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  • #7072 Reply

    jacoba vB

    Has anyone locally published with Amazon? Any challenges you wish to share? I am editing my first draft and wondering if there is anything I need to avoid! Thanks!

  • #7077 Reply

    Barb

    Hi Jacoba,
    I’ve published 15 books. I sell books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and other retailers. The majority of my sales come from Amazon – like most authors. The process of uploading a file to KDP and CreateSpace (the ebook portal and paperback portal respectively) are relatively straight forward. Most of the things that I can think of that you want to avoid are problematic ebook features like footnotes and things like that. If you are writing a fiction novel, many of the problem points you won’t run into. I’m happy to answer specific questions if you have them.

    Barb

    • #7088 Reply

      jacoba

      Hi Barb
      Congratulations on writing and publishing 15 books and figuring out how to access other venues. Impressive! Just wondering if the Amazon books looked and felt the way you had hoped? Did you pay the $33.99 monthly fee or the 99 cents for each sale and how did you decide which to choose? Did you get a tax number with the IRS and was it a tedious process? Did you choose the auto fix file to match the book trim? I am currently editing my non fiction book and this is all new to me. Thanks so much! Jacoba

  • #7111 Reply

    Marie-Claude Arnott

    Hi Jacoba – Maybe Barb is very busy and will respond later. I am interested in her answers, too. I am looking at options for a memoir.

  • #7515 Reply

    jacoba vB

    Hi Marie-Claude
    Just to encourage you re Amazon. I wasted time with a lot of reading re the tax info. In retrospect just hit the contact info on the member dashboard and they will send you an answer by email or phone. They called me immediately and my problem was resolved easily. All the best!

  • #7792 Reply

    Barb Drozdowich
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    Hi Jacoba,
    Sorry for my delay in responding. I’ll see if I can address your questions:
    1) Just wondering if the Amazon books looked and felt the way you had hoped?
    A) Paperback books printed by POD are all about the same – not works of art, but functional, readable books. I write technical, non-fiction books and my paperbacks are just fine in terms of quality. I sell a very small fraction of my books in paperback (like the vast majority of authors) so I don’t really put a lot of time and effort into thoughts into paperback.
    2) Did you pay the $33.99 monthly fee or the 99 cents for each sale and how did you decide which to choose?
    A) I’m not really sure what you are talking about with this. Publishing on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iTunes, etc is essentially free. They just take a proportion of the sale of the book. That proportion will change depending on the retailer and the price. For example if my book is sold on most of the Amazon sites for $3.99, Amazon will keep 30% and give me 70%. There is no upfront monthly fee….
    3) Did you get a tax number with the IRS and was it a tedious process?
    A) Amazon don’t require Canadians to get a US tax number – hasn’t for several years. Your Canadian SIN will do just fine.
    4) Did you choose the auto fix file to match the book trim?
    A) Again, not really sure what you are talking about here. I go through two processes to get my manuscript ready to upload to the various retailers. I create a MOBI and an ePUB file which are used to create the electronic version of my book. Trim size is irrelevant for electronic books. I create a PDF for the formation of a paperback book. This is where trim size is relevant. I don’t use Word to create a PDF, however, I prefer to use a program called Vellum to create my PDF. Much, much easier and fewer error messages from the various retailers.

    Hope these answers helped
    Barb

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