Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Using Gumroad For Short Story Episodes

A little while back I mentioned in a post (and possibly in my email newsletter) that I was thinking of using Gumroad to sell episodes of my upcoming short story series, The LZR Project. After reviewing the fine print of their website, I've decided this is definitely the route I am going to be taking once The LZR Project is ready to release - which should be sometime next month.

Here are some of the awesome things I am looking forward to taking advantage of with Gumroad - 


Royalties
As far as payment goes, Gumroad only takes 5% + 25¢ per transaction. There are no setup or monthly fees, and payment is every other Friday for all sales up to the previous Friday. They also allow direct deposit into your bank account.

File Formats
Gumroad allows creatives the ability to post their work for sale on their website, but the service of Gumroad goes far beyond just offering up a display case for your creative talents. Gumroad allows you to post almost any file format - including these ebook file format: ePub, iBook, Plain text, PDF, HTML and .MOBI

Subscriptions
Gumroad allows your customers to subscribe to your content - such as weekly short story episodes - and once new content is released, Gumroad allows you to email that new content to your subscriber. This allows your readers (customers) to sign up for a subscription and then just sit back and grab that latest episode from their email inbox without having to go to the website and purchase each episode every single week.

Pre-Orders
Gumroad enables you to setup a pre-order of a particular upcoming project. Once that product is released, Gumroad charges your customer and then automatically sends them the item that was pre-ordered.

I am really looking forward to using Gumroad for the release of The LZR Project. I will blog on my experience with them after I have released a few episodes, and if all goes well then I may be using them for future projects.

3 comments:

R. Mac Wheeler said...

hm First I've heard of gumroad

I look forward to hearing about your experience.

There are so many outlets. I've not even bothered yet with the apple store (I procrastinate)

wish you luck

(by the way...I recommend ditching the robot validation. I rarely leave comments on blogs that use them)

Anonymous said...

Would like to hear your progress on this. Have you also used other services, like Sellfy? One thing that strikes me about Gumroad is that they don't accept Paypal. This is just sad. My customers use paypal all the time, so it makes sense to accept payments this way. Anyway, would love to see a comparison between the services or something.

David N. Alderman said...

I've never heard of Sellfy (but will check it out when I get the chance), and I'll post an update as to my experience with Gumroad soon.