In the interest of honestly sharing my book publishing journey, I have to confess that I’m now having second thoughts about using Smashwords as my ebook distributor after reading this article.
Basically, it comes down to the issue of control. Do I want Smashwords and the bookseller to control when my book actually makes it into their store? Or do I want to do that?
Do I want to set the price? Or do I want to risk allowing the bookseller to discount it for me, which is apparently a larger issue when using a distributor instead of doing it myself, causing a mini price war among all sellers? Do I want to risk losing my 70 percent commission? Lest I be thought of as greedy, let it be known that I make very little off each ebook purchase, and considering I did ALL the work, I think it’s OK to be a little picky about the return on my investment. I’ve got bills to pay.
I will still keep Charlotte Collins for sale on Smashwords, but I may make another large time investment and distribute the ebook myself, which means more fun formatting and headaches.
On the up side, this freedom is actually a benefit of self-publishing. While I may not relish either option, I am thankful that I have the choice and do not have to leave it up to some company that may not have my book’s (and my!) best interests at heart.