What self-publishing platform worked for you?
I am nearly ready to self publish, so I'm looking to hear good and bad experiences with various self-publishing portals. Particularly: price/value, flexibility for quantity, hard cover/soft cover versioning, marketing support, paper/digital sales opportunity, etc. I'm not self-publishing necessarily to make lots of money, although breaking even through sales is a goal. Primarily, I'm looking for the most cost effective marketing tool with a long shelf life.
I have tried several self-publishing platforms and have found that Createspace and KDP Amazon to be the most user friendly. Since Createspace is owned by Amazon your book will automatically generate to the KDP Amazon. Royalties are based on your pricing for E-books, Printed books, and the countries you are marketing to. There is not a fee to create your book. KDP Amazon also offer special book promotional tools and options. I started receiving royalties after the first month. You can also increase visibility for your books by using Facebook (join groups regarding your book title), Twitter, and Google Plus. Enjoy the Journey. Feel free to reach out for additional details.
I have being using Blurb. I can do paper back, hard cover and ebook, the set-up, editing and publishing tools are excellent, the prices are acceptable and they are very flexible, they even get your book in amazon. http://www.blurb.com/user/store/Jacls_photo. Here is an example of one of my books in Amazon, published with blurb, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1320102816
By far the best platform I've used is Leanpub, although I've used Smashwords, Lulu, and Amazon. I currently have two books at Leanpub with plans in the works to publish three more (https://leanpub.com/u/robertdbrowniii).
I've co-published both books that I currently sell at Amazon, but I've sold 3 times as many books on Leanpub and made greater margins (90% royalty vs. ≤ 70%).
The great thing about Leanpub is that it lets you publish in a lean product development manner. You start publishing your work, get feedback, create a readers list, and get pricing recommendations. An author's page is also included for you to create a landing page for your readers. Each book is also given a very attractive landing page with more opportunities for reader interaction than through Amazon.
So far, I've published two Kindle ebooks - both have been a source of only a little revenue but they have been great lead generators and "proof" of my authority. There are many arguments about Amazon, but as Hugh Howey says, "I'm a KDP chump.." https://twitter.com/jycmba/status/581240422711848960
You can publish your book with only 1 Copy or more...
I have used createspace.com for three books. Since they are an arm of amazon.com, the books are automatically available in all markets that Amazon has a foot in. Overall, I am satisfied with the experience.
consider JIT publishing - to publish on-order/sale so you avoid losses and stockpiling.
I self published my own book myself, but my friends use Lulu and have done many good books with them
I have used Amazon and Createspace. Both simple and easy to use. All platforms have their plus and minus. If you haven't done so recommend APE by Guy Kawasaki, a good read on authoring and publishing, before you make your final decision.
I use createspace.com It was easier to use than lulu.com (in my experience)
I used Createspace (Amazon) for my paperback and KDP auto-bio. Although I had my own editor initially I found the use of their professional editor was well worth the cost. Note however, that the self publishers (possibly with the exception of Leanpub, which I don't know too much about) will do very little to promote or help sell your book. Because of the volume out there you will be on your own. You will be very lucky to break even.
I've used Lightningsource but have found all the answers interesting and will check them out as I am also ready to publish another book. I've also given a few workshops on self-publishing so it's always good to see what else is out there
I use creatspace.com which is an Amazon/Kindle connection. It was easy and quick and I recommend it highly.
Ligtningsource.com - I have loved them for the print-on-demand service. Very easy. They do not market, but they do make sure you are listed on Amazon et al.
I used CreateSpace.com for physical copies and Amazon for digital copies. In the past I used Smashwords.com for multiple formats and distribution on all three of my books.
I have recently published my first book and am now into my second. I started out with Create Space, Kindle/Amazon, having first talked with Balboa Press whom I decided against due to their low royalties.
My book is a reference book for emergency care, and in color. So the problem I am having with Create Space/Kindle is that is cost so much to print a single copy, making the price of the book rather high.
However, like others who have commented, my book is a resume of sorts of my knowledge and authority in the subject. So the question arises, "why are you writing the book?". "What are your goals?".
I am now also looking into Red Brush (www.redbrush.com) which is a fulfillment company. Our relationship is in its infancy, but they will work with you from book to taking the material out into the world in a variety of forms.
Regarding editing, I suggest you have more than one (I had four) editors review your work before going to press. It is amazing the things that are overlooked then you are the writer working with the material ongoing.
Lastly, be sure to research the cover. Think audience. Have fun!
I published with a company called Diggypod, they can help with almost anything you need to have done, as well as the price was affordable. I sold all of my book but 5 and plan to publish again this year and do even better. You will have to decide who you are marketing to and set up book signings to break even or to do well if that is your plan.
I like Createsspace as it has worked well for me fo several yeas.
Self publishing with Amazon, and achieving best seller status in a short period of time, can help to excel book sales and help promote you as an author and "expert" in what you do.