This document contains and ongoing collection of ideas that you, as an author, might want to incorporate into your HostingAuthors.com website. Not all of them will apply to you, but many will. If you have other ideas not listed in this document, feel free to add them to the comments below. They will be appreciated!
The following is a summary of the ideas that we will eventually get to posting details about each, but if you are comfortable with the Tools, you can probably figure out how to do these:
Allow Prospective Readers to Download a Chapter or Two of your Book
Giving away a portion of your ebook is commonplace now, and expected. All the major ebook retailers do it. Usually a .pdf of a chapter or two will suffice. To do this:
1) Upload your sample book in your resource libary in your Relationship Manager.
2) In the resource list (after the file uploads), edit the resource and add a user-friendly name, and select if you want anyone to be able to download the sample file (suggeted). You can also make it registered users only.
3) If you right-click on the filename, you will see the option to copy the URL. This is the download URL of the sample file that you can link anywhere on your website.
4) Click the "Save Updates Only" button at the bottom of the page.
Note: Another option is to make users register for your e-mail list to get the sample file, and just attach the sample file to the new registration e-mail. This is risky, because most people won't bother doing this, but some might.