Quite often on this site and in social media, I mention or recommend books — or excerpt books by permission — and provide a link to Amazon. These are affiliate links, and I am an Amazon Associates affiliate. So are others whose writings may appear from time to time at this website. This means we might be paid a commission if you buy what we recommend from Amazon. (This does not increase the price you pay.) We are required by law to tell you this.
I also hope you agree this is an excellent and non-intrusive method to help cover the costs for hosting this site and providing useful information and reporting. If you’re especially pleased with content you find here, then you can proactively click here to shop at Amazon, and let Amazon pay me a commission on your purchases. Again, this is at no cost to you, and is an easy way to help support the work that goes into this site.
In addition, I’m glad to announce that I have an affiliate partnership with RescueTime, a service that helps writers and others understand and measure their time and activities online — and, most importantly, protect their writing time from distractions. I highly recommend RescueTime’s special functionality FocusTime as the best assist I’ve found yet for guarding your most important work time. Going to RescueTime via my links here as well as from tweets and other social-media messages from me about the service will provide you with free testing and full explanations of the service and, if you decide to use the premium service (a free version is available), then I get a small commission.
Other affiliations I have include Uber and I invite you to sign up using my link here to get your first ride free, worth up to $20 in value. Additionally, you can simply sign up normally and use my code PORTER to get your introductory special.
One of my favorite companies is TEP Wireless, from which I can rent in-country wi-fi dongles to use when traveling for conference coverage. TEP makes it easy by shipping a wi-fi unit to my hotel in most cases. In the UK, it’s even easier: I pick it up at Heathrow or at Paddington (when using Heathrow Express) and I then drop it off on the way back out of town. I’ve usually had strong service and quick response to queries.
I’m pleased to announce the addition to clients in my consultancy portfolio of Library Journal’s SELF-e program, which lets independent authors put their ebooks in front of harried acquisitions librarians at the state and national level. SELF-e is not for everyone, of course, in that it does not pay royalties for library borrows at present and is available only to writers who have the e-rights to their books (new or backlist is fine). For those who do want to use it, the service is free to authors and provides a curated offering of independently produced books to libraries subscribing to it. Your ebook is automatically included in your local state’s collection (or in a special group for non-US authors if you’re not in the States) and a selected group — chosen by Library Journal’s evaluators — goes into the SELF-e Select collection, as well. If SELF-e proves not to be something an author likes, that author can come right back out of the arrangement at any time. To be clear, my relationship with SELF-e is as a consultant paid to help get the word out — in informative tweets and blog articles — about SELF-e’s availability to authors, not to pressure anyone into particpating in it. I am paid, by careful choice and arrangement with Library Journal, a consultancy retainer in this instance, not as an affiliate. This means that it makes no difference how many authors particpate, I get paid a stable rate. Thus, there is no incentive for me to encourage sign-ups in this case. I believe that SELF-e is an important arrival on the indie scene. I am here to help authors discover it and consider it.
I also work with multiple conferences and trade shows in several parts of the world, providing professional promotional, programming, and presentational consultancy services, as outlined on my Services page.
Writer Unboxed, at which I appear as a regular contributor, has recently instituted a “Buy Him a Cup of Coffee” (or glass of Campari) donation using Tiny Coffee, in support of its contributors’ efforts. That, of course, is a free-will donation. You can read about this in Writer Unboxed editor-in-chief Therese Walsh’s Monetizing Posts at Writer Unboxed for Regular Contributors: How and Why.
In addition, you may see me offer discount registration codes to various publishing conference events, both here on my site and in social media messages. Such codes (“PORTER,” “AFFILIATEPA,” “PS14PA30,” “PORTER14,” “PORTERDBW15,” “PA2015,” “PORTER15,” “PorterKids1,” “PorterKids2,” and others) are revenue-sharing codes, meaning that for each registration using such a discount code, the conference in question pays me a small amount as a kind of referral reward. I may use these codes here at PorterAnderson.com and also abroad on the web in such social media locations as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more.
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