Republishing my first out-of-print novel as an ebook feels like running a marathon where the finish line is so close, I can almost feel the tape breaking against my chest — but, no matter how hard I run, I can’t quite reach it. A big hold up has been the ambitious project I mentioned in my last post. (I’m creating a password-protected world online for readers who buy any of the ebooks in the Pearl Island trilogy.) That’s going well, and I think it’s going to be great, but it is time consuming.
So, I’m finally, finally to the point where I have a cleaned-up digital Word file, and my cover, of course, and I’m ready to do it. I’m itching to hop on Smashwords and hit “Upload.” But I still have some dangling details holding me back.
Questions About Smashwords, Kindle, and ISBNs
1) You can use Smashwords for everything but Kindle, right? If you follow their guidelines to qualify for the Premium Catalog, your book will be listed at B&N, Borders, iBookstore, and others. But I’ve seen some conflicting information on how to make this happen. Do you have to do a different format for each one? Or have they streamlined the process, so that one format now works on all ereaders except the Kindle?
2) Kindle royalty rate. There’s all this buzz about how the royalty rate for Kindle books is changing at the end of this month (June), but you have to meet certain requirements. One of those is pricing. I understand that the price has to be between $2.99 and $9.99, but does the Kindle price also have to be lower than what you ask for the same ebook at B&N, Borders, and iBookstore?
3) Do you have to go through Amazon to publish a Kindle version? Can someone please give me a link?
4) One more Kindle Question: Is there any reason to wait until after the royalty rate changes to publish the Kindle version? Or can I go ahead and upload it now and still qualify for the higher royalty rate later?
5) ISBN, I understand you need a new ISBN for the e-version of the OOP novel you’re republishing if you want to be listed at the major outlets. This looks easy to do with Smashwords. But what about Kindle? Do you use the same ISBN?
A Cry for Help
If you have answers to any of these questions, or questions of your own, let’s start some discussion in the comments below! Invite anyone you know who can either help or benefit by hitting the share buttons or sending them an email. Let’s get these final details nailed down so we can get to uploading.