Smashwords vs KDP

Okay, so as I toil away in editing hell, I’m still torn between these two publishing companies.

Smashwords seems really easy to use, there is a lot of support and guidelines. A few people I have come into contact through this process of whoring myself EVERYTHING (although I’ve met most of them on the twitter) have used or are planning to use Smashwords.

KDP(Kindle Direct Publishing for those who aren’t sure what the hell I’m talking about), once they finally got back to me, also has a lot of support, the FAQs are easy to read and now that I have everything clarified I know exactly what I can and can’t do.

Part of my issue: I’m Canadian. So this means I’m a foreign writer to these two places. Both have made it seem very easy for foreigners like myself to get set up. The tax information is very comprehensive and I SUCK at anything involving numbers so that means a lot.

I’m looking for feedback from other Canadian or non-USA writers that have used these two services to get some idea of what their experiences have been like.

If you could please either comment on this post or e-mail me directly that would be kick-ass! If you want to just read and ignore the question, I suppose that’s cool too. Can’t really stop you.

Just remember, that by doing so, you are making a grown woman cry *sniff*

For shame……….

Posted by Sarah Jayne

2 comments

Philip and Amanda

Here is the best advice we received when we started and we keep seeing this.
Publish everywhere.
There are thousands of new authors every year (seems like every day) and if any new work is going to get any market penetration it needs to be everywhere. Not everyone owns a kindle, or a nook, or a kobi, or a.. well you get my point. Don’t limit your words to one tiny fraction of the market. Let the readers choose how they want to read your book, more readers = more word of mouth and there is no better advertising.
With that said go Smashwords, add to the amazon store, and add your work to scribd.com. Via Smashwords set up a POD and sell them via your website.

Sarah Jayne Nantais

Thanks for the reply. You’re the only ones who have 🙂 I’ll definitely consider all of this!

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