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Ebook Boxed Set Tips and How Tos
1. What is an Ebook Boxed Set?
An Ebook Boxed Set is one Ebook file (whether for Kindle, epub platforms or Smashwords, etc.) which contains several books within that single file. So, your reader simply makes one purchase/one download, and they have several books to read!
Here are a few examples:
2. Why spend the time and money creating one?
The answer is in the numbers!
Since releasing my first Ebook Boxed Set in December 2011, I’ve made over $50,000 on just that one product alone (6 Books for $2.99). I’ve now released two more sets – one with 3 books and a prequel for $2.99 and a giant set with 9 books for $4.99, and I’m currently making between $100 and $150 PER DAY just on those three Boxed Sets.
3. How do I create an Ebook Boxed Set?
They’re really very simple create. I tell my format team at 52 Novels which books I’d like included in the set (as they already have all of the files for each one individually). I have two new covers made for the set (more on that below) and write a new note to my readers about the set (which I include at the front of the file), and that’s it!
If you format your own books, simply combine all of your files into one file. You’ll want to do a title page for each book.
4. What about Ebook Boxed Set Covers? Anything out of the ordinary I should know?
You need two covers for each Boxed Set – one 3D and one 2D. Why? Because, at this time, some platforms (like Smashwords) won’t accept a 3D cover, and they claim a few of the channels they upload to like Apple won’t take 3D Covers either.
Here’s the difference between 3D and 2D: 3D covers look three-dimensional like a real “Boxed Set” would (and just really pop on a computer screen) whereas 2D are flat images. Keep in mind that the 2D covers still have to show that the file is a set of books with all titles listed on that 2D image.
***Note: I started adding the gorgeous gift bows into these covers because I think it instantly makes the reader think about “gifting” this set as well as buying it as a to-me-from-me.
5. What price range should I list them at?
What I’ve found is that of all products, your Ebook Boxed Sets are the ones you want to use to treat your readers to the biggest bang for the buck. These can be HUGE volume sellers, so put ‘em at a price that’s attractive (to boost your visibility) and also gives you the 70% royalty, and they could turn into your golden cash cows. My sweet spot is the $2.99 to $4.99 range, but you can also, for limited times, lower them.
For example, Gemma Halliday and I had a ton of fun last holiday season with our Boxed Sets. I surged ahead of her on the bestseller lists (my first Bootscootin’ Boxed Set – 6 books for $2.99 – hit Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 Bestseller Lists across all genres – so “the” Top 100 – and ended up #2 on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers List as well as became the #1 B&N Pubit book, making me around $14,000 per month, at the time. Gemma then put her first set of 5 books at 99 Cents (normally priced at $9.99) and clobbered me. LOL!!!
These were our golden cows for sure!!! Right time. Right prices. Not many people there with us. Here’s the scoop:
Basically what you want to do is make sure that your reader gets a nice price break if they buy your set versus buying each of your books individually.
6. How many books should I include in an Ebook Boxed Set?
I’ve done as few as three plus a prequel (so four total) and now a set with 9 books – including 4 novels, 1 Christmas novella, 2 short story prequels and 2 stand alone short stories
7. Can I mix-in books from different series and different genres in the same Boxed Set?
I sure did with that first golden cow set and wow has it worked to bring my readers from my first series right into the second one! I included in that set – my debut trilogy as well as the first two books in my next series and a stand-alone, cross-pollinated (characters carried over from the other two series) short story.
8. How do I market Ebook Boxed Sets?
I really push them as “the best way” to dive into my D. D. Scott-ville World of Books and to treat others to my quirky crazy adventures too (as in Ebook Gifting). Check out the page I dedicate to them on my website:
It even starts with this message:
If you’re new to my D. D. Scott-ville Books, here’s the perfect way to be in-the-pages from Book One all the way through till my Most Recent Releases…
Ebook Boxed Sets
Where you can just one-click-buy and have several Ebooks on your Reader!!!
***Ebook Boxed Sets are also the perfect way to Ebook Gift the readers on your gift-giving lists!!!***
I also have had them featured on fabulous Ereader-centric sites like ENT (Ereader News Today) which has over 400,000 Facebook Fans alone!!!
And definitely consider releasing them each holiday season (I shoot for right around Thanksgiving each year) so readers can treat themselves as well as Ebook Gift your sets to all of the readers on their holiday shopping lists!!!
Oh, and that fabulous greeting I mentioned above that headlines the Boxed Set Page on my site also goes into the note to readers I write in each new release. If they’ve tried one of my books and loved it, I want them to know they can buy all the others in my bargain-priced boxed sets!
9. When do I release an Ebook Boxed Set?
As soon as I have at least three books in a series, they now get their own Boxed Set. Then, I do various compilation sets too, meaning I might put the first three books of one set in with the first two of another. If you write shorter books, like I do, you can also get away with giant sets (like my new 9 book set) because your file size is still manageable.
10. Are there any must dos as far as Ebook Boxed Set formatting?
Make sure you have a fabulous, easy to navigate Table of Contents so your readers can go right to the particular book they want to start with.
Okay…there you have it…all of my Ebook Boxed Set secrets!
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land Peeps: Ask me any questions you’d like about these sets, and please, if you have your own Ebook Boxed Sets available, share your secrets to success using this type of product…
The Best of Ebook Boxed Set Wishes — D. D. Scott
D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Author and a four-time Amazon Movers and Shakers List Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing. You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.