Draft2Digital Self-Publishing Platform – A 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! All 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 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 now been over a year since I wrote this 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 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.

Derek Haines

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

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

  • 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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    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    • 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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  • February 5, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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    Derek, Thanks for the informative encouraging review of D2D. I have two EBooks on Smashwords and sales have not gone well even with extended coupons. I am going to try a recommended author marketing program that operates from the premise, market to one reader at a time. I like the cost factor for both D2D and Smashwords. Any thoughts on how to boost EBook sales?

    Thanks for your posts and reviews.
    David Russell

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  • January 13, 2018 at 8:22 am
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    Does your free ISBN # list you or the author as the owner/publisher? How much dos it matter?

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    • January 13, 2018 at 8:59 am
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      A free ISBN will list the author, but the issuer as the publisher. For instance, Createspace, Smashwords or Lulu. Does it matter? It’s up to each author.

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      • March 14, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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        This all sounds great. I have 3 books which I am trying to get printed / published by ebook and / or hardcover.Draft to Digital sounds the way to go.
        How do I start?
        Is there a telephone number I could talk to someone about getting started ?

        Tizi Hodson

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        • March 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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          We are not a publisher, Tizi. All the advice on our site is self-help. You can start by reading our guides in the main menu to get started.

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  • November 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm
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    I’ve been trying to decide between draft2digital and publishdrive. What information were you required to the tax exemption? Are you asked for your SSN or ITIN number?
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    • January 17, 2018 at 10:28 am
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      Hi Savy, Zsofia from PublishDrive here, thank you so much for the mention! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We also do not withhold any tax and accept authors from all over the world. For tax exemption, we ask authors to fill in a very short declaration: we only ask for legal name, address and ID number / Social security number / Tax number (one of these country specifically).

      Kind regards,
      Zsofia

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  • October 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm
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    Draft2Digital was not a good experience for me. When I searched the internet for information about them, most of what I found was posted by them, lot’s and lot’s of marketing. When I uploaded my book, the conversion was very bad, the few photos I put in the book were bouncing all over the place, the end result was not something I would have been able to publish. Then I was bombarded with non-stop marketing emails from them, I was being spammed. When I asked for support to correct the automated formatting results of my book, the first email request for support was ignored, then on a second attempt, I got a reply after 3 or 4 days. The reply was useless, after all this time the support person is asking if I want him to look at my book. After requesting help several times and more than a week, the response was weak at best. I would say that Draft2Digital is not a serious business. When I got fed-up I started searching the internet and the D2D website for information on how to close my account, and I found nothing. When I emailed them to request information on how to close my account, I got an email response several days later informing me that they could not close my account because they did not have my email address. But wait, they sent me an email to tell me they didn’t have my email address. These guys are amateurs. Most of the information about them on the internet is marketing information posted by them. When uploaded the same Word document to Kindle, the conversion was very professional and ready to publish.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm
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    Good to know thanks for all the information if I want to distribute more widely. At the moment I’m just testing my debut toes in kdp select.

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  • June 12, 2017 at 11:57 am
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    D2D is an amazing service and most of my sales comes thru this channel.

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  • April 28, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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    I see in the information of Draft2Digital that there are no UP FRONT costs. I was wondering about the ISBN. Is there a charge for that? I do like what I see but it seems almost too good to be true and you know what they say about that. Thanks for any info.

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  • August 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm
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    Thanks, good message, I have been combing through if I can get any reliable epub – market. And came across your blog, I am going to give a try. Amazon formatting is something else and sales are too slow too. Hey thanks

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  • June 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm
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    Who owns the rights to your book after they publish it? Can you have a “traditional publisher” publish it if it is selling well and one offers to do so?

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    • June 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm
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      I’m not sure I understand your question, David. But if you self-publish, you retain your book rights. However, if you sign with a publisher, you normally sign over your book rights.

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  • June 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    Thanks for posting this blog. It was informative and for me, timely because I got up this morning with the goal of uploading one of my e-books to Smashwords but wanted to check one last time to make sure I could publish it on both Smashword’s and Amazon’s KDP platforms. My Google search brought up your blog on the first page.

    I’ve put off publishing e-books with Smashwords because, 1) I’ve been waiting for my KDP Select period to time out, 2) Its converter is called Meat Grinder and if that doesn’t put an author off, I don’t know what would; 3) Smashwords will only accept Word Doc uploads for all its distributors, and I prefer to upload my e-books in epub format; 4) Sales at Amazon have not been very good. I have to take some responsibility for poor sales, of course, because once a potential reader finds one of my e-books, the writing had better be very good. But I also know that my e-books are just needles in a very large haystack. So it’s been difficult for me to evaluate the issue of quality versus quantity; that is, How good is my writing? versus How many people have found my e-books?

    Thanks to your blog, I’m going to give Draft to Digital a try. Thanks!

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    • June 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm
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      Thanks for your comment, Bill. All I can say is, good luck with Draft2Digital. I have only been using D2D for a few months now, and I have to say that I’m extremely pleased so far. Yes, much easier than getting through the Smashwords’ meta-grinder! I am especially pleased with my sales on Apple iBooks. I experienced the same slowdown as you on Amazon, so I hope you find the same boost in sales on other retailers.

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  • April 19, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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    Interesting post. I haven’t yet used an aggregator, I publish direct to Amazon & Kobo (which is very easy). Sounds like D2D might be useful for the Apple market. Thanks.

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