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Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« on: December 30, 2013, 06:36:39 PM »
About to do a Promotion and I'm willing to lay down some cash, but in the most intelligent way possible. My book will be going for 0.99 - not free.

What's worked for you for paid .99 promos?

This is what I've got, thanks to past promos, as well as advice from reading other author's experiences on here.

These are the ones that work. Anything to add?

Bookbub
Kindle Books and Tips
Kindle Deal of the Day

Anyone tried Bargain Booksy?

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013, 06:43:31 PM »
ENT works pretty well -- even the bargain book listing.

Book Bub has been phenomenal for me -- particularly when the promo for The Nameless Dwarf.

Kindle Books and Tips regularly gets good results, but not in the same league as Book Bub.

I've had moderate success with Book Blast (always more than covers the cost of the ad for me). Kindle Fire Department has worked well, too.

I've not found any of the smaller sites to be particularly effective. I've given most of them a try and there's usually a small increase in sales (often only a handful), but the cumulative exposure may be beneficial.


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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 06:54:00 PM »
There's BookBub, and then there's everyone else. Still, I have consistently had good results with Kindle Tips and Tricks and ENT.

I also like Book Basset.

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2013, 09:27:38 PM »
I keep hearing about ENT and I'm not sure what that stands for... *scratches head

What is it?

Derek - I've had the same...tried the others and... meh.

HWalsh - I'll check into Book Basset - what did you like about them?


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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2013, 09:38:37 PM »
I keep hearing about ENT and I'm not sure what that stands for... *scratches head

What is it?


ENT = E-Reader News Today (ereadernewstoday.com)

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2013, 09:42:44 PM »
For $50 each both BookBlast and Kindle Fire Department (KFD) have worked for me.  I did well with a Freebooksy ad, although many think results from those aren't what they used to be.  Bookbasset is a site that I thought gave me a good boost as well, and they profile 5 of your books, so well worth checking out.

Trying Bargainbooksy next week, so we'll see how that goes.

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2014, 10:45:23 AM »
Thanks RJ!

And Greg - I tried Bookblast, and it didn't do so well. Freebooksy was great - fantastic really... so I think they're still going strong.

I've been scoping out Bargain Booksy - taking a screen shot of a book's rank and then checking back to see how it fared at the end of the day. Alllllllll of them have gone way up. Pretty impressive.

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2014, 02:49:53 PM »
ENT and FKBT have both worked very well for me (made back more than I spent). I haven't tried bookbub yet - they keep rejecting me  :'(

Bargain Booksy worked OK - I think I sold about 30-40 copies through them. Not enough to pay back the ad, but enough to boost me up the ranks for a couple of days, which has probably helped to sell more books. I'd use them more as a rank booster in conjunction with other sites, rather than as a stand-alone, money-making promo.


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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 03:02:07 PM »
In addition to the ones you listed, I've had pretty decent results from the $5 spot at Digital Book Spot - http://digitalbookspot.com/

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 04:00:25 PM »

HWalsh - I'll check into Book Basset - what did you like about them?


I advertised a 2.99 novel with them and actually made money from it. I have usually found that 2.99 promotions are a tougher sell than 0.99 cents.

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Re: Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2014, 04:09:25 PM »
Which genres do you guys write in? I suspect that genre plays a fairly big role as to which venues are more effective than others.

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2014, 04:30:25 PM »
What about non-fiction?  A 99c promo for $200 on Bookbub looks tempting but I get the feeling these sites are mainly fiction focused.  Has anyone done a non-fiction promo on any of these sites?

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2014, 09:53:38 PM »
Mike - Bookbub is very good. I've not heard one person say it's not worth the money.
 
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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2014, 03:42:33 AM »
I've always been a cheapskate when it comes to promotion but reading you guys post about BargainBooksky has led me to give it a try. It looks promising and I guess it can't hurt.

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2014, 04:03:45 AM »
I did several Kindle Books and Tips ads last year and they were pretty good, 70 - 90 sales each time. Did two in Dec and they were a massive bust.

Been on Bookblast four times now, and my best result was 14 sales. They're also off my current promo list.

The only ones that I'm thinking about for this year are Bookbub and ENT. Going to use perma-free to see if the first book can sell the rest of the series. Wasting money on ads gets tiresome.
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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2014, 04:54:36 AM »
How are people getting ads with ENT? Ive tried them three times now with no luck. Are they really that difficult to get into or am I just being stupid and not doing the submission right?

I've had good results with BargainBooksy, I had a KND Book of the Day + Gorilla Mailout that didn't make anywhere near its money back even over the long haul. BookBlast was quite useful though. They're all small beans, but if you book 4 or 5 of them over the course of a week that can really make a difference IMHO. Better than a single BookBub blast, although if you can that in addition to the others it'd be worthwhile.

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Re: Paid Promo... What Has Worked for You?
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2014, 09:50:48 PM »
first book in the series Permafree is a great way to go. It works with my pen name books, and it worked for Hugh with Wool - plus there are sooooooo many more ways to promote free. If people like your storytelling, they will move onto the next books. It's a great way for them to get to know you. But be prepared, because it's free, there will be some stinker reviews from people who love to gripe and have nothing else better to do. Forget about them and focus on the good ones, your readers who will loooooooove you. :)

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