From 2008-2013, I lived my dream working as an animal trainer. I worked with a variety of species and was able to assist with rescue and rehabilitation for many animals in need.
Also during this time, I wrote a book - a book on how to enter the competitive field of marine mammal training and care. Like most first time authors, writing a book was harder than I expected. After the book was finally written, I thought I was finished…but, I was definitely mistaken. There was still much to be done such as: editing, re-writing, formatting the content, including images, a cover page, and of course: a TITLE! After five years of doing all these things, I finally got: “Wear a Wetsuit at Work: How To Become a Marine Mammal Trainer.”
When I was finally ready to make it available for sale, I started to face my most difficult challenge yet - figuring out how to sell it!
Naturally, I looked into Amazon.com. What I didn’t know was that you basically need a degree in IT and Computer Science to get your eBook formatted to comply with Amazon’s strict standards. If you don’t have the know-how to do that (and few people do), then you will have to pay someone (a lot of $$$) to get it done for you. Everything about publishing on Amazon is difficult. Plus, they take a lot of your money and often can’t wire funds or send checks for up to 3 months after a sale period!
I also looked into selling the book directly through my website about dolphin training. There are an array of plugins and systems you can put into place in order to collect money and deliver your eBook to customers. However, these systems do not protect your eBook from being shared digitally once the customer has purchased your book. I didn’t think it would be fair to me or paying customers if other individuals got the book for free.
Luckily, I found RedShelf.
RedShelf made the entire process of publishing, selling and managing my eBook easy! I can honestly say that the RedShelf platform was made with authors and publishers in mind. (And no, they are not paying me a dime to write this!)
Some Reasons RedShelf is the Best eBook Publisher
Ease of Setup
How do you get your eBook published on RedShelf? E-mail them your book. That’s it! There is NO OTHER platform that makes it that easy!
This saves you a ton of money. You can easily pay between $300-$700 getting your eBook formatted correctly for the Amazon, Nook, and iBook platforms. With eBook prices being so low, that means you need to sell a lot of eBooks in order to make back your costs for formatting.
Commission and Affiliate Opportunities
RedShelf gives the author the highest percentage of sales I have found. Amazon takes anywhere from 30% to 70%!
I would like to keep my money, thank you.
Plus, RedShelf gives publishers an opportunity to make even more money by signing-up to become an affiliate. This means on top of the already high payout, I can make even more money just by referring people to the RedShelf site using my own unique URL.
The money I make from my book I use to create more free content for my readers and support my expanding website. It’s been wonderful.
To market my book, I held a contest and gave ten copies of my book away for free. Today, I occasionally send my book out to be reviewed by bloggers and members of the industry. To assist with this, RedShelf offers “access codes,” which permits free downloads of my eBook. This doesn’t cost me a dime and also protects the book from being shared to non-paying customers.
It is almost impossible to speak to someone at a large publisher like Amazon or Apple. In fact, in my experience, it was impossible to speak to someone from Apple on the phone. Impossible.
At RedShelf, my e-mails are answered within 24 hours and I am able to call and talk to a real person if I need help! They not only work with you to get your eBook available on the website, but help you to sell and convert as many visitors as possible.
Because of strict formatting, Amazon requires your book to look a certain way. This puts a constraint on your creativity. RedShelf can work with you to ensure that your book looks the way you want it.
Best Platform For The User
RedShelf has a variety of editing tools within their program. Because my eBook is educational, the ability to take notes, highlight, and bookmark certain sections is very valuable to my readers.
One thing I was initially concerned with was that many of my readers had never purchased on RedShelf. Because they didn't have a RedShelf account, I thought it may deter them from buying the book.
This was not the case.
It is very easy and fast for new RedShelf users to create an account. In fact, I tested this with my father, who is computer illiterate, and he was able to create an account and purchase my book in less than 3 minutes.
A Final Word
Overall, I cannot express enough how great the RedShelf platform is for authors and self-publishers. It truly made my experience as a first time author an enjoyable one. I would highly recommend anyone interested in self-publishing to take advantage of the simple and easy to use RedShelf publishing platform and high commission structures.
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