Authors' FAQ

How to publish a book

 

 

Commercial status. Start selling on Booknet.

  Co-authorship. Creating a co-authored book

   Promotion from Booknet

   Promotion through outside resources

   Blogs and guidelines

   Subscribing to drafts

   Contests

   Following an author

 

Commercial status. Start selling on Booknet.

On Booknet authors can not only share their original stories for free, but also get paid for them and the most exciting thing is that they don’t lose their author’s rights! Booknet is not a bookstore, but a social media where writers and readers can interact. 

 

What does Booknet offer?

 

Booknet offers 80% royalty for completed exclusive books and 70% royalty for other types of sales. You can choose the type of sales according to your preference, exclusive or non-exclusive. Additionally, get 5% from all the purchases or $50 for inviting new authors to Booknet by using our Affiliate programs

 

What are the benefits of signing your story exclusively with Booknet?

 

Booknet highly values the author's work and offers 80% royalty,  the highest royalty share on the market in case of completed books and 70% royalty in case of ongoing books sales.

Additionally, every author will be able to submit their own banner to get the biggest exposure of your work on the site and have an opportunity to be featured on Booknet recommends section. If your story shows good sales results, Booknet will promote it on Facebook or Google via paid ads. All the advertising made by Booknet is totally free for the author and won’t be discounted from the author’s royalty!

Also, exclusive authors can make promocode raffles and discounts for their books. With more sold books you will be able to raffle more promo codes!


 

How long does the exclusive period last?

 

Another awesome thing about Booknet is that the minimum exclusive sales period lasts only 90 days! You won’t lose your digital book sales license for years and will be able to cancel the contract in 90 days, change it to non-exclusive or hide the book on the site with access available only to the buyers! Plus, when you sign an exclusive contract with Booknet you can still sell your book in paperback, audiobook or translate it into another language. Booknet will own only an exclusive digital license! If the story is ongoing, you can change its exclusivity as soon as you finish the book.

 

Can I sell an ongoing book?

 

Absolutely! Sales of ongoing books are called “Bookscription”. Bookscription is when a user pays once for all the published chapters and future updates. Authors can upload their books while they are still being written. Booknet understands that writing requires time, therefore authors will need to update their stories with at least 20, 000 characters per week to be able to sell their ongoing books and they will have 120 days to finish their books. The best period is from 40 to 60 days.

 

When does Booknet make payments?

 

Booknet makes monthly payments to PayPal or Payoneer accounts. All the payments are made till day 20 of the next month. For example, till April 20 you’ll receive royalty from sales made during March.

 

How to become a commercial author on Booknet?

 

Booknet asks every author to meet the following requirements:

 

  • publish one free book with min. 240, 000 characters

  • 100 followers on Booknet

  • 80 regular readers on Booknet .

 

a free book: permits an author to get readership on Booknet and get the needed amount of followers. One free book can probably give you hundreds of potential buyers for your paid works!

100 followers: the minimum amount of people that are ready to read and probably buy your future works.

80 regular readers: users that come back to read your updates.

 

Start publishing an ongoing book, make regular updates, interact with your readers and remind them to follow your account on Booknet and you’ll meet all these criteria in no time! If you already have your readership, then invite them to follow you on Booknet to meet the criteria quicker. Don’t use follow for follow method as these users won’t probably buy your books.

 

After you meet these requirements, go to the desktop version of Booknet, press “Commercial account” button in your profile and fill in the form.

 

How to fill in the form? 

Fill in the requested data correctly and indicate only real data. Submit a photo of your document in a good quality. If it is an ID that has text on the back side too, then make photos of both sides of the document, place them in one image. In the address field indicate your full address in this order: City/village, state/province/region depending on your country, street, house number, apartment (if any), postal code (if there is no postal code, write no postal code in my country).

Then you will get access to all the documents that you will need to sign one by one.

 

What to do if I don’t have a finished book but want to become a commercial author on Booknet?

 

Participate in our contests where we offer an advance payment.

Check out the available contests on this page: https://booknet.com/en/contests

 

What are the criteria to sell an ongoing book?

 

  • The book should be originally yours and not have been published earlier in full on any site.

  • Publish at least 40, 000 characters and less than 200, 000 characters before applying for bookscription, at least 3 chapters of your book  and get 100 regular readers. Regular everyday updates will help you!

  • Apply for sale by pressing Start selling on the book’s page.

  • Make regular updates with minimum 20, 000 characters per week.

  • Finish the book within 120 days from the start of bookscription with 300, 000 characters or more.

 

Start getting royalty immediately! Note that if readers use the free reload option, you will still get your royalty from every purchase. 

 

What are the criteria to sell a completed book?

 

  • The book should not contain copyright materials (song lyrics, images, poems, etc.) if you have no authorization from the copyright owner to use them.

 

  • The book should contain only the plot of the story, there should not be any author's announcements, notes, comments that are not concerned with the plot nor mentions of your social media or any other publishing site. (For example, asking for follows, likes or comments about updates).

 

  • The book should not contain any content that goes against the rules of Booknet and stories that have mature content should be marked as 18+.

 

When you edit the book, you can apply for the sale by pressing "Start selling" on the book's page after the contract for completed sales is accepted.

 

Note: All stories should be originally yours. Plagiarism or prohibited content won’t be accepted and will be blocked on the site.

 

Do you have more questions about the Commercial status and sales? 

