PublishDrive Blog

18
Jan

PublishDrive’s Subscription Pricing Increases Take-Home Royalties for Authors – Learn More in Our Case Study!

Increase Author Royalties Case Study 1When we rolled out Subscription Pricing last October, some were hesitant to give it a shot at first.

After all, the ability to keep ALL royalties (after the stores’ fee) for a small monthly fee of $100 is unheard of among self-publishing aggregators.

But we’re happy to report that it’s working – and authors are loving it.

To illustrate the benefits of our new pricing option, we detailed best-selling author Rachel Morgan’s experience after she enrolled in subscription pricing. Explore the summary below to check out the highlights, and download the full case study for FREE here.

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16
Jan

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 right marketing strategy – before and after you publish – can keep your books thriving long after their initial release.

But with all the options out there, it’s easy for first-time authors to get intimidated. Paid advertising, email newsletters, review copies – how do you know which area to focus on first?

In our upcoming free webinar, Author Success Coach Adam Woods will explain the basics of book marketing to help narrow down your strategy.

You don’t want to miss this FREE webinar and Q&A session. Sign up today and you’ll also receive a downloadable marketing checklist!

TUESDAY, January 29, 2019

12:00 p.m. EST / 9:00 a.m. PST

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10
Jan

Introducing PublishDrive’s Free Public Ebook Conversion Tool

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Our free ebook conversion has been a tremendous benefit for PublishDrive users, but our team wanted to create a tool that all indie authors could use – not just those signed up for PublishDrive.

We’re super excited to announce that we’ve developed a FREE public ebook converter for commercial use – and there is no registration required.

 

Convert my manuscript!

Free, Accessible Ebook Conversion for all Indie Authors

With our free tool, it’s never been easier to start publishing. All that’s needed to begin is a Microsoft Word DOCX file, and we’ll handle the rest!

How It Works:

After uploading your manuscript in DOCX format, you’ll be prompted to answer a few questions. Your responses will help us customize your ebook file.

For example, if your source file doesn’t contain a table of contents, no problem! Based on the information you input, we can instantly create high-quality EPUB and MOBI files that contain the following:

  • Table of contents
  • Copyright page
  • Title page
  • Seamlessly incorporated cover image

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In other words, you’ll get a ready-to-publish ebook file that will look great and function on all reading devices.

Unlike other free converters, ours produces ebook files specifically for commercial purposes, which means they’ll provide the highest quality reading experience and be free of formatting errors.

And the best part is that this public tool is completely free to use, and you don’t have to be a registered PublishDrive user.

After downloading your newly converted EPUB and MOBI files, you’re free to do whatever you want with them. 

And if you’re not happy with the files, you can start over and convert your manuscript as many times as you need to.

Ready to get started? Check out our free DOCX to EPUB/MOBI converter here!

19
Dec

Our Word to EPUB Conversion Tool is Here!

One of the most common challenges new authors face is ebook conversion. You may have spent months (or years!) writing your first book – it’s frustrating to have yet another task before you can hit “publish.”

Some authors use ebook conversion software, while others pay someone else to do it – but these options cost money.

We’re excited to announce that PublishDrive now offers FREE automatic ebook conversion directly through the platform. While the platform previously offered ebook conversion, the process took a few days to complete.

Our new ebook converter is super easy to use, instantly produces an EPUB file, and will help streamline your publishing journey.

Here’s how it works:

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13
Dec

Top 3 Ways of Boosting Your Author Career Through Writing Conferences

Top 3 ways of boosting author career with writing conferences

You’ve probably heard that conferences are essential to your writing career development, but do you know why?

The PublishDrive team attended several conferences this fall where we either gave a talk or simply had the chance to mingle with writers. As the number of author-related conferences grows rapidly year by year, you may be wondering which ones are best for you. In this article, I summarize various types of author-related conferences and my personal takeaways.

