Affiliate Policy

Some blog posts and pages on this site contain affiliate links to other websites. The key things you need to know are:

  1. Commission for us. If you click on one of these links and buy something from that website, we may receive a small commission.
  2. No cost to you. It doesn’t cost you anything extra when you buy via an affiliate link.
  3. Editorial impartiality. The editorial content of Publishing Talk is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate revenue. We only link to products or services that we use or would recommend, or that are linked to for information. In the case of books, for example, if an author writes a post for us we will link to their book(s).
  4. Transparency. We’ll do our best to tell you if a post contains affiliate links.

Here’s a bit more detail on what you need to know.

What are affiliate links?

Affiliate links are links to other websites that include a specific tracking code in the web address, so that the website knows where the link has come from.

Affiliate revenue is a small percentage of commission from the person or company selling the product or service (the ‘retailer’)  to the person or company who linked to it from their website (the ‘publisher’). Occasionally this revenue is shared between the publisher and an affiliate network that connects the retailer and the publisher. We don’t actually use any affiliate networks – though may do in future, and we’ll update this policy if we do.

Linking policy

When a book, product or service mentioned on Publishing Talk is linked to affiliate revenue, we will make this clear to readers with a statement on the relevant page on our website. You can also assume that all links to books on Amazon are affiliate links, and we include a mini statement in the sidebar of our website to make this clear, which appears on all pages.

  • Editorial content. The editorial content of Publishing Talk is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate revenue.
  • Responsibility for links. When guest posts appear on this site, the views of the contributing author do necessarily reflect the views of Publishing Talk. But all links are placed by us, rather than the contributing author.
  • Recommendations. We never recommend products or services on the basis of potential affiliate income. Any products or services we recommend on this site are things we use, or would recommend.
  • Book links. Guests posts by or about authors, including interviews with authors, usually include a link to their latest book(s). These are normally Amazon Associate links.
  • Information links. In addition to books, sometimes we’ll link to products or services for information – such as if we do a round-up of digital writing tools, for example. But these aren’t usually affiliate links anyway, so we’re straying off the topic a bit now.
  • Transparency. We strive to be transparent when using affiliate links, and will say so in the places described above. But, to be even more transparent, we’ll list every affiliate we have on this page, below.

Our Affiliate Partners

Our main affiliate partner is Amazon, through our Amazon Associates account. But there are one or two others, and more may be added to this list over time.


As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Any sales from Amazon links you click don’t cost you anything extra, but we may get a small commission for Publishing Talk. By clicking on an Amazon affiliate link, you agree to third-party cookies from Amazon. This means they can track any purchases you make once you’ve clicked on an affiliate link from this website. We can see from our Amazon Associate metrics how many of which items have been sold as qualifying purchases from our links – but we have no idea who bought them! See our Cookie Policy for more information.

I have two Amazon Associates accounts: one for .com and one for Sometimes I just use the one. But I try to use the .com account, since I’m using the Amazon Associates ‘One Link’ service – which should redirect .com links to your local Amazon retailer, where they also stock the book or product. This makes it more convenient for readers to find our more about books or other products in the their own country.

As a side note, if you are an author and you link to your books on Amazon already, I would recommend an Amazon Associates account if you’re not yet using one. Not only will you earn a small commission on top of book sales, you’ll also see how many of your sales come from these links, because you get metrics too.


We currently use Clicky Analytics as our web analytics server. This is so that we know how many people have visited the Publishing Talk website, which blog posts are most popular, and so forth. We can’t track any personal identifying information. See our Cookie Policy for more information.

If you’re interested in using Clicky for your own webstats, we also have a small Clicky ‘badge’ at the far bottom-left of this siite where you can find out more – and this is an affiliate link. Or you can click this affilate link: Clicky Analytics. You can use Clicky for free, but if you upgrade to a paid plan, I’ll get a small commission.


Our friends at Prolifoiko – Chris Smith and Bec Evans – are developing productivity resources and courses for writers. Both have written posts on this site, which contain tracking links to Prolifiko. (Yes, that is also a tracking link.) These may lead to some affiliate commission on their products in future.

Can I become a Publishing Talk Affiliate?

Yes, possibly, in the future. We don’t have much / anything to sell at the moment. But we may do in future, such as online courses. If you have your own website with readers who are likely to be interested in our stuff, there may be opportunities for you to earn a small commission by telling them about it. Watch this space – or drop us a line to let us know you’re interested.