What is Spectrum Books?
Spectrum Books is a self-publishing house for GLBT novels, novellas, and short stories. From authors to their readers, we strive to provide something for everyone.
We provide a storefront for authors to distribute self-published books and stories!
We read and review books to give a perspective on what's hot (and what's not).
Commuity for Readers and Authors
We provide community resources to help support our authors and the readers that love them!
Resources & Support
Our core goal is to provide tools and guidance to support our community.
Authors live and die by the readers who buy and love their books. Beyond selling them the books they want, we also strive to make our readers feel like part of the family!
Forums: From raving about a really good book to sharing tips and ideas, our forums are at the heart of our site.
Reviews: As popularity and availability of GLBT books increases, it can be daunting to sift through the continuous flood of new books to read. Our book reviews are provided as literary criticism of gay-themed books which are analyzed based on content, style, and merit to help you choose which ones you want to buy.
Contact the Author: We offer a unique in-store messaging system which allows you to directly contact the author about a book or sales.
Rewards Points: As you buy books from participating authors, you can earn rewards points good towards the purchase of other books! This is our way of saying Thank You for being a Spectrum Books customer!
Upgrade Anytime: If you're an aspiring writer but just not ready to start publishing, your account can be upgraded at any time to an Author Account for FREE! Once you finish polishing and editing your first story, you're just a click away from self-publishing on Spectrum Books.
Want To Sell Books?
Self-publishers are authors that have written books and stories that they want to sell directly or want to boost sales of existing books through affiliate listings. Spectrum Books provides ebook distribution and affiliate listings for new or veteran authors, and everyone in between! It's very easy to get started:
Create an Account: All customers at Spectrum Books -- authors and readers -- start with creating an account. You can register directly, or connect via Facebook. Don't worry: if you write under a Pen name, we'll be setting that up shortly.
My Account: Once you're logged in, make your way to the My Account page. Scroll down to the bottom and read all the great benefits of becoming an Author on Spectrum Books. When you're ready, click the icon or "Start Selling Now" button.
Author Profile: The Author Profile is where your readers can get to know you. If you have a pseudonym (aka Pen Name, Alias, Assumed Name, Nom de Plume, Stage Name), you will enter it here. And don't be shy with the details; readers love to know the folks writing these books!
Note that your PayPal address is very important if you want your commissions to be paid electronically. If you would prefer another method of payment (cash, check, money order, chickens, etc) please contact the Spectrum Books administration.
Start Selling: That's it! You are now ready to start selling your books! The My Account page will automatically update to display your Author Account links, including your Dashboard, Seller Profile, Books, Transactions, and Request Payout.
Click the New Book icon to open the New Book form and give your book new life:
Name & Description
- The Name, Description, Book Preview and Tags entries provide the descriptive text customers will read when reviewing your book. The description provides the synopsis of your book, while the Book Preview offers customers a "hook" to get them interested in buying and reading the rest of your story. Both fields are fully customizable and support HTML.
Price & Attributes
- Part of the flexibility of using Spectrum Books store is the options available when customizing the attributes. These properties are designed to enhance the buying and selling experience by offering various ways of displaying, promoting, and listing your book in the store.
- An integral part of selling your book is to include the files the customer will be able to view. The Images will be displayed to the customer in the product detail page, and Downloads provides the files the customer will be entitled to download once they have successfully purchased your book. Note that if you supply an Affiliate URL, this book cannot be purchased from spectrum-books.com, so no Downloads need be attached.
- Do you have a Facebook promo to boost sales of your book? Do you want to offer a discount for the holidays? Options under the Special Prices tab will let you set it up! For each book, simply specify the new price and optionally the start and/or end date for the promotion. During those dates, your book will be listed as discounted on the store! You can set up as many Special Prices for as many of your books as you want.