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Re: Save the date: BookBub will be on KBoards, Jan 27-28
« Reply #50 on: January 21, 2015, 04:23:36 am »
We might just break this thread with our questions.

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    Re: Save the date: BookBub will be on KBoards, Jan 27-28
    « Reply #51 on: January 21, 2015, 04:49:16 am »
    Thank you, Harvey (and Bookbub!) this is a really cool idea.

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    Re: Save the date: BookBub will be on KBoards, Jan 27-28
    « Reply #52 on: January 21, 2015, 06:46:00 am »
    I'm looking forward to this and am hoping we can get a more transparent view of the selection process. There are so many variables, obviously, but not knowing what they are and not getting feedback when declined creates a lot of frustration when aiming for a moving target.

    Thanks to Harvey and the BookBub people for putting this together!


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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #53 on: January 26, 2015, 08:28:26 am »
    ** UPDATE**

    BookBub is based in Boston, and there are severe storm predictions for the area this week -- so we are re-scheduling this for February 3rd and 4th!

    Stay safe and warm, BookBub -- and all of our KB members in the Boston / New York region.
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    Re: Save the date: BookBub will be on KBoards, Jan 27-28
    « Reply #54 on: January 26, 2015, 08:30:05 am »
    Hey KBoards authors!

    Question #1: Where are BookBub's offices?
    Answer #1: Boston ::)

    This first round of question and answer is meant to explain why we're unfortunately going to need to reschedule our q&a session with all of you to next week. Boston is about to be hit with a "historic storm" that's predicted to bring 2-3 feet of snow :o!

    Our building is likely going to be closed tomorrow and possibly Weds as well, and many of us are expecting to lose power in our homes :(. Because of this, we're worried about our ability to respond quickly and effectively (if at all) during the Q&A this week. We want this to be a super helpful experience for all of you, and our ability to ensure that's the case over the next few days is unfortunately really unpredictable.

    We know this isn't ideal, and we're very sorry for the inconvenience. We were really excited to start chatting with you tomorrow! But please come back next week -- on Feb 3rd and 4th, same time, same place -- for the rescheduled Q&A. Think of it this way: now you have an extra week to come up with even more great questions!

    All best (and stay warm if you're in the northeast),

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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #55 on: January 26, 2015, 09:00:05 am »
    Looking forward to this. Hope the the Bookbub people get through the storm okay.

    Now I'm worrying that the storm might disrupt the ads for my ongoing Countdown promo. Does anyone know where BKnights, ENT and Kindle Books and Tips are located?

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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #56 on: February 02, 2015, 08:27:03 am »
    Thanks for organising - can't wait!

    I haven't quite got my head around exactly how it works, but it will be interesting to see how Bookbub respond to the new Amazon KDP Select Advertising  option.  It certainly looks in theory like a far more reliable means of being able to plan a book launch and get directly to interested readers without having to go through the unfathomable and unpredictable BB application-rejection cycles.  :o


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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #57 on: February 02, 2015, 08:41:19 am »
    This is an awesome opportunity to connect with other authors. Thanks BookBub and Kindle Boards. ;D

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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #58 on: February 02, 2015, 09:52:39 am »
    --> Questions for Book Bub <--

    1) Rejection

    Would you guys consider adding a rejection code to your response?

    • Does not meet our standards. Do not resubmit.
    • Does not our fit our schedule for this time period. Try again later.
    • Accepted for an alternate date. Please respond if you will accept an ad on xx/xx/xxxx.

    You don't need to go into details on the first one although no doubt, you'll get many outraged authors who want to know why? Why? WHY???  But even without details, they would know to move on.

    2) Scheduling

    Would you consider some sort of online scheduling display that showed upcoming dates and how many books were submitted for each date, by category?  It could help people to find a date/category where they are more likely to be accepted.

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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #59 on: February 02, 2015, 10:26:37 am »
    Did you post the ground rules yet?
    Darn if I missed them.

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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #60 on: February 02, 2015, 10:35:03 am »
     :) This is a great idea. I will be there. See you tomorrow. Z
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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #61 on: February 02, 2015, 10:37:12 am »
    I don't have any specific ground rules from BookBub, although we may have to come up with some as we enter into it.

    Note that this won't be a format for asking about specific book submissions/approvals/rejections, e.g. "Can you tell me why my book wasn't selected when book XX was?" kinds of questions.

    Come prepared with your questions and let's make this a useful, informative session. It kicks off at 7am Pacific tomorrow morning.
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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #62 on: February 02, 2015, 10:40:53 am »
    You might have to set some ground rules first, though - otherwise it will just end up with a load of rejected authors wailing, "Why won't you accept me?" ;D


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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #63 on: February 02, 2015, 10:46:35 am »
    --> Questions for Book Bub <--

    2) Scheduling

    Would you consider some sort of online scheduling display that showed upcoming dates and how many books were submitted for each date, by category?  It could help people to find a date/category where they are more likely to be accepted.

    Thanks!

    +1  Or even a basic availability calendar that extends beyond a month. 

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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #64 on: February 02, 2015, 10:53:59 am »
    Crap, I have a class tomorrow morning and will miss this. I wonder if they base their rejection on book covers too. I know a Listing that does.

