I’m supposed to be setting up a Facebook ad for my new release but I ended up going down a bit of a rabbit hole with a site called aer.io.
Basically it’s a site associated with Ingram that lets you create a storefront to sell any print books that Ingram distributes.
You can create collections and offer your own discounts off of the list price. It’s a little clunky still (see the Stephen King book cover in the attached link which is not in English but fine when you click on the link) but definitely intriguing.
If you want to see one of my experiments, here’s what I did for a list of the books on my best writing advice books shelf. There were only two on that shelf I couldn’t find in their catalog:
And here’s the link to the non-fiction store I’ve been working on for my books:
There are things I don’t love about it like the overlay on collection names. And it seems to like to overwrite the description for the page that you give when you go in to edit, but other than that…pretty cool.
Looks like anyone can set one up and you’re basically a little online bookstore.
I forgot to mention that my general writing advice books are now available in KU, so if anyone had wanted to try one but wasn’t sure about shelling out the cash, now would be a good opportunity to do so.
Writing for Beginners, Excel for Writers, and Achieve Writing Success are all now available via KU.
So this is the bit of news I was alluding to yesterday. My books, Excel for Writers and Excel for Self-Publishers, are both part of the 2017 Nano Storybundle. For $15 you can get both of my books as well as…
- How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn
- Hurting Your Characters by Michael J. Carlson
- Writing as a Team Sport by Kevin J. Anderson
- The Author’s Guide to Vellum by Chuck Heintzelman
- Time Management by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- The Magic Bakery by Dean Wesley Smith
- Business for Breakfast Vol 6: The Healthy Professional Writer by Leah Cutter
- Q&A For Science Fiction Writers by Mike Resnick
- The Unofficial Scrivener Workbook by Michael J. Carlson
- Story Structure and Master Chapter Outline Workbook by C. Michael Jefferies
- Blood From Your Own Pen by Sam Knight
Look at that list. Joanna Penn who has a brilliant podcast. Kevin J. Anderson who co-wrote the Dune series and is the mastermind behind the Superstars Writing Seminars. Kristine Kathryn Rusch whose Thursday business blog posts are a must-read. And Dean Wesley Smith whose classes on depth and character definitely strengthened my fiction writing.
And those are just the ones that happened to be in my list of web links. I am honored and humbled to be amongst their number. (And proud enough of the Excel guides that I think they hold their own in that list.)
You’d have to pay $10 to get both of my books. For $5 more, look what else you can get. (And, of course, you can always pay more if you think that’s warranted since part of the proceeds are also going to charity.)
So, what are you waiting for? Go buy yourself some brilliant writerly wisdom while it’s cheap.
(I’ll be reading all the books myself and probably mentioning a few here on the blog during the next two months while the books are available. And I’ll also tell you how this all came about in another blog post, since that’s what would matter most to me as a self-publisher.)