Since my first published novel was an e-Book, more than once I’ve been stumped by the request for a signed copy. I ordered postcards with the book cover, blurb and QCR code to the buy page, which I’ve used as a proxy for the book. But this outfit called Authorgraph has come up with a better solution, and it seems tons of authors use it. A writer registers his or her books available in Kindle format with Authorgraph–no charge–and readers can request through Authorgraph–also no charge–a signed copy. The writer receives the request and an email notice, and can log in to Authorgraph and provide a signature, and even a personalized message. The message is typed. But the signature is either a canned “script font” signature, or an actual signature, which, for me with a Surface and the pen that comes with it, is really easy to provide.
Don’t ask me how Authorgraph makes money. I think it’s through selling features for purchase beyond the basics I just described. But for my purposes, at least right now, and yours, it’s a gift.
So don’t hesitate. Check out the authors you like to see if they’ve registered their Kindle books with Authorgraph. And another cool thing–I can sign short stories, too, since short stories can also be published as Kindle books. Many of my previously published short stories are now on Kindle for 99¢. Here are the books and stories I have that are presently available on Kindle and at Authorgraph. Some of these are also available for Nook, iPad and other formats.
Books and Anthologies (with one or more of my stories)
Some Q&A from Authorgraphs FAQ:
What is an Authorgraph?
It’s a personal, digital inscription for an e-book. It is sent directly from an author to a reader’s digital reading device.
What does an Authorgraph look like?
Here is an example
Is Authorgraph.com affiliated with Amazon?
No, Authorgraph.com is not affiliated with Amazon except that Authorgraph.com earns an affiliate fee for any books purchased from Amazon.com after clicking on one of the Amazon links on Authorgraph.com.
Do readers need to own a Kindle device to receive an Authorgraph?
No, Authorgraphs are viewable on a wide variety of platforms. Readers can simply enter a regular email address at the time of their request and they will receive an email with links to download a PDF version (viewable in applications like iBooks) or an AZW version (viewable in all Kindle apps on iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, etc.) of their Authorgraph.
Is the Authorgraph inserted into the e-book?
No, it is a separate document. This allows a reader to create a “collection” where she can keep all of her Authorgraphs together.
Can Authorgraphs be personalized?
Yes! Every Authorgraph goes only to the specific reader that requested it so an author can write a custom message for each reader. In addition, readers can include a short message to the author in order to provide a bit more context for personalizing the Authorgraph.
Is there a cost to send or receive an Authorgraph?
Requesting, sending and receiving Authorgraphs are free! However, if a reader uses Amazon’s Personal Document Service to receive the Authorgraph on his/her Kindle then Amazon may charge a small delivery fee.
- How authors can autograph their e-books! (fantasyfic.wordpress.com)
- How To Sign a Digital Author Autograph Online (mediabistro.com)
- Interview with Evan Jacobs of @Authorgraph (bookpromotion.com)
- Interview with Evan Jacobs of @Authorgraph (badredheadmedia.com)
- Kindlegraph is now Authorgraph! (selfpubauthors.com)
- Free Promotional Tools For Authors (bookpromotion.com)
- Be Green, Save Green: The Rise of eBook Sharing (mint.com)