When introduced to Payhip I was delighted at the fact that is was free to use and offered a great way to sell my stories through paypal. It meant no ITIN’s or setting up new accounts (for me anyway).
However, I have now received an email from Payhip informing me of changes.
Here is what they are – I knew there would come a time when fees would be needed to sustain the site and so I accept that. I hope this doesn’t lead to bigger increases in the future. I do like the new features it offers and I look forward to trying them out. Please don’t let this deter you from using this method to self publish your stories. I know we are tiny in the scene of things, as far as self publishing goes, however I am making every attempt to grow this site and the more people who get involved the better it will become.
Thank you, Michelle.
New Payhip Features
The following features will be coming soon.
Tweet or Like for Discounts
Social marketing is a powerful way to get exposure. Give customers an incentive to spread the word by letting them tweet and like your ebooks to get discounts. This means you win by dramatically increasing your exposure and sales, and your customers win by getting more accessible quality content.
Protect Your eBooks
To prevent your ebook being pirated, we can stamp the buyer’s name and email on the top left of each page of the ebook before they download it.
Let your customers choose which price to pay for your ebook. Just set a minimum price starting from $0+ and empower your customers.
Google Analytics Integration
Measure sales, conversions and get fresh insights into how visitors use your page, how they arrived there and how you can keep them coming back.
Offer Discount Coupons
Promote your ebook by offering coupon codes that provide discounts for your customers. Use customized percentage discounts and/or add an expiration date.
Search Engine Optimized
Don’t lose potential customers. We let your readers find your ebook on search engines by optimizing headings, titles, meta tags and using SEO friendly urls.
Brand your ebook page
Customize the look of your ebook page. Change your page background color, add a background image and change link colors.
A sneak peek
Check out what we have in store
New Buy Page
Payhip will soon be charging
We’ve always wanted to keep Payhip free forever. But we’ve encountered some unexpected issues. We’ve been unable to keep up with the volume of support requests, server costs are growing much larger than expected and we’ve had little time to add much needed features. This means that we either have to shut down Payhip or charge for the service in order to work full-time on it.
We want the new payment model to be as fair as possible and arrived at a transaction fee of 5%. This means that you will never have to pay if you aren’t being paid.
To sign up to Payhip and start selling your stories as ebooks see here.
I’ve been doing some research into whether or not an ISBN is required when selling / self publishing a ebook.
The answer is no.
In fact big sites such as Kindle and Barnes and Nobles ‘Pubit’ do not require an ISBN as they will provide their own code to identify the ebook, author, title.
As for this site and using ‘Payhip’. Payhip does not provide a ISBN number, nor does it provide a unique number, however it is not required.
When purchasing an ebook through Payhip on a eDevice, the ebook can be download in the same way you would but an ebook through Kindle or iBooks.
If you purchase an ebook through Payhip to your PC, you will receive a PDF copy of the ebook, which can then be uploaded to your iDevice.
Either way, don’t be discouraged about self publishing and needing an ISBN to sell you ebooks. Most sites will provide you with one if you publish with them, however it is not necessary unless you wish to publish hard copies of your book, then it may be required.
For further clarification (should you doubt my word) see
- Does Your Ebook Need Its Own ISBN?
- E-books And ISBN Numbers?
He stared at his captor, he looked like a pirate from a holovid, black trousers and a white full sleeved shirt, with a purple sash around his waist. Black hair brushed his shoulders and … he couldn’t believe it, he actually had gold hoops in his ears. “Mmm! Mmmm! What do we have here?” the pirate smiled. Just what had he got himself into?
Read excerpt of story here – Pirate
Spaceship captain Matthews has kept his sexuality a secret. What happens when the crew finds out? is Lieutenant Kent as straight as he always believed? Will he hit him or kiss him, or both?
Read excerpt of story here – Dangerous Tension
Please welcome LV Lloyd to our wonderful site.
She has had a number of years experience with writing gay romance, adventure, drama and sci-fi.
Please visit her Authors page and see the two great stories she had contributed to Moral Fortitude and the public.
I’ve had some recent spammers join the site and drive me insane, so I’ve disabled the join button.
So if you really are interested in joining this site, please contact me.
Firstly I would like to welcome the new members and say thank you for joining.
During November I was busy writing for National Novel Writers Month and now that I’ve finished my story I’m in the process of editing it. This now leaves me with more time to dedicate to this site.
There has been a steady stream of visitors to the site, not many but more than I had imagined being that I have just started this project.
I have also sold my first story which pleases me.
It would be great if we could get a few more writer profiles added to the site, so if you are planning to give ‘selling your stories’ a go please email me your profile details and I will set up a page for you.
My aim in the next few weeks is to promote this site more, so please consider ‘getting started’ and let’s make this site the one stop shop for great LBGT stories.
I’ve install a forum for Moral Fortitude.
Alas you will need to sign in to access the forum, however I’m hoping it will benefit members to be able to communicate between each other when necessary. Once you have signed in you shouldn’t need to sign in again.
I have already begun two topics, the first is the ‘Introduction‘ topic where you can all get to know each other a little better.
The second ‘Becoming an editor‘. There may be a need for writers to get in contact with other writers who might have the time to edit their ebooks for them prior to publishing. I’m hoping that together we can help each other get to a point where we can confidently sell our ebooks.
I’ll also start a ‘Covers‘ topic, as I’m sure a large number of us are going to need original cover that do not breech copyright issues. I’ll be scouting around the next few weeks, talking to people I know who can already provide covers and see if any of them are willing to provide their time and resources for us. There may possibly be a small fee for covers, however I will leave that up to the people providing covers and the writers contacting them.
Another thought I’ve had on the topic of covers was if anyone had original photo’s they would like to share, to be used as covers, this might assist with avoiding copyright issues also. A lot of work ahead of me, and a lot of research.
Thank you for your support.