To sum up, I’ve attended the following conferences: Digital Book World (Nashville), Romance Con (Richmond), National Writers Union Conference (New York), Las Vegas Book Festival (Las Vegas), 20booksto50k (Las Vegas), YALLfest (Charleston), and Miami Book Fair (Miami) – I’ve definitely compiled a list of thoughts!

Here are my top three recommendations for leveraging the power of conferences in the publishing industry:

  • Attend the conference that fits your publishing journey.
  • Learn from other writers and attendees and collaborate with them.
  • Prepare for conferences accordingly and have fun! 🙂

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07
Dec

PublishDrive Now Offers Ebook Distribution to Bibliotheca

At PublishDrive, we’re always seeking new opportunities for indie authors to access global sales channels and increase their readership. As our list of 400+ online stores continues to grow, we’re excited to announce our newest distribution channel: Bibliotheca.

What Is Bibliotheca?

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Bibliotheca operates a lending platform called cloudLibrary™, which targets the library market in different countries around the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia.

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30
Nov

We Now Offer Ebook Marketing Options Directly Through the PublishDrive Platform!

As the holidays approach, we have an early gift we’d like to share: ebook marketing features are now available directly on the PublishDrive platform!

Many of our users have been requesting marketing features like these, and we’ve been listening. Our developers have taken your feedback and created some powerful ways to manage ebook marketing and publishing on a single platform. We can’t wait for authors to take advantage of these new marketing options, so we wanted to quickly explain the benefits.

New eBook Marketing Options

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26
Nov

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 conference, which was held in Las Vegas from November 6 – 8, 2018.

Frankly, we did so much and spoke to so many amazing authors that it’s impossible to fit into a single blog post. But, we wanted to share a recap for those of you who couldn’t make it this year. Here’s what we were up to and learn why attending conferences is crucial for any indie author.

What is the 20Booksto50k Conference?

Before we dig in, you might be wondering: “What is 20Booksto50k?”

20Booksto50k is a Facebook group that was started by self-published author, Michael Anderle, back in 2015. At the time, he realized he could make a sustainable income of about $50,000 a year by publishing 20 books that sold at least a few copies per day. After his first $12,000 month, he knew that his strategy could help other authors succeed and wanted to share his insight.

Since then, the 20Booksto50k Facebook group has amassed a following of over 26,000 members who’ve come together to share tips about self-publishing and make connections. Members include best-selling indie authors and those who are just starting out.

20Booksto50k held their first conference in 2017, which was a huge success. This year’s event was likewise a hit, drawing hundreds of attendees from all over the world. Continue Reading…

19
Nov

Meet Monica Dubé, PublishDrive’s New Content Strategist!

Hi there! My name is Monica and I’m super excited to be joining the PublishDrive team. I’m the new content strategist, which is a fancy way of saying that I’ll be handling everything from writing blogs to overseeing all of the content for PublishDrive.

Monica Dube - Content Strategist

After wrapping up my first whirlwind week at the 20Booksto50k conference, I’m settling in for my second week and having a blast getting to know the amazing people I work with.

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05
Nov

How to Become a Ghostwriter: Perks and Benefits

Are you a writer if you are not writing your own book? And, are you an author if you are not the author of the book you wrote? The topic of ghostwriters is the hot potato of the literary world and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. This article aims to clarify what ghostwriting is and isn’t, and give some advice on how to become a ghostwriter yourself.

What is ghostwriting?

A ghostwriter is somebody who’s hired to write a book, article or another piece of writing. While they are paid for their contribution, more often than not, they are not publicly acknowledged. The content is credited under somebody else’s name – if they are lucky enough, they might get listed as “assistant” or “researcher.”

Is ghostwriting plagiarism?

This is a difficult question; this great article on PlagiarismToday goes into it in depth. To summarize: it depends on the context and the readership’s expectations of authorship. For example, while it is widely accepted and known that celebrity books are not written by the stars themselves, college professors not crediting their students’ contributions accordingly are a different case entirely.

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