After reading that Smashwords sped up the approval process for the premium catalog, I decided not to upload a separate NOOK version of the Special Editions through PubIt, but instead let Smashwords distribute it to Barnes and Noble to see if they really were faster.
The answer is yes and no.
I uploaded the books on the 14th and by the 17th – three days later! – I was approved for the premium catalog. This is quite a change from the month it took for Ties of Blood! But, approval isn’t shipping. Despite the fact that books are supposed to ship to Barnes & Noble every Thursday or Friday, mine sat for a week and finally shipped on the 26th – nearly two weeks after it was approved – and as of this posting the books still do not appear on BarnesandNoble.com, which means my official launch will either be incomplete or will have to wait some more. EDIT: On October 2nd they finally showed up on B&N’s site, almost a week after shipping.
Here’s a breakdown:
- Uploaded – Sept 14
- Approved – Sept 17
- Apple – shipped Sept 17th – (visible sometime between Oct 15th & 28th)
- Barnes & Noble – shipped Sept 26th, visible on their site Oct 2nd
- Diesel – shipped Sept 19th – was listed on their site by Sept 26th (maybe sooner)
- Page Foundry – shipped Sept 24th
- Sony – Shipped Sept 27th (listed on their site Oct 2nd)
- Kobo – shipped Oct 25 (listed on their site Oct 28)
- Baker-Taylor – still not shipped as of Oct 28
Bottom line? Yeah, they’ve gotten faster, but if you want to let Smashwords handle all your distribution, and you want it shipped by release date, start four weeks early.
What are my plans? I intend to let Smashwords handle all versions, though I think I will upload to PubIt initially as I have had no problems with having a Smashwords version and PubIt version, and in fact sell a handful of PubIt versions even after Smashwords shows up, though I always sell more SW copies. Example:
- September B&N sales through SW=72
- September PubIt sales =14
And PubIt pays monthly, as opposed to SW quarterly, so it puts a little money in my pocket in the meantime.