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Pronoun Publishing Versus Createspace/Kindle -- by Karen Jacobs

Pronoun was announced to National Novel Writing Month winners last November. It is a free distribution hub to Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple and Google Play. It’s easy to set up your book with them, much easier than Createspace/Kindle, but Pronoun is only for eformat. If you want to see your book in hard copy you still have to go through a place like Createspace, but you can’t submit to Kindle again.

So, I published my book Jolene, You’re Not a Monster through Pronoun on Dec. 18, 2015 and I’ve almost completed the proofing process for Createspace with the same title. The Createspace template is glitchy, but with patience and perseverance I got through it. Pronoun was so much easier. It’s got a web based app that will convert your word file to mobi and epub. It was not a hassle like Createspace’s template, but there’s things that Createspace/Kindle has that I can’t get from Pronoun and I’m afraid I missed out on something very important.

Kindle Direct Publishing Select. When you agree to publish with KDP Select, you can’t publish your novel in eformat anywhere else. Your book will then be available through the lending library and Kindle Unlimited, and you’ll receive royalties based on readership from the global pie. (Kindle Unlimited is about ten dollars a month and you can read as many books in the program you want.) KDP Select offers authors promotions such as countdown deals and free book promotions. Pronoun does nothing to help you promote your book.

Since, publishing my novel through Pronoun I’ve sold only thirty copies. I’ve spent about a hundred dollars on promotions that haven’t worked and I’ve only gotten seven reviews, but at least their great reviews and I'm grateful. Ninety percent of my sales have come through Amazon Kindle.

I wish Createspace/Kindle would team up with a better programming team, like the ones used by Pronoun. Still, my next book, The Worms Crawl In, I’m doing through Createspace/Kindle, so I can get their promotions. If this works out and it generates more sales plus reviews on Jolene, I’ll do a follow up blog.

As of right now though, I’d recommend Createspace/Kindle first until Pronoun comes up with a way to help authors to promote their novels that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

Posted by Karen Jacobs 5 Jun 2016 at 00:50
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Margotg 8 Jun 2016 at 19:49  
Karen, Thank you for this post. I've just started thinking about self-publishing and every little bit of hands on info helps a lot.
Susieq 8 Jun 2016 at 20:08  
Pronoun publishing is now owned by Macmillan Books, so I wouldn't count it as self publishing any more.
I'd actually be leery of them because BPHs aren't adverse to treating these businesses as revenue centers (much like they did with Author Solutions) with no real concern for the authors.
Rl-kiser 18 Jun 2016 at 14:50  
I'm wondering if you are aware of SMASHWORDS? I know, silly name, but I publish with them before Kindle/Createspace.

A few years ago (2008) a man named Mark Coker started Smashwords because he didn't like the way Amazon treated their authors. I receive an 85% royalty for any of my works sold there.

They will convert your word.doc to mobi, epub, pdf, lrf, pdp, txt, and html. They distribute (freely) to Apple Ibooks, B&N, KOBO, Scribd, Axis 360, and I've probably forgotten a few others. They also issue you an ISBN. Cost to you - $0.

Again, it's ebook publishing, but you can list a link to your print book (I still use Createspace). Actually an author makes very little in royalties for print works. I sold a SciFi in the UK for the equivalent of $10.01 and received a royalty of 3¢. The ebook on Smashwords nets me $3.02.

After publishing with Smashwords I publish on Kindle, then Google Play. Amazon is still the Big Dog on the block so you need your hat in that ring. All the works contain the ISBN issued by Smashwords.
Createspace comes next, they issue a separate ISBN for print works.

You at least owe it to yourself to check it out. IMHO it's the best deal around.
Kacyj 27 Jun 2016 at 20:31  

Margotg, I glad this post helped.

Susieq Thanks for the information. I've toyed with the idea of pulling my book from Pronoun and republishing on Kindle, now that I've used Createspace to put it out in print. The problem is, I'll lose the seven reviews I have.

Rl-kiser I've looked into Smashwords, but Amazon looked to have better marketing. How has marketing with Smashwords worked for you?

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