First 50 Readers Win My Entire First Year of Publishing Catalog!

First 50 Readers Win My Entire First Year of Publishing Catalog!

It’s time for a celebration and I am giving out the presents! July 4, 2015 marked my one year anniversary of publishing my first JAFF, The Trouble With Horses. It has been a year of incredible highs and lows, from five #1 best-selling books on, to wisdom tooth surgery, to moving, to seeing my first title translated in German, whoa! But 12 months later, I am ready to make year 2 even more spectacular.

One of the biggest changes I am making for Year 2 is using a service called Gumroad for more control over selling directly to my readers. It’s a strategic move to protect us both. Here are some of the benefits of buying direct as a reader:

#1 You’re going to own the files. No accounts being closed or businesses going under can take the content away from you.

#2 You’re going to save money. Because every ebook you buy out there, the big stores keep 30-65% depending on the price, for not a great deal of reasons to keep that much. This gives authors flexibility to offer coupon codes to take off percentages from the retail price for loyal fans.

#3 Enjoy the same price no matter what the country. Other than VAT (which no one can do anything about) the price for everyone is the same and no restrictions on country availability. Amazon still tacks on a $2 fee to any readers who don’t have an amazon site for their country, and no, that $2 is not passed on to the authors, it’s just kept by Amazon to hypothetically build a store for that country.

I’ve talked about my new author store all week on Austen Authors, but now I’m going to flex some its muscles. 🙂 If you go to my store and click the first product The Elizabeth Ann West Collection Volume 1, I want you to put in the coupon code: AUSTENAUTHORS

The first 50 readers who do will get the entire collection for free.

EAW collection vol 1

Even if you already HAVE some of my books on other venues, you should grab this. Because you will have the files you need to read on your epub device or Kindle device forever. And, I will be the author to say, if you know someone that would like my books, too, email them a copy! Yes, that’s right, I am saying just like you can lend out a paperback, give out that mobi or epub (only in one-to-one shares please, do not upload my files to torrent sites, that ain’t cool, :)). You have 5 friends who’ve heard you talk about my books, email them to those 5 friends. Etc. etc.

In most cases, if you connect your ereader to your computer with the cord it came with, called a USB mini to USB, you can transfer the files over just like if you were moving pictures on or off a digital camera. The ereader or tablet will open like a flash stick or drive and you can just put the files into the appropriate folder your ebooks are in. You also can use the Kindle App on your computer, just drag the mobi file to the icon and it will put it in that Kindle App for you.

Send to Kindle

Did you know your Kindle has its OWN email address and you can send files to it? Here’s how you do that.

Log in to Amazon. Under your name, go to Manage Devices and Content.

Each device you own is in the Devices tab, and it will show the email address for each device. That’s the email address you want to SEND files to.

Now go over to Settings. Go 9 headings down to Personal Document Settings. On the Approved Personal Document E-mail List add your personal email address if it’s not already there, and add

Now when you buy files from ANY author on Gumroad, you can click one button and send a file straight to your Kindle, just like if you bought it from Amazon!

For Nook users, or other tablets, I recommend you download Dropbox as an app and click send to Dropbox when you buy through Gumroad. This will keep a cloud backup of all of your books, AND, when you open Dropbox on your device, just tap the book file you want to read and it will open.

Eventually, I will be adding signed paperbacks for the same price or less than the price in stores. I hope to have that up before October. There have many changes this month to a ton of platforms where you buy your favorite Jane Austen fan fiction authors. My hope is that when my Gumroad store is adopted by readers, more authors will set up their own stores, too, and offer killer discounts on their books for readers by cutting out the middleman. That will help all of us stick together no matter what digital storms may befall us. Ain’t no one going to keep me from buying my Darcy fix! And I hope you feel the same way!

34 Responses to First 50 Readers Win My Entire First Year of Publishing Catalog!

  1. What a nice offer! Unfortunately I already bought all your books 🙂 I hope to read soon the 6 episode of Serendipity!
    Ps: I liked very much your portrait of Mary Bennet!

    • You need to get the email address for your kindle. You can use Send to Kindle, if you add to your authorized email list, or email your Kindle the .mobi file as an attachment from the email address you authorized, or you can connect your Kindle to your computer, and after you download the files, just drag and drop the files over in the folder on your Kindle for books. What year is your Kindle? If it’s older, you may need to just sideload with a cable, the same cable you use to charge it. 🙂

      • I did add that address as you directed above. I will re-try using the cable as you said. Thank you for getting back to me.

  2. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for the gift. I think I did it correctly, but it did not ask for a code… feeling technology challenged!

  3. Thank you very much, Elizabeth!!
    This is so kind and generous of you! As I already commented on facebook, if you,authors, can sell directly and it is worthy for you too, it is great that you can use a platform like gumroad.
    Keep, keep writing for our sake!! 🙂

  4. I am ecstatic everyone is loving the new system and I was able to teach new features of Kindle and Dropbox. 🙂 I am visiting family and I’m so sorry I’m not responding to every comment. I have a huge ad for the free book in my series and already 12,500 new readers who have downloaded it!!! I am so happy to bring new people to the Janeside of things! 🙂

    And I have great news that coming in the next few weeks, MORE of your favorite authors who write JAFF are going to have some exciting things to offer on their Gumroads!

    • I tried it and it didn’t work. So then I called Comcast and they said my router was broken. So they are mailing me a new router and it won’t come for 5 days and then I have to install it. So I don’t know if I will be one of the first 50. Sorry, it isn’t your problem. Oh well, I guess I will just wait and see.

      • MaryAnn, have you tried to press the Enter button after writing your code? I had problem with that!
        If you still have problems let us know please!

  5. Thank you very much for generously sharing your books! I too was able to get them and send them to my Kindle. What a nice way to end the week.

  6. Okay, this is just cool. I did it and learned a lot in the process. Did I know that each Kindle device (which means app since I don’t have an actual Kindle) has an email address? Nope. I do now. LOL Really cool. Thanks so much for the the giveaway! I look forward to reading them now!! May your second year have much more joy and less trauma than the first!

  7. Oh, joy, Oh, Joy….I did it. That was so easy…and a big thank you. Looking forward to more joyous reading!

  8. Wow, good luck in this new endeavor. I will have to try that step-by-step process…if Joy can do it…just maybe I will be able to figure it out also. Congratulations on your first year. And thanks for the generosity towards your readers.

  9. Awesome idea, and thank you for the giveaway. It’s so very generous of you, and the process was so easy! I hope more authors choose to use this service.

  10. Congrats and best of luck in this new and exciting adventure and thanks for the very generous giveaway! I loved ‘A Winter Wrong’ and I can’t wait to read the rest. Keep writing & blazing new trails and huge thanks for sharing your experience with us. As Joy said, I love what I’ve learned from you today.

  11. Congrats on your achievements and milestone, Elizabeth. And thanks a lot for giving away your books. You are so generous and we love you. Hope you have another wonderful year ahead and keep on writing and publishing more JAFF.

  12. I DID IT!!! As you know, Elizabeth, I’m challenged when it comes to technology. Yet, your step-by-step instructions worked for me the first time I tried. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway. I LOVE your books. And, I love that I learned something that will open doors for me as an author and reader. Two thumbs up for you!!!

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