What do you think about having an affiliate link to one’s own book on an author’s website? (I’m thinking specifically of Amazon, though I understand there are many other affiliate programs.)
Would I, as an author, be a fool to leave any money on the table? Or is it bad form?
Honestly, I’d like to earn (“earn”) money, any money, but I cringe at the thought of adding the (totally appropriate) disclosure. But maybe that’s letting some antiquated notions get in the way of earning…you know, two bucks. I’ve seen the required affiliate disclosure on many blogs, but only on one of out of the many, many author web sites I’ve looked at. (Maybe I’m missing something!) Does it matter what category one writes it—picture books versus romance, for example?
I may have had some opinions about the FTC's new regulations
but honestly now with all these "influencer driven posts" I think it's a good idea to know who's getting paid to shill for what.
You should check the regulations to see if posting what's essentially a "buy here" link to your own book requires a compliance notice.
It's pretty clear you're not paying for promotion, but what I think is obvious can sometimes elude regulation writers. (On the other hand, makers of hot air guns have to say 'do not use as a hair dryer' cause someone did, so what do I know. Well, I know not to use a hot air gun on my hair!)***
Whether you should have links is a question only you can answer.
The ONLY proviso is you can NOT have only one link to Amazon or BN.
You must have a way for people to buy your book in an indie store.
Speaking of indies:
Several of my authors have made arrangements with the indie near them to be the supplier of autographed copies. The bookstore keeps the inventory; anyone who wants an autographed copy buys it from the store. The store calls author who skedaddles on over, signs and Bob's your uncle.
While my author doesn't make cash directly, it saves on the inevitable, "if I send you books will you sign them and send them back" routine which is a total pain in the asterisk no matter what.
I don't have links to any bookstores in the sidebars of this blog, and I stopped linking to Amazon when I mentioned books in posts, at least most of time. Now I try to link to GoodReads or the publisher's websites which offer many ways to buy the book in question.
This is a personal choice, and NOT reflective of some unspoken industry standard or expectation.
Readers, do you have affiliate links?
Any advice for our OP here?
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