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A Self-promotion forum for book and e-book authors

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    Website Examinerposted 4 years ago

    With the growing number of Hubbers that have published or self-published a book, an e-book, or other literary works, why not give them a self-promotion forum. Allow them to post relevant links there, for the benefit of authors and readers. Also, let them describe their works and authorship, link to book reviews etc.

    With such a forum, it will also be easier to keep promotional links off other discussions about writing and literature.

    This thread is for discussion of a suggested new feature. Please DO NOT post your promotional links here.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I would support this idea. Should probably not go under forums, right? It would be a separate feature like an author's promo platform and should be without comment areas. The author could get maybe 400 words to say anything - similar to a profile page maybe with one picture allowed.

      Just links to authorsites, author's 'book available at' sites, etc. Picture size should be limited so cover files don't take up a lot of room, keeping it uniform. One cover file per book.

      Maybe 400 or so words of description but no lengthy excerpts, just links to excerpts allowed.  Maybe limit links to 4? If an author has more than that they would need to link through one of the 4 allowed links. So an author could link to there hubpage profile, their author site or blog, their publisher's site and one other.

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    The Writers Dogposted 4 years ago

    Hi WSE. As a Hubber a few months away from self publishing her first book, I think it would be a great idea! cool

  3. Tara Anderton profile image60
    Tara Andertonposted 4 years ago

    I think it is an excellent idea!

  4. readytoescape profile image61
    readytoescapeposted 4 years ago

    Kudos WSE, let see if this goes anywhere..

  5. Don Bobbitt profile image92
    Don Bobbittposted 4 years ago

    I like it.  Everybody wants my money to promote what I have published.
    I have three simple books on Amazon and I get light sales for one and only occasional sales on the other two
    .I'm in!

  6. DonnaCSmith profile image84
    DonnaCSmithposted 4 years ago

    I'm in, just look at my profile where you can also find my website link

  7. Cardisa profile image90
    Cardisaposted 4 years ago

    Hi WE, I like the idea. I hope HP does too!

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    Website Examinerposted 4 years ago

    Thanks everyone, for voicing your support for this proposal. Hopefully, others will agree. If it happened, such a new forum would really make things interesting.

  9. Randy Godwin profile image94
    Randy Godwinposted 4 years ago

    Good luck with the idea, WE!  smile


  10. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 4 years ago

    What a good idea smile

    It might help us to reduce the disgusting effects that we directly suffer from as a result of article thieves stealing our work from here and publishing it in E-Books etc. under their own names and payment terms! sad

    Why on that basis alone would it not be embraced? yikes

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent point, Pd. Especially considering the fact that Congress is about to pass a law that says the owner of a patent is first to file not first to create. Copyright law changes won't be far behind. So actually publishing dates, with real front matter, will go a long way to proving first to create and publish.

  11. Glenn Stok profile image97
    Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago

    I think this is a really great idea. I am sure there are a lot of Hubbers who have also published books in addition to their online writing.

    If HubPages feels inclined to go with this idea, I would suggest creating
    a new feature where we can list our books with an Amazon link, and others can add reviews. This would be a win-win for both the authors and for HubPages, because the earnings would work with 60/40 split we already have. After all, HP is providing the platform.

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image92
      Don Bobbittposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Glen, Great idea to provide us with a published book box, and even though I presently use the Amazon link, one that doesn't count as "Self Promotion" or "too many ads", A link that would allow us to have our books available to our fellow Hub writers as you mentioned, would be great.
      The biggest problem with having a book published, is not the writing or even the publishing, but the marketing.
      I would even propose that there be a section in our profile for us to use for our books.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Don, You can mention your book in your HP profile now. I don't see anything against that in the terms of service. I do it.

    2. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Glenn - Do you mean if you're published by Amazon, the link would go to Amazon where those who have purchased the author's book have written reviews? Great idea. But let's not limit it to Amazon, of course. I guess that might be one of the links an author could place in their link allowance.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this


        No, I did not mean to limit it to "published by Amazon."  If you have a book published anywhere, Amazon will carry it. I didn't use Amazon for my book but people order it from them.

        The interesting thing is that if you use an Amazon capsule to show your book, then you get the HP residuals (for your 60%) in addition to your royalties on the book from your publisher.

        1. GmaGoldie profile image88
          GmaGoldieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Glen for us who have never published anything, outside of Amazon what are the top book publishers? I think this forum thread could be richer with a little more information from those who have published a book - such as yourself.

          You are talking about a printed published book not just an ebook, a PDF book - right?

