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As an author, I know how hard it can be to find affordable and effective book marketing. So I spent this summer taking notes and making lists, took out a loan (gulp), and hired some smart folks to create The Fussy Librarian.

We're going to offer the personalized daily email service that works so well and take it further by letting readers select their preferences regarding profanity, violence and sexual content. An example: People who love cozy mysteries -- and only cozy mysteries -- receive an email only when a mystery without sex, violence or profanity is being promoted. (Here's the answer to your first question: You rate your book on the content. It's an honor system with a short leash.)

Our book promotions will be FREE this fall while we build our reader list. But even after we start charging, we promise to keep them affordable.

You can read more about book submissions here: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/

And you can sign up for the daily email here: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/

We're still a few weeks away from starting the daily service -- the programmers are still working on the book submission form and the database. Email me at [email protected] if you wish to be alerted when the author form is up and working.

So check out the site, kick the tires and let me know what you think. Thanks!
 

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You might want to ask folks to comment here if they want to be notified when the author form is up and running. That would keep your thread live more often.  ;) I would like to be notified.
 

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So, I was going to sign up, but I'd like to see the way the options are worded before I enter my email. From your description, it sounds like you're going to filter out the offensive stuff, but will it work the other way?  Is there a way I can filter out the sweet cozies and ONLY get the gritty, explicit stuff? :)
 

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That's an excellent idea. If you leave a reply in this thread, I'll contact you when the author submit form is live.

On a "gritty only filter," hmmm ... We will include the content ratings in the emails -- that's one way you can avoid cozy mysteries if that's not your thing.

On Kobo: We're certainly open to including links to Kobo.
 

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valeriec80 said:
So, I was going to sign up, but I'd like to see the way the options are worded before I enter my email. From your description, it sounds like you're going to filter out the offensive stuff, but will it work the other way? Is there a way I can filter out the sweet cozies and ONLY get the gritty, explicit stuff? :)
I think the only thing that happens, Valerie, is we fill in your email on the reader signup form. I don't think any data is collected until you submit the whole form, but I'd have to ask the programmers to be 100% sure. You definitely don't get the email unless you submit the whole form.
 

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I signed up as a reader and will bookmark for future as an author. I haven't done any promotions yet. Would you consider adding romance: time travel to your list? It is, ahem, not only the thing I write, but the thing I like to read the most as well, and it really is it's own category, different from historical, sci-fi, paranormal etc. Also, not to be a nerd, but romance: western? hee hee  :-[

good luck on the site!
 

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I just have one tiny issue:

Fair and reasonable prices. We will never charge you $1,200 because you want to sell a mystery novel for $2.99. That's crazy. You shouldn't have to take out a loan to buy a book sponsorship.
I wouldn't personally make promises like that. If all goes well, and I hope it does, you should be so lucky to one day be able to charge $1200 and also have it be a FAIR PRICE for the author. ;D

The main competitor in this field can command those rates because authors see the results.
 

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Mimi said:
I just have one tiny issue:

I wouldn't personally make promises like that. If all goes well, and I hope it does, you should be so lucky to one day be able to charge $1200 and also have it be a FAIR PRICE for the author. ;D

The main competitor in this field can command those rates because authors see the results.
I'd guess I would rather leave a little money on the table if that means authors can start charging $2.99 and get the higher royalty rate. While some authors will recoup the expense, I suspect that far more drop their price so the rate is one they can afford and they feel confident they'll break even.
 

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cassidycayman said:
I signed up as a reader and will bookmark for future as an author. I haven't done any promotions yet. Would you consider adding romance: time travel to your list? It is, ahem, not only the thing I write, but the thing I like to read the most as well, and it really is it's own category, different from historical, sci-fi, paranormal etc. Also, not to be a nerd, but romance: western? hee hee :-[

good luck on the site!
Goes for me too, except in my case I'd like you to add gay romance. Seeing you already have erotic romance as a category that shouldn't be too difficult. ;)
 

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Will you also accept titles from small publishers?
Absolutely, as long as the books meet the guidelines. But we're not going to do discounts for publishers -- everyone pays the same price.
 

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Absolutely, as long as the books meet the guidelines. But we're not going to do discounts for publishers -- everyone pays the same price.
Great! ;D

I'm not certain why a publisher would expect a discount, anyway.

I only asked because you have "For Authors" and no mention of publishers. ;)

When do you want us to start spreading the word on FB & Twitter?
 

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Lynn McNamee said:
Great! ;D

I'm not certain why a publisher would expect a discount, anyway.

I only asked because you have "For Authors" and no mention of publishers. ;)

When do you want us to start spreading the word on FB & Twitter?
We're on a real server now and not someone's laptop, so we can handle the traffic. Grateful for anything you can do to spread the word.
 

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P.S. I forgot to mention last night that readers who sign up are eligible to win an iPad Mini at the end of the month. It's our way of thanking our "early adopters."
 

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The for authors info stipulates 10 reviews and 4 star rating on Amazon etc. Is this a combined rating? IE I have 4 reviews on UK Amazon and 6 on US. Does that count as 10 or do you only accept 10 on each site? And what if I have 10 and an average of 4 stars on one site and 10 on another but the average is 3 stars on that site?

Thanks
 
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