Last summer I accepted a position with a startup that is best described as a hybrid book publishing platform. I loved what they were doing and saw some huge potential in it. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out the way everybody expected, and by the end of the year, I was out of a job. A couple months later they shut the doors on the entire operation. While I was certainly bummed to be out of a job myself, I was sad to see the startup fail because I truly believed in the work they were doing.
During my time at the startup, I built a platform that made it simple for our team to market books through a daily newsletter. We would mix in books from the team of authors on the platform along with other books that were currently available for free or at a discount. I was proud of the system I had built, and my biggest regret when I was laid off was that I wouldn’t be able to see the platform I built grow to its full potential. Or so I thought.
Since the day I heard the startup was closing up shop, one thought kept running through my mind; I need to give this another shot! While I have no interest in being in the book publishing business, book marketing, specifically via email, is something I’m very excited about.
Over the past few months, I’ve spent my free time taking everything I learned from my time at the startup and built a brand new platform from the ground up. My goal this time around was to build it in a way that would allow me to work on functionality on the weekends, while my wife takes care of running the site on a daily basis. Finally, we’re ready to show off what we’ve built; hotbookdeals.com.
How does it work?
The premise is pretty simple, members sign up for a free account and tell us which categories of books they are interested in. Then, 5 days a week we’ll send out a newsletter focused on a specific category of books. As a member, you only receive the newsletter when the category being sent matches up with a category you’ve selected. Each newsletter will have information on best selling books that are currently available at a discount, or in some cases, free to download.
How can you help?
I’m really glad you asked! First, if you’re a fan of books and saving money, you can go and sign up. That would be awesome. Next, if you know others who are also fans of books, tell them about the site, too. Heck, if you shared a link to the site on your social media channels, that would be pretty great, as well.
Chris and I are both really excited to watch this grow. We hope you sign up and that you enjoy the savings as much as we’ve already enjoyed putting the project together!