          1. Glenn Stok profile image97
            Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            GmaGoldie, Yes I am talking about an actual printed paperback book. The point I was trying to make is that Amazon lists all books on the market. So you can have your book published by any publisher and Amazon will list it.

            That's why I said you can use an Amazon capsule to place it in your Hubs no matter who is your publisher.

            I can't answer your other question about top book publishers since I never researched any others besides Lulu. Although I just recently read a Hub by Leslie A. Panfil about her Self Publishing Success Story using "Author House."

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    Website Examinerposted 4 years ago

    Thank you all, for such excellent feedback and support. Seems the idea may be even better than I originally imagined. There's much more to this concept than expected.

  13. rmcrayne profile image93
    rmcrayneposted 4 years ago

    I like the idea because I have not yet written an eBook or print book, but am interested in doing so.  I'd love it if we had a forum for this that allowed links to the works, but also allowed hubbers who have written "how to" hubs on writing and publishing eBooks and print books to post links to their helpful hubs.

  14. GmaGoldie profile image88
    GmaGoldieposted 4 years ago

    I LOVE this idea. What a wonderful way to celebrate the achievements of our fellow hubbers and set us apart from the blog world.

  15. kittyjj profile image82
    kittyjjposted 4 years ago

    Great idea!  I am preparing a picture book now.  Hopefully HP will allow us to do that.

  16. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    Good idea. I'd expand it to also include letting us mention our other websites.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this


  17. Rebecca E. profile image86
    Rebecca E.posted 4 years ago

    This is an excellent idea, and I am sure WE you know what you're doing smile

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    Website Examinerposted 4 years ago

    I am very appreciative to anyone who has contributed to the discussion. This seems to be a win-win situation for everyone. Readers will certainly gain from it. And people who have something else to promote will be able to publish an e-book about their business and promote that on this new platform.

  19. Rik Ravado profile image91
    Rik Ravadoposted 3 years ago

    I agree totally and think HubPages would benefit - pity nothing has happened in 12 months!
    I would love to network with fellow Hubbers about ebook authoring - because there is little activity here with regard to ebooks, I've been forced to join forums dedicated to the subject on other sites.

  20. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    Hubpages doesn't allow promotion of website or other products.  So even though I have a score of ebooks for sale, I see no reason why an exception should be made for ebooks.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image97
      Glenn Stokposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      psycheskinner, You can promote your own e-book via an Amazon capsule in a hub. Just make sure it relates to the subject of the hub. I published a book that is available as a paperback and as a Kindle  e-book. I have both listed in Amazon capsules and HubPages never complained about promoting it that way. I never found anything in the terms of service stating that method is not allowed.

      1. psycheskinner profile image82
        psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I am talking about the forums (the subject of the discussion in this thread).  Promoting off site material in the forums is considered spamming in most cases.  Which is just as well, because otherwise the forums would be drowning in self-promotion posts.

        1. Glenn Stok profile image97
          Glenn Stokposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          The reason why it will never be allowed directly in the forums is because HP would not be able to share in the revenue, as they can with Amazon capsules. That's why I suggested that alternative.

          Since this is a free platform, it's only fair that revenue is split between authors and host.

          Keep an eye on the Weekly Topic Inspiration forum. If you ever see a topic that relates to the e-book you wrote, then you can write hub on that topic and include your e-book in an Amazon capsule. Then you can post a link to your hub in that forum. That IS allowed.

          1. psycheskinner profile image82
            psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I think the reason it is not permitted in the forums is to prevent us from being burying under self-promotional posts for all the various products hubbers make.  So I agree with that rule.

  21. LuisEGonzalez profile image80
    LuisEGonzalezposted 3 years ago

    This sounds great. Why not let published authors share their success stories. It may even help HP in the long run as others outside of HP will notice the quality that some hubbers can turn out. I have several E books and would love the opportunity .......................big_smile

  22. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago

    Great idea - there are so many intricacies to promoting a book in the e-publishing era.  It would be wonderful to get support from each other.

  23. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 3 years ago

    Since he first two posters no longer exist, I'm wondering if they were self exiled or banned for presenting this idea. I also wonder how many HP members have turned deleted and idled hubs into e-books. This may be a viable solution for some of us. smile

  24. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    Given that the thread was started a year ago, I see no reason to think they were banned for anything other than the usual reasons.

    IMHO you would need to seriously rework most hubs to get them to work as a book.

    1. Stacie L profile image87
      Stacie Lposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      agreed....I know they would be to be expanded but would make a good foundation to start. Anyone have experience doing this?