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  Second idea, and the one I'd favor more, is allow for a subscription fee and for us to be able to add our own affiliate IDs for a chance to make this a potential revenue stream. 

I wouldn't be able to afford to pay because I don't earn enough, and the exchange rate would make it very expensive  :'(. I also don't have an affiliate link on my website 

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I have my Amazon ID on this so theoretically I can generate some revenue from it, if and when books are sold. So, in some respects, it's a good motivation. But to be honest I don't need to make anything out of this for a while as I have access to lots of fancy servers that can handle the traffic. (it's the day job).

I'm more interested in developing something that's a win / win for Indie Authors. Being one myself I know how difficult it can be to get our books out there. It seems there is a quantum jump from starting out with one or two books to getting to a point where we can get some reasonable sales. Something like this could help along the way. I also like the idea that it's Authors helping other Authors, pooling our own resources, one web page at a time.

There is a saying (I thinks it's from Cloud Atlas) it goes something like 'Your own efforts are but a drop in the ocean. But what is an ocean only a great many drops.'  ;)


Thank you SO much  :-*. Very generous of you (or as they say now, 'super' generous)

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Thank you for creating this, I love the idea and hope it helps everyone. I plan to install a new theme on my site this weekend to make it mobile-friendly and will try to give the code a more visible place to sit in the new design, since right now it's at the bottom.
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I've signed up, and dropped the book block on my Blog page, but the first books that showed up were not Fantasy book as I had selected.

One was a Mystery and the other Romance.  Hopefully the authors of those books simply selected an incorrect category, and this was not a problem with the system.

Right now, I don't believe Gerald has it selecting books by category, because there weren't enough books in the system yet, so yes, you're going to get a totally random selection.

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Awesome idea! But I'm having the same WordPress issue as others here. I pasted the code into the Text widget but it just converts into a link, not a widget with covers. Can anyone post a solution? Thanks!!

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Awesome idea! But I'm having the same WordPress issue as others here. I pasted the code into the Text widget but it just converts into a link, not a widget with covers. Can anyone post a solution? Thanks!!

I'm no pro at Wordpress, but I wondered why it worked for me and not you, so I went to look at your site. When you look at the source code, the text widget appears to be embedded within a set of html tags called an "aside", while mine is not. I'm guessing this has to do with your theme. I've no idea what you would do about that, but perhaps check your theme's help for how to use a text widget or if it can handle an iframe (the promo coop code is an iframe). It might give you a clue.

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I'm not a code specialist or anything like that, but if IIRC, sites hosted at WordPress.com won't accept any kind of iframe code like the one provided by BookPromoCoop. You need a self-hosted WP site to be able to implement that.

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I dragged and dropped a text box to the sidebar on my site and pasted the link in it, but it showed up as text, not an active bit of code.  So I took a wild guess and told WP it was code by putting "code" before the gibberish, and "/code" after.  Except those quotation marks were left and right thingies:  <  and  >  .  I assume they will screw up this post if I put them near the words...

Someone familiar with HTML, feel free to correct / clarify.

It worked for me. :)


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The first command on that code has a space before > that needs to be removed

*or not, I dunno

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I think Wordpress.org sites allow plugins, but not so much on Wordpress.com sites.  I have a wordpress.com site.  Maybe that's the issue some people are having.


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Signed up - this is a great feature. But darn that wordpress.com. They don't like iframe. I'm looking for a way around - I tried the "code" trick listed upthread - no joy.

Any other ideas?

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Those of you having problems with the IFRAME code could try the following workaround. I don't use WordPress (.com or otherwise) so I don't know if this will work, but in my quick test on a Drupal-based site it worked fine.

When you get the code for your site, it will look something like this (this is mine):
Code: [Select]
<iframe style="border:none" src="http://bookpromocoop.com/showbpc.php?aid=41&cid=&xid=1" height="230" width="290"></iframe>
The src attribute tells the browser where to get the contents to fill the IFRAME. Everything between the quotation marks after src= needs to be copied over to code that looks like this instead, replacing REPLACE-ME with your src attribute contents:

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<object data="REPLACE-ME" width="290" height="230">
    <embed src="REPLACE-ME" width="290" height="230"> </embed>
    Error: Book covers not displayed.
</object>

If you changed the height and width of the IFRAME, make the same changes to the OBJECT and EMBED code.

