Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Ellen Hart writes:

Even though ebooks are only a small percent of the books being sold today, sales are trending strongly in that direction. So here's this weeks burning question:

Have you ever taken one of your books and put it up on Kindle or Smashwords? If so, did you do it yourself or have someone else do it for you. you find the process difficult? Has it been worth your time and effort? Do you have any tips or words of wisdom for others who might be thinking of doing the same thing?


Dana Stabenow said...

Last year I put my four Liam Campbell novels and three Star Svensdotter novels up on Kindle, both series long out of print. The Amazon interface was quick and easy, and I've been pulling down a steady $200-$300 a month. It satisfies some (of course not all) of the fan pressure to make those titles accessible.

It is not a perfect solution (what is). There have been and continue to be problems, and it is almost impossible to get anyone at Amazon to respond to requests for help in a way that, well, actually helps (to long to go into here).

I have held off on putting up the 2nd-9th OOP Kate Shugak novels, largely because I know they'll be much more productive of income and I don't want to waste the effort. I am currently in talks with my webmaster to bring all of these titles into print on both Kindle and iTunes. Specifically, I provide content, they provide design and layout and upload expertise, and we'll share the income. (Sounds like a publisher, doesn't it?) We're still working out the details, and I'll be posting about it to my blog when there is something further to report.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I've been e-pubbed for years and listened to nay-sayers about how no one wants to give up books and read on a device. Certainly interesting to see the reversal. I see people reading on Kindle and other devices everywhere I go. All my books are on Kindle and available other places too.

Dana Stabenow said...

Ellen, I posted a link to your post on my Facebook page and asked for comments. There are some good ones.

carl brookins said...

Timely Q, Ellen. I have stories and novels at both Smashwords and Kindle. It's pretty easy to do. I designed the covers (I have a huge photo file which helps) I live with a good editor, and I write in clean MS Word. Getting rid of all the hidden crap such as editing remarks is the hardest. Never touched HTML. uploaded as a word doc, checked when loaded and launched. Takes a little time to do it properly. Otherwise, it's a little too soon to tell how profitable it will be.