What file types can Draft2Digital convert?
The easiest and most popular format is a Word document. Upload your story in Word .doc or .docx format, and we'll convert it into an ebook. RTF should work fine, too. Anything Word can read, we can read.
What if I don't need conversion? Can I just upload a formatted epub?
If you already have an epub of your own, we'll accept that as well. We won't make any changes, but we'll gladly distribute it to all our digital stores for you.
What file types does Draft2Digital create?
Our conversion process creates a beautiful, high-quality epub for us to distribute to your choice of digital stores. You’ll also have access to a similarly beautiful .mobi and PDF.
Where's your style guide?
We don't have one. At Draft2Digital, our goal is to support your style guide.
If you don't have a style guide, or if you'd like some direction on creating a simple one, do these things:
That's enough for our tools to build a beautiful ebook out of your manuscript.
To learn more about our style suggestions, read here.
This all sounds great, but it's an automated system. What if there are problems with my book?
We've got you covered. After all, we're famous for our customer service. You can call our support line and talk to a real human being during our regular business hours, or send us an email any time.
Visit our Contact page for all the ways you can reach out to us, and we'll get your problem solved quickly.
What's it going to cost me to get a beautiful paperback?
Just like our ebook formatting, we'll convert your manuscript into a professional-quality paperback file with the press of a button, at no additional charge.
We're confident our generated paperback files will impress the majority of users. Just download your PDF and take a look. (If you have more complicated requirements or desire more hands-on control, we'll still work with you at no charge, but the process will take longer.)
Where can Draft2Digital distribute my books?
Our current partner stores include:
Do I have to distribute to all of Draft2Digital's partner stores?
Not at all! When you publish a book through us, you choose which stores you want us to distribute to. And making these selections is as easy as clicking a checkbox.
What happens when you add a new store?
We're always looking for great new opportunities for you, but when we add new stores in the future, we won’t make any assumptions about your books. We'll just let you know the option exists. If you do wish to distribute to the new store, we’ll give you the opportunity to opt in easily.
Will you be adding new stores?
Yes! Our goal is to support as many digital stores as possible. We are continually watching for new markets as they emerge, and we are pursuing distribution agreements with a number of retailers.
If you would like to see support for a sales channel or retailer that is not currently included in our service, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Will you really turn my book into a paperback?
We have phased out our print distribution through CreateSpace.
We do create paperback-ready PDF files for any books that use our conversion service (that is, everything except pre-formatted epub uploads). As part of the publishing process, we'll give you the option of downloading a print-ready PDF file that you can use to create a pixel-perfect paperback at any of your favorite print-on-demand services.
Can I list my book for free?
Yes! Everywhere except Amazon.
It will be submitted to Amazon for $0.99 (99-cents). They may price-match for free, to bring prices in line with other vendors.
In addition, we can only submit books that meet certain minimum pricing for files sizes: $0.99 up to 3MB, $1.99 for 3MB to 10MB, and $2.99 for 10MB or greater.
What is Wholesale Pricing?
Wholesale pricing is a model that allows for an author or publisher to determine a suggested list price for their book. However, the actual price at which the book is available to be purchased is chosen by the store themselves.
For authors submitting to a sales channel that uses the wholesale pricing model, your royalty will be based on the suggested retail price sent to the retailer. This means that even if the retailer lowers your price, your royalty will be calculated on the suggested retail price that you set.
Google Play Books is an example of a retailer that utilizes a wholesale pricing model. For more information on Google Play Books and wholesale pricing see here.
Can I add or schedule a promotional price for my book?
Yes! You can schedule a promotional price to your book via the Promotion tab on each individual View Book page.
Price changes should be scheduled as far in advance as possible for the smoothest automatic experience. While some digital stores may make your price change in hours, some may take longer. Keep that in mind as you choose the starting date of your promotion.
Library and wholesale pricing is not included in scheduled promotions. Draft2Digital will not override any manually set territorial pricing. If you have no territorial prices set, D2D will automatically adjust them to match your chosen promotional price.
Check out our video walkthrough of the Scheduled Price Promotions Tool.
How do I change the price of a published book?
You can change your book’s suggested list price just as simply as you set it the first time. When you visit the book’s Publishing page, enter a new price, and click Publish.
To do this, edit your book and skip to the Publishing page by clicking Publishing in the stages arrow at the top of the page.
Can I control the price in other currencies?
Yes! When you publish, you’ll enter your book’s list price in US dollars. By default, we convert the provided price into the various currencies of your selected digital stores using the currency conversion rate at the time of publishing.
If you'd like more control over the price, however, you can click the link labeled Manage Territorial Prices directly below the Book Price field. There, you'll be able to set the exact price in any of our supported currencies.
Can I set up a pre-order for my next book?
Yes, easily! You can set up pre-orders to nearly all Draft2Digtial store partners as far out as ninety days to a year in advance of your chosen release date. You aren’t even required to have a final manuscript or cover, as long as you upload those things no less than ten days before release. We recommend pre-orders as a way to capture readers' interest prior to the book's launch and build up a powerful boost to your sales rank on release day.
At this time we are unable to support pre-orders through Amazon. Pre-orders will continue to work the same as they always have with other D2D distribution channels, where they are allowed.
What's all this going to cost me?
Draft2Digital has no up-front charges for any of our services (formatting, conversion, distribution, and sales tracking).
We make a percentage of each of your books’ sales, so we don’t get paid unless you get paid. Our fee at most digital stores is approximately 10% of the retail price (it's technically 15% of the net royalties).
How will Draft2Digital pay me?
After you've created an account, you'll be able to choose a payment method:
Since these payment methods all come with fees, we'll hold your royalties until they add up to a minimum threshold ($100 for checks, $20 for Payoneer, and $10 for international direct deposit, and $0 for all other digital payments), but otherwise we'll deliver payments once a month.
