When I began selling my e-books online, it was with the assumption that I absolutely had to rely on Amazon and other e-book distributors to make money. That was before I thought in terms of starting a creative business.
Not only are there other ways to sell one’s books, but there are all sorts of ways to set up a creative business online of any sort.
Here’s a short list of possibilities:
1. Sell from your website.
At this point, I have the ability to sell my books directly from my website. I have not actively marketed this aspect of my business. But it might be a good idea to start.
Many types of creators are embracing Patreon now. Essentially, it’s like the patronage system, where people who enjoy a creator’s work can make small payments to support that person. You can open an account at Patreon.com.
3. Membership websites.
When you come down to it, this takes the Patreon concept and implements it with a website. Such websites are generally WordPress.org sites. The whole idea is that members pay a recurring fee that allows access to all or parts of the website’s content. Think of Netflix. Your fans pay a monthly fee, and they get access to everything. Or partial access, determined by a fee schedule. On top of which, the website owner has complete control over the platform.
Starting and running such a website does involve some upfront cost, so keep that in mind before you actually do it.
This is a method best used to raise money for discrete projects, such as a book or movie. There are now numerous options when it comes to finding crowdfunding platforms, depending on the type of project you’re trying to finance.
And I’m just naming a few things one can do that don’t involve any online book retailer.
So … what stops people from doing these things more often? I’d say the biggest obstacle is fear. Namely, fear of failure.
Having said that, I’d like you to consider the successes achieved by online entrepreneurs featured in a documentary I recently reviewed called Generation Freedom. Here’s my review of the film.
If you’d like to find out more about the possibilities when it comes to setting up a successful online business, just click here to get a series of free videos that spell out what it takes. But click that link soon, because I need to know by no later than July 7.
I myself have purchased a copy of Generation Freedom, and I look forward to re-watching it.
Finally, here’s a video review of a book that all creatives who want to succeed should read!