I was on a call earlier this week talking to some authors who are contemplating publishing their story on JukePop Serials. A couple of authors asked me how I would time the releasing of their story on JukePop Serials and selling their book on Amazon next year. Wouldn’t it be great if there were actually a place for authors to test out their story before spending the tens of thousands of dollars to edit, layout, and market their book? Besides finding readers and a community of supportive authors, wouldn’t it be even better to if we helped them figure out if their story is “pay-worthy”? A few months ago when I was asked the same question I couldn’t offer the authors a full solution – not so today!
If we look at a book as a product, then our approach to self-publishing is to help authors build a product through all the different phase of product design. The first step is always to find the most cost effective way to test if people want to use (use = read) your product – so you’re not burning through cash too quickly. Then begins the process of refining and tweaking the product based on feedback and research. The most important step is to see if users are willing to pay for your product. That’s what we’ve provided for authors who are confident enough to take that next step.
The last couple months we’ve been working hard on another feature called Unlock, and like the Support Author feature launched two months ago, it’s designed to help you make a little money to support your writing. Now you have two options you can enable to request monetary support from your readers and fans.
Here are some best practices to help you be successful in receiving reader support:
• Book cover. Use an eye catching and well designed story cover with your title and name on it.
• Synopsis. Include a detailed synopsis to help set the central theme, main characters, and setting. Depending on what chapter you decide to set the Unlock feature, you’ll want to make sure your synopsis is appealing and catchy enough to make it worth the readers’ time and support.
• Chapters. Have at least three chapters or more to your story before using Unlock to ask for support.
• Pricing. Price your payment to Unlock appropriately – anywhere from $0.99 to $2.99 is a good reference point.
To get started, go to your Edit Stories page and you’ll find a blue box on the top with a link that will give you instructions on how to set up donations and payments for your story. If you previously set up donations already then you’re all set. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go through the set up to start receiving donations and payments. We included a set up tutorial to help guide you along the way.
Once you’ve set up your Amazon Payments account to receive donations and payments, simply go to Edit Stories and select the story you want to enable either donations or payments. You must have at least three chapters to your story before you can enable the Unlock feature.
Go try out this new feature and leave a comment to tell us what you think.