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an author recently paid $1.97 per download for a $.99 promotion for a YA/Fantasy book with BookGorilla. Thanks for sharing the results on Indielisters!

The Book Bazaar / Re: Free ARC ebook for new Sci-Fi release Heartsong
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:48:50 AM »
Annie still has review copies to give out!

Join the team and download the book here

The Book Bazaar / Re: Webinar on how to get book reviews
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:41:42 AM »
If you can't make the scheduled webinar time, just reply to one of the registration emails and let me know. I can hook you up :)

new results for BookSends and BookRunes on Indielisters. This author paid $1.14 per free download.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ebook reviews
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:01:02 PM »
As a new author, I had my book sold 100 copies and downloaded for free over 2000 times. Still no review.

To get reviews, you need to do as many promos as you can.

Even promos aren't very effective when trying to specifically get book reviews. Mark Dawson (seasoned author and marketer) expects 1 review per 1,000 purchases, and 1 review per 5,000-10,000 free downloads.

Personal outreach is much more effective :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: ebook reviews
« on: June 09, 2018, 09:48:20 AM »
Is there an acceptable means to obtain fair and well considered reviews from other authors. Friends are absent and family members are disinclined. The problem is most self published authors are of mediocre quality. Trading reviews is often no more than a contrived arrangement to exchange five stars.  I need reviews but I won't engage in a transparent ruse to obtain them. I don't mind paying for reviews but the prices are exorbitant and the wait time is lengthy. Is there a solution to this dilemma?  Michael Mckinney

You can run your own book review campaign. I've been teaching authors how. Links in my sig :)

nice job! I hope you'll share your final results on Indielisters.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Webinar on how to get book reviews
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:10:56 AM »
hope you'll check out the webinar. I give away all my secrets! :)

An author just spent $650 on a promo stack that yielded results of $11.02 per download! See more stats like this on Indielisters

Thanks for the information about ARC and TOS. I'm new at this and have no idea on how one can acquire ARC team.

Laurie, I'm teaching author how to build ARC teams. Links in my sig :)

The Book Bazaar / Re: Free ARC ebook for new Sci-Fi release Heartsong
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:51:18 AM »
the team is growing, but we need more advance readers for this YA Sci-Fi.

Join the team and download the book here

Writers' Cafe / Re: Massive database of book promotion results
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:37:01 PM »
Just a received a new entry with results for Book Gorilla, Book Tweeters, and Kindle Nation Daily. Thanks to that Indielister for submitting results!

The Book Bazaar / Free ARC ebook for new Sci-Fi release Heartsong
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:10:03 AM »
Join Annie's ARC team for her new release Heartsong!

Join the team and download the book here

If you like books about space travel, aliens, or cross-cultural transitions, you’ll love this poignant science fiction adventure. Be one of the first to get an advance review copy of Heartsong and start the journey today!


(From the back cover)

"Two alien worlds.

One teen emissary.

No reality she can trust.

Thirteen-year-old Liz Smith has been ripped away from one foster family after another for years, so the idea of a permanent home is tantalizing. Who cares if that home is a colony sixty-five thousand light-years from Earth? The friends in her trusty e-reader will keep her company just fine on her interstellar relocation.

But when the adventure of a lifetime turns into the disaster of the cosmos, Liz can only retreat so far into the books that have always sheltered her from loneliness and loss. Trapped in half-truths and secrets that leave her questioning reality, can one orphaned bookworm find a way to stop two races from destroying each other … and somehow write a happy ending to her own story?"

Writers' Cafe / Re: Massive database of book promotion results
« on: May 08, 2018, 01:22:18 PM »
who has a promotion stack coming up?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book has sold well but still no reviews!
« on: April 28, 2018, 10:11:41 AM »
I wrote a book on how to get book reviews. Link in my sig :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Massive database of book promotion results
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:10:33 PM »
What promotion sites have been working for you lately?

course registration is open until Saturday night only!

No more emails on Amazon reviewer profiles? What will we all do?!

I'll show you :)

The Book Bazaar / Re: Webinar on how to get book reviews
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:35:35 AM »
hey Kboarders! The webinar LIVE events are coming up soon! I'm telling all my secrets (seriously. all of them) on how to consistently launch a 100+ book review campaign. And I'm giving away a FREE EBOOK just for registering.

Register for the webinar here!

It is this insistence on lots of good reviews that encourages newcomers to buy reviews or get all the friends to give them 5 star reviews. Readers can't always tell fake reviews when they see them. There are a lot of sites that do not require a minimum number of reviews, and I believe even Bookbub aren't that bothered. It seems that there are more and more promotion sites sprouting up like weeds, to the point that subscribers no longer want to open them. I know I don't.

If you want to get sales, I would recommend AMS sponsored ads. They work for me much better than anything else.

I look at the books on BookBub from time to time. Out of 100 of the books I looked at within the last month, 96% had over 100 Amazon reviews. And I think 1 % had under 70 reviews. You can find books on BookBub with under 70 reviews, but 9 times out of 10, they are authors with OTHER books with over 70-100 reviews. What that tells me is that once you've gotten that magic BookBub slot, they more likely to take you on again as a customer. But to get your foot in the door, you seem to need a lot of reviews. Just what I've determined by my own research, for what it's worth :)

Kboards challenge! Find me a book on BookBub with less than 50 reviews from an author that has only published one book on Amazon! I have a feeling they might exist, but might be akin to a Unicorn.

After reading the negative comments regarding getting reviews, I have to counter with what I am finding as a first time author. Many of the promotional sites and places I want to have access to gain visibility require that the author have a minimum of reviews. And some want them to be mostly positive. A lack of reviews means you don't get in the door with those places.
Doesn't matter if reviews translate into sales at this point, it does matter if they translate into gaining notoriety and access.
So, for someone like me, reviews are important.
And I'm one of those people who look at the negative reviews first. Some of them make me want to read the book more than the positive reviews that I often ignore.

great points, Mike. Thanks!

FREE ebook offer today through 7 March 2018! Get it here!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Massive database of book promotion results
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:04:17 PM »
two more services added to the MEGALIST. Thanks to the authors for their suggestions!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone has experience with Read Freely paid promotion?
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:07:53 PM »

I wanted to know if anyone here has any experience with using Read Freely paid promotions and what the results were.

Thank you.

there are several stacks on Indielisters that includes them. Mixed results.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Webinar on how to get book reviews
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:05:06 PM »
Hey guys, if you want to learn more about how to get book reviews, I have a webinar coming up.

It's called "Breaking the Book Review Barrier: The Secret to Launching a 100+ Amazon Review Campaign as an Unknown Author."

You can register here

Writers' Cafe / 3d book cover service at AuthorReach
« on: February 07, 2018, 06:32:19 PM »
Hey Kboarders, I recently learned that the folks at AuthorReach have launched a new feature to their service. They have a 3d book cover creator tool and they're giving away a free sample.

So you if you need a quick 3d cover, you can check them out at

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