So, I’ve written the book and I’ve edited the book. I’ve also knocked up the cover and written the back blurb. The only thing to do now is to actually publish the book!
Is it intimidating? Scary? Daunting? Not really. If anything it’s relief to have finally found a way through the self-publishing woods and made it out the other side. Well, I haven’t made it out yet exactly but I can at least see where the trees start to thin out and the Elysian Fields of Authorville that lie beyond…
So. This is where we are now:
STEP 6: PUBLISHING OPTIONS.
There are two options for me to choose between, the binary of Go Narrow or Go Wide.
Go Narrow means only publishing on Amazon, who sell more books than anyone else. Which means uploading with Kindle Create. Go Wide means publishing not only on Amazon but also Everywhere Else. Which means Draft2Digital. Obvs Amazon try and incentivise peeps to go exclusive with just them.
The author’s dilemma is that they have to balance that against maybe being found everywhere instead of in one place, even though it’s a very big place in terms of sales potential.
In the end, the choice was an easy one to make, but not for the reasons you might be thinking…
My instinct was to Go Wide, which meant using Draft2Digital. Which was a complete nightmare.
D2D, as far as I my initial experience went, is only really suited to Fiction, chapters of continuous text. But my book is Non-Fiction with SubHeadings galore, which D2D doesn’t like.
On the Monday I spent Four Hours trying to get the formatting right and didn’t crack it. On the Tuesday I spent Another Four Hours trying again to get the formatting right. And still didn’t manage to crack it.
That was Eight Hours, EIGHT HOURS spent trying to fix the formatting to get it looking the way I wanted it to look, which was as professional as possible. But no.
On the Wednesday I decided to give up on D2D. Too much hassle. And so I went Narrow with Amazon and Kindle Create.
Wow. What a contrast.
Fixing the formatting issues in KC was a breeze. They were all done in about two hours.
The big advantage that Kindle Create has over Draft2Digital is that you can edit the text within the application and adjust it until you’re happy with it. You can’t do that in D2D.
You need to adjust the Doc file or the RTF file that D2D uses for formatting the finished paperback and/or ebook, then re-import that file again and check if whatever you’ve done has fixed the issue. And if it hasn’t you have to go through the whole process again. Which is what I wasted EIGHT HOURS doing! Which is no good and not at all Hassle-Free.
So, until Draft2Digital manages to catch up, it’s going to be Kindle Create for me for all of my Non-Fiction. Which is a pity, as I’m only Going Narrow due to D2D’s technical limitations. The really frustrating thing is that neither KC nor D2D allow you to print an Ebook from a PDF.
If I wasted eight hours failing to fix the formatting in D2D, then heaven only knows how many hours I spent formatting The Fan Film Book in Scrivener and exporting it to a PDF which looked exactly the way I wanted the pages in my finished paperback book to look. But no, not possible.