D2D, or Draft 2 Digital, is a service that authors can use to get their books on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and some other retailers.
I switched over this past spring, though I’d been considering it longer than that.
You might remember the posts
- I Unpublished 12 Books Today (Dec 9, 2014)
For the year, I made the following income from D2D and Smashwords:
- Smashwords: $352.31
- D2D: $745.99
As you can see, I made twice as much off of D2D as Smashwords.
Why is that?
I think it’s because D2D does a better job.
Now, it’s important that I say what this income is.
For Smashwords, I got paid in both the first and second quarter of 2015. That first payment was my sales from October, November and December 2014.
For D2D, I got paid for April through December, as I didn’t get on the site until March.
I will also add that around the end of summer or into September I took all my fiction off D2D and put it exclusive with Amazon.
This lowered my earnings somewhat for D2D, as you can see in this table from my yearly income statement:
Some of the main benefits of going with D2D are the better interface, the easier uploading process (no meat grinder), and the faster pay.
I like the reporting too, but the pay is the thing.
For some reason, Smashwords will only pay you once a quarter. D2D will pay you each month, the first full week’s Wednesday.
Yes, you know when you get paid. With Smashwords it always was a guessing game for me. I knew it’d be around the end of the first month of the new quarter…but that’s it.
D2D doesn’t give me those hassles. They also make it easy to tell what my pay will be by sending me each retailer’s monthly royalty report.
I actually made up this table on my eBook sales spreadsheet to keep track of this better:
That helps me make up this simple box that tells me what I’ll be getting paid…and weeks in advance.
That’s nice. I like it.
Why doesn’t Smashwords allow me to do the same?
It doesn’t really matter – I won’t be going back to that service. Nope, D2D is for me. I’ve had no problems and their customer service is helpful.
I just like them better.
And on top of it, my books sell better when going through D2D than they did when going through Smashwords.
I don't know why that is, but I have no problem with it.
I’m sure that bothers Smashwords, but so what? Why should I care?
I need to look out for myself this year, and I’ll be doing that. I need to get my books where they can sell.
Overwhelmingly, by a 2-to-1 margin, that’s D2D.