Marketing for Authors: Book Goodies
I hope your week’s gotten off to a great start.
Continuing on my marketing posts, today we’ll explore another great Marketing opportunity for authors.
After speaking with my friends Randall Krzak and Iseult Murphy, they gave me some great leads that branched out into a network of sites offering promotional services.
After signing up for BookSprout , the next opportunity I found was a site called Book Goodies.
This is a site primarily geared towards readers that also gives authors a great way to expand their reach.
Much like BookSprout, this is a great free way to promote yourself, get more exposure, and hopefully some reviews in the process.
So how does it work? It’s pretty simple. First, you create a free (or paid) book listing. With the free listing, your book will appear on the site for six months in your designated genre, and if your book is free or under $3, it will appear in those categories as well.
With the featured listing that costs $25, your book will appear on the site for a year and will be featured for a month in your designated genre as well as in the site’s newsletter that goes out to readers.
You can renew your book’s listing once it expires at no charge.
With either listing method, you get to answer a couple quick interview questions about your book so that readers can get to know you a little bit before taking the plunge and purchasing your book.
I went with the $25 promotion offer for my debut novella Reaper, and cannot completely be sure that my sales went up when my posting went live. The odd situation is that my KDP sales ranking went WAY up from May 7th to May 8th, which is when my posting went up, but I’m not seeing any sales from that day.
I’m hoping that KDP will catch their error in time (because sales ranking don’t go up without sales) and that I’ll be able to monitor just how much of an impact this promotion made for me, that way I can gauge if I’d like to consider doing a paid promotion again.
And that’s pretty much it for this one. It’s a simple, easy way to extend your reach on the internet if that’s what you’re after. Feel free to check out the pros and cons or check out the site for yourself, and good luck!
- Free with paid options for better reach
- Permanently extend your reach to potential readers
- Potentially get more reviews on your works
- Opportunity to gain new fans and followers
- None, seriously. This is a free opportunity to get more eyes on your works with no risk.
That’s a Wrap!
Alright folks, that’s my marketing post about Book Goodies. How about you? Have you ever used a service like this before? What was your experience? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments, and have a great day!
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Weird about the KDP sales. Maybe there’s a time lag between actual sales and documented sales. (But why?)
Yeah, I have no earthly idea. I haven’t contacted them yet about it, but will do so within a week or so if it doesn’t change. Monitoring my sales is really important especially when I’m testing out new methods of marketing.
Oooh, that sounds interesting. Very weird about KDP.
Yeah, I do believe I made sales, but I still cannot get KDP to work. Definitely going to contact them soon.
My sales are sometimes slow to show up, but it’s never been more than a couple of days. Yay for the promotion working!
Yeah, it’s super weird but I know I’ll be seeing that small payoff most likely.