FAQs

Readers

I’m a reader. How do I get my free and discounted books?
That’s easy! Simply sign up here, tell us which genres you’re into, and you’ll start receiving your free and discounted books when the next promotion goes out.

Where can I read my books?
Anywhere you like! We provide links for all the major bookstores including Amazon and Kobo, so you can download your books to a device that suits you – whether your ereader device, computer, or via a store’s app.

Authors

How do I submit my book for promotion?
You can submit your free or discounted book for promotion here. Note: at present, you can only submit one book at a time. Submitting a second book will override the first!

How do I upload a second book?
At the time of writing, you can only submit one book to Hello Books at a time. Uploading a second book will override the previous one, so be careful! Only upload a new book once your previous promotion has finished, or if you’ve been notified that your previous application was unsuccessful.

When will I be notified if my application is successful?
While we know it’s not ideal, we’re not notifying unsuccessful applicants at the moment although that will change as we continue to build our team. Please be patient.

Can I submit a box set?
If it’s sold on Amazon as a single product (i.e. a collection, box set or omnibus edition), then yes! We also consider novellas.

What price does my book need to be?
There are no restrictions on price. However, we find that books set either to free or 99 cents tend to receive the most downloads. It’s worth making your book as competitive as possible against the other books sent out in the weekly email.

If I have multiple pen names, can I submit a book for each?
Yes! Each pen name can submit a different book for promotion, but please make sure to use a different email address for each pen name. This helps avoid one submission from cancelling out another.

Do you accept/promote books in languages other than English?
Not at the moment, but it’s something we’ll consider going forward.

Is it possible to change the date of my promotion?
It is not currently possible to choose or change your specific promotion slot. If successful, your book will be allocated a slot and payment will be requested. If the slot doesn’t work for you, simply do not pay the fee. Your slot will be cancelled and you can reapply at a later date.

How much does a Hello Books promotion cost?
At the time of launch, a Hello Books promotion costs only $25. As our audiences grow in size and our promotions become even more effective, this price will also increase.

Why do I need to include Comparison Authors when submitting a book?
We use these comparison authors when building our audience lists and when advertising your book promotion on Facebook. This allows us to send your book to the readers who are most interested in downloading it and ensures our audience lists are even more finely-targeted in the future. Don’t worry – nobody outside of the Hello Books team will ever see which authors you write down!

Can I promote books that aren’t on Amazon?
Right now, we only promote books on Amazon. As most authors are published on Amazon (whether exclusive or wide), this is the best place to start – we will look into expanding our links to include other marketplaces in the future.

Which genres are you accepting books in?
At the moment our audiences are fairly broad – as time goes on and our subscriber count grows, we’ll offer promotions that are even more targeted in regard to sub-categories. For now, the eight main promotion categories are:

Mysteries, Thriller & Action
Romance
Erotic Romance
Fiction
LGBTQ
Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Horror
Teen & Young Adult
Non-Fiction

If my book is unsuccessful, can I apply again?
Absolutely! Feel free to resubmit your book as soon as you like.

My book has already been promoted by Hello Books – can I submit it for another promotion?
Yes, but we recommend that you only submit a book 90 days after a previous promotion.

How big are your lists?
They are small at the moment. Our focus at the moment is social media advertising and cross promotion, although that will change as the lists grow.

How are you promoting the books?
The entirety of your $15 fee is spent on social media advertising, together with a similar amount from us. Additionally, we are encouraging authors to share the promotions with their own fans (either by way of email or social media channels, or both). Promotional slots are exceptionally good value as we get the service up and running.

Why should I share the promotion with my fans?
If each author shares the promotion in which they feature, all of the authors in that promotion will benefit. For example, if each author has 100 fans, and each author shares the promotion, then 500 readers will see the deals and many will take advantage of them. Combine that with the extensive social media campaign that we will run on your behalf and we believe that each promotion will have wide-ranging reach. If you do share the deal, please send us evidence at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will give you a discount for your next promotion.