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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by JackT on April 30, 2021, 02:01:54 AM »
I've always made a substantial profit on US only deals; and I haven't ever tried stacking them. I am going to give it a go next month, though.

Is it better to have the smaller promotions before or after the big day? Or a couple before and a couple after? I've got a six day window, with the Bookbub on Day 3.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Simon Haynes on April 30, 2021, 12:51:56 AM »
I've never tried to 'hold back' the US edition at full price while dropping the intl ones to 99c, in order to apply for a US bookbub 30 days after the intl one. I think the chances of getting a US-only BB are slim indeed.

I prefer to drop the price across the board and book promos elsewhere for the US market. I don't cycle back to apply for a BB with that particular book for 6-12 months at least.

(My last BB, and this one, are for titles I've never run a promo for even though they were released in 2018/2019.)

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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by LilyBLily on April 29, 2021, 11:42:13 PM »
So here's my question. Someone suggested that I should have immediately pressed for a U.S. ad with the same book that had the international deal this month, and for sure BB would have given me that deal. Do we really think that's what's happening now?

Instead, I submitted a different book. I tend to agree with Simon that the trad pub ads are pushing the indie ads to international, but my concern is that if or when BB finally agrees to a U.S. deal, the supporting ads I bought and will buy for the international deals will have drawn off some of the U.S. sales potential. Is BB's mailing list still so wonderful that even if stacked newsletter ads produce nothing much the U.S. BB ad alone will be profitable?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Simon Haynes on April 29, 2021, 11:34:50 PM »
Me too! International only (non-US)

I've seen an awful lot of big-name authors/books in my Bookbub emails lately, and as I suggested earlier in this thread, that has to be leaving more room for international-only deals. Publishers based in Au/Ca/UK/In can't use Bookbub featured deals unless they hold the rights in all those countries, which almost never happens. So, US publishers are cherry picking the US slots, and that leaves room for indies.

Works for me.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by notthatamanda on April 29, 2021, 11:11:04 PM »
Congratulations!
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by LilyBLily on April 29, 2021, 11:06:41 PM »
Holy moley! I got another international BookBub! Yikes!
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by LilyBLily on April 28, 2021, 10:58:38 PM »
While I wait to be rejected/accepted for the next BookBub ad, I noticed something about the book that just ran the international BB ad. It now has four more ratings (not reviews). I don't know if this is good or bad. Probably good. After the first few reviews, unless there's something in a story that sticks out like a sore thumb, everybody says the same thing, anyway. And if something does stick out, they say the same thing with different pejoratives. I must admit I find those reviews entertaining.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by PaulineMRoss on April 28, 2021, 09:17:15 PM »
It's been five days for me and no rejection yet (scifi space opera, wide).

I'm guessing they're waiting to see if something better comes along.  Most scifi space opera is in KU, so I guess that's something in my favour.

Five days is a very good sign. It means they're considering it. It might still get rejected but it's not a hard pass, anyway. Fingers crossed for you!
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Simon Haynes on April 28, 2021, 07:27:18 PM »
Still waiting for BookBub to reject my latest attempt. I guess they get a lot over the weekend and it takes a day or so to sort through them.

Meanwhile, I discovered that Google Play not only did not automatically return my book's price to normal, but it delisted the book. This does not help with a tail, folks.

I've manually fixed it, I hope. Part of the site says it's available and part hasn't caught up and isn't counting it in my total list of titles. Fun and games.

It's been five days for me and no rejection yet (scifi space opera, wide).

I'm guessing they're waiting to see if something better comes along.  Most scifi space opera is in KU, so I guess that's something in my favour.

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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Tweek on April 27, 2021, 10:31:12 PM »


This is probably a bit late, but have you tried the online support Google chat. They usually fix anything I need on the spot. No need to wait.

Also, have you noticed problems with Apple. I can't get into the back end of my books to set up pricing for my latest release, so every other platform is live except for Apple. Real pain in the butt because I have campaigns running for it.

I did not see a live chat feature on Google Play. I've looked again just now and don't see it. Where is it located? My books listing there is correct now.

I had such a wretched time struggling with pricing on Apple that years ago I switched to going through D2D to Apple. Happy to avoid the hassle. I do have one book left that's direct, but since I never change its price, I don't have an answer for you.

Go into Help Center (through the bottom of book screen or the ? button at top right)
See drop down that says Contact Us
Click on that
Enter what you need help with
Next step asks you to confirm your issue
Next step is options, chat or email
If you choose chat it will open a little chat window
A human is on the other end and they have authority to do stuff

***
As for Apple. Never had any problems with them. They had maintenance work on Sunday and they've never fully reinstated. I've emailed with no reply, which is also not like them. Bit of a nuisance but they're my worst selling site anyway. Luckily I lowered the price for the BookBub last week.
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