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Indie Chicks

Aug 13, 2018

In this episode, Lisa and I discuss publishing platforms for the independent author. Also, Melissa has a new Tip of the week about ISBNs.  Listen in… EPISODE 9- PUBLISHING PLATFORMS.

First, Lisa and I discussed out weeks. I told her it seems like I've been thinking about publishing and writing 24/7. That will change soon with the start of the fall semester at my college. I'm really excited to be teaching a course in publishing pathways this semester! Lisa has been writing and working on Indie Chicks stuff too! I can't wait to read her new cyberpunk series, Motherboard!

Next, we dove into the main topic for this episode—Publishing platforms! Here's the skinny on what we covered: What are publishing platforms? What are the different types? Direct to retail options include KDP (Amazon), Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. Then you have aggregators, who will distribute your ebook to the big ebook retailers. Some options there include Smashwords Draft 2 Digital and Lulu. There are always more options coming available, but for a new author, we advise that you stick with the bigger ones.

We followed that with a discussion about why you need publishing platforms. A big part of your sales will come from e-books. It’s how many people are choosing to read now. Also, you can utilize e-books as gifts, giveaways, etc. BUT keep in mind many reviewers want a physical copy. Then we chatted about the different file types for ebooks:.epub for most online retailers and mobi files for Amazon.

Then we got into the nitty-gritty about the BIG publishing platforms.

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