E-book Revolution Episode 3: Creating Your Own E-book Store in Bkclb with Connor O’Brien
I am the first person to tell you that I am in awe of what Amazon, Smashwords, Apple and Kobo have created. Platforms where authors can release the content and stories they want to, with access to their stories made so easy you can purchase a novel at the click of a button. But then Amazon goes and locks authors out of their own dash board, only gives them 35% royalties if an Australian reader is interested in their work (no matter what you think Amazon, we are a bloody first world country with technology equal to your own!) or Smashwords allows you limited options to pretty up their not so pretty author pages as well as committing heinous crimes against your cleanly formatted MS; it’s enough to make you want to go into their office, smack them on the bottom and send them into a corner.
Which is why my interest was piqued by the new start up e-book platform Bkclb. It is not trying to be another Amazon or another distribution site like Smashwords. The founders aims is to give authors and publishers complete control of their own e-book stories, allowing them to customise colours and looks and promotions to suit them. Some fantastic features are in the works for this start up (including discounts on books for paying with a tweet, linking into Goodreads reviews, full analytics of reader locations and what site referred them to your store, as well as the ability to include YouTube videos/book trailers right next to the book in question) and I was very excited when founder Connor O’Brien agreed to this podcast. Bkclb is the first platform I used to test the water for my e-books.
In this podcast we discuss:
- How Amazon and Smashwords don’t allow a lot of control over how your ‘book store’ works
- Promotion functions necessary to successfully market your novel (Twitter/video/Goodreads)
- Partially paying for a book with a tweet
- Different e-book models now available to writers such as short stories, subscriptions, and plays
- The Kindle Serial program and its potential problems
- Thoughts on creating communities for serial works
- Getting more royalties AND Australian’s reading your work
- How independent publishers are forgotten in the digital revolution
- How to create an epub file easily and cleanly
- Taking advantage of reverted book rights
- Digitally publishing magazines
- Authors making money from sharing their mistakes
- The boon online publishing is for poets
- Mistakes authors make in marketing
- How segregating yourself from the rest of the traditional publishing community may not be to your benefit
Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at
emily (at) ebookrevolution (dot) com (dot) au
Emily’s non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at all good ebook stores (see the side bar on the left!). If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from all good ebook stores or the side bar on the left!