What is Hometown Reads?
What are benefits to me as an author?
How much does this cost?
Can I list more than one book?
Can people buy my book on your site?
What is the process for adding my books to your site?
What is a primary book?
What is an author account?
Why aren't my books showing up on the site?
I live in a city that is not yet live on your site. When will my hometown be live?
What does it mean to be a founding author in my hometown?
What does Hometown mean?
Can I be listed under more than one hometown?
What is the difference between my Hometown Reads City and the city I live in?
Setting Up My Free Author Page
What is a headshot?
What do I need to provide for my book cover image?
What link should I include for my “buy” link?
What should I include for my “learn more” link?
What if I don’t know how to resize my author photo?
Why aren't all of my books coming up on the city page?
How do I type my initial password sent to me in so that I can login?
What should I do if I want to list some books under my real name and some books under my pen name?
Maintaining My Free Author Page
I listed myself in the wrong city, can I be moved to the appropriate Facebook group?
How do I make changes to my book page?
How do I change my account password?
I forgot my account password, how do I reset it?
Hometown Reads is a new author platform focused on showcasing books by location. We want to highlight authors in their hometowns so local readers can discover local authors. We also want to help authors network with each other to share marketing advice and help each other to get the word out about their books.
We will share marketing ideas and resources and will use our social media connections to drive interest in and traffic to the site, your city page, and your book page. We’ll invite you to a private Facebook group with other authors in your hometown and we’ll post regularly to invite interaction. We also offer bi-weekly webinars to connect with authors. Ideally, you will engage with others, meet authors to collaborate with, and create ways to spread the word about the great books from authors in your hometown. We’ll also email ideas and resources to you intermittently.
Listing books on our site is completely free.
Yes! Our functionality allows for authors to list multiple books for our live cities. After creating your free author account, you will see the option to add another book. Each book will be held in a “draft state” to be quickly reviewed and approved by our Hometown Reads staff.
No. We are not selling or distributing books, only highlighting them. Think of Hometown Reads as a digital bookshelf. However, your individual book page will have a “Buy Now” link that goes to the retailer of your choice, as well as a “Learn More” link where you can share your website, blog or other online resource.
For existing authors, you can login to your Free Author Page and add your books. For new authors, you must first go to our Join Page and create your Free Author Page. After you have created your account, you will be able to add your multiple books to our site.
Once you’ve submitted all the relevant information, we’ll review your submission and publish your page (if your city is active on our site). This process typically takes about 48 hours once you send your information through our form. When we make your site live, you’ll receive an email from us letting you know that your free book page is ready.
If your books do not show up on the site yet, then that means we do not yet have ten unique authors from your hometown to launch that city. Please contact us if you are interested in being an ambassador for your city.
A primary book will display at the forefront of your city page, as well as the primary book on your author book page. Additional books will be subsequently listed as “other books by this author” on your book page. We recommend having your primary book being your newest release.
As an existing author on our site, you will have the ability to login and edit your own books on Hometown Reads via your own author account. Your changes will be monitored and approved from the “draft state” by our staff to maintain the site’s integrity. For questions regarding your author account, please email us.
If a city is not live, then that means there are not ten unique authors from that city. A hometown will not be live until this happens. Once it does, all of the author pages listed under that city will go live. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador for your city, please feel free to contact us.
After your book is submitted for a review or a revision, please give our team 24-72 hours to proofread and approve the information. If your book is still not showing up after that time, please email us at email@example.com.
If you are in a city that is not yet live, we’d love your help in developing a presence in your city. Send any authors in your area to the Join Page to submit their books.
As soon as we have 10 books in any given location, we’ll open up a new hometown on our site and start promoting your books. If you’d like help in developing a presence in your city, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas about how to connect with authors in your hometown.
If you are among the first 10 authors with books listed on the site when a page goes live, we consider you a founding author. We are working to create some special recognition and perks for you. You are a trailblazer! Your participation in sharing Hometown Reads with authors in your hometown will help us reach more people with your hometown’s books. We invite you to join us in creating a powerful platform to create opportunities for authors to reach more readers — from your hometown to the world.
We realize that many people have lived in many cities throughout their life, so choosing one hometown can be confusing. On Hometown Reads, we ask that authors choose the town they are currently living in as their “hometown.” Our goal is to help you form relationships with authors and readers who live near you, so your current hometown is the best choice.
We ask that authors choose one hometown to join. If you split your time between two hometowns, pick the one that you think will benefit you the most.
We recognize that a lot of people no longer live in their hometowns but still have connections and relationships there. When listing your hometown, we ask that you identify with the place that you feel the most connected to at the time so that you can continue to grow a community of local authors and local readers. The city you live in can be different from your hometown, but please recognize that your book will only show up in the city you claimed as your hometown.
Setting Up My Free Author Page
A headshot is an author photo. Typically, a professional photo is best, but if you do not have a professional photo, you can provide a close up photo, taken against a nice background with good lighting. We request that you provide a photo that is cropped or resized to 320 px wide by 320 px high. Start with a high resolution photo so that your photo is sharp, not pixelated.
We request that you start with a high resolution FLAT image of your book cover. Please don’t take a photo of your book cover. If your book is listed on an online retailer, you can save the book cover image from that site. We request that you crop and resize your cover image to 300 px wide by 450 px high.
Include a link to your preferred online retailer, or to a buy page on your website, if you sell books from there.
Include a link to your author or book website if you have one. If you don’t have a website, you may want to link to a Facebook page or other social media information about you or your book.
We recommend that you try free online photo editing software, ask a tech savvy friend, or ask someone in the Hometown Reads Author group in your city.
In the future, we plan to launch a concierge service and we will provide photo editing service for a fee.
In order to give all authors in your hometown the same visibility, only one of your books will be displayed at a time on the city page. You can change this book whenever you like by selecting it as the "primary book" in your account. The rest of your books will always be accessible under our books and category pages.
Once you sign up to be a Hometown Reads Author, you will receive an email containing a username (your email) and a very long password. This password is generated at random to be sure that it is specific to you. Once you receive that email, please go to the Hometown Reads login page. Enter your username (email) into the correct box. After your username is entered, go back to the email we sent you, highlight the password, right click and choose "copy." Then, go back to the login page. Select the password box, right click and choose "paste." The password should populate the box and you should be able to login from there and change your password to something easier to remember.
If you wish to list books under your real name and your pen name, you will have to set up two different Hometown Reads accounts. This means that they will have to include different emails, usernames, passwords, and books. Your accounts will not be linked in any way, but rather two completely separate accounts.
Maintaining My Free Author Page
Of course! Please contact us and tell us your situation and we will add you to the appropriate Facebook group!
After logging into your author page, select "edit" next to the book you would like to make changes to. After making your changes in the text boxes, you can submit your changes for review. Please give our internal team 24-72 hours to approve your changes and then look for your updated book on our site. If you do not see the changes after 72 hours, please contact us at email@example.com.
Once you are logged into your Hometown Reads Account, there will be an option to change your password from there.
If you forget your account password, when on the Hometown Reads Login Page, click on the words that say "Forgot Your Password?" From there, you will be directed to type in your email address. Once you submit your address, check your email account for instructions on how to create a new password.