I’m sixty days into my new position as top dog at an eBook promotion site. It’s been a ton of fun and along the way I’ve had several mini-epiphanies. I want to share them with you because I think as writers and marketers, the things I’ve learned might help you. And, if you’re like me, you might find some of this truly surprising.
1. Readers are really, really grateful that the service is there.
I thought the whole world knew about Bookbub and ENT and whatever other book promotion site is currently flavor of the month. This is incorrect. Either they know about those other services and they want more choices, or they haven’t heard of them. I’ve received multiple emails thanking me for the service. Right after the “thank you”, the one sentence I hear over and over is “I love your books”.
2. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
This one is hard to figure out. I’ve had books with very basic covers and blurbs that have done quite well. You’ve seen the covers. They have three different shades of (insert basic color here), a band in the middle, the title at the top, and the author’s name at the bottom. The synopsis is quite pedestrian, nothing really jumps out at you, yet readers download the book. I think they must be researching further, checking the “Look Inside” feature and deciding it’s a book they want to read. I’ve had several books that barely met our criteria, but I accepted them anyway and they’ve done fairly well.
3. Thursdays are a very good day to promote your work.
Tuesdays are still good, especially for new releases, but don’t forget about Thursdays. They have consistently been strong traffic days on the website and have shown strong open and click rates for the newsletter. Sundays are hit and miss. I’ve had some Sundays where it seems like everyone is perusing books and others that are just okay. Fridays are usually weak. The other days of the week are up and down. And, the first and last days of the month also seem to be strong.
4. New releases.
New releases offered at a discount, especially 99 cent new releases, get almost as much traffic (website viewing as well as newsletter clicks), as free books. I’ve even had a couple of days where new releases get more activity. Readers want to know what’s new and as long as it’s offered at a discount, they’ll make the purchase.
5. Readers want more than just your books.
At our new and growing site, we’re instituting programs to help authors and readers interact. From the correspondence I’ve had with readers, I know the desire is there. As authors we want to connect with our readers of course, but most readers want it too. They sign up for authors’ newsletters and email me commenting on the books they’ve purchased.
6. Readers are reading books.
They’re not just loading up their Kindles. There are some voracious readers out there. I receive emails from readers as quickly as three days from the newsletter inclusion telling me how much they enjoyed reading a particular book. Sometimes, they’re downloading the book and reading them immediately. I’m always happy to send along information to the author’s other works too, of course. This goes back to my previous point that readers truly want more contact with the creator of the work.
It’s been a fascinating couple of months and I’m sure I’ll have more to share with you down the road. Writing can be such a solitary task that it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are real people on the other side of your story, enjoying your work and wanting more. So, keep creating. There are readers waiting for your next book (especially if it’s on sale).
20 thoughts on “Secrets I Learned from Running a Book Promotion Site”
Wow, that is encouraging. Thank you.
I’m glad yours seems to be doing well.
Thanks, Yvonne. A lot of it has to do with product. Without great books to promote our subscribers database wouldn’t increase every day and authors wouldn’t keep submitting. We’ve been fortunate to be able to feature some terrific books and that’s kept readers viewing and clicking.
Great stuff, Martin. So glad you’re having success and passing your lessons learned along to us.
I’m learning every day, Melissa. I’m sure I’ll have more to say in a couple of months.
Very encouraging, Martin. I know as a writer and reader, I want to know all I can about an author I love.
I do too. Thanks for confirming that Jeanne.
Honestly, thanks. Having a bad week, asking myself why I keep on writing…maybe there is hope at the end of the next manuscript?
In our newsletter today we have such a range of books and the readers are a clickin’ and a downloadin’. Some days we have books that are ranked in the upper echelons of Amazon’s rankings and other times I’ve never heard of the author or the book. They all get traffic. I can guarantee you that there are readers out there looking for new reads. So, yeah, keep writing Maria.
Thank you, Martin! This is quite encouraging and I wish you great success.
Thank you Laurie. Every day we’re growing. It’s very cool.
This is all very helpful. Thanks for the insight.
My pleasure RJ.
Martin, I have been watching your site – it’s amazing and it’s very attractive as well. You have a real “feel” for how a successful one should look and operate. Congratulations!
Thanks Dianne. We decided that we’ll go where the readers want us to go and make changes based on that. It seems to be working.
Okay, I’ve heard the “best day of the week” discussion, and never paid much attention to it. Now I will.
Good stuff as usual, Martin, thanks.
And if the best day of the week changes I’ll let you guys know.
O.k. Maybe I read the article too fast, but I’ll go ahead and ask my question anyway. What ebook promotion site are you working at, Martin? Loved the article. Good insights. Thanks for passing them along.
Nope, you didn’t miss it Christopher. I didn’t mention the name. BookDoggy is my site. Thanks for asking.
Good information, Martin, which I’m immediately putting to use! Given your own success in the field, I take very seriously what you have to offer.
My Ebook is published by i Universe.COM what is the outcome I just do not know it is the Marketing Team jurisdiction. I do want you to tell me if you are linked with the various ebook publishing company so that the Authors would benefit from your selection of Authors’.
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