It’s unlikely that you’ve missed the fact that having an online presence is absolutely essential if you’re looking to sell your books, but we figured it made sense to start with that oft-repeated fact. Aside from social media, it’s also handy for authors to have a website.
The former is great for building your brand, promoting your books, and selling them to your existing audience. A website, however, when built correctly, can draw in a lot of fresh organic traffic and convert that into new readers. Having your own website is also a great way to sell your books, either directly from your own stock or via our widgets. This method of selling your book nets you the highest royalties (generally 2-4 times more than other sales channels!) which is of course a huge benefit. It’s also just a good idea to be findable in as many different places as possible.
What if an author website isn’t an option for you though? Funds, skills, or time might be factors that make a website an impossibility for some people. We decided to remedy this by creating a free author webshop that you can activate with a few clicks.
Is the author webshop something for you?
If you’ve read this far but still don’t feel like you have a clear idea whether the author webshop is something that you’re interested in, let us lay it all out for you.
The author webshop is not:
- A replacement for a full-fledged, customizable author website
- A place where you can post custom content and interact with your readers
- A guarantee for traffic and/or sales
What the author webshop is
- A personalized space to sell your books directly to readers via print-on-demand
- A sales channel that offers the highest possible margins
- Accessible directly through search engines
- Free to use and hosted by Bookmundo
Making the best use of your author webshop
The main takeaway here is that while having an author webshop is not a guarantor for book sales, it can be a powerful tool to boost them if used right. As mentioned, selling books via your author webshop nets you the same high margins that you’d get by selling through the Bookmundo store, but in a more focused, personalized environment.
By encouraging people to buy your book via the author webshop instead of third parties like Amazon, you can make up to 3 times more money per sold copy. Unless you make a concentrated effort to steer people towards it, however, chances are most readers will choose to buy your book in places they’re familiar with.
Will the author webshop help me sell more books?
While we can’t guarantee that using the author webshop will help you sell more books, it will net you the highest possible margins for each sale. This means you won’t have to sell as many books via the author webshop as you would via a third party to make the same amount of money. The trick is to direct your customers to your author webshop instead of letting them buy your books via stores like Amazon, for instance. Explore our sales channels page to learn more about this.
Can I change the info I put on my page afterward?
Absolutely, you can edit any info at any time.
What if I change my mind about my webshop and want to delete it?
That is also possible. You can always select the “I don’t want a webshop” option on the webshop screen, and it will be deactivated.
Why can’t I add more content or customization to the webshop?
At the moment, the webshop is kept quite minimalist in order to keep everything running smoothly. We are working on implementing new customization features down the road, however, so keep an eye out!
I already have a website, how do I sell my books from there?
If you already have an author website of your own but want to get the same high margins that our webshop offers, you can make use of our widgets. These are customizable buy buttons that you can place on your website. When people buy your books via these widgets you’ll earn the same high royalties that you would in our shop.
Alternatively, you can of course simply add a link or button to the author webshop anywhere you like on your own site.