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Thursday, September 15, 2011

We Sell Your Ebooks - A New Service for Self-Publishing Authors

I recently heard about a new service that I thought might be of interest to some readers of this blog - especially those who have bought my guide The 10-Day Ebook.

We Sell Your Ebooks has been set up by Harvey Segal. It's designed for people who would like to publish an ebook on the popular electronic publishing platform ClickBank (as discussed in The 10-Day Ebook), but are put off by the technical aspects of setting up a pitch page and thank-you page.

We Sell Your Ebooks acts as a kind of marriage bureau between ebook authors and publishers who are willing to take on the task of registering ebooks with ClickBank and setting up sales pages for them. If a publisher likes the look of your ebook, they will either offer you a fixed fee for the right to publish it, or alternatively agree to split the proceeds from sales.

For an author who wants to concentrate on writing and not get too involved with technical matters, this arrangement appears to have a lot to recommend it. It's completely free to list your ebook, and you are not under any obligation to accept any of the offers you receive.

On the other side of the coin, if you've already had one or more titles published on ClickBank, you could apply to become one of their listed publishers. You can then browse the titles submitted by authors and make offers on any that you think could sell well and make money for you.

We Sell Your Ebooks has only just been launched, and the site lacks a few bells and whistles yet (even the ebook submission system isn't fully operational yet - you have to use the Helpdesk instead). But, as mentioned, it's run by Harvey Segal, a guy whose track record as a ClickBank expert is second to none - so it should definitely be taken seriously. Just check out Harvey's Supertips website, which has lots of guides to publishing and selling on ClickBank, many available for free.

For more information about We Sell Your Ebooks, just click on any of the links in this post, and follow the instructions to submit an e-book for consideration by their panel of publishers.

Finally, I should mention that the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through to We Sell Your Ebooks and end up getting your e-book published this way, I will receive a commission. This will come from the fee paid by the publisher to launch your ebook on ClickBank and (in some cases) from ClickBank's markup on sales of your ebook. In no case will any money come out of your pocket. This does, however, mean that I will have an incentive to help promote your title, so please do let me know if you go ahead with this.

Happy ebook writing!

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Anonymous Jacqueline Pye said...

Thanks for this post, Nick. Reflects what I'm thinking about at present (for a book nearly finished). Hope you get lots of successful link-clicks.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Jacqueline. If I end up making any commissions it will be nice, but mostly I felt that this was a service many of my readers might want to check out. For non-fiction/how-to books in particular, ClickBank offers potentially much higher returns than Kindle.

2:19 PM  
Blogger sloanwriter said...

Hi Nick, I eventually withdrew my book from clickbank as it was not making many sales from, it could have been from my sales page not being strong enough. When I get around to publishing the next edition and future books, this might be a service worth using. We are not all brillant copy writers such as yourself. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention. Retweeted for you. Lesley.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Lesley. You're right that, other things being equal, you should end up with a more professional-looking sales page if you go with an experienced ClickBank publisher. Of course, if you were looking to share the proceeds with the publisher (rather than accept a lump sum from them), you would want to check other examples of their work before signing up with them.

Good luck with all your own writing projects, by the way.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Twisties34 said...

Just wondering about this bit in your post "You can then browse the titles submitted by authors and make offers on any that you think could sell well and make money for you."
Does that mean you can actually buy the copyrights to other authors works and sell them as your own?

1:17 PM  
Blogger Twisties34 said...

Just wondering about this bit in your post. "You can then browse the titles submitted by authors and make offers on any that you think could sell well and make money for you."

Sorry, its late and I may not be understanding it. But it sounds as if you can sell books by other authors as your own?

1:18 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for the query. It would be up to the author and publisher to agree terms - We Sell Your Ebooks simply act as intermediaries. So, yes, you could sell the copyright in your e-book for a lump sum if you wish - or you could just allow the publisher to publish your book on ClickBank and divide the profits between you.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

And yes, from a publisher's angle, if an author is willing to sell you all rights in their e-book, then you could sell it under your own name if you chose.

I think it's unlikely most authors would want to do this, for obvious reasons, but if a big enough fee was offered, an author might feel it was sufficient recompense to part with their copyright.

It's all down to negotiation, really...

2:19 PM  
Blogger Chinedum Azuh said...

Thanks For The Information! I have acted on the information. The book I submitted is entitled "There is Money in Your House".

2:59 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Good luck! I hope you get an offer on your book.

6:24 PM  

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