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Hello. I was wondering how self published authors get their books listed on the databases of swap sites like pbs, or sell sites like bay and amazon.
I know that online self publishers like lulu and i-universe pretty much guarantee to list your isbns on various databases, but I didn't peruse such sites. I did everything on my own and am now finding myself in need of info at the promotions level. Thank you in advance for your assistance
The 'major' print-on-demand (PoD) outfits for self-published books offer various packages for so called 'distribution' -- in essence listing at Amazon etc.
Lulu offers free Amazon listing though it can take forever and a bit longer. 90 days or so. CreateSpace is an Amazon subsidiary. If you publish with them you get very fast Amazon listing ... but just Amazon.
I used Lightningsource, an Ingram outfit, for my latest book. Not counting the ISBN, their total fees came in under $150. Once I approved the proof listing on Amazon & B/N was quite quick.
You can also become a MERCHANT at Amazon. A bit expensive. So various options.
Hope this helps.