We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

Ever wonder why is the thousand-pound gorilla in the business of indie and self-publishing? After all, Barnes & Noble is a huge bookseller. Their Nook should have the advantage in this field. And iPad? There are millions of them around. They should fierce competitors for Amazon.

Maybe the answer to the question lies in the fact that Amazon takes care of business and makes it simple and easy for authors to publish both paperback and Kindle versions. I speak from a certain amount of experience, since I now have four books on the market.

Shortly after I published Heaven Sent, my first book, a waitress in a restaurant where I frequently eat breakfast asked me if it was available on iPad. I wasn’t even aware iPad published books, but I told her I’d check it out.

Sure enough, I found iPad does publish e-books—as you probably already knew. So I went to their website to upload my book, and I discovered they didn’t want it. Since I use PCs instead of Macs, I was automatically disqualified. Only Mac users need apply.

Okay. It’s their football, so I guess it’s only fair for them to decide who plays and who doesn’t. But since PCs still outsell Macs by a good margin, it looks to me like Apple is shooting itself in the foot on this.

Barnes & Noble’s was only too happy to accept my work for Nook. They put both Heaven Sent and Fancy on sale immediately. When I uploaded Fancy: The Search- Vol 2, they accepted it, but they showed it as processing. This was back in October, and it’s still processing. After several weeks and many emails, I decided to try uploading it again as a new book. This time it went through with no problem. But the original attempt still shows on their website as processing. Right next to the one that’s for sale.

In December, I released Fancy: Louisvile – Vol 3. Amazon published it for Kindle and Amazon’s CreateSpace published the paperback—promptly. No problems. Once again, however, put it on the website as processing. A month later, it’s still processing.

Again, I’ve sent countless e-mails asking them to correct the problem. They ignore about half of them and respond to about half by telling me there’s a technical problem. No kidding! Who’d have guessed?

Can a company as large as Barnes & Noble not afford to hire a programmer or a web administrator who can fix whatever the problem is? Do they not really care about those of us who self-publish? I don’t understand this at all.

What frustrations have you run into in getting your work published? How did you manage to get the problems worked out?


For more information about David N. Walker, click the “About” tab above.

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Contact him at dnwalkertx (at) gmail (dot) com or tweet him at @davidnwalkertx.


About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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10 Responses to Self-Publishing

  1. hawleywood40 says:

    Reading your experiences is very helpful to me right now as I may be taking my first run at this whole thing in the summer. Thanks David!


  2. Thanks, Amber. I’ll remember that.


  3. I’m a Mac. *smiles*

    But, alas, I have no book to sell.

    Yet. 😉


  4. Emma says:

    If you publish on Smashwords and enter their premium category, they will send your book to iTunes, Barnes & Noble and other sellers for you, very easy.


  5. I’ve heard many complain about those same things, David. BTW…I just found out that you can pay someone to format and upload to iTunes for you. A friend just gave me contact info for someone who is reasonable. Message me if you’d like me to send it to you.


    • Thanks, Rhonda. I’ll give that some thought, but after paying to have it formatted for e-books in the first place, it seems ridiculous to have to pay again to get it submitted.


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