IngramSpark for Ebook Distribution

IngramSpark for Ebook Distribution

There are generally two choices with ebook distribution. First, you can put an ebook exclusively on Amazon. Amazon’s market is HUGE and the benefits from being in their exclusive Kindle Select program are massive. For nearly all of my books, I have them in Kindle Select because the enormous sales more than make up for not being in the other much smaller systems. The second option is to go “wide” – that is, to go in every single ebook online store possible and hope that reach makes up for losing the exclusive features on Amazon.

If you choose to go wide, at first glance IngramSpark might seem like a great way to bulk-publish an ebook. You load your book in once, pay a fee, and the book goes out to a bunch of locations.

Here is why in general you should avoid the IngramSpark route.

First, you should never, ever, use IngramSpark to publish TO Amazon. Even if you don’t want to be exclusive to Amazon, you should always load and manage your ebook ON Amazon. Amazon has a variety of options for categories, descriptions, key words, and so on. You want to be right IN the Amazon interface to always have access to the most up to date options. No third party every keeps up with their changes. Also, your changes in Amazon go live immediately. Your access to the series settings, Amazon advertizing, Author Central, ACX access, and other options are smooth and integrated. Always post your Amazon ebooks directly with the Amazon interface.

So that leaves “the rest”.

Once you take care of Amazon, the next three markets to make sure you reach are Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo. None of these even slightly reach the power of Amazon, but they each have their adherents. You can load directly into these, but at some point it gets to be a pain in the butt to hand-update every single system individually when you want to make changes. Note that Kobo (the user service) is different from Kobo Plus (the subscription service). So the best way to get access to Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo is through Draft2Digital.

Draft2Digital is wholly FREE. In my testing, it provides by far the best options of categories, key words, and other fields so that you get as many settings as possible in each system. Their turnaround is fast and their technical support is great. They reach:

Barnes & Noble Nook
Kobo (the user version)
Apple iTunes
Tolino
Vivlio
Amazon (don’t load from D2D – always do that directly)
Scribd (subscription service)
Kobo Plus (subscription service)
OverDrive (library service)
Bibliotecha (library service)
Baker & Taylor (library service)
Hoopla (library service)
BorrowBox (library service)

With Draft2Digital you get high-quality professional FREE access to the key players in the ebook market. You should always make sure that you have access to Amazon as a top priority and then the others on this list down to Baker & Taylor as a next level of importance.

Once you get Draft2Digital set, you then want to load your ebook into SmashWords. SmashWords is HUGE – vast numbers of people use their library for their ebooks. In addition, by being in SmashWords, you get access to another block of external markets.

Here are the markets that SmashWords distributes to. Note that I would NEVER use SmashWords to distribute to a market that is covered by Amazon or by Draft2Digital. Amazon should always be used for Amazon ebooks. Draft2Digital should be used for every market it reaches, because of its great usage of keywords and other fields. Only use SmashWords to reach the remaining markets. These are primarily much smaller markets that you might as well get since you’re in SmashWords anyway.

So the list here is:

Amazon (avoid)
Apple (avoid)
Barnes & Noble (avoid)
Kobo (avoid)
Library Direct
Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360
OverDrive (avoid)
Scribd (avoid)
cloudLibrary (avoid)
Gardners Extended Retail
Odilo
Gardners Library

The “avoid” ones are just because you should already have reached them through the two best systems. You do want to be in them in general.

Both Draft2Digital and SmashWords are wholly free.

For comparison here is the list that IngramSpark reaches for a fee. Note that they do NOT reach Kobo or SmashWords which are two of the most important markets to be in for ebooks. Many of the rest of these venues are barely used and not worth pursuing.

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Ainosco
Amazon*
Apple**
Barnes & Noble Nook
Bibliotheca
BibliU
Bolinda
Bookmate
Chegg
De Marque
eBooks.com
EBSCO
fable
Follett/B&T
Gardners
Glose
hoopla
Hummingbird
iGroup
ITSI
Kobo Plus
Kortex
Libreka
Libri.de
LitRes
Mackin
Odilo
OverDrive
Perlego
Perusall
ProQuest
Publica.la
RedShelf
Scribd
SpoonRead
Storytel
VitalSource
WF Howes
Wheelers
Wook
YouScribe

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Cinderella - A Retelling with Strength and Courage

Cinderella Series Complete

Hurrah! Hurrah! My Cinderella series is now complete! All five books are live on Amazon and the compilation book is loading up now.

These include: Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty, Sleeping Beauty, and The Golden Key.

The audiobook is loading live too!!

Thank you for all your support and encouragement as I finished this up! 🙂

Book one is free – give it a try!

The Golden Key - Cinderella Book 5

Final Book in Cinderella Series

I’m getting ready to publish the final book in my Cinderella series

! Let me know if you can do a quick read-through and offer feedback on it.

This is book 5 / ~17k words. I can send the first four books if you need them!

I’m so joyful I am wrapping up another series. I have way too many going at once :). I think it was 30 at last count …

What are you up to?

The Prestige - Christian and Hugh

The Prestige – Christopher Nolan

There are many Christopher Nolan fans who count The Prestige as their favorite movie of his ever. The movie follows the conflicts between two competing magicians, played by amazingly talented actors Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. The actors throughout this movie are fantastic, and there are all of Christopher Nolan’s typical twists and turns.

Why am I just not into this version?