When will I get paid?
Our digital stores all have different policies on their payments. Most of them delay payments by about 60 days after the end of the month in which the sale happens. We can't control that, but whatever we get (no matter when the sale happened), we'll send along to you in your next monthly payment.
Will Draft2Digital withhold taxes for me?
US Publishers: If you're a United States' citizen using a US tax ID, Draft2Digital will not withhold any taxes. We will report your earnings to the IRS, in accordance with US tax law.
International Users: Draft2Digital is required to withhold 30% income tax for all international publishers and submit that to the IRS. We'll do that by default, with no extra effort on your part.
If your country has a tax treaty with the US, you can submit a completed IRS W8 form (most commonly W8-BEN or W8-BEN-E) stating that you're exempt from US taxes. Once we have this form on file, we'll pay you the royalties based on the terms of the tax treaty.
How long does it take to publish a book?
A few minutes, even if you have to set up your account first.
Upload your book, fill in some sales information (title, description, sales categories, and search terms), and choose a list price. We'll handle the rest.
Is it possible for someone I trust to manage books on my behalf?
Account sharing controls allow you to assign permissions to authorized users or virtual assistants. Currently, we only allow for book management functions as part of our shared account controls.
For more information about this see this walkthrough video here
How long will it take for my book to show up after I publish it?
Once you click Publish, we'll immediately start posting the project to the digital stores you've selected. However, the time it takes to show up on their sites is outside our control. The average delay is somewhere between two hours and two weeks. Every digital store provides its own range.
What are your cover art requirements?
For best results, give us a JPEG at 1600x2400. But really, all we need is a tall rectangle.
We'll accept most standard image formats, and resize whatever you upload to meet the requirements of the sales channels you choose.
Do you provide cover art, editing, or other author services?
Draft2Digital does not currently offer these services directly. However, we do have a list of freelancers and other companies offering those services that we endorse. Please refer to our Partners page for links to their websites, portfolios, and email addresses.
What if I've already published my book somewhere else?
If you've already published your book through another distributor, you can still use Draft2Digital to expand your reach and simplify your project maintenance for all other digital stores.
We don't acquire rights or require any kind of exclusivity, so you can do whatever you want with your book. Once you've seen what we can do, we're confident you'll decide to list all your books with us.
If I’ve been blocked from distribution by Amazon or another retailer, can I use D2D to get my book back online?
No, if your book has been blocked on a retailer’s site we will not be able to publish it on your behalf.
Does Draft2Digital provide ISBNs?
We do! We'll automatically assign an ISBN to any book published through our system free of charge.
Does a free ISBN give Draft2Digital any special control over my book?
No. The ISBN recording agency will consider Draft2Digital the "publisher of record" for any ISBN we own, but that label does not give us any rights to your work. All of our digital stores will continue to show the publisher name you choose.
Where's the fine print?
You can read our current terms of service (with no obligations) here.
How does D2D protect my privacy and keep my information secure?
Can I use the converted epub anywhere else?
Most other ebook conversion and distribution services will limit the ways you can use the books they make for you. At Draft2Digital, we're proud of our products and confident in our service. Feel free to download your proof copy and use it however you want.
How does publishing with Draft2Digital impact my copyright?
It doesn't. Draft2Digital acquires no ownership of any rights.
When you publish a project through our service, you give us permission to do the sort of copying and distribution necessary to release your book at our digital stores, but we never gain control of those rights. And you can revoke that permission at any time.
Can I sign up without a US mailing address/tax ID/bank account?
Yes. Draft2Digital's service is available to authors and publishers anywhere in the world.
Do you offer an affiliate program?
Yes! When you Refer a Friend, you will receive a 10% share of D2D's cut from your friend's revenue for two full years. Your friend will receive their full royalties for each sale as normal.
What is Automated End-matter?
A book’s end-matter is a powerful tool for aiding authors in discoverability and even marketing. As an author’s catalog of books continues to grow, it can become challenging to keep end-matter up to date. Draft2Digital’s automated end-matter will update content such as the author bio, publisher bio, copyright information, and useful marketing tools such as book Teasers and Also By pages. By opting into automated end-matter, you only have to enter information once, and it can be included in all of your books automatically, and updated every time you make a change.
What is cost per checkout (libraries)?
Referred to as CPC, this is a model that allows libraries access to the same title for more than one user. Learn more about library models.
Will every sales channel accept erotica titles?
Not all of D2D’s sales channels will accept erotica titles. At this time, we cannot distribute erotica titles to public library systems, via OverDrive, Baker & Taylor, bibliotheca, or to Scribd. If you select Erotica for your book’s BISAC category, or if your book is flagged as containing erotic content, it will not be included in distribution to library systems or to Scribd.
What is PPU and CPC?
Price Per Unit (PPU) is synonymous with Cost Per Checkout (CPC), a royalty structure that allows libraries to have access to the same title for more than one user. Rather than the full library cover price, libraries are granted access to a title and then pay per each loan of an ebook. This allows more readers to check the book out at a time, without forcing libraries to purchase multiple copies of the same book. You may see this referred to elsewhere as PPU, but Draft2Digital’s preferred term is CPC.
Can I opt out of either CPC or OCOU for library distribution?
One Copy, One User (OCOU) and Cost per Copy (CPC) are both enabled by default for library distribution via OverDrive and bibliotheca (and soon to be enabled at Baker & Taylor). The OCOU royalty option is always live and cannot be turned off except by delisting your book from library distribution. Cost Per Copy (CPC) is also on by default but can be turned off account-wide from your My Account page.
For more information please check out our Knowledge Base.