You can download the Self Publishing for Profit book in PDF format from: http://crystalstranaghan.com/a-collection-of-self-publishing-resources/
Below you’ll find some links to my favourite companies that I use for my books, and with clients, in varying combinations depending on the goals/needs of each project. For a full list of resources visit the Self Publishing Resources page.
If you need help with editing, cover design, formatting of files for various platforms, or getting quotes from printers just use the contact form to get in touch. I can help match you up with the right people/companies to work with.
PRINTING & DISTRIBUTION
- CreateSpace (Amazon, POD Print, worldwide)
- KDP (Amazon, Kindle ebooks worldwide)
- IngramSpark (Ingram, POD Print and ePub eBooks)
- Smashwords (various formats of ebooks, worldwide)
- Friesens (Canadian company, digital & offset printing)
- Island Blue/Printorium Bookworks (BC company, digital small run printing)
- Red Tuque Books (Canadian Distributor)
- Sand Hill Book Marketing (Canadian Distributor)
It can be a lot to read, so I’ve put together a summary in chart form of what these different companies can do for you and anything I found of note. To download the chart click the blue link: Self Publishing Company Chart
I actually prefer to use a combination of these companies to make sure I get as full availability as I can, but each project is unique so it’s good just to figure out the best fit for your books, your budget, your technical skills and your business model.
Not sure why it’s good to seemingly duplicate sales channels? This article by Karen Myers, explains how best to use CreateSpace and IngramSpark together.
ISBN’s & CIP Data
Where you get your ISBN’s from. It’s free! Just sign up for your account, and you can easily assign your own ISBN’s online in minutes. You should usually have a separate ISBN for each format of your book (ebook/kindle are different!).
CIP (Cataloguing in Publication)
This is the info you see on a copyright page of the book that tells librarians where the book gets filed in the library. Also free! Just fill out a form and request it. You can access the form from inside your Library Archives Canada account. Make sure you fill this out about a month before your book is going to be ready to go. Takes a couple weeks minimum to arrive, and some times of year are busier than others.
CRYSTAL’S MASTER PUBLISHING PLAN
*NOTE: this is what I find works best in my own experience. Experiences may vary, and things change all the time so make sure you read up before you commit to anything!
1. KINDLE KDP – presale, then first 3 months Kindle format only eBook format, use marketing tools in Kindle Select to get included in the Kindle Unlimited program.
2a. INGRAMSPARK: PRINT- Setup your print book & eBook together with preorder for print book, to release print version same day as Kindle sales go live. Set your prices for all markets. Amazon will often lower its price for your print book to match other markets, letting you “control” the print price in Canada!
2b. INGRAMSPARK EBOOK – Set up your release date for your eBook to be 3 months plus one week. Remember to OPT OUT of the Kindle publishing via Spark as this will up your royalty rates!
*NOTE: if you set these two file version up at the same time, then you save $25 US in setup fees.
3. CreateSpace POD – Setup your print book to go live at same time as IngramSpark print version.
4. Two months into your Kindle Select term, run a Kindle Countdown promotion (details here) so you get the benefits of readers getting it through the unlimited program as well as the countdown promotion OR if you have other books and you want to use this one to help promote your other books (esp if this is part of a series, book 1 is best) then you can use the 5 Free Days option (or their giveaway program) to give books away and get yourself some more readers.
5. Three months after your Kindle book releases you will be taken out of the Kindle Select program and one week later your IngramSpark eBooks will populate all the other channels.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is just the most effective method that I’ve found to get complete worldwide sales and distribution for your books. Your perfect process may vary.
But whatever approach you take, I wish you the best of luck on your publishing journey! Please feel free to share any wisdom, or suggestions you have in the comments section below. Things are always changing, and it’s great to be able to save each other some time and energy along the way!