Contact commerce_en@booknet.com

 

Want to become an acquisition editor? Contact chief_editor@booknet.com 

Co-authorship. Creating a co-authored book

When creating a co-authorship book, the authors' roles are distributed as follows:

  • Author-1 - the creator of the book. Author-1 creates a co-authored book just as she or he would with a regular book.
  • Author-2 - the author who joins. Author-2 applies for co-authorship on this book.

One book can’t have more than two co-authors.

Only Author-1 can edit, delete, and perform other actions with a co-authored book.
Author-2 has access to advanced reading statistics of a book.
Readers can see a co-authored book on the pages of both co-authors.
Both co-authors’ names are visible in the book feed and on the book’s page.

Submission and acceptance of co-authorship application 


To submit an application for co-authorship, you must go to the My novels (My Works) section and click on the Co-authorship button. After that, the book search form will open. In this form, you must enter the ID of the book you wish to be the co-author of.
The book ID is the numbers at the end of the address line of the webpage of the book:

 

After that, you must use the Find button and the Submit button. A click on the button sends a request for co-authorship to Author-1.
Author-1 sees a request for co-authorship in the form of a standard notification from the Administration. This notification contains information about the book, the nickname of the applicant,  and the button to either confirm or reject co-authorship.
Using those,  Author-1 can either confirm or reject the application for co-authorship.
If Author-1 rejects co-authorship, Author-2 may re-apply. If Author-1 confirms co-authorship, the names of both co-authors become visible to users on the page of the co-authored book and in the feeds. The co-authored book is also visible on the pages of both authors.

Attention! Important:
Author-1 is the one who submits
In the event of a complaint from  Author-1 about the unlawful filing of an application for co-authorship, the account of Author-2 may be blocked by the administration to clarify the circumstances.
After accepting the application for co-authorship, Author-1 will not be able to cancel it, change, or delete the co-author.application to start selling the book.
Booknet does not assume any obligations for the audit of co-authorship rights and does not act as an arbitrator in case of any quarrels between the co-authors. Responsibility for sent and accepted Applications for co-authorship lies solely with the authors.

Promotion from Booknet

Booknet daily advertises its authors through social media and major search engines. Our promotion materials include not only commercial authors but also those who do not sell their books on the site yet. If you noticed a drastic increase in the number of readers of one of your books, then it is likely that our advertising manager has included it in our promotion.
You can read more about advertising displays here:   

Promotion through outside resources

Authors can arrange paid or free advertising through third-party resources, social media, or websites. We like to advise that in this case, it makes more sense to advertise the book among the readers of the book’s genre. Otherwise (with a wider sample), the percentage of people reading the book after clicking on the advertisement drops.
Important! Try to structure your advertisement in a way that leads the readers to the book’s page on Booknet, and not to the first page of the text of the book. Experience shows that the percentage of so-called "refusals" is noticeably higher when directed to the text page, and not the book’s page with the cover and the abstract.

Blogs and guidelines

Booknet’s blogs are intended to help authors communicate with their readers. Each of the author’s followers receives notification when a new entry in her or his blog appears. You can use blogs to make announcements, talk about your creative plans, schedule reader meetings, announce coupon giveaways, print book releases, and other events related to your work.
Blog entries can be created by users with "author" status.
Site blogs are not intended for:
- discussions of other electronic publishers and resources;
- announcements and descriptions of events, contests, and their publications on other online sites;
- direct discussion of other authors
- discussions of the site’s technical issues (there’s a feedback form for this purpose, please use it), moderation actions, and site administration;


All these topics are not interesting to readers, and blogs are created to connect the authors with them.
In the case these topics are discussed, the administration will limit your ability to create blogs for 7 days, in case of a repeated violation, this restriction will become permanent. The same goes for comments.
Dear writers! Blogs do not restrict you from reviewing other author’s books. But if these reviews become related to those authors’ personal traits, they can be deleted by the administration.

Subscribing to drafts

We offer our bookscription service to both published and unpublished writers. Only adults can open a paid bookscription. Bookscriptions are only open to works that haven’t been published elsewhere in full. Preference is given to unfinished works that the authors are working on at the moment. We want to note that "book by bookscription" is a novel that the author publishes gradually as and when they write it. On average, a bookscription lasts 2-3 months. As soon as the book is published in full, its bookscription period is over. After that, authors can sell the same novel as a complete book.
To open a bookscription, you need to publish at least one free book on Booknet.  It has to be at least 240 thousand characters long, with spaces. In addition, you have to have at least 100 followers. After that, you can open a bookscription to your new story. To do that you need to send us an application by clicking on the appropriate button on your author page.
Bookscription open after individual consideration and the Administration reserves the right to refuse the author to open one.
If you have a paid subscription, then readers can freely read those parts of the book that you choose to publish for free. Your readers will have to pay once to read the rest of the text. Authors can make any number of parts of the subscription book free, but not more than 160 thousand characters with spaces. Authors will receive detailed subscription instructions after his or her application is accepted.

Contests

We constantly hold various literary contests with inspiring valuable prizes.  Any author can submit his or her novel to the contest by accessing the contest page. Submitted works are moderated for compliance with the theme of the contest. Participating in contests always helps to attract new readers to the book.

Following an author

Ask your readers to follow you (there’s a “Follow” button on every author’s page). Those readers who follow you will automatically receive notifications about your new book and blog updates.

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