This Week in Self-Publishing: My Book Is Back on Kobo

This Week

Books sold: 1 ebook (Amazon), 1 paperback

Money earned: $6.12

Money spent: $0


Books sold: 353 ebooks, 146 paperbacks

Money earned (book sales): $1,424.50

Money earned (Patreon): $6,909

Money spent: $4,855.71

Here’s an update on where we are in the “get my book back onto the various distribution channels” process:

  • Amazon: Done! Brand-new ebook via Kindle Create! You can also buy the paperback!
  • Kobo: Done! I had to use the old Pronoun epub because it didn’t include a build-a-book service and I couldn’t export the new ebooks I made on Kindle Create and Nook Press. (We shouldn’t be too surprised that both of these retailers don’t want you sharing their ebooks with other retailers.)
  • Barnes & Noble: Mostly done! The paperback is available, and the Nook Press ebook I created is under review.
  • Google Books: Mostly done! No build-a-book service here, so they’re reviewing the Pronoun epub version.
  • Apple iBooks: Nowhere near done! They’re still reviewing my tax information (so I can create a vendor account), and then I’ll have to decide whether I want to build a new ebook through iBooks Author, which will require me to input my text one chapter at a time (ugh) or just give ’em the Pronoun epub.

Both the Kindle Create and Nook Press processes were very simple: paste entire text, make sure the chapter titles are formatted the way you want them, publish. The italics and special formatting stuff all transferred over; I didn’t have to go back and redo a bunch of itals and paragraph breaks.

AFAIK I don’t think I’ll be able to do that with iBooks, but I’ll keep poking around with it.

Also, now I need to remember to check every retailer every week to see how many sales I’ve made.

In other news, Biographies Vol. 1 was just reviewed on What Cathy Read Next. It’s a lengthy and thoughtful review, so I’ll just quote one paragraph and suggest you read the whole thing on your own:

Meredith is the character that resonated most strongly with me. She’s clever, thoughtful, bookish, protective towards her younger sisters, competitive but perhaps over-absorbed by the desire to get things right and, in this respect, can come across as mature beyond her years. At one point she muses, “I wonder if I am good at anything that I haven’t practiced”. Meredith seems absolutely real as a character with the good points and flaws that make up all humans and I think this is the author’s chief accomplishment that, in this book, she has created truly realistic characters that you feel you could meet in the street or the local shop.

I love reading other people’s responses to this book because there are a number of similarities between the reviews—most of them focusing on character—along with the types of differences that come from personal background, preference, and interpretation. I know I’ve written this before, but I appreciate so much that my book has not yet been misunderstood; whether the readers like it or not, they understand what it is and what I was trying to communicate with the story. They aren’t telling me that I inadvertently wrote a different story than I intended to.

If you’re a book blogger who is interested in reviewing either Vol. 1 or the forthcoming Vol. 2, let me know. I’d be more than happy to send over a copy. ❤️