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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Jun 28, 2019

In this episode Mark shares the first half of a Draft2Digital "Ask Us Anything" Live Chat that was recorded on Thursday June 27, 2019.

The chat was composed of questions submitted by authors and answered by Dan Wood, Kevin Tumlinson, and Mark.

Prior to the main segement, Mark shares a personal update, talks about comments from previous episodes and shares a word from this episode's sponsor Findaway Voices . . .

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In the Live Chat, Dan, Kevin, and Mark cover these questions:

  • What is the biggest missed opportunity on D2D for most indie authors already using the platform?
  • I understand that the ebook will go out to places that are checked on the next page. How can I check on the results?
  • In addition to universal links, what's the benefit of using D2D to list our books?
  • Why are payments from Draft2Digital sometimes delayed?
  • Is the expense for purchasing my own ISBNs worth the outlay?
  • How do promo opportunities work for the various channels you distribute to? Places like Kobo and Apple and OverDrive.
  • I'm confused over how to make Books2Read work for me. Beyond a link on my website, what more should I be doing to help readers find me?
  • Is there some sort of pre-built chart or graph in the Draft2Digital dashboard that shows all your sales in one place?
  • Questions about formatting WORD documents with images for eBooks as well as using Vellum for eBook formatting.

After the recording, Mark shares a few thoughts about the idea of asking questions and how questions can be understood differently by different people.

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The music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0