Turning the Tables: Short Story E-Books

Generally, the way a blog works is that someone with information, i.e. the blogger or guest blogger, writes a post that shares this information with the reader. This provides the blogger with a platform on which to demonstrate his or her expertise and it provides the reader with a source of information from an expert. The system works pretty well.

But what happens when the blogger wants information? Typically, the blogger will scout out other blogs that provide it or otherwise research this information independently. Often, the blogger will then share the answers obtained with his or her readers. That usually works well, too.

Today, I’m going to turn the tables on these standard forms of interaction. I’m going to ask you, my readers, for information. So, here it goes…

I’ve researched a variety of ways for people who are technologically competent, but not particularly tech-savvy, to self-publish e-books and make them available for sale. The results of my research indicate that the following are the primary options:

  1. Turn an e-book into a PDF file (preferably a locked one) and sell it independently on your own site.
  2. Publish your e-book through a service provider that either codes your word processing document into acceptable e-book formats (the publishing portion) or loads up a coded e-book onto selling platforms like Amazon.com (the distribution portion) or both.
  3. Go through the exhausting process of learning how to do either the coding or the uploading or both by yourself.

Based on these choices, I’ve been planning on going with option 1 for short products and option 2 for longer products. For example, BookBaby will distribute your book for “free,” providing you with 85% of the net sales. For $99, they will do both the publishing and the distribution portions, providing you with 85% of the net sales. For $249, they’ll publish and distribute, and you keep 100% of the net sales. (Net sales is after the distributing platforms take their cut, which can be up to 50-60% of the sale in some cases, but usually is lower.) This seemed like a pretty good deal, depending on the quality of their work; however, the cost doesn’t seem worth it for shorter works. Now, I’m not so sure.

If you saw this week’s Trailer Time, then you saw a short story e-book that is for sale on Amazon.com. How do you do that? How do you do that so that it’s worth the time/money?

So, now it’s your turn: Am I missing an option that is better than options 1 through 3?

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About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces ComeSootheYourAchingSoul.com in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of www.StephanieAllenCrist.com and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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