Are you self-publishing? Right now I'm in the midst of running a self-publishing workshop. I'm waiting (waiting!) to see if a 'PDF' file I made for free with Draft 2 Digital will work if I put it through Ingram Spark.
If not, I will encourage the writers in my class to use Blurb.com as a low-cost formatting option for their titles.
In my hunting around for information, I came across this amazing checklist for self-publishers, by Ellie Marnie.
Read it here.
How good is it?
Ellie's awesome list includes these stages:
1. Write the book
2. Beta the book
3 Edit the book
4 Copyedit the book
5 Get a cover
6 Buy ISBNs
7 Typeset/ layout the book
8 Proof the book
9 Convert your book to ebook and print
10 Publish the book
11 Market and promote
For all these steps, there are a few more personal steps self-publishers need.
1 Come up with an author name/publishing name. (or use your real name.)
2 Get an ABN in your name or your publishing name. You don't have to register for GST, and if you're not registered, you don't charge it.
3 Consider registering a publishing business name (but not a company, as that is much more expensive and arduous.)
4 Join Paypal.com to get paid from various online retailers (except Amazon)
5 Consider joining Payoneer to receive payments from Amazon outside Australia, to reduce bank fees and international transfer fees. Otherwise all your Amazon sales will be paid into your bank account (better than the way they used to pay with cheques at least) but you'll lose at least 5% in bank fees.
6 Get your other tax details ready so that you can be ready to supply your Tax File Number when you set up with many of these retailers. (They will accept an Australian TFN instead of a USA ITIN)
Too easy, right?