP Select/Amazon KU vs Going Wide Choosing the right publishing route can be intimidating.

How to Make a Book Cover Design FREE (Part 2)

Can't afford a designer? No problem. Learn how to create your own book cover…

The Complete Guide in Choosing Book Cover Fonts (Part 2)

We covered how book cover fonts can make or break your book cover in…

How to design a book cover? 3 things first.

First things first, know the specifications of a book cover Let’s clarify what a…

Indie Authors: Expand Your Library Distribution with Hoopla!

Are you currently distributing to the library market but want to reach even more…

Sell more books with the Dreame reading app through PublishDrive

As self-publishing evolves, more opportunities appear every day for indie authors to make…

How to Publish an Ebook on PublishDrive

Have you decided to finally publish that ebook you’ve been working on? That’s great!…

How to Sell Books on Google Play in 2021

If you have been thinking about publishing your ebook on Google Play, this guide…

Moving Your Books to PublishDrive from Another Self-Publishing Platform or Aggregator

So you’ve decided to move your books to PublishDrive from another self-publishing platform -…

Thinking about Switching to an Ebook Aggregator from Direct? Read This First!

When going wide (instead of remaining exclusive to Amazon), self-published authors typically do one…

The Royalty Splitting Solution Your Indie Publishing Company Needs: Q&A with Michael Anderle

*Note: This post contains an affiliate link. Indie publishing companies are faced with a…

The Most Profitable Option for Aggregated Ebook Distribution is Here!

Previously, there were two main options available for independent ebook distribution: While both of…

Sell Walmart Ebooks: Everything You Need to Know

Walmart is one of the largest and most well-known retailers worldwide, and they recently…

The full version of PD Abacus is now live! See what’s new…

After our beta launch of PD Abacus last month, the PublishDrive team has been…

How to Co-Author a Book: Top 5 Methods to Share the Workload

Whether you’re a bestselling author with a large back list or a debut author,…

Recap of the RWA 2019 Conference in NYC

The PublishDrive team just wrapped up a week at the Romance Writers of America…

PublishDrive’s Abacus for Co-Authors Solves Royalty Splitting Hassles for KDP Books and More

After releasing our Team Royalties feature a few months ago, we received some very…

The Ultimate List of Self-Publishing Resources

One of my favorite things about self-publishing is the community. While there’s no guidemap…

Instagram for Authors: Top 7 Tips for Growth

Instagram is a great platform for indie authors to increase readership and engage with…

Debunking The Top 5 Self-Publishing Myths

After working hard to finish writing your book, it can be discouraging to read…

Self Care for Authors: How to Prevent Writer Burnout

We live in a culture where we’re considered productive if we work fourteen hours…

The 2019 Nebula Conference is a Wrap!

The PublishDrive team spent an amazing 4 days (May 16-19) at the Science Fiction…

Pinterest for Authors: Your Essential Guide

You might be using Pinterest for recipes or wedding dress ideas, but did you…

Distribution to Google Play: Aggregator or Direct?

As many indie authors and publishers recently found out, Google updated their policies for…

Goodreads for Authors: Top Tips for Success

As a reader, you may have participated in a Goodreads challenge, using it to…

SFWA Nebula Conference 2019: What You Need to Know

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 54th annual conference and Nebula Awards…

Top 3 Tips to Improve Your Author Brand with Social Media

As an author, you might be thinking, “Why should I waste my time on…

Exploring the Power of Stories at the 2019 San Diego Writers Festival

I recently attended the first annual San Diego Writers Festival at the beautiful Central…

Meet the PublishDrive Team at This Year’s Writing Conferences!

Writing conferences are essential to your career as an author: you can attend informative…

How to Set up a Mailing List for Authors, Get Subscribers, and Sell More Books

If you’re a self-published author and you don’t have a mailing list or newsletter…

Front Matter and Back Matter [The Only Guide You Need]

Think about every time you open a book: you probably skim through the first…

How to Get Book Reviews and Build an ARC Team

Reader reviews are crucial for boosting ebook sales for self-published authors. They can: While…

Team Royalties: a Hassle-Free Solution for Splitting Co-Author Royalties

Headaches about splitting book royalties and managing a transparent business? Not anymore! PublishDrive saw…

Upcoming Free Webinar: Sell More Books with Public Speaking!

For many authors, public speaking is a source of anxiety. But effective communication skills…

Announcing Exciting Updates to the PublishDrive Platform!

You may have noticed we recently rolled out some improvements to the PublishDrive platform.

PublishDrive’s Amazon Ebook Advertising Tool Is Better Than Ever

PublishDrive recently became the first self-publishing platform to offer a built-in Amazon ebook advertising…

Your Comprehensive Guide to Amazon Pricing on PublishDrive

Back in April of 2017, our partnership with Amazon changed, giving our users better…

Amazon Advertising for Ebooks is Now Available through PublishDrive

Amazon’s Sponsored Products ads are among the most powerful marketing tools for authors who…

Royalty Share vs. Subscription Pricing for Self-Published Authors – Which Option is Best?

