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I currently have my three part erom series on Amazon and BN/Nook. Do you recommend uploading on Smashwords and have you had sales there?  Or should I upload directly to Kobo and iTunes (I have a Mac)? Also, do you recommend uploading to All Romance and what file to I use there?  Thanks so much for your help!
 

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Toonldy said:
I currently have my three part erom series on Amazon and BN/Nook. Do you recommend uploading on Smashwords and have you had sales there? Or should I upload directly to Kobo and iTunes (I have a Mac)? Also, do you recommend uploading to All Romance and what file to I use there? Thanks so much for your help!
I think most people would agree that having your work available in as many channels as possible is the best route. Amazon and BN have the lion's share of the ebook market. Yet, many authors of erotic romance find success on ARE and iTunes. At the end of the day, you have to do what is comfortable for you. You can deal with the learning curve of uploading your work to each channel or try to pay someone to do it for you. Personally, if I don't upload myself, I'd pay someone a flat fee to do it. I don't want to pay Smashwords or anyone else a percentage of my sells on iTunes and Kobo ten years from now. Don't be in a rush, outsource when possible. And unless you have hordes of people contacting you trying to get your books on iTunes or Kobo, they can get your books through Amazon or BN if they really wanted to read your work. The smaller channels are really for discoverabilty in my opinion. ARE is something you should be looking at for your particular genre though. I believe they allow you to upload like ten different formats of ebooks including epub and mobi. You need a publisher account.

If I were you, I'd focus on ARE first simply because you already have files ready to upload if you are on Amazon and BN. Then work on the others.
 

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I've done very well on iTunes via Smashwords. As I said elsewhere, I've just gotten onto ARe, but so far I'm finding it rather successful, and I'm glad I tried it. You can't know if your books will catch on somewhere until you try it. My New Year's resolution was to get my books up on some new sites, and so far I'm happy with the results.
 

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Go direct on Kobo, Itunes and ARE. Are is worth the time for erotica and romance (I've made three figures in two days since uploading my catalog).

I would skip SW...once again they did not pay me for the last quarter. I change nothing and they pay me. I change nothing and they don't pay me.

I would go with Draft2Digital as reports have been good so far. Although pay day hasn't come yet. So who knows? But SW is a crap shoot as to whether they'll actually distribute your work, distribute it correctly and pay you what you're owed.

Oh, and Kobo is very similar to SW. I know of at least one author who has filed at BBB complaint against Kobo for lack of payment.

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You can upload to SW without distributing it anywhere. I mention this because erotica can do very well there. It's my third largest vendor after amazon and B&N. I sell almost nothing on Kobo and ARe, and have sold nothing on iTunes.

Upload directly wherever you can. As for ARe formats, they take pretty much any format possible. Definitely have mobi, epub, pdf, and maybe html ready to go.
 

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Thanks so much to all for your recommendations. Based on what's been said, I'll upload directly to Kobo, iTunes, ARE and SW- minus distribution. I love this supportive forum!

 

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Thanks so much to all for your recommendations. Based on what's been said, I'll upload directly to Kobo, iTunes, ARE and SW- minus distribution. I love this supportive forum!

 
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