Category: self-publishing

12
Feb

Your Comprehensive Guide to Amazon Pricing on PublishDrive

Back in April of 2017, our partnership with Amazon changed, giving our users better royalties and other benefits.

To help you better understand these changes, we’ll be breaking down exactly how Amazon pricing works through PublishDrive, the differences between the two pricing structures, and how to apply them.

What You Need to Know About Amazon Pricing on PublishDrive

PublishDrive offers two pricing structures for books distributed to Amazon: Enhanced Plan and Standard Plan.

Each plan has specific conditions and benefits. The right plan for you depends on the price of your book and other factors. Let’s take a look:

(Note: Feel free to skip ahead to view the quick comparison table at the end).

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31
Jan

Amazon Advertising for Ebooks is Now Available through PublishDrive

 

Amazon’s Sponsored Products ads are among the most powerful marketing tools for authors who sell ebooks on Amazon. But the learning curve prevents many authors from ever taking advantage of this robust advertising tool.

Months ago, we set out to change that.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve launched a built-in marketing feature that integrates Amazon advertising for ebooks.

Sign up now and try it!

Our team invested months of research into finding the best ways to simplify this tool for authors, and we are beyond excited to be the first self-publishing platform to integrate Amazon advertising for ebooks. Now authors can manage global ebook distribution and powerful advertising in a single platform.

Until the end of March 2019, beta-testing of this feature is available to all PublishDrive users who sell ebooks on Amazon. This means you can use the tool even if you distribute directly to Amazon rather than going through PublishDrive.

Learn more about Sponsored Products ads below and discover how easy it is to get started thanks to our new feature.

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29
Jan

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 authors at every stage of their self-publishing career to maximize their royalties. But how will you decide which one is best for you?

Here, we’ll break down the differences to help you choose.

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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!

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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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