Friday, December 10, 2010

Sharing with Writers Subscribers, Google has officially announced its new sales program for e-books. I see some advantages here if you hurry to get in on the furor.

1. There will be lots of publicity surrounding Google's e-book program launch.
2. The amount of competition on any given topic at the Google e-book site will be limited--at least at first.

The disadvantages are, of course, that I can't tell you how well it works, how fast they pay. etc. If you decide to use this program, please come back to this blog and let us know your take on all the details!

Here is the letter I received from Google. You notice that I am already a "partner" and have been since that program was announced years ago.  If you are not already part of the program, the process will be different for you.

Dear Partner,
We're thrilled to announce the launch of Google eBooks. While Google Books allows users to find and preview your content, with Google eBooks they'll now be able to buy and read it online. You can take a look at our Google eBookstore to browse through the books we're already selling on the behalf of thousands of publishers:

We would like to invite you to join them by including your books so that readers can discover and buy them -- earning you additional exposure and revenue. Our contract is non-exclusive, so you won't be limited to selling ebooks only through us, and you'll reach users who want new choices in how they access ebooks. To start selling Google eBooks, sign in to your Partner Program account and visit the 'Google Editions' tab at:

You'll be asked to agree to an addendum to the Google Books Terms of Service. Once done, you'll be able to start entering settings for books you've already submitted for display in Google Books. You can find information on getting started in our Help Center:

We're also happy to answer any questions. We hope to see your books available soon in Google eBooks.

The Google Books Team

-----Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog:

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