Booksie Donate
Setting Up PayPal and Getting Donate Link

Booksie Donate is a new Premium feature on Booksie that allows writers to receive donations from their fans via PayPal. This guide is designed to show you how to setup your PayPal donate button on Booksie. Doing so will link the Donate button on Booksie to your PayPal account so that readers can make a donation directly to you. In this way, you will receive 100% of the donation. You must have an active PayPal account before you can set up Booksie Donate.

It will take between 10-15 minutes to setup Booksie Donate.

Don’t Have a PayPal account?

Set one up at PayPal’s website.

Have a PayPal Account?

If you have an active PayPal account, follow these steps.

1. Click on the PayPal Donate link.

You will come to a page that looks like this:

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2. Click the Login button and login into your account.

3. We won’t be using PayPal’s button, so the questions on the “Customize how your button looks on your site page” aren’t relevant. Click the Continue button.

4. On the next page, you don’t need to fill in the Logo URL. The Organization name should populate depending on what type of account you have. In the Your Purpose box, you can add some text on why you are raising money. This will appear at the top of the box that donors see so we recommend putting in text that identifies your Booksie account. For example: Donations to BooksieGuy for writing on the Booksie website.” For the next question about specific programs, we recommend leaving it set to No. Click Continue when you are done.

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5. On the next page, you can configure the donations you receive.

a. Choose the currency you want for donations.

b. Select "3 amount options, and any amount" and enter in the amounts. We recommend $1.95, $3.95, and $4.95 as donation amounts. Donors will also have the freedom to give other amounts.

c. We would recommend allowing donors to make recurring payments.

d. Click continue.

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6. The next screen has some advanced options - Get info from donors, route donors back to site, etc. If you are comfortable using PayPal, you can click through them and configure. If not, click the Finish the Get Code button at the bottom of the page.

7. On the next screen, shown below, click the Shareable URL tab.

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8. Copy that code from the Shareable URL box.

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9. Go to your Booksie edit profile page and paste the code into the Booksie Donate box.

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10. Once you have successfully saved the url to your Booksie profile, you are done with the process. The donate button will now appear whenever someone clicks the Donate button on your profile or any of your content.

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Once the Support and Donate button is clicked, a PayPal box will appear where fans can make a donation. The funds will be sent directly to your PayPal account.

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Is there a fee to use Booksie Donate?

There is no fee to use Booksie Donate although users must be Premium members of Booksie to have access to the service. Minus PayPal fees, you will receive 100% of the donation amount. Booksie does not receive anything from the donation amount.

Is it safe to use Booksie Donate?

Booksie does not handle any funds. The connection is made between the donor and your account via PayPal. Booksie simply provides the platform for the transaction to happen.

How can I use Booksie Donate?

There are many ways you can use the button. Start a book and offer to post only after a certain donation amount has been reached. Or post poems and short stories 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.

What if I set up Booksie Donate and no one donates?

This could happen. There is no guarantee you will receive funds. Try promoting your writing more across Booksie and the general Web. Build up your readership and develop content that you know readers will like.

Can I get rich using Booksie Donate?

We wouldn’t advise quitting your day job. The amount you earn will depend on how many fans you attract and how dedicated they are to you as a writer. But even receiving a little money is nice recognition of the work you have created.

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