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A newbie’s guide to Draft2Digital

After chatting with D2D’s Marketing Director, Kevin Tumlinson, here I decided to give D2D a try with my own books. My reasons are simple, and they become simpler the more I play on D2D’s site. It’s easy – easy to navigate and easy to work – but I didn’t know that when I started on this adventure this morning. Plus, and this is the biggie for me, think International Distribution Links.

My books are currently with Ingram Sparks, my literary fiction; The Miner’s Wife, and a couple of middle grade mysteries, but to be honest, I can’t read Ingram’s statements easily and these only come every six months anyway. Plus, until now I’ve used an intermediary to do everything from formatting, to editing, to designing, to uploading my final ebooks and print books – all at a cost you don’t want to know about. Plus, on Amazon, my books take an extra day for the orders to be filled. Plus, I paid Ingram money to upload my books, and more money to advertise them in whatever it is that Ingram advertised them in. But the main reason I went with Ingram is they had the best reputation for print book quality and, yes, my print books look fantastic. It was all worth it at the time (well, at least that’s what I tell myself). Oh, and there’s one more plus…until now I’ve driven my techie crazy every time I change my mind and want something changed.

But things move quickly in this fast paced digital space and I’m ready to try something new, both to save money (which I haven’t got in the first place) and to practise what I’ve been teaching myself through the courses I’ve been doing, not to mention it’s time to get over my technology phobia and improve my skills in publishing. And the best plus of all?? From hereon in, I get to drive the D2D support team nuts every time I change my mind, for free!!

So, here goes my big strike for independence, first with my boxed set of novellas (Book 1 is done and I’m madly writing Books 2 & 3 in time for Christmas)…

novella boxed set

…and second, with my Around Australia in 8 Romances series (Book 1 is done and I’m working my way along the line…slowly)…


…and third, my non-fiction writing set, one of which is finished and two in outlined and sitting in Scrivener, taunting me…



So while I’m waiting for me to catch up with myself, I thought I’d practise using D2D with my middle grade mystery series boxed set which is actually finished and just waiting for the box.


I’ve opened an account with D2D, filled out the tax interview, and have a fancy new dashboard which will smack me in the face with how many books I’ve sold every time I look at it. How’s that for motivation to upload and market my work, get my sales funnels and email list happening and, of course, write more books, or at least finish the ones I’ve started.

Lucky I’m on holidays.



About the author, Melinda

I'm an authorpreneur, English teacher and podcaster who dreams of a life on the road full of adventures and handsome heroes, whilst making squizillions of dollars in book sales to pay for my chocolate fix. In the real world, I write novels and non-fiction, and offer my expert advice via online courses (as soon as I make them) and writing retreats (as soon as I organise them).

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