Author Platform Sidekick Pricing Plans
Choose your plan and supercharge your author platform with the help of your new sidekick!
And remember – if you decide at any point during your first month that you and your sidekick aren’t quite the perfect dynamic duo, simply let us know for a full refund.
Build Your Following
Attract 1,000 - 1,500 New Followers per month
Target appropriate followers by following the followers of role model accounts
$55 / month
Engage With Your Followers
BUILDER plus . . .
Automatically tweet fresh new content from up to 15 websites of your choosing - up to 24 tweets/day.
$65 / month
Market Your Books
ENGAGER plus . . .
Daily tweet campaign for your evergreen non-marketing content - up to four tweets/day
Daily tweet campaign for your standard promotional content - up to 12 tweets/day
Daily tweet campaign to support your scheduled promotions/special offers - up to 12 tweets/day, four campaigns/year
$75 / month
Build your email list
OPTIONAL ADD-ON TO ANY OTHER PLAN
Twitter website card presented to every new follower offering your free book in return for joining your email list
50+ New Email Subscribers per month
+$24 / month
(Credit Cards and PayPal Accepted)
$55 / month
$65 / month
$75 / month
BUILDER with EMAILER OPTION
$79 / month
ENGAGER with EMAILER OPTION
$89 / month
PROMOTER with EMAILER OPTION
$99 / month
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions
Can't I just follow the instructions in your book?
Yes, of course. Many hundreds of authors have already done this and are very happy with the results. However, the book recommends the use of paid third-party tools to automate many of the activities required. These require you to be comfortable setting up and implementing them. It also requires you to manually follow and unfollow people each and every day, which many authors find repetitive and monotonous. This service handles all of that.
What happens after I sign up?
After subscribing, you will receive a link to a secure area of the Author Platform Sidekick website, where you will receive instructions on how to provide the information necessary to set up the service. The first step is to fill in an online form to arrange temporary access to your Twitter account so that we can set up and link the required third-party tools required by the service. This is a one-off exercise. Once complete, you can set a new permanent password on your account, not known to Author Platform Sidekick.
Can I update the list of websites I tweet fresh new content from?
Yes, once per month. However, most authors typically define the list once and leave alone.
Do you have to unfollow people?
To attract more followers you need to follow people who may then follow you back. But, it is essential to unfollow people in order to ensure that your account has less follows than followers. Twitter won't allow you to follow more people if the number of people you follow is much higher than your follower total. Unfollowing is a generally accepted practice.
If someone subscribes to my email list for a free book or short story, will you send it to them?
That's up to you and whether you use autoresponders in your email system. If you want the Sidekick service to do it, that's fine. We can send one automated email on your behalf which can include a link to your book. However, you will need to provide a link to the location where your book can be downloaded. Ian recommends that you use BookFunnel to manage this, which takes care of any problems readers may have loading the book onto the eReader.
Isn't there more to an author platform than just Twitter and email?
Absolutely! There's your website, your Facebook profile, your Amazon author page, your email autoresponder sequence, your Goodreads profile, etc, etc. The Sidekick team have considerable experience in all these areas and may expand the service in the future. But for now, the current service focuses on two of the most impactful elements: your Twitter account and email list. A large Twitter following gives you credibility. A large email list allows you to launch books with much greater impact.
Will I sell more books by using the Sidekick service?
More than likely! Clearly, there are too many factors that influence book sales. However, we can guarantee that you will send more people to your books on Amazon and other stores and this can be tracked. Whether they then buy depends on pricing, blurb, cover design, reviews and other factors outside of our control. Sidekick should be used as part of an overall book marketing strategy.
How are you able to offer this service cheaper than the monthly costs of the tools recommended in the book?
The paid third-party tools recommended in Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors cost $83.93 per month when taken out on monthly plans. Sidekick has negotiated improved rates with vendors to be able to offer this service as well as identified more scalable alternative third party tools.
Do I have to do anything at all on Twitter?
Yes, it's still your Twitter account! You will receive lots more mentions as a result of your expanded reach and activity. It is imperative that you engage in conversation with people yourself by replying to tweets and mentions. That's the fun of Twitter after all!
Which email marketing platforms do you support?
If you select the EMAILER Option then the service will integrate with pretty much any email system. The integration tool used by the service connects with over 500 apps.
Can you advise me on how to write my promotional tweets so that I don't appear spammy?
Yes, Ian includes lots of advice and best practice on this topic in the book and on the site. You receive a free copy of the book as an added bonus when you subscribe!
Can you guarantee that I won't post offensive material?
If you take advantage of the RT or News Feed capabilities of the service, then it's impossible to guarantee not to do this, although there are profanity filters in place to minimise the likelihood. People occasionally misuse Twitter hashtags and it is possible that the service may occasionally post, retweet or favourite tweets containing such material. However, it should be a rare occurrence.
Can I use picture tweets for my promotional and non-promotional content?
Yes, we recommend it! And if you want to use Twitter Cards then this is even better.
How can I get a refund?
If you are unhappy with the service for ANY REASON in the first 30 days, contact Sidekick and we will cancel your subscription immediately and provide a full refund. After this, you can cancel at any time, either electing for the service to run on until the end of the period or to activities stop immediately.
Didn't find the answer you're looking for?
Ian Sutherland can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop him your question and he'll respond personally within 24 hours.
One last thing...
If you are unhappy with any aspect of the service, the tweets that are being posted on your behalf, or the favouriting or retweeting strategy, then let us know and we will attempt to resolve the issue within 24 hours.