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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by LilyBLily on May 07, 2021, 09:47:53 AM »
I haven't submitted often--and BookBub helpfully keeps a list of my submissions, so now I know it was a total of eleven--and they've passed on this next book twice before. I think Simon has the right of it and their people pick and choose based on what other books they're got lined up.

My assumption is that the trad pub women's fiction, with its typical $1.99 or $2.99 as the discount price, is the preferred deal for BookBub. Since there is plenty of trad pub backlist to pump through the system, I doubt I could ever get a U.S. deal. I'd do a 99-cent deal and accepting my book in place of a trad pub book means $751 or $1522 in lost revenue for BB. I can't see why BB would go for that.

On the other hand, if BB wants to keep giving me international deals, and the ads each make a small profit, then I can use that profit to fund other ads that might be even more profitable. At the moment I'm soured on Amazon ads and not ready to try yet again with Facebook.

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Yes. I even downloaded it via KU to make sure it was after my reader said it was fixed.

I had one whole read come through after that. Then silence again.

It's terrifying me that i might have lost so many readers.

Send out a quick newsletter. "I recently learned there was a problem with downloading my latest release. The hamsters took a break from running their on their wheels and something went wrong on Amazon's end. But it's all fixed now, I swear! If you tried to download my book and had problems, give it a try now. And if you haven't gotten it yet, it's available on Amazon and KU!"
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by notthatamanda on May 07, 2021, 05:58:05 AM »
Yeah, I was contemplating rebranding them as women's fiction. Can't justify the cost of the new covers though.
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Yes. I even downloaded it via KU to make sure it was after my reader said it was fixed.

I had one whole read come through after that. Then silence again.

It's terrifying me that i might have lost so many readers.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Tweek on May 07, 2021, 05:12:28 AM »
Eh, no worries. Am I ever going to get a romance bookbub? Probably not. If they accept me I'll probably take it as a sign that Bookbub is in its last days. My romance is competing against books with 100s of reviews with a 4.9+* average. I'm low 4s with 70 or so reviews. It will never happen.

I think the problem with the romance category is the sheer competition. Romance, in all its flavors, might have the largest reader base, but it also has the most authors, books, and content mills. It's a tough pool to play in.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by notthatamanda on May 07, 2021, 04:59:54 AM »
Eh, no worries. Am I ever going to get a romance bookbub? Probably not. If they accept me I'll probably take it as a sign that Bookbub is in its last days. My romance is competing against books with 100s of reviews with a 4.9+* average. I'm low 4s with 70 or so reviews. It will never happen.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Tweek on May 07, 2021, 03:55:51 AM »
My 2 rejections this year were for US-only submissions. My other 2 rejections were from years ago and for the same book, which I stubbornly submitted twice (I don't blame them for rejecting it. I'm currently editing it for the millionth time. It's one of those series that still sells despite being badly written and riddled with edit errors that I've been trying to fix for 7 years).

This year BookBub seem determined from only give me int-only, but they are not worth much to me.

On the upside, freeing myself from the BookBub game means I can play some new games with my bundling and pricing. I don't have to hold books at full price for a period before submitting them to BookBub only to get an int-only.

Amazon's 35% game gets on my nerves, so I'm thinking of taking down all my singles on Amazon and only having boxsets on there. I can put singles in series on the other platforms and play with the pricing because they don't have Amazon's <2.99 threshold drop in royalty to 35%. That's always been an annoying lock. But if I change the bundling so that Amazon only have boxsets, then I can price the singles however I want on the other platforms and still get full royalty.

So, there are upside and downsides to ditching BookBub.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Simon Haynes on May 07, 2021, 03:35:49 AM »
Over the past few months I've had four rejections in a row, four acceptances in a row.

It's not so much about your book, rather it's related to what they've already lined up.  If they have a load of epic fantasy books and someone offers something a little different it has a much higher chance.

My acceptances were scifi comedy, light scifi adventure, gaslamp fantasy and mil scifi (only one of them in KU)
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Tweek on May 07, 2021, 03:33:58 AM »
I racked up 60 rejections before I got an acceptance, so keep applying, folks!
I've lost count. It must be 30 or 40 at least.
My last acceptance was in February 2020. Since then, I've racked up 70 rejections.

 :HB  :dizzy  :shrug

I just don't have that kind of devotion to getting one.

I completely gave up after about a dozen.

With all the talk of Indies only getting Intl ones, I don't see the point of even bothering.

But good luck to those of you who never give up.  :tap

I haven't had many rejections, maybe 4 or 5, because I don't submit often. But all I've gotten this year is international deals and they're not worth much. I'm putting more money into GoogleAds. I did try some FB ads, but the people left on there are crazy political. They somehow managed to put a political spin on a sci fi book (it's not even a controversial subject). I stopped the ads. Too many idiots were posting messages.
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Publisher's Office [Public] / KDP Print expands to Australia
« Last post by Simon Haynes on May 07, 2021, 03:33:08 AM »
Just got an email from Amazon:



We’re excited to announce paperback printing will begin launching in Australia on May 19, 2021. This will enable faster delivery of your book to you and your readers.


For me this is awesome news.  I can finally advertise my paperbacks here on AMS with decent-ish prices.


(They also say that we need to go in and set the Aussie price for all paperbacks, just like we did when then added Canada)
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