Welcome back to my 2020 Author Survival Course.
How have you been doing with Tip #1? Have you stopped trying to do it all? Feeling any better? Less crazy perhaps? Good. Let’s move on.
Tip #2: Bookfunnel
I’ve never claimed to be the brightest person in the room. An Unlikely Amish Match is my 37th release, and all this time when I give away ebooks (which I do often), I’ve gone to Amazon or B&N and “gifted” the book. I didn’t know there was any other way to do it.
There is another way to do it. Bookfunnel can act as an ebook distributor for you. You can “gift” books, you can send books to pre-readers, you can even make a permafree book available.
And the cool part is that when the recipient clicks on the link, they are able to choose how they want to download the book–for Kindle, Nook, computer, etc.
So how much does it cost? Pretty inexpensive. You can find the complete pricing here, but in summary–it’s $20 per year to give away 500 books a month. The price goes up from there. Note: this author was spending way more than $20 a year gifting books through major distributors.
Want to see how it works? You can download my novella Fading Into the Night for free here.
Bookfunnel solved several problems for me. It saved me money, obviously. It also helps with limiting unauthorized copies (read their FAQ here), and it allows me to offer a perma-free book (or reader magnet) to Kindle readers without being enrolled in KU.
Don’t take my word for it. Ask some of your author friends. My friends said something like, “Oh yeah. I didn’t tell you about that?” So, you’re welcome. I told you about it. Now go forth, and give some books away.
We’ll talk again soon.