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 Amazon.com, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!