Good luck!

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Thanks, Crenel, I'm off to try it.


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Nice and simple! Installed on my side bar on my site. Thanks so much for this initiative! Any chance of a links page listing all the member sites?
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UPDATE: I have set the category filter working, you may need to check your settings to make sure you're displaying the books you want.

You don't need to change the code, just select the categories you want and 'save'.

I've also added and extra one so you can draw books from two different categories.

Your own books won't show on you own site, have fixed this.

I am staggered by the uptake for this, looks like it has hit a need for Indie Authors.

That's all for the moment. I will be setting up different banner options soon.

enjoy  ;D

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UPDATE: I have set the category filter working, you may need to check your settings to make sure you're displaying the books you want.

You don't need to change the code, just select the categories you want and 'save'.

I've also added and extra one so you can draw books from two different categories.

Your own books won't show on you own site, have fixed this.

I am staggered by the uptake for this, looks like it has hit a need for Indie Authors.

That's all for the moment. I will be setting up different banner options soon.

enjoy  ;D

Thanks. Is there any reason why we can't show all genres? (except erotica). I write novels, children's books, humour , short stories etc. and would be happy to have all genres show up on my website.

ETA please put a link to your promo site in your posts  ;)

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Thanks. Is there any reason why we can't show all genres? (except erotica). I write novels, children's books, humour , short stories etc. and would be happy to have all genres show up on my website.

ETA please put a link to your promo site in your posts  ;)

Consider it done Jan. I will add in an 'ALL' option. Give me a day or so on it and I'll set it up. I'll set yours to ALL if you like, save you having to do it.

Will also take on board all the other suggestions.

Heads up: next week end I'll be looking at all the sites and checking the code to make sure it's OK and everybody is running it. After that if it's not on your site your books wont be promoted... sorry, but only fair.

The site is here http://bookpromocoop.com

Now, back to writing.... only another 30k words to go  :)

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As the original poster, its great to see how youve implemented it. Ofocurse yours is way better than what i originally said. Well done. Ive already signed up!!!

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As the original poster, its great to see how youve implemented it. Ofocurse yours is way better than what i originally said. Well done. Ive already signed up!!!

A big thanks for the original post. Only for it this may never have happened.  ;D

BTW, for those having trouble with the wordpress text box, here's a youtube video that shows how to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0t5ouYVnIY

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I see that Wordpress.com seems to have a problem with iframes.

I'm going to sign up and create a quick site and see what the issue is. And then I can sort it out for you all.


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Consider it done Jan. I will add in an 'ALL' option. Give me a day or so on it and I'll set it up. I'll set yours to ALL if you like, save you having to do it.

Will also take on board all the other suggestions.

Heads up: next week end I'll be looking at all the sites and checking the code to make sure it's OK and everybody is running it. After that if it's not on your site your books wont be promoted... sorry, but only fair.

The site is here http://bookpromocoop.com

Now, back to writing.... only another 30k words to go  :)

Thanks for your prompt response  :-*

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UPDATE: I have set the category filter working, you may need to check your settings to make sure you're displaying the books you want.

You don't need to change the code, just select the categories you want and 'save'.

I've also added and extra one so you can draw books from two different categories.

Your own books won't show on you own site, have fixed this.

I am staggered by the uptake for this, looks like it has hit a need for Indie Authors.

That's all for the moment. I will be setting up different banner options soon.

enjoy  ;D

Thanks so much, Gerald, this is awesome!!! :)

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Forgot to mention, I also think an "ALL" option is great, and want to display all genres of books. The more, the merrier! :)

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Thank you, I've joined and added the widget to my site, it looks great and seems to fit in with my books on the front page too :)


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