When I released my self-published historical romance A River Between Them last month I decided to experiment with some new ways of marketing. Since I’d never written a historical novel before I had lots of questions about how I should reach a new audience.
Back in May author David Gaughran wrote a short post touting the possible author benefits of using the website NoiseTrade. The site, which was previously only open to music artists, recently opened itself up for authors and publishers.
The way NoiseTrade works is authors (and artists on the music side of things) upload their ebooks, audiobooks or MP3s to NoiseTrade and fans can download said items for free.
Yeah, but what’s in it for me?
There are a few benefits for authors who upload their work to NoiseTrade. The biggest appeal I see is control. As an author I choose how much of my book I want on the site, I can upload an entire book for free, or just a few chapters. And I can change that at any time.
I uploaded a sample of A River Between Them to the website as a way to reach new readers on a “try before you buy” basis. Readers can download a PDF copy of the first 25% of my novel. If they wish to read the rest of the book at the end of the sample, I’ve embedded a link to my website at the end of the PDF. There’s also links to my website and social media profiles on my NoiseTrade profile page.
How does this differ from pirate sites?
Well, for one thing, I’ve elected to have my book on NoiseTrade and I can remove it at any time. Book piracy sites…not so much.
Also, there’s money-making potential for authors using NoiseTrade–albeit small.
Readers can leave artists a tip upon download. Tipping isn’t required, but is suggested by the site (a minimum tip is $1). NoiseTrade pays artists and authors 80% of the amount of tips they’ve received for downloads.
Another benefit to the site is that in exchange for the download readers leave their email address with the knowledge that authors can contact them in the future about new releases, sales, etc in the form of said reader being added to the author’s mailing list.
For me that’s a huge appeal. I’m always looking for ways to grow my quarterly newsletter.
A difference in sales?
I just started using NoiseTrade a couple weeks ago and while it’s impossible to track with 100% certainty, I do believe I’ve seen a correlation between the sample downloads on NoiseTrade and sales of A River Between Them on Amazon and B&N shortly thereafter.
Right now I’m still in wait and see mode, but I’ve been pleased with the site so far and may upload samples of other self-published books in the future.
If you’d like to download the sample of A River Between Them, click here.
Are you an author or an artist that uses NoiseTrade? What has been your experience with the site? Feel free to share in the comments section below.