Draft2Digital Self-Publishing Platform – A First User’s Review

Publishing with Draft2Digital – A User’s Review

I have one thing to say about my Draft2Digital review- WOW!

Draft2Digital (D2D) has been on my to-do list for a while now, but I didn’t want to share my thoughts until I had used it. Now, however, with a couple of months under my belt, and a few ebooks published, all I can say is that Draft2Digital really looks like it knows what it is doing.

Like Smashwords, it is an aggregator. This means that it is a self-publishing service that publishes to retailers such as Apple, Kobo and Barnes & Noble among others.

Perhaps Smashwords has a few more aggregated retailers and libraries. But for me, I am only interested in the three main book retailers I mentioned above. So what does Draft2Digital offer and how does it stack up?

What impressed me about Draft2Digital?

Firstly, after I registered my account, it only took ten minutes to add all the necessary details. It really was super easy.

This included my author profile and basic account information. Most importantly for me, as I am not a US resident, I also added my IRS tax exemption information.

All good to go after ten minutes? Yes! I had all the boring stuff done in next to no time.

Next, I set up my payment information. again it was simple. Dreaft2Digital pays monthly by EFT or Paypal with only a $10.00 minimum.

For me, payment by Paypal, and once a month is a real winner over Smashwords, which pays quarterly.

 

Publishing a book

Then when I started loading up my first ebook, there were some very pleasant surprises in store for me.

Setting up a pre-order was easy.

All I had to do was set my advanced publishing date on the first publishing page.

On the same page, loading up a Word document was a breeze.

There was no need to read a long style guide or even create a table of contents, a title page, or an about the author page.

All of these are added automatically by Draft2Digital.

My Word file included all of these, so I had to go back and delete them from my manuscript file. But next time I’ll know better.

All you need to upload is your manuscript with your chapter headings. Dreaft2Digital looks after the rest,

Selecting genres is simple, and adding keywords separated by commas is a nice touch.

Setting the retail price has a super option. You can set different prices for individual retailers or even countries.

It is a great option for Indie authors to be able to test pricing strategies in different markets.

Better still, was an option to add a New Release Email Notifications Signup page at the end of the ebook. And even a teaser page for other books in a series.

When I had my ebook ready to publish, there was another great feature.

I could download a preview of my ebook in epub file.

I could also choose to download mobi and pdf formats as well. It really is a terrific way to check your ebook before you hit the publish button.

Okay, all done. I published my first ebook without one single hassle.

 

But Draft2Digital had another pleasant surprise in store for me.

Not only did I get the standard confirmation of publishing email, but a little later I started getting emails confirming that my ebook was live on Apple.

Followed by another for Kobo. Both with links to my ebooks on each retailer, which I could use for promotion. I like this small gesture, a lot!

Okay, it’s only been a short while of testing and trying out features. But all I can say is that Draft2Digital ticks off all of my priority self-publishing boxes and a lot more.

The only very small moan I have is that I would like to have information about what SEO D2D applies to its published ebooks. But this is really a very minor point.

Like most self-published authors, I like to have some of my ebooks exclusive with KDP Select, and others open-published.

In the past, I have used Smashwords to distribute to retailers other than Amazon.

However, I will now have to reconsider. Draft2Digital really impressed me with its publishing platform and it has all the distribution channels I want to use.

While I know about the realistic sales potential of Apple, B&N, and Kobo, I am still looking forward to seeing how my few ebooks fare after using Draft2Digital.

 

Update

It has been quite a while since I originally wrote this Draft2Digital review.

All I can say is that I am still super impressed with Draft2Digital.

Now that I have sold some books, I can say that the sales report system is easy to check.

Another small improvement is that when authors sell only a few books per month, there is now no minimum payment threshold or fees for Paypal payments.

So you get paid every month for every book sale. Even if you only sell one copy.

Another tool that I am using now is D2D’s universal book link. It’s a very clever way to promote your books on all your retailers using only one link.

You can also set up a free author page.

If you are thinking about changing your ebook sales strategy from only Amazon to open publishing, perhaps you should consider Draft2Digital as your aggregator to help in selling your books on other retailers.

You can also read my updated and extended review of Draft2Digital vs Smashwords.

 

Are you new to ebook publishing?

If you are getting ready to publish an ebook for the first time, Draft2Digital produced a great video to help you through the book publishing process.

