Some of the topics discussed include:
- How Kobo is different from Amazon and how to get the most of it
- How Kobo ranks books, and how best to price them
- The best way to LINK to your books on Kobo
- A few of Kobo’s eccentricities that you’ll want to know and keep in mind
- Ensuring your Goodreads reviews show up on the Kobo website
- Why putting your books in multiple stores makes sense
- What Kobo Writing Life has going on that Kindle Select Publishing doesn’t
The podcast is definitely NSFW (not safe for work) because there is some language not appropriate for all audiences; but the content and discussion about self-publishing and digital publishing is pretty detailed and it is great that Johnny, Sean and Dave have always been so forthcoming about their own experiences in the self-publishing world. I have been a fan of their podcast from the day that they launched it and have enjoyed following their very frank and open discussions about the journey they have made.
But I think one of the more important messages expressed here goes along with a phrase I have been heard saying when authors are looking at putting all of their eggs in one basket (ie, choosing to list their book on just one retailer and not paying attention to all of the other ones out there): "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of while cruising along on the world's longest river." Sure, that river is large, well-known and encompasses some huge territorial spread - but if you think it is the entire world, you really should look beyond the shoreline of said river because you are missing out on a heck of a lot of wonderful global territory.
Or, in other words, for most authors it doesn't matter how brilliant your book is - a customer who is a dedicated Kobo, Nook, Sony or iBooks reader isn't going to suddenly switch to the Kindle platform just so they can read your book. It just becomes one other reason they'll have NOT to buy your book, but to move on to a book/author whose work is already available on the platform they are already a patron of.
Here is a link to Episode 57 - you can listen online, download it, or subscribe to the podcast from places like iTunes.
And check out their cool books on Kobo here.....(just some of them, of course)
(free first book in series: UW Vol 01)
(free first book in series: YG EP01)
(free first book in series: FV 01)