Question: What is the best self publishing platform?

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If you’re reading this expecting to get answers, stop reading now. I’m writing this in hopes of getting replies from self publishers.

I’ve just finished my sixth edit and am nearly ready to self publish my book. For the past six months, I’ve been telling myself I was going to use BookBaby. Now I’m not so sure. I’m impressed with their process and don’t mind paying a fee, but would like to get some feedback from others.

These are the platforms I’ve been considering:

Some people recommend starting with Amazon’s CreateSpace. It may be a good idea, but I’m a little hesitant. Amazon is so huge, I’m afraid my book will get lost in the shuffle.

I don’t like the look of Smashwords website and it seems to me they have too many free books available. I suspect they give away far more books than they sell.

Lulu was my original choice, but I was more impressed with Bookbaby’s site and they seem to be the BIG name in self publishing right now. I don’t know anything about Pronoun other than the fact that it’s free.

I found a bunch of BookBaby reviews online. Most of the reviews on TrustPilot were positive. The most negative reviews were all on the Amazon forum. People there had horror stories about not getting paid for books they knew they had sold. Someone was even trying to start a class action lawsuit against them. I was a little suspicious, though. Why were all the most negative reviews on Amazon?

The biggest drawback to BookBaby was the number of books you had to sell to break even. It’s not that expensive, though, and I don’t harbor illusions of outselling Fifty Shades of Grey. I just want to get my book out there and chip away at promoting it.

So I’m asking any self publishers out there for their advice. Which platform did you use? Were you happy with it? How did you market your book? Thanks for any information you can share with me.

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