After self publishing an audiobook through ACX (the Audiobook Creation Exchange) as an author, you’ll be give 25 promotional codes which you can give to people, allowing them to download your book for free. (If you don’t get these, jet off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, from your ACX account email address, mentioning your book, and they’ll send your them promptly). The email looks like this (and the codes are strings of random letters and numbers):
The problem is that while the recipient can download your book, they can also download any other book on Audible. Essentially you are just giving them a $15 (minimum) gift card. I’m sure we’d all like to think that our chosen reviewers are just using these to honestly download our audiobook, but there is no reliable way to tell. Maybe you can trust your true fans to legitimately use the code, but there are readers out there who know how these codes can be used to get any book, and they will use them for this purpose.
Fortunately, thanks to the idea of author and Kboards member, Mark E. Cooper (check out Mark’s site here), there is a way around this, ensuring that the person you are giving a review copy to only downloads your book. You can check out the original post on the matter on KBoards by clicking here.
If you want to know how to do this, check out this video I made for the Rocking Self Publishing YouTube channel explaining to process:
You can find more helpful videos, including an entire 2 hour guide to creating an amazing author website on the Rocking Self Publishing YouTube channel!
You might also be interested in another one of our videos about increasing the number of subscribers on your mailing list by using the free tool ListBuilder from AppSumo. You can have a look at that video by clicking here. This tool is the pop-up that sometimes appears on this site, it has doubled the number of people joining the RSP list!