We’re really excited about the new featured collections pane we’re working on. It serves two purposes:
people who are promoting get some possible sources to work with
designers have a way to reach affiliates who might not otherwise see their work
In the image above you can see an entry in the pane. It’s made up of a 240 character (or shorter) description and has a collection image on the right. The image used is one of the landscape ones available via the collection page sharer button.
ℹ️ Here’s a good point to note about the descriptions – they’re targeted at the affiliate and not the end buyer. This means that using the description as-is from the collection is no good, not without modifying the language to aim it at the affiliate first.
To drum up awareness and to get some initial collections to use, we’ve dropped off a race-style competition on the Zazzle forum (Basic ProDesigners and above ony). The first nine to finish will each get one of their collections featured.
In addition to being able to publish your Zebookfreec ebook on Amazon and ManyBooks, we’ve tested Google Books and they’re good, too. You get a double whammy with them because publishing on Google Books automatically makes them available in Google Play.
Remember, you have to own the copyright on the entire content to publish in each of those places.
Zazzlers who are traditional or digital artists should prove popular. We’ve had 38 downloads of mine on ManyBooks in 4 weeks.
The reason we’re so happy about those 38 (and slowly climbing) downloads is that because the downloaders like my b/w photography, they could end up showing it to a few similar-minded friends. They might actually pass on a copy (yaay!) or (still yaay!) let their friends scan the QRCode on the back page with their mobile phone app. Each one of those actions is an opportunity for a sale or, at the very least, the placing of a referral cookie in the browsers of those friends.
When I get lucky and get a referral, I’ll know because each ebook gets its own unique tracking code and I’ll see that in my Referral History Report. I’m expecting a time lag of around three months-ish because that seems to be how long these things take for me.
One thing’s for sure, they’ll get lots of fun flicking the pages with you and stopping on their favorites. They’ll remember the fun times and that’ll maybe help you make up a spur-of-the-moment story to turn them even more into a sleepy-head.
What’s even better is you can easily get one of the collectible posters they love the most for their bedroom wall. All are supplied by the official merchandise store for the franchise, so you get peace of mind and can rest easy.