One of the things that indie authors/publishers are constantly on the look out for are promo sites. I recently ran a promo and found out there are soooo many sites out there. Some offer free promo opportunities, while others only post for paid advert.
The problem is, it’s hard to tell which sites are good and will actually give you positive results vs. the ones that just look good, but don’t do much to add to your campaign.
I’m certainly not the expert in marketing and promotions. This is the great big aspect of self publishing that has scared the bajeebies out of me. I’ve stayed away from it cause I didn’t want to deal with. LOL!
Good news is that it didn’t kill me. LOL! Even better news is that I’m learning and some things that have always bothered me or confused me are finally making some sense. There’s still A LOT to learn, but I’m on my way. (Have I ever mentioned, I’m a bit hard headed?) I should have done this a long time ago, but it’s never too late to start.
I wanted to share the sites where I posted. Hope this is helpful for you too:
BKnights at Fiverr.com — This by far got the best results. For $5.00 it’s hard to beat.
Psymon at Fiverr.com — This was okay. Not as good as BKnights, but still okay. ($5.00) I would buy this gig again.
Bookzio — I wasn’t impressed, but I know of other authors who have had great results with this site. ($19.00). Maybe if it was cheaper? I dunno.
SweetFreeBooks — This was okay too. I would use them again. ($5.00)
Ebookasaurus — I’m kind of on the fence, but it was only $10.00. I may use again.
Pretty-Hot –$15.00 with a coupon. The site looks great and I expected to get more downloads, but I didn’t. Funny thing is the download rates weren’t great, but the customer service was really good.
KindleBookReview — I did the $5.00 option. They have several packages to choose from. Again, great looking site and I thought I would get more downloads, but I didn’t. They also have a section to submit a review request. That’s free. I submitted, but haven’t heard back anything, so I’m guessing none of the reviewers are interested in the submission. Eh… looking for reviews that’s a whole other beast to tackle.
LovelyBookPromotion — This was a FREE submission 🙂 We got a good amount of downloads. This site also has a review request section. I submitted for a review here also, so far no response yet either.
Lesson? Running the promotions for the first two weeks during October (2015) boosted the book’s ranking at Amazon. The book actually hovered in the top 5 of its categories for a few days 🙂 We also got a decent amount of downloads and a few sign-ups. All in all, it was a positive campaign.
Was it perfect? LOL! Not even close. But that’s the beauty of it, even in its imperfection, it was still positive and met the goals we set for the campaign.
If you haven’t dipped your toe in the marketing pool… try it. You can take baby steps like I did and see what happens. Don’t expect fame and fortune with your first try. Be realistic and be open to the lessons. Be able to step back from what you did and look at your efforts in an objective way, but most of all, don’t get discouraged. Keep trying and see what works for you.