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Marketing Loft [Public] / Ads on TikTok, anyone?
« Last post by Lerria321 on January 15, 2022, 04:33:40 AM »
I've read an article today about TikTok growth and how it's becoming a new haven for advertising. Has anyone tried it for book promotion? What are your thoughts?
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Thanks. I'm considering re-joining because it'd give me a different audience. For me, it'd be an add-on because I consider Bookfunnel the best out of all of them--for now, anyway. I guess I was spoiled when StoryOrigin was free.

Remember, if StoryOrigin doesn't have the promos you want, create the promo you want!
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Promotion Signup Desk [Public] / Re: Sci-fi & Fantasy Newsletter Builder @ StoryOrigin
« Last post by alhawke on January 15, 2022, 03:57:57 AM »
Thanks. I'm considering re-joining because it'd give me a different audience. For me, it'd be an add-on because I consider Bookfunnel the best out of all of them--for now, anyway. I guess I was spoiled when StoryOrigin was free.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by Anarchist on January 15, 2022, 03:53:36 AM »
Do not raise the budget. It's always a waste to do it in response to Amazon saying you should.

Not in my experience.
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Is StoryOrigin still worth the cost? I've considered going back only because I can offer my subscribers more authors to choose from (I do believe there's some interest fatigue when you keep hosting the same giveaway/sales promo). I have yet to run a ProlificWork promo only because there aren't a lot of authors participating there anymore.

I think you'll get a variety of answers to this. For many authors, StoryOrigin's review promos and the newsletter swap features make it more valuable than Bookfunnel. That said, if you are looking to giveaway books in great volume, and can only afford one, BookFunnel is the better option.

I don't really need reviewers, as I've built up my own team over the years. My list is bigger than most of the authors in my genre on StoryOrigin, and the complications of a swapping, make that feature not valuable to me.

I will probably maintain my StoryOrigin subscription at the end of the year because I do think it gives me a chance to reach a slightly different audience and it fits my budget, however every author will have to make a different calculus. It maybe you want to subscribe on a month-by- month basis instead of for a full year.
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Great news, Timothy! What a headache.
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Promotion Signup Desk [Public] / Re: Sci-fi & Fantasy Newsletter Builder @ StoryOrigin
« Last post by alhawke on January 15, 2022, 02:24:31 AM »
I've had some great promos through StoryOrigin--one of which was by C. Gockel. Thanks!  :cheers
I send a newsletter monthly using Bookfunnel sales promos like ads. But I stopped StoryOrigin due to the expense.

Is StoryOrigin still worth the cost? I've considered going back only because I can offer my subscribers more authors to choose from (I do believe there's some interest fatigue when you keep hosting the same giveaway/sales promo). I have yet to run a ProlificWork promo only because there aren't a lot of authors participating there anymore.
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"shares" are the number of clicks you bring to the promo. Some authors with small lists bring in 100+ views every time, some people with huge lists send over only a handful. It probably has a lot to do with the quality of their newsletter, and if they bury the link, don't use images, etc.


Gotcha.  Thanks.

That's pretty interesting about big lists only producing a handful of clicks.  I wouldn't have thought that was even statistically possible.  Sounds like I'm punching well above my weight when it comes to sending clicks to promos.

I did what I thought were a lot of BookFunnel group promos in 2020, mostly because they were free. I thought they might be worth trying but my eventual conclusion was that they kept me busy and erroneously imagining I was building brand awareness. The truth was almost nobody who saw those promos was interested in my books.

Although I had well over 3k people on my mailing list, the particular promos never got me more than a 113 click average for newsletter promos and a 62 click average for sales promos. (The first type is just for newsletter sign-ups and of course usually includes a freebie.) As these often--but not always--were discounted books, I consider my averages to be anemic. Was it the company I kept? The slant of the particular promos? My lack of social media presence? (Not that Twitter or Facebook posts sell books.) I did 18 promos total and I stopped when I kept seeing the same books showing up in the group listings. I was bored with them and I thought my newsletter people probably were, too. I could have kept going. At my current attrition rate, it will take me years to lose all the dead wood.

Huh. That's weird. I find the sales promos to be the cheapest advertising out there. I have also found sell-thru from the newsletters to be excellent, although I do usually "romance" them first, like this:

Short Story Giveaway > Permafree > Reduced (99Ę or $2.99) second in series > Full price book

Open rates to my welcome sequence are typically 44 - 49% which is pretty decent.
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"Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the bottled bat" is the third book in the series. The first two books were published by Gecko Books, but Gecko are no longer in existence.

I'm self-publishing this book and would appreciate feedback from parents and teachers on the storyline, and especially on which scenes they feel will be enhanced by illustrations.

BLURB
When Pug, the young fruit bat goes missing his parents call on the services of Leon Chameleon, the famed Private Eye of Pigeon Valley. Leon quickly sizes up the situation and realises he needs the help of the animals and birds living in the valley. After persuading them to use their natural skills to search for the young bat they track him down, but they soon discover their problems are only just beginning. The young batís life is in danger and time is running out. Can Leon come up with a clever rescue plan before itís too late?

I workshopped the first books with schoolteachers and their classes, but covid has made this difficult.

Thanks in advance.

Links to previous books in the series.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007X5PXF2

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007X5T2FE


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Glad Amazon finally took action.

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