PublishDrive Blog

09
Oct

Our new brand is here!

We’re super excited to be releasing several new features (like AI based category suggestion and automatic ebook conversion from docx) and a whole new redesign of our brand this week. As the team’s UX designer, I’d like to share more about our new appearance.

Why did we need a new brand?

PublishDrive started as a digital tool for global publishers. In 2017 we took part in Google’s Accelerator Program and sharpened our business model which extended our focus to authors. We realized the need to refresh our platform and our brand to get our message out there to authors around the world!

It was a huge journey we undertook, but along with working with an awesome design team, MSKTRS, we finally come to the moment we can introduce our new brand.

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01
Oct

Automatic ebook conversion from docx

PublishDrive accepts docx as the source file. Good news for those authors who are not too familiar with the technical details of formatting and converting processes. 

From now, PublishDrive accepts .DOCX files as main content.

The same process as EPUB

All you need to do is upload your file the same way you always have: provide the metadata and cover in jpg, epub, or now, docx.

When you’re done, just click “Publish” on the top of the page.

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17
Sep

Self-publishing books as a business: Become an author entrepreneur

Being an author is like being an entrepreneur (“authorpreneur”) – you have to think about your publishing process as a business, from the very first moment. Otherwise, you have a very slight chance of becoming a full-time author. I’d like to share my insights. As a writer, you already took the first steps. You had an amazing idea for a story, wrote it down and felt the need to share it with people who might enjoy it. You have a goal now, which is to become a full-time writer. Here are the steps you can take to make that dream a reality, and treat self-publishing as a business.

0. Understand what you’re getting yourself into. Self-publishing rocks!

Before starting on your publishing journey, make sure that you are committed to it. Fully understand that self-publishing means more work, but bigger gains and more control in a much faster pace. Read more about how self-publishing is different from traditional publishing to make an informed decision.

Are you committed? Great! Read on.

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28
Aug

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2018 – Key Takeaways

Attending industry events (both writing and publishing conferences) is an important part of our job. Asking people to sign up for PublishDrive is secondary; we’re more interested in simply getting to know authors, listening to their experiences, understand what works for them and what doesn’t, what are their needs and desires.

But is going to conferences worth it for indie authors?

In the third part of our “industry events” series, we highlight our impressions and experiences of Writer’s Digest Conference 2018.

Previous articles:

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06
Aug

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

When you finish writing your book, you inevitably face the question: self-publishing vs. traditional publishing? Should you go chasing agents, or upload your book to Amazon, and get on with it? This is a difficult question, and we hope that we’ll be able to answer it for you. But before going into the details of the most debated area of publishing, let me reassure you: it doesn’t have to be either this or that.

Whatever decision you make, it won’t last a lifetime. Many of today’s successful authors went both ways. The so-called “hybrid authors” have published books both traditionally and as self-publishers. Sometimes the very same books!

If you are here because you would like us to condemn one of these two ways, you are in the wrong place. We honestly believe that indie authors, indie publishers, and the big five can peacefully share the market. The right solution for you depends on your book, your circumstances, and your preferences.

In this article, we are exploring the reasons why somebody might decide to go for self-publishing or not, debunk some myths surrounding self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, and list the pros and cons of both ways.

(This is an older article that had been refreshed with new content.)

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30
Jul

Publishing Poetry in 2018: Trends, Tips, and Tricks

“I was broke. I was a student and I published Milk and Honey with like zero dollars ‘cause I was able to design, write and edit all of it. This is what I did when I was supposed to be studying for all of my exams.” said the bestselling, 25-year-old poet, Rupi Kaur, in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon. Kaur’s friends and family were encouraging her to become a lawyer and try to convince her to abandon her aspiration to publish her poems. Now she is telling her story about publishing poetry to a 2.5-million audience on American television.

Nothing shows poetry’s popularity better than Kaur’s appearance on late night tv. The genre is flourishing; it’s more popular than it has been in the last twenty years. So, if you want to publish your volume of poems the time is now!

In this article, we’ll go over the recent publishing trends in poetry and then tell you how to publish the words that will inspire readers for a long time.

publishing poetry

Taken by Norman Walsh on 19 Jan 2015 with a E-P5. (Click the picture for link.)

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20
Jul

Key Takeaways of ThrillerFest 2018

If you attended ThrillerFest 2018 (July 2018 NYC), the annual conference of ITW, International Thriller Writers, then you know what a great experience this event is for book people who have a special interest in thriller fiction. The gathering was created in 2004 by successful, bestselling authors to bring thousands of writers, readers, publishers, producers, editors, and agents together to promote and support thriller authors everywhere.

If you did not have the chance to attend this friendly, educational, career-enhancing conference, put it on your list for next July in NYC. For now, I offer a few key takeaways from the various panels I attended that were peopled by high-profile authors and professional book marketers who gave their time over the 4-day event to help newbie and debut authors on their journey to publishing success!

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18
Jul

Overview of the Chinese Book Market

PublishDrive signed a contract with retail giant DangDang, often dubbed as ‘the Chinese Amazon’. To celebrate this partnership, here is our analysis of the Chinese book market. We are grateful for the data shared by German Book Office Beijing, information shared with us by our new partner store, and other sources credited below.

With almost 1.4 billion people, China is the biggest market in the world. Its power and influence have for a long time been disregarded by Western publishers. However, more and more people discover the Chinese market and the possibilities of publishing in China could bring them. This article is aiming to provide an overview of the Chinese book market, analyze the trends and discover some opportunities that could benefit authors and publishers.

Demographics

As summarised in Foreword Reviews, China’s population is not only the largest of the world but is undergoing major changes. These changes make it even more attractive. Sociological trends, just as the fast-growing urbanization and the strong economy result in a strong and educated middle class. These people are eager for Western titles but also cultivated in Chinese literature. The recent abandonment of the one-child policy is expected to further boom the population. The sociological findings are also supported by numbers, as can be seen in the next paragraph. To sum up, these socioeconomic changes make China one of the most sought-after markets today.

Chinese book market in numbers

Although the Chinese book market is usually quite secretive when it comes to its numbers, valuable fresh data has been provided for last year’s Beijing Book Fair. OpenBooks, the Chinese equivalent of Nielsen BookScan has released some current numbers. They estimate the total volume of the book market to be between 20 and 23 billion USD in 2016. The total turnover is increasing by an average of 0.3% yearly. Online book sales have accounted for 45% of total industry turnover (GBOB, Chinese Book Market Data (2017)).

According to data by Chinese Academy of Press and Publication, 58.4% percent of the population regularly reads books. This amounts to around 812 million people altogether. Increasing the percentage of readers is part of the state agenda. The Chinese People’s Government is promoting reading with nationwide campaigns, reaching up to 800 million people at a time.

The three most important distributors are DangDang, Amazon China, and JD. All three of them are committed to offering a safe and protected environment not only to their readers but to their publishers. They are using different kinds of DRM technologies and offering books through different channels and on different devices to fight ebook piracy.

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