Walkthrough for Self-Published Authors: Creating and Selling a Bundle of Ebooks on Leanpub
In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to make a bundle of your published Leanpub books, and put it up for sale in our bookstore.
Selling books in bundles is a great way to offer readers an overall discount, and also to team up with other authors who have written books on similar topics (yes, you can create bundles with books by other authors!).
It’s a long tutorial because there are a lot of screenshots, but the process is actually pretty simple! After you’ve done it once, you’ll see you can create a bundle in just a couple of minutes.
Please note: This tutorial assumes you have already published a Leanpub book or books. If you’re just getting started on your first Leanpub book, please go here: http://help.leanpub.com/en/articles/3088382-quick-walkthroughs-for-getting-started-on-a-leanpub-book
To begin, make sure you are signed in to your Leanpub account, and go to the Leanpub homepage:
Click on the menu icon at the top right:
Click on “Author” to enter the Author menu:
This will take you to the section of Leanpub where you manage all your bundles:
To create a new bundle, click the “create a new bundle” link:
This will take you to the page where you create your bundle:
Enter a name for your bundle:
Next, enter a URL for your bundle. One will be suggested for you automatically, but you can type in your own.
Next, you need to set a price for your bundle. You can change this price at any time, and you can even create unique coupons at any time if you want to offer discounts.
You can type in a different price than the suggested price of $4.99. In this example, we have set the price to $9.99, but you can go as high as $500.00:
Next, we recommend you enter a “Maximum Leanpub Discount %” number. This will give Leanpub permission to include your bundle in various promotions, such as our weekly sale newsletter. You don’t have to do this, though!
Next, enter some helpful information about your bundle, which will appear on the bundle’s landing page in the Leanpub bookstore (you can change this any time):
Next, scroll down and click the blue “Create Bundle” button:
This will take you to the “Getting Started” page for your new bundle, with some helpful links and information:
OK, now you’re ready to add books to your bundle! In this case, we are creating a bundle of a user’s own books; we’ll show you how you can invite other authors to add their books to your bundle at the end of this tutorial.
To start adding books to your bundle, click on “Books” in the horizontal menu at the top:
This will take you to the page where you can add books to your bundle:
Click the “Add a Book” button:
Under “BOOK URL”, enter the URL “slug” for the first book you want to add to the bundle:
Next, make sure to assign the correct “Royalty %” to the book. In this case, all the books belong to the same author, so it doesn’t really matter, as just one author will be getting 100% of the royalties from sales of the bundle. But if you are adding a book that belongs to another author, you are going to want to be careful selecting the appropriate royalty percentage.
Here, we’re making a bundle of two books, so we’ll just leave the “ROYALTY %” set to 50%
Next, click the “Add Book to Bundle” button:
You will now see the book has been added to the bundle:
Next, let’s add another book. Click the “Add a Book” button again:
Add a new book to the bundle by following the steps for adding a book again.
Here is what the page will look like after you add a second book to the bundle:
After you have added all of the books you want to include in the bundle, click the “Propose Bundle” button at the bottom of the page:
You’ll see a popup asking you to confirm your bundle proposal:
This will “propose” the bundle to the primary author of each book included in the bundle, and you will go to the Overview page for the bundle:
We recommend you bookmark this page in your browser, in a bookmark folder where you keep links to all your Leanpub books, courses, and bundles.
If you are only adding your own books to your bundle, at this point, you’re done! The bundle will appear in our bookstore and on your profile.
If you have invited other authors to add their books, to your bundle, they will receive an email with a request to join the bundle, with the option to accept or decline.
They will can also accept the invitation in their Leanpub account. Here is a link you can provide them with, if they ask: http://help.leanpub.com/en/articles/3288041-how-to-accept-an-invitation-to-include-your-book-in-a-proposed-leanpub-bundle.
Once all invited authors have accepted their bundle invitations, the bundle will be published.
As we mentioned above, published bundles appear both in the bookstore and on your profile page.
To see what the bundle looks like in the Leanpub store, click on the bundle title at the top left, or the “View Landing Page” link in the menu at the right:
The bundle will now appear under your published bundles here http://leanpub.next/author_dashboard/bundles/published:
Here’s an example of what a bundle landing page looks like:
OK, you’re done setting up your bundle! Thank you for your time and attention! If you’ve noticed any issues please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.