Fact vs. Fiction: Booktango Reviews, Complaints and Scams

Fact vs. Fiction: Booktango Reviews, Complaints and Scams“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” I can’t tell you how many times my mother uttered those words growing up, and most of the time she was right. We often get some skeptics who check out Booktango and ask the questions: “If it’s free, 100% royalties, and non-exclusive rights, what’s the catch? How do you make money?”

These are legitimate questions from a consumer who is shopping around for a DIY publishing platform. But, there is no catch! Booktango was created from a group of forward thinkers who wanted to provide tools for any author to publish themselves. We wanted a platform that empowered authors to invest as much (or as little) into getting their book available on major online retailers.

I want to take a minute to debunk three of the most popular Booktango myths floating the interwebs and give you honest and direct answers.

Myth #1: If I publish with Booktango, I have to give up the rights to my book. False! Our terms and conditions state we have non-exclusive rights to your book, which means you can publish with us and another publisher at the same time. You can also publish with us and have full rights to cancel your book and take it elsewhere if you receive a traditional publishing contract or other offers for rights to your book. In fact, we would be thrilled if one of our authors got their name and story out there and was subsequently picked up traditionally! Continue reading

Self-publishing with Google Docs and Booktango, a first-hand Experience

Self-publishing with Google Docs and Booktango, a First-hand Experiences

This in-depth blog post about a Booktango author’s first-hand experience was originally posted on William L. Weaver’s blog, Choice Management.

The Booktango Service

In March of 2012, I came across Booktango, a service of Author Solutions in Bloomington, Indiana which is now owned by Penguin Books, that in turn is owned by Pearson, PLC. The cool thing about Booktango is that it is a freemium service that provides individuals an online website to assemble their eBook, scan it for formatting errors, register and assign an ISBN, produce PDF, MOBI, and EPUB files, and have them listed for sale at Booktango, Amazon, Google Play, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd, and Sony.

All of the above services are 100% free, and there is an additional menu of packages you can purchase that currently range from $49 – $359. The add-on services for a fee include things that employ creative humans who assist in your project including editing, interior images, U.S. Copyright filing, consultation on social media promotion, custom cover design, and marketing assistance. Continue reading

5 tips to getting published in 2013

5 tips to getting published in 2013

This blog was originally posted on Dec. 31, 2012 on The Indie Book Writers Blog

There has never been a better time to be an author so if you have a manuscript you have been working on, 2013 is the year you can get published.  Here are five simple tips to help you make sure you get to your goal.

  1. Pick a date when you want to hold a copy of your book. Writing is a process, but publishing is a goal so you need a deadline. And I have found the authors who are successful in self publishing, set a date when they want to hold a copy of their book. Sounds simple, but it is really important.
  2. Decide when is the best time for you to write and make that your routine.  I have talked to hundreds of authors and the ones who get to the goal have a discipline about their writing. Most have a better time in the day when they write most productively. What is your best time to write? Do you know when it is? Have you marked out that time on your calendar everyday or most everyday. Continue reading

Year in Review – Celebrating Our One Year Anniversary

December is often a time of reflection for me and for most people. I spend time thinking about the accomplishments I’ve made over the last year, the opportunities to do better and to set my goals for the coming year.

Coincidentally, this year in addition to reflecting on my personal life and career,  I also get to take a look back at Booktango. Booktango officially went live to the world in Beta one year ago.  It’s been an exciting year and as we close out 2012 and celebrate our first anniversary, I wanted to take some time to celebrate the last 12 months and look ahead to 2013.

December 2011

At launch, Booktango had some of the core features you see today such as the online editor, error identification, e-book details collection, retailer selection and submission. We knew we weren’t done, but we were excited to get an initial product out and begin gathering feedback from our authors. We continued to develop and plan new features for roll out during the first few months following launch. Continue reading

Here’s My Card: How e-book publishing is the new business card.