PublishDrive offers two pricing options: Royalty Share and Subscription Pricing. These flexible options allow…

Case Study: PublishDrive’s Subscription Pricing Increases Take-Home Royalties for Authors!

When we rolled out Subscription Pricing last October, some were hesitant to give it…

Don’t Miss Our Free Webinar – Self-Publishing 102: Book Marketing Basics

Marketing is one of the most important elements of an indie author’s career. The…

Introducing PublishDrive’s Free Public Ebook Conversion Tool

Our free ebook conversion has been a huge help for PublishDrive authors, but our…

Our Word to EPUB Conversion Tool is Here!

One of the most common challenges new authors face is ebook conversion. You may…

PublishDrive Now Offers Ebook Distribution to Bibliotheca

At PublishDrive, we’re always seeking new opportunities for indie authors to access global sales…

Use Book Promotion Options Directly Through PublishDrive!

We have an early gift we’d like to share: ebook promotion features are now…

We’re Back from the 20Booksto50k Conference, and We Can’t Wait to Tell You About It

The PublishDrive team just wrapped up an incredible three days at the recent 20Booksto50k…

Meet Monica Dubé, PublishDrive’s New Content Strategist!

Hi there! My name is Monica and I’m super excited to be joining the…

How to Become a Ghostwriter: Perks and Benefits

Are you a writer if you are not writing your own book? And, are…

Self-Publishing Dictionary: A Beginner’s Guide

Authors tend to sum up their experiences regarding self-publishing somewhat like this: “I had…

Book categorization AI: Interview with the developer

We released our category recommendation AI last week, and it has been a huge…

PublishDrive’s AI helps you find categories for your book

Metadata is very important. We know this. The title, cover image, subtitle and description…

Automatic ebook conversion from docx

PublishDrive accepts docx as the source file. Good news for those authors who are…

Overview of the Chinese Book Market

PublishDrive signed a contract with retail giant DangDang, often dubbed as ‘the Chinese Amazon’.

Create An Author Website For Free Using Wix

This week’s guest post by author Jules Fier underlines the importance of creating an…

Series of Books or Book Serials: What’s the Difference?

The following article could not have been made without the help of PublishDrive author…

GDPR for Authors: Are You Compliant?

The new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming to effect shortly (May…

How to Make a Book Cover Design FREE (Part 1)

While everybody agrees that creating a beautiful book cover should be the work of…

Google’s Talk to Books: Will it Improve Ebook Sales?

I’m all for AI and chatbots – I even designed one! -, but every…

Managing Encoded Metadata Within Your Book

At this point, you already know much more about ebook metadata than you ever…

Great on Kindle for nonfiction books launches as beta

Remember Amazon’s mysterious 50% royalty rate? Apparently, it wasn’t just an error: it was…

Using BISAC Codes to Get Into The Right Category on Amazon – Book Metadata Tricks for Better Ebook Sales

Metadata in publishing is all information about a book: it includes author, title, description,…

Smart Metadata Entry for Better Ebook Sales: Title, Subtitle, Series fields

Metadata in publishing is all information about a book: it includes author, title, description,…

Book Metadata Entry for Better Ebook Sales: The Basics

Metadata – data about data – in publishing is all information about a book.

Self-publishing Sci-fi and Fantasy: Interview with Joseph Malik, Author of Dragon’s Trail

Sci-fi author Joseph Malik has not only collected favourable reviews on his first release,…

What Is a Beta Reader and How to Find One

What is a beta reader and how to find one is brought to you…

Brazilian Ebook Market in 2017: Trends and Predictions

To help us understand the Brazilian ebook market, we asked newcomer Pablo Araújo (straight…

Breaking news: Scribd drops monthly credit limit

Almost exactly two years after it was first announced, Scribd discontinues the monthly reading…

Amazon CreateSpace Stops Offering Author Services: What are the options?

Not long after Macmillan closed Pronoun, another publishing giant decided to step down. Amazon…

Bulk Import 3.0: Upload and import many books at once

We are happy to announce that our publishers can now import many books in…

The Best Illustrators for Your Children’s Picture Book: How To Find Them?

It is a long lingering myth that children’s books don’t sell well in an…

Amazon AMS Ads: How to utilise them for success?

Successful fantasy writer Karen Myers has recently written an article on her experience with…

Selling Romance in Romania: Most Popular Ebook Genres per Country

It is almost every day that we receive a question from you on the…

Amazon Bestseller Ranks – New Feature at PublishDrive

We have finished last year with quietly unraveling a new feature. PublishDrive is now…

How to Format a Manuscript for eBook Conversion

While there are several excellent ebook writing and conversion apps available—from free to hundreds…

Ebook Templates – A Waste of Money?

