Some of you might have heard of them, but today was the first time I discovered BookTango. And why no one have told me about them before, I will never know. I have only just submitted my book for publishing and distribution, and I believe I might already be in love.
BookTango, like Smashwords, is not only a publishing platform for ebooks, but also a distributer allowing you to publish on the major retailer sites(Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple etc.) through their site.
It differs from Smashwords by its submitting process. Everyone who have tried publishing through Smashwords know that your manuscript will be run through their so called Meatgrinder, which will convert a document to different ebook-formats. Many finds this an absolute nightmare, since it’s so hard to control the formatting when your original document is being chopped to pieces by the convertion program.
After just uploading my book on BookTango, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had a built-in editor. Immediately after uploading my document, it was shown in a very useful editor on the website, allowing me to not only check formatting, but also edit it directly.
After countless problems with having to check documents for errors in the formatting AFTER they have already been published, I found this to be an excellent feature.
I came across BookTango by pure accident, when I read an article about their new royalty offer. Yes, that’s right. As of yesterday, all books published on BookTango before July 4 receives 100% royalties on all sales made directly through the BookTango website. Take that, Amazon.
Of course, there are still fees on sales that happens through the distributer channels, but no extra fees will be added from BookTango, so you still get as high royalties as you would if you published directly through those sites. And 100% from sales directly from the BookTango website. Yep, I said it again: 100%.
The site offers a wide range of paid services, like editing and formatting, and it’s probably those things they are counting on earning their pay on.
BookTango might only be in its beginning stages, but I’m definitely looking forward to see what the future will bring!