Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Once upon a time...
Once upon a time, the option of independent publishing was a new, bright, shiny good thing. Part of the reason that was true was the advent of publishing in eformats for ereaders. That was available through, no surprise, Amazon. There were also pay-for-play bound book publishers that were truly vanity presses. Lots of them, generating very few sales. They are great for their niche markets -- those who want to publish memoirs and poetry, mostly, and realize that their market is very small.
Then CreateSpace came along, from, guess who?, Amazon. This allowed wider distribution, but again for a niche market, because actual bookstores couldn't order without a lot of fuss and bother that they're not willing to undertake.
Now we have Ingram/Spark, which allows distribution through the Ingram catalog, the one that all retailers have right there. Of course, their site is un-user-friendly and they charge -- more pay-to-play. They are reputed to have better physical retailer distribution and better international distribution.
And there are still vast numbers of firms marketing their services, again without real distribution or marketing options.
What to do?
I have no idea. After spending days trying to deal with Amazon/CS and trying to figure out IS's impossible website, I think I can say The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 4, Uncle Yuta has an adventure is OUT, and will appear at Kobo, iTunes and all the other eformat retailers at some point. Soon, I hope. Kindle Version is here. The hard copy version should appear linked to it shortly. t Ingram print versions will appear soon. A physical book store will have their catalog. I can't find it online. Maybe you can.
This utter BS is STILL going on. I now think of publishing any more books (and there will be several just in this series) posthumously and letting my heirs handle all this nonsense.