Many people argue that ebooks don’t have to be beautiful: the ebook readers or…

What Are the Different Types of Copyright?

Today’s article is on a more serious subject: different types of copyright. We have…

Reedsy Book Editor: Write, edit, and convert a beautiful book for free

Following the success of our last article on ebook editing tools, we decided to…

Messenger Bot for Writers: How to Build it and Use it

Have you heard of essay writer bots used by many essay typers? For the…

The Importance of Book Reviews to Get Your Book Known

This is a guest post by BookRazor writer Sarah Robinson. Read her bio at…

Faster Publishing Time on Amazon: How to do it?

In a world where we want everything ready as soon as possible, a lot…

The Self-Publishing Journey: How to Self-Publish an Ebook

It takes a village to raise a child. Similarly: writing a novel is never…

Import your books straight from Pronoun

This was not an easy week for indie publishers and self-publishers: Pronoun has announced…

Authors Leaving Pronoun: How to Choose a Distributor

On November 6th, the Macmillan owned Pronoun announced that they are shutting down their…

Distributing to Perlego – New Retail Channel

PublishDrive is proud to have partnered with Perlego, an innovator in academic publishing. We’re…

Frankfurt Book Fair As Indie Author – Should you go?

Are you interested in attending a book fair as indie author? Should you attend…

Create an Ebook Cover with Canva or Adobe Spark: Which is Better?

Who would have thought that the design giant Adobe will create their own Canva?…

Everything about exclusive distribution: definition and examples

Going wide or KDP only? Today’s article is covering exclusive distribution definition, examples and…

Other Disruptors: New Ways of Distribution, VR and Royalty Share

This is the third, final part of our series focused on industry disruptors. The…

Blockchain: A Technology Publishers Have Never Heard of is Here to Disrupt the Industry

(This article was written in anticipation of the ALLi organized session at Frankfurt Book…

How Can Writers And Publishers Utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Putting aside the constant scare of whether robots will soon take our jobs –…

What Is an Audiobook? – Choose the Best Service

The Canadian company Rakuten Kobo finally offers audio content worldwide. They now appear as…

What is the Secret of a Successful Ebook Launch

Are you ready to get published? Great! Why not throw a party? A book…

What’s an Ebook? Beginner’s Guide to Ebook Creation and Distribution

This article provides a beginner’s guide to ebooks and how to get started with…

Ebook Pricing for a Foreign Market – Pricing an Ebook in Southeast Asia

It is difficult enough already to price an ebook for your home market: how…

How to Publish Internationally – Author’s Tips

Nobody knows better how self-publishing works than our self-published authors. In our series, Self-Publishing…

Ebook Pricing for a Foreign Market – East Asia and India

This article is the second part of our series, Ebook Pricing for a Foreign…

How to Convert Your Book to Get Accepted by Shops – Sigil for Dummies

Following the success of our last article on ebook editors, we decided to create…

Distributing Public Domain Books: Should You Do It?

When US federal judge Jed Rakoff ruled against KinderGuides in August, one of the…

Self-Publishing Podcasts: Everything You Wanted to Know

Podcasts are like Marmite: love it or hate it. With an overwhelming the majority…

Ebook Pricing for a Foreign Market – Eurozone and Eastern Europe

It is always exciting to read and write about faraway lands and cultures. But…

Top 9 Most Useful Ebook Software for Writers

The age of handwriting your ebook and typing it up later is long gone.

Interactive Ebooks: What Are They and How to Make Them

The growth of interactive ebooks coincided with me getting into publishing studies. I couldn’t…

Do Not Get Caught Un-Quote

Do you remember the eighth commandment? Do not steal. Everybody knows that, and yet:…

A Guide on Book Title Punctuation

For the trained eyes, there is nothing more annoying than looking at a book…

Advanced Pricing at PublishDrive

The new Advanced Pricing feature is available now on the platform providing publishers with…

From Draft to Bedside Story – PublishDrive’s Guide to Self-Publishing a Children’s Book

Writing for children is rewarding, heartwarming and something to be proud of. No wonder…

Complete Guide to Book Cover Sizes – Why Do They Matter?

In the first part of the series, we looked at some cover design services…

How to Self-Publish a Cookbook

Our new series explores the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing in different genres and…

Five Reasons to Self-Publish

When I started writing fiction, I assumed that there is not a single writer…

The Complete Guide in Choosing Book Cover Fonts (Part 1)

Book cover fonts can make or break your book cover, so you should choose…

A Complete Guide to 3D Book Covers and Bundle Covers

You can’t judge a book by its cover. Still, people do it all the…

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing Costs

Self-publishing is portrayed as a free or low-cost alternative to traditional publishing. But is…

ISBN Lookup for Ebooks

You wrote a book and decided to go into the publishing industry your way.

IPG UK Quarterly Event by PublishDrive

Publishing industry is centered in London and New York where you can be in…