Yesterday saw the beginning of a major new push to maximise the availability of my books. I have had my eye on an outlet, called Draft2Digital, for some time now and did, indeed, dip my toe in the water when they first launched several years ago. That was not a serious attempt, however. They were small and had only limited market penetration at the time. Things have changed since. D2D have grown greatly, and that can only mean one thing. Since their income is dependent on selling books, they must be successful.
In essence, they are similar to Smashwords in that they supply books to the widest possible selection of retailers. Where they differ is that they make a concerted effort to help in marketing the books - and that has to be the reason for their success.
So, I am back. At present, I am only able to publish the Rutter books and 'The Planning Officers' via Draft2Digital because the others are all tied into KDP Select contracts, which limits them to Amazon only. These contracts are due to expire at intervals over the next three months, at which points I will also put them out on D2D. Initially, at least, I have disabled distribution to Amazon from D2D because all of the books are there already and it makes no sense to have my books competing against themselves. Should D2D sales start to outstrip KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) sales, I have the option to move all of my books over and add Amazon to my list of D2D distributors. Time will tell on that.
So, as of yesterday, my work will be available from Barnes and Noble (Nook), Apple, Kobo, Scribd, Tolino, 245 Symbols, Playster, Overdrive, Baker and Taylor and Bibliotheca as well as Amazon, of course.
To celebrate the launch, I have treated the first Rutter book, 'Chained in Time' to a brand new cover. If I am honest, the change was rather forced on me. The original cover was designed by my son, Paul, from the same basic image. He is a wizard with Photoshop, but he has since grown up, moved on in the world and made his home in another part of the country. His cover is now unavailable, not lost but on the hard drive of my old, and now defunct, Mac - where I can't get at it. I really should have stored it online. Nevertheless, I made a new one from the basic picture from which Paul's cover was derived. Amazon sales continue with the original cover, at least for now.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.