First, I saw this movie late in the cycle. I had already enjoyed many of Nolan’s later movies when I decided to rewatch them all in order from the beginning. That meant I saw The Prestige long after seeing other of his “masterpieces”. It could easily be that if I’d seen this first, I’d have been spellbound by the interweaving of time and character and twist. However, by the time I saw The Prestige, I had fairly high expectations. I already knew the actors would be wonderful. I know the writing would be great. I was looking for that extra something.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

My boyfriend and I love magic and watch magician-themed shows fairly often. So the topic should have drawn us in. I also love historical films, so the Victorian setting also was intriguing. However, the entire plot just didn’t hold up to what I was expecting.

First, it was fairly clear right from the beginning that Hugh and Christian would become fierce rivals. It was fairly clear that Hugh’s wife would die tragically due to Christian’s idiocy about tying knots ON HIS FRIEND’S WIFE. And how could she possibly die after only sixty seconds (or slightly more) in the water? CPR was known about in Europe and England since the mid-1700s. These high-water-usage nations dealt with victims of near-drowning fairly non-stop. They would know how to rescue her! And she hadn’t even been in the water for that long. So the entire wife-dying scene was ludicrous.

Then they didn’t inspect the knots? If I was the husband that would be the FIRST thing I did after I stopped sobbing my eyes out. And then I would have killed Christian. Over, the end.

So then we have Christian obsessing about a Chinese magician who is super-strong but pretends to be weak all day long so his act retains its power. And Christian has two personalities where he half-the-time loves his wife and half-the-time doesn’t. It is instantly clear he has a twin brother (who happens to be always near him in poor make-up) to do his planned-for perfect trick.

So I kept waiting for the actual twist-reveal which went beyond this obvious point.

But, no. Christian gives a fake diary to Hugh which Hugh somehow takes eternally long to translate and gets that done at the perfect time – AND the place he goes to miraculously creates a PERFECT CLONING MACHINE (I am not kidding) which can make an exact clone of him any time he wants. Nobody uses this to clone gold or medicine or food or anything useful. Instead, Hugh decides to use this to (again, not kidding) clone himself EVERY NIGHT and kill that clone EVERY NIGHT to do a magic trick. Why not just clone himself once and then have both clones keep doing the trick? Why kill every single clone one after another and build 100 water-boxes to keep drowning the clones in, and KEEP ALL THE DEAD BODIES?

You can say, he needed a freshly-dead body to be able to frame Christian for that death, but surely if you have an exact-cloning machine you can come up with a far more elegant way to frame Christian. And you don’t need all the bloating decaying bodies in a warehouse for all of time. Plus, it is ridiculous that this super-famous magician that is seen by thousands of British citizens would never be recognized as the wealthy lord. There were plenty of wealthy people in that audience.

I was incredibly disappointed in the end. The Christian side simply had the twin brothers, which was fairly obvious from the beginning. Hugh was the wealthy lord, which we knew pretty much from the beginning, too. Hugh’s wife stupidly trusted Christian to tie knots and died in a breath or two. Christian’s wife stupidly lived with his switching personalities and then killed herself in desperation, even though she had a daughter. She should have just left the jerk. And the mistress who loved Hugh and then flippantly switched to love the “Christian alter ego” stomps off. The women all seem incredibly one-dimensional and define themselves just by the man who loves them.

And that whole Tesla twist – that he just happened to build a machine that clones ANYTHING AT ALL and they figure it should be used for a murdering magic trick? That really ruined it all for me.

Plus, how could Christian not see through the shoddy make-up and realize his arch-rival who he knew intimately was there about to shoot him? How could Hugh not see through the shoddy make-up and realize his arch-rival was about to destroy his trick? How could that exact one person be the one chosen to help out? It boggles the mind.

I love the actors. I love their acting! It’s this plot that just doesn’t cut it. Again, maybe it was OK when it released. But now? It makes the twists so obvious right from the beginning that I kept waiting for a twist on the twist. Instead, that is all we got, and it ends with Hugh and his bloated warehouse of dead clones, while Christian, who TORTURED HIS WIFE FOR YEARS with this stupid obsession with magic (and undoubtedly had his brother sleeping with his wife!!) gets to run off with his daughter.

No. No no no.

I am baffled how I can not love a movie with these two great actors in it, never mind Michael Caine and the others. Especially one directed by Christopher Nolan. But there you have it. I watched it just to get the sequence in order, but I have zero interest in watching it again.

Iridescent Feathers Poetry

Iridescent Feathers Poetry

Left Center or Right?

Hurrah! I first published this in 1998. I finally was able to rework the ancient document into an editable format!

Woo hoo! Now I can republish it :).

I just published a friend’s poetry book and used a hummingbird for her cover, so I wanted to go with something fresh for my own, despite the title :).

Thoughts on fonts? Layout? Anything?

Let me know if you’d like to beta-read it! 40 pages.

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Through Autistic Lenses

Through Autistic Lenses – Tom Brooks

My dear friend Tom Brooks has just released his latest book of photography – Through Autistic Lenses. The Kindle version is live and the Paperback version are live! Tom celebrates what it means to him to be a photographer and autistic.

Please follow him on Instagram @TomBrooksAuthor and share in his creations.

His books are here:

Beautiful drifting clouds overlay by Pixabay/Coverr-Free-Footage @coverrco
Gentle night sounds by ZapSplat/ZapSplat

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Haiku of Longing

I wrote this haiku when Bob and I were first dating. It’s part of my 2014 poetry collection, Haiku of the Great Blue Hill.

Someday I’ll republish my older poetry books, but apparently I have to find a copy of PageMaker to get at those files ;).

Have you written poetry?

Beautiful moon video by Pixabay/kahbazar2 Jose Carlos Arantes @artesarantes
Haunting night audio by ZapSplat/SmartSound

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Mossy Stones Haiku

Today’s poem celebrates the joy of mossy stones. I think you can guess that I like to be barefoot 🙂.

What have you been up to today?