I wanted to let people know about my experience with Draft2Digital and Kobo Writing Life.
I had a problem. I self published my book, The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories, back in 2012 on Amazon initially and then on Smashwords. Smash words distributes to several major ebook retailers. And before too long, I could see my book on iBooks, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. But not on Kobo. I emailed Kobo and Smashwords. Smashwords directed me to Kobo. Kobo told me that my book was available on the Kobo website. Except I could never find it. I have to admit I gave up at that point.
Recently, I self published my book, Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round on Smashwords and Amazon. This time, there was no problem finding the book on Kobo. So I decided to try an alternative approach.
I decided to self publish on Kobo Writing Life. I already had a suitably formatted word file so it should be simple, right? Well, it was simple up until I download the pub file to preview it and discovered a major flaw, one paragraph per page.I had not had this problem with either my Kindle ebook or my Smashwords ebook. I looked at the help pages and googled. It seemed the problem was that I was using returns rather than SHIFT + ENTER. So I did that. Then that created a problem with the formatting of paragraphs, both indents and font size. I gave up on Kobo Writing Life. I admit I could have contacted their customer services but I was rapidly losing the will to live.
So I decided to try a different approach again. I had heard of Draft2Digital, which had had lots of praise for its simplicity. I had already tried to self publish a paperback on it (a subject for another article) so thought I would give it a go. I used my formatted word file. I downloaded the pub to preview it. Hurrah! The formatting was pretty ok apart from a few minor errors.
The end of the story is that I have now distributed The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories on Kobo through Draft2Digital. I can see it on the storefront! I am so happy.