When you tackle something for the first time, you need to take it step by step.

Ebook publishing is quite simple, but sometimes it is easier to see how it is done rather than reading a long how-to guide for publishing advice.

So for those of you who prefer to watch how it works, this video will certainly help you on your way to publishing your first ebook.

D2D Video

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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29 thoughts on “Draft2Digital Self-Publishing Platform – A First User’s Review

  • Avatar for D
    July 8, 2021 at 7:46 am
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    I want to publish my book asap. I have everything ready but the problem is if I convert coverpage to jpg the fonts and design change which I dont want so not able to go with other publishers for this reason.
    Secondly I want my about author page to be written by me so will D2D accept these matters?
    Whats the timeline of getting published?
    Please advise.

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      July 8, 2021 at 8:39 am
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      I can’t help you with file conversion without knowing what file type you are trying to convert to jpeg. There is no change of fonts or design if you are converting standard files.

      Yes, you always write your own author bio, etc for all self-publishing platforms.

      Most self-publishing services such as D2D and KDP usually publish an ebook version in 24 hours.

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  • Avatar for Nonye
    April 11, 2021 at 5:04 am
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    I recently completed the online tax interview section of D2D application process… I provided them my information SS number and ID number for driver license. Now they are asking that I send a picture of my driver license. Is that common? I don’t feel comfortable sending in my driver license ID image. Is this a common request for the D2D IRS tax interview application process?

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      April 11, 2021 at 10:07 am
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      Tax requirements and laws differ from country to country, Nonye. The best advice I can give you is to contact D2D and ask why your ID image is a requirement.

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  • Avatar for Anita M Shaw
    March 14, 2021 at 8:35 pm
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    Ive been using D2D since their beginning and am happy with their services. I have had ebooks turn out bad, but it’s always been something wrong with my Word copy. I simply go back to Word, check my doc, fix it, and try again. Sometimes it takes a while, yes, but I persist until I’m happy with the file.

    My ebooks look a lot better since I invested in a couple of templates by BookDesignTemplates. Another service some people swear by and others don’t. I’m very happy so far. And I bought my templates while a sale was running so I can reuse them for all my books. Took a lot of the guesswork out of spacing and all that stuff, and they include fonts to go with them. Which is great when you’re doing your own PDFs as I am. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter as D2D uses only Garamond. I’m okay with that. Readers change the font on their devices anyway. I do.

    Pictures do bounce around, but again, I’ve found my issues to be due to something going on in my Word file. In my short story A Perfect Napping Spot, I tried wrapping the text around them where I could. I’m sure it could be done better still, and I’ll keep trying with it whenever I update the story or the cover. So far it’s my most downloaded permafree story.

    I’ve been invited to try out their POD option. As I do Amazon directly, I’m not sure how to approach this. Probably need to publish in both places. For my novels, I have my own numbers. For the free stuff, I go with free ISBNs.

    My only wish with D2D is for more themes for other genre. They have none for kids books. But, even so, my middle grade novel looks good in the simple themes, so I’m happy. I take the resulting .Mobi files for my books and stories and upload to Amazon once all kinks are worked out.

    True, support can take a couple of days. And I’ve had to explain my problem more than once if I didn’t get a satisfactory response. But it’s not enough to make me want to leave.

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  • Avatar for M Cale
    July 13, 2020 at 8:41 pm
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    I am not too impressed so far – I uploaded my book at beginning of July and am still waiting for it to be published. I contacted them and they replied two days later saying I hadn’t filled in a form (It wasn’t clear I had to). Anyway I duly filled it in, now a week later I am still waiting for it to be published…

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      July 13, 2020 at 9:31 pm
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      Sorry to hear you are having issues. I can only say I never had a problem with D2D. But it has been a little while since I published a new book. It would be interesting to hear if other authors are having any problems.

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  • Avatar for Judalon
    September 2, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    SO helpful! You’ve taken away a great deal of anxiety about taking the step to get my book out there!

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  • Avatar for Ashok Shenolikar
    May 8, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    After I read good comments about D2D I dug in for more details of their service. They are strictly digital publishers. They do not support paper on demand printing service. I was told by them that I need to look for that service on my own.

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      May 8, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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      I think there has been a change since Createspace closed. From memory, D2D offered print on demand before. But that is probably not possible now due to Amazon merging Createspace into KDP print on demand publishing.

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