With the job market as turbulent as ever, people are always looking to stand out from the crowd. One way to do so is by publishing a book on a subject that you know everything about. Okay, maybe not everything, but enough that your peers consider you an expert. Nothing cements your authority in your field like having an articulate and professional book in your hands.

A published book brings credibility and authority on your topic whether you are

  • networking at your local coffee shop,
  • attending a convention at a remote destination, or
  • approaching your boss on that long-overdue raise,

Your book is your business card, the tangible item that will make people remember you. Continue reading

Digital Shorts: Grow your readership by keeping it short with e-book publishing

Did you know that a goldfish has a longer attention span than the average human? Yes. It’s true. As authors what are we to do? If we don’t grab the attention of our readers within eight seconds – that’s the average attention span of mankind in 2012, down from a whopping 12 seconds over a decade ago – then how do we expect to galvanize them through the lengths of War and Peace. Or something similar?

The answer is quite simple, really. Enter digital shorts. A relatively new format for publishers have embraced, these pieces are digital and have a shorter lead time to market. Continue reading

Reset and Resub: How to Make an E-book and Keep it Fresh with New Information

How to Make an E-book and Keep it Fresh with New Content“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Any author knows that a fine piece of art — such as your e-book — occasionally needs some tweaking. Even when you have proofread, edited and put that final shine on your book, you may have some ideas later that would make it even better.

Perhaps you find a few lingering typos that you need to correct; or maybe you decide your cover should “pop” more, and you want to spruce up the image, colors or text fonts.

At Booktango, we respect your need as an author to make an e-book better. We understand you need to keep your book fresh and make changes based on your own review or on feedback from book buyers, family and friends. Whatever the reason, we’re here to make it as simple as we can for you. Continue reading

Not Convinced Free E-book Publishing is for You? (read this Q&A with Jeet Banerjee, author of Profitable SEO Strategies)

Jeet Banerjee, Booktango author of Profitable SEO Strategies, spills some secrets on how authors can amp up their marketing efforts and boost their SEO. Plus, he offers some insight as to why he decided to publish his e-book for free with Booktango. 

Can you provide a few tips from your book on how authors can boost their SEO? Don’t spill too many secrets!

There are a lot of different ways to monetize your business with the help of search engine optimization, but most of the methods people are using are eating into their profits. My book discusses various strategies that individual companies can utilize so that they are keeping their SEO costs at a minimum while maximizing their results and profits.

In my book I discuss the common misconception on keyword selection, what are some great questions to ask your internet marketing firm, why organic search engine results will save you much more then PPC, and a lot of other tricks to accelerate your online marketing campaign.

How has publishing an e-book helped build your SEO for your own business?

Publishing an e-book is a great way for me to leverage my website on the search engines Continue reading

Keep Calm and Run Your Report – New Royalty and Sales Reporting from Booktango

Keep Calm and Run Your Report

It’s human nature. We all have self talk with ourselves on a daily basis: How am I doing? What could I do better? How do I measure up?

We live in a competitive world with constant pressure to do our best. But in order to have a real understanding of where you stand, you need to have the right measuring stick. Measuring the success of your published e-books is no different.

Working with authors and internal customer service departments for over two years now, I know there is one word that can bring anxiety to an author who is trying to measure their book success: royalties. Continue reading

Organization is King – Use an E-book Editor to Turn your Blog into an E-book

So you want to turn your blog into an e-book? How exactly, would one do such a thing?

Organization is King – Use an E-book Editor to Turn your Blog into an E-book

When I thought about this venture, I thought of my own blog. I know that there are categories in WordPress, Blogger, and other platforms, but those in no way encompass all the things I talk about on my blog – and I couldn’t just copy and paste those posts into a Word document.

That would take too long.

The great news is that I don’t have to sit and copy and paste everything. There are a variety of services (some that are even free) that can help you prepare your e-book for Booktango and our free ebook editor.

The first one I found (which was a complete winner in my book) is called Anthologize.  It’s a plug-in for WordPress that allows you organize your blog posts by dragging and dropping them into a special section, and then export the finished product into a format Booktango will read. Continue reading