Last week’s post wasn’t intended to be a multiple-part installment, but I keep running into helpful and honest people.
More books are coming to my self-published list this season and one way that I plan to market them is by getting the first book in a series bundled with other authors’ books in a promotional boxed set.
One problem: I have no interest in bundling books and marketing them on my own.
After some investigation (including a few recommendations), I messaged a “bundler” on Facebook called Paper Gold Publishing. In spite of the fact that the company doesn’t plan on bundling any dark or historical fantasy titles this year, she directed me to somewhere I would have better luck.
But that wasn’t the end of it. The person responding also offered a bit of advice as well.
Paper Gold Publishing: “I know there is a group on FB titled ‘Box Set Opportunities‘ or something similar to that, but I would advise caution in all circumstances. Especially if they request some kind of payment to allow you to take part in a set and offer no (or little) returns. It is customary for the organizer to have some sort of payment. In my case, I take a share of royalties, and for that I provide free proofing for all the titles, all admin (and believe me, reporting to and paying 46 people takes time), and some promo.”
Since Paper Gold Publishing didn’t have a need for books in my genre, they could have easily blown me off without the cautionary words or even a response. Instead, they demonstrated how professionals should behave when they know how predatory others in their position could be.
After some further conversation, Paper Gold Publishing also told me that the company is currently looking to expand its employee base to include an assistant bundler. It sounds like hard work, but if you are interested, or if you know of anyone who is, please contact them through their Facebook Page.
Meanwhile, I’m going to check out the page that Paper Gold Publishing recommended and report back later.
In other news…
I AM GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF
For those of you who are subscribed to the blog this will sound weird because you already have me in your email, but I am setting up an email list for updates, news, discounts, new releases, and other things like that. It’ll be short, deliberate, and come with a bunch of free stuff. For example, right now there are review copies of some of my older books. There will be more soon and I’ll keep those of you on my list informed. Here is the link to sign up. http://goo.gl/X10pIW