A quick technical guide to indie publishing in the Philippines (Part 1)
Self-publishing — or, as I prefer to call it, independent/indie publishing — has come a long way from the dark ages when your only options were spending a ton of money to print and store hundreds of paperbacks and hand-selling them from your garage, or wasting a ton of money on a deal with a vanity press. The technology around publishing now lets each author become an independent book publishing business.
VIDEO: Selling my ebooks and design products on Snack.ph
I’ve talked before about how Philippine-based creators can — and should — sell their digital products on Snack. While there are a lot of great digital selling platforms out there — I’ve used Gumroad and Payhip — Snack is particularly useful if a good chunk of your audience is in the Philippines because it accepts Gcash, PayMaya, and Grabpay payments (apart from Paypal and credit cards). These are mobile payment systems that most Pinoys have and don’t require credit cards, which allows you to widen your pool of potential customers.
Have a Snack, sell your ebooks
Let’s face it, we Philippines-based creators have always had difficulty selling our products online because so many of our potential customers simply don’t have or don’t want to use credit cards. I’ve gotten a few emails from my readers telling me they couldn’t buy my ebooks, a thing that confused me a lot of the time because I thought it meant Amazon or Gumroad or whatever platform they’re trying to buy from wasn’t accepting their credit cards. It turns out, they meant they literally couldn’t buy my books. Because they didn’t have credit cards.
I canceled my book … sort of
I thought my readers on Radish would appreciate having a free story. And some of them did. As of writing this, FMMBB on Radish has gotten 180k reads (about 3.75x the 48k reads on Wattpad, which was a surprise, since Wattpad has way more active users than Radish). However, while the reader comments on Wattpad has been lovely, the past few weeks nearly all the reader comments on the story on Radish have been complaints about how I was updating the story so slowly. How I should be posting more than one update a week.
I kinda have a Tiktok
[red]I will sometimes mess around with text-to-speech. I figured listening to a software read my story out loud will, I dunno, help me prepare for human narration, I guess.[/red]
New Wattpad story features (that I don’t have access to)
I was updating my apps the other day when the description of the Wattpad update caught my eye. It listed three features I’d never heard of.