Booksie Donate - Receive Donations from Fans

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Booksie launched a new feature today called Booksie Donate that allows writers on the site to receive donations from fans and readers.

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Hi all,

We launched a new feature today called Booksie Donate that allows writers on the site to receive donations from fans and readers. Using Booksie Donate, a green Donate button will appear at the top of  any writing you have posted to the site as well as on your profile. Clicking on the Donate button will take fans to PayPal, where they can make a donation that goes directly to you. You can set donation amounts or fans can donate as much as they want.

Booksie Donate Example

In order to use Booksie Donate, you must have a PayPal account and be a Premium member on Booksie.

If you have Booksie Premium and a PayPal account, it will take you between 5-10 minutes to set it up and activate your content to receive donations.

There are many ways you can use Booksie Donate to receive financial support for your writing. Start a book and offer to post only after a certain donation amount has been reached. Or post poems, short stories, or audiobooks based on donations. You can also place donation requests in already posted work. Experiment and see what works. Not everyone will donate, but if you attract a dedicated fanbase, donations will come.

To active Booksie Donate go to the Edit page of your profile. On that page will be instructions for how to activate the service.

Booksie Donate Setup

In the future, if the program is successful, we plan to add more donation payment options.

Please leave comments below with questions or feedback about the service. Thanks!

Submitted: February 04, 2020

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abdullah almeqren

Alright guys you can test this out on my account ;)

Sat, February 8th, 2020 9:27am


Great idea for a way to show support.

Sat, February 8th, 2020 8:19pm

Gloria Dale

I understand that a writer has to be a premium member, but does that mean a reader, wanting to donate, has to be a premium member also?

Sun, February 9th, 2020 12:35am


A reader doesn't have to be Premium or even a member of the site to donate.

Sun, February 9th, 2020 3:54pm


Not cool needing to be a premium member. Certainly, y'all could make it open to all members and just take a commission from those who aren't premium.

Wed, February 12th, 2020 4:17am

Avalon Davidson

Such a great idea! Thank you for making this available.

Sun, February 16th, 2020 5:14pm

James Strauss

I notice some feel it should not be limited to Premium members. The premium membership to this site is Real Bargain. I am surprised any author who has nay desire to grow their business would hesitate to pay the modest annual fee. It returned to us quickly in added sales and avid fans

Fri, February 21st, 2020 7:35pm


is this a way to promoting books you have on amazon? or simply getting support for anything you post?

Thu, March 5th, 2020 9:43pm


It's whatever you want it to be.

Thu, March 5th, 2020 3:24pm


I'm in England UK. Will PayPal convert £'s to $'s?
Same thing applies should I wish to become a Premium member?

Tue, May 12th, 2020 3:00pm


I believe PayPal converts the funds to whatever denomination your account is set to. So, if you sent pounds, it would convert to dollars and vice-versa.

Tue, May 12th, 2020 8:28am

chrysanthos grouta

How can I become premium member and receive donations?

Tue, June 2nd, 2020 4:54pm

Leslie P. Garcia

I must be technologically inept--I can't figure out how to add the button! And I read instructions again and again!

Wed, July 1st, 2020 6:11am


I do agree with Elkeene, many of us are on a shoestring, & very likely those are the ones who would most need whatever help they could get from donations... A more fair way might be to either hold a percentage, or to keep the donations in an account until the Premium Membership amount is achieved, enabling the writer to attain it without incurring a cost, this would be beneficial to everyone concerned, & certainly could not possibly hurt any who have already paid for the membership!!!

Fri, July 3rd, 2020 8:40am


Understood, but this was the easiest way to launch the program. Over time, we may evolve the model based on member input. Thanks for the feedback!

Sun, July 5th, 2020 6:15pm


I'm a passionate black guy from South Africa,who's writing zulu short stories..and I don't have money to publish my short stories. I only writes on my Facebook account, I'd like to get some little money to boost myself. I like to to get the recognition and also some cash ins for a living

Sat, July 11th, 2020 8:03am


I signed up to be a premium member and tried getting this set up, but the button for some reason isn't appearing on my page. Any idea where I can get help to resolve this?

Thu, September 3rd, 2020 3:34pm



Did you follow these instructions?

- BG

Thu, September 3rd, 2020 1:32pm

jon bladez

I did just this and there is no button that appeared on my account or my work, so bummed. It's the only reason I upgraded t I premium member and I tried to tell customer support but all they did was ask me if I followed these intrusions, and then never got back to me.

Thu, September 17th, 2020 4:09am


We did get back to you. We'll reach out again.

Thu, September 17th, 2020 7:25am

KIT 78


Thu, September 17th, 2020 8:20am


Great idea, I hope you visit My page and you like my story

Thu, September 17th, 2020 12:44pm

jon bladez

I've sent you an email regarding my problem concerning my donate button nit appearing on the right account. Can someone please help me finally get this issue addressed and you'll never have be bothered by me again, swear.

Mon, September 21st, 2020 8:56pm

Pam C Richard

This is a wonderful addition to this site! I'm sure a lot of us would be ever so grateful to receive even the smallest of donations!

Fri, October 16th, 2020 6:20pm


It is a great idea, but very much unfair. There are writers on this site, such as myself, who cannot afford to promote their work, much less become premium members. Please take this into consideration. Thank you.

Thu, October 29th, 2020 9:49am

Tammi Fitzpatrick

I would love to be able to receive donations, but I am excluded from the service because I don't have a credit card to upgrade to premium.

Wed, November 4th, 2020 6:02pm

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