It's been a couple months since I did a marketing venue post, so I thought I'd put this out again with sone new stuff and some updates.
Freebooksy (Written Word Media) - varies - Looks like they accept Free ($40-$200), under $4.99 ($25-$100), and New Releases ($399-$999). This one is on my radar, but I haven't tried them yet.
eBooks Habit - $10 - under $2.99 books. They do have a 'free' option but without guaranteed placement, so I assume you won't know if or when your ad will go up if you don't pay. Also on my radar, but haven't tried them yet.
Robin Reads - $35 - This one was recommended by a hybrid author friend. Haven't tried them myself, but she spoke highly of them.
The Fussy Librarian - $10-$16 - books with more than 10 reviews averaging more than 4 stars and costing less than $5.99. I have an ad set to go live with them on 2/23/16 - for Dying Embers. I'll update after that.
- $5 - they accept only .99, free, or new release titles. You fill out
the form and pay before Tuesday and the ad will go in the newsletter
for Friday of the following week. You can
submit an ad every thirty days per book. No data on this one yet.
Seems legit. Newsletter looks good.
Update 2/8/16: After some bobbles with this the first time, the ad went up for Wish in One Hand, and everything was good. Didn't see any sales, though. I'll probably try this with another book when I have one that meets their criteria.
Free (for now) - they accept only .99 or free titles. Fill out the form
and they'll let you know which date you'll be on. (Usually, I get
first available within my chosen timeframe.) You get one ad every
thirty days - regardless of titles. With this one, though, they only
take blurbs of less than 300 characters (with spaces), so you might have
to tighten that up a bit. I did this one back in October for Dying
Embers' .99 countdown and saw no measurable jump in sales. I did this
again last week for Wish in One Hand and saw a nice little jump.
Newsletter looks good.
Update 2/8/16: Apparently they have a bobble with their form. I tried to submit for BloodFlow and got the error that I had to wait 4 months. They have a thing where a single title can only go up once every 4 months, but I never had an ad for BF with them. I submitted one once, but they rejected it based on the 30 day thing. Then I submitted one for Accidental Death. The day the ad was supposed to go live, they sent me what I assume was supposed to be a copy of the ad for approval, but the email was blank. I wrote them, they wrote me telling me it was my browser, I wrote them back after I did all the things they suggested. Long story short, no ad. And now I have to wait until each of the books drops off their time limit thing.
eBook Deals Daily
- $5 for each target (i.e. $5 for Kindle, $5 for Nook, $5 for UK) -
only accepts .99 or Free titles. I haven't tried this one yet, but I've
got it on my to-do list. The newsletter, etc. looks fair. A lot of
links, but not many covers.
Updated 1/5/16: Ran an ad through them for WIOH. Not sure if I saw any sales from it, but it looked nice.
Nothing to add:
- pricing depends on what you want to do (a month long ad is $49, but
there are free options, too) - not really caring what price your book
is, but it needs to have a suspense, thriller, or mystery element. I've
done cover reveals and book excerpts here (free) and those seem to do
okay. I've also done the $49 thing and haven't seen much uptick.
Newsletter is link heavy, but informative.
$19.95 or less - doesn't really care about pricing, but obviously needs
to be available for Kindle. For the $19.95 option, I got my book on
their site permanently, a listing in their newsletter, and the option to
bump my ad to the top after 30 days. Everything looks good. Not sure
of the sales gain here.
Indie Author News
- a lot of options so contact them for their rate sheet. I did this
once, but I can't remember which option I chose. I think I ended up
with a sidebar ad and didn't see any sales from it.
Every Writer's Resource
- $10. Permanent. They say their ads are free, but then you have to
wait for a spot and there's no guarantee. You pay them $10 and they pay
attention. Professional looking full page for your book. Not sure what
sales this has brought me, but the listing is there forever, so who
different options for different things (the link goes to their 'bargain
book' promo page - $20) I did the 'book discovery' promotion ($15)
twice. Once for Dying Embers back in February. Crickets. And again
for Wish in One Hand. Again with the crickets. But I have heard
Kboards can be an amazing place to advertise. Not sure why my
experiences haven't been amazing. Maybe you need to be active on the
Kboards forum. Maybe it's not the target market for my books. :shrug:
Ereader News Today
- check out their rate sheet. It's dependent on your genre and the cost
of your book. The books have to be discounted in some way, and they're
more favorable to free or .99 books. I did a Suspense ad for Dying
Embers and a Mystery ad for Accidental Death. Both gained me upwards of
100 sales each, so it was worth the cost. However, ENT is extremely
picky about who gets to advertise with them, and it's not always clear
exactly what they want. Dying Embers had more reviews when they
accepted the ad than Accidental Death, but AD only had 3 reviews when
they accepted it. However, I can't beg an ad for Wish in One Hand,
which has 5 Amazon reviews. Even after I changed the cover. So who