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?
So 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 on 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 a 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 apply 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.
I will add a follow-up post in a few months once I have some hard data.
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.
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.
Are you new to ebook publishing?
If you are getting ready to publish an ebook for the first time, Draft2Digital has produced a great video to help you through the book publishing process.
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 see how it works, this video will certainly help you.
You can read my updated and extended review of Draft2Digital vs Smashwords here.
Update: Draf2Digital now offers free author pages to help in author discoverability.