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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #65 on: February 02, 2015, 01:12:18 pm »
    --> Questions for Book Bub <--

    1) Rejection

    Would you guys consider adding a rejection code to your response?

    • Does not meet our standards. Do not resubmit.
    • Does not our fit our schedule for this time period. Try again later.
    • Accepted for an alternate date. Please respond if you will accept an ad on xx/xx/xxxx.

    You don't need to go into details on the first one although no doubt, you'll get many outraged authors who want to know why? Why? WHY???  But even without details, they would know to move on.

    2) Scheduling

    Would you consider some sort of online scheduling display that showed upcoming dates and how many books were submitted for each date, by category?  It could help people to find a date/category where they are more likely to be accepted.

    Thanks!

    This would be my question/suggestion also.

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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #66 on: February 02, 2015, 01:20:26 pm »
    Harvey, I had to reload this link twice :o--this is kboards, not BookBub, right? And I would expect that BookBub is your competition, right? Or did BookBub buy out kBoards? (every time I turn around, someone is busy buying another company).

    I've been a happy promoter with BookBub now since they gifted me a spot--which shows you how long I've been promoting with BookBub!

    I'll be interested!


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    Re: *RE-SCHEDULED* - BookBub will be on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #67 on: February 02, 2015, 01:24:16 pm »
    Harvey, I had to reload this link twice :o--this is kboards, not BookBub, right? And I would expect that BookBub is your competition, right? Or did BookBub buy out kBoards? (every time I turn around, someone is busy buying another company).

    I've been a happy promoter with BookBub now since they gifted me a spot--which shows you how long I've been promoting with BookBub!

    I'll be interested!

    While there is some overlap in what we do, I don't view BookBub and KBoards as competitors. We're mainly a discussion board, and they're mainly a book recommendation newsletter service.

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    Re: BookBub Q&A on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #68 on: February 02, 2015, 05:58:31 pm »
    Suggestion: Go back and read Bookbub submission guidelines so you aren't asking something they address there. I'm going to. :)
     
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    Re: BookBub Q&A on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #69 on: February 03, 2015, 05:46:03 am »
    Looking forward to the discussion. Thank you.

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    Re: BookBub Q&A on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #70 on: February 03, 2015, 06:26:01 am »
    Coming up: BookBub Q&A begins, 10am Eastern on Tuesday February 3rd

    Dec 18, 2014: Announcement post

    Update: start time will be 10am Eastern time (7am Pacific) on Tuesday January 27th Tuesday February 3rd.

    Update: BookBub is based in Boston and there are severe storm predictions for the area this week -- so we are re-scheduling this for February 3rd and 4th!

    So in England that should be around 3.00 p m. Great! Thanks for this, Harvey. I'll go and get myself a drink and something crunchy and settle down to participate. :-)


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    Re: BookBub Q&A on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #71 on: February 03, 2015, 06:59:34 am »
    Hi Kboards!

    We're really excited to officially open our Q&A today! Mother Nature tried to foil our plans a second time with 12 more inches of snow yesterday, but luckily we all managed to make it into the office and are ready to start taking your questions.

    Here's a brief bio of each person from BookBub participating in the chat (written by Morgan, our Account Manager and wittiest team member):

    Mel is an Account Coordinator who used to love sick beats, but now just likes music, as Taylor Swift has trademarked that phrase.

    Katie is our fearless Director of Business Development. She's been with BookBub almost since its founding! She strongly dislikes being cold, but likes blankets, so that kind of works out.

    Craig is an Account Coordinator who likes rowing, preferably in a rowing shell he carved himself from old-growth redwood. He's excited to be here, though he'd be even more excited if BookBub opened a sunny San Francisco office...

    Sonja is an Account Coordinator here. She's been with BookBub since August 2014. She also knows how to code, which makes her teammates feel like they really should have paid more attention in college, or at least they should have taken that "How to Computer" summer seminar.

    Carlyn is the newest addition to our team. She's a recent college grad with a sunny disposition, which means she's got about two more Boston winters until she turns into one of those grumpy old Muppets like the rest of the team.

    We're all excited to be chatting with you guys today! As a reminder, the only guideline for the conversation is that we aren't able to answer questions about editorial decisions on specific past or future submissions. Aside from that, it's up to you! Looking forward to hearing from everyone--who's up first?
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    Re: BookBub Q&A on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #72 on: February 03, 2015, 07:02:28 am »
    Welcome, BookBub team!
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    Re: BookBub Q&A on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #73 on: February 03, 2015, 07:03:41 am »
    Thanks, Harvey! We're excited to be here!

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    Re: BookBub Q&A on KBoards, Feb 3-4
    « Reply #74 on: February 03, 2015, 07:05:57 am »
    Thanks for doing this. I really love Bookbub and run as many ads as I can with you. I often tell you in my comments that I wish I could run an ad for each of my books more often than every six months (since Bookbub is a huge source of income, directly and indirectly, for me). My questions: any chance you might change that policy to, say, every four months for repeat books that have sold well? My other question is about nonfiction and what types of NF sell well on Bookbub.

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