I “met” author and technical writer Sherry Snider in a Facebook group for self-published authors, where she invited me to join a group she started, “What do ebook authors sign?” The subject is related to her book titled, not surprisingly, What Do Ebook Authors Sign? Sherry admits that she might be “a little overly consumed with the details of all-things-book-signing,” and that she’s partial to e-book signings because she loves the “undo” feature. Learn more about Sherry on her website.
Send review copies through Facebook
By Sherry Snider
Social media is a wonderful tool, but until recently, it really didn’t hit me how much authors have come to rely on social media as a means of communication.
After a recent online discussion, I sent a private message to a Facebook friend and offered a free review copy of one of my Kindle e-books. (I don’t send review copies without asking first. That’s just spammy.)
When my friend responded that she would like a review copy, my first instinct was to send an e-mail with the e-book attached. I could have just e-mailed my Kindle book file to this Facebook friend because I had her address, but I realized it would be faster just to send the file through a private message on Facebook since that’s where we were already corresponding.
But what if I didn’t have an e-mail address for my Facebook friend? I’ve actually developed many personal and professional relationships through social media, but I’ve never met some of them face to face . . . and folks are cautious about sharing e-mail addresses. I know I am.
Simple solution and a new method of sending review copies
Since some websites limit the types of files allowed, I wasn’t sure if Facebook with play nicely with a Kindle mobi file attachment, but it worked well.
It’s really no different than attaching an e-book file (.mobi, .epub, or .pdf) to an e-mail, but you might need to skip a Facebook shortcut.
1. Open “Messages” (the double chat balloon icon) and click the link for “See All.” (See below.)
NOTE: Don’t just open “Messages” and click “Send New Message.” That opens a shortcut box for a quick message. You want the full message window that allows you to attach files.
2. Either select a message thread you’ve already started with your Facebook friend or click “+ New Message” to start a new private message with a friend.
3. Type your message, then click the paperclip icon to “Add Files.” Browse to the .mobi, .epub, or .pdf file of the e-book you’d like to attach. Repeat this step if you’d like to attach more than one version.
4. Click the “Reply” button to send your message with the attached e-book file(s).
That’s it. Sending review copies through Facebook private messages is just as simple as sending them by e-mail, and no one has to share an e-mail address (author or reviewer).
Final tip: Before sending a review copy whether by Facebook or e-mail, ask the recipient which format they’d prefer. That way, you’re delivering what you know they can read.
If you have both print and e-book versions, which one do you send out for review?
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