Bookbub seriously rocks!
Wait, wait, what’s that you say? You don’t know what Bookbub is? *Gasp* How can that be?
Just kidding lol, I didn’t know either until I decided to publish my first book ADORKABLE :). In 2016, I searched the best ways to promote a book, and Bookbub was always right there, being mentioned by authors. They made it sound SO awesome, and of course, I had to know more. So, what is Bookbub? Basically, it’s a site that helps readers find new reads at a limited-time great price. It also helps authors promote their work and expand their readership. Each day “featured deals” are emailed out to the readers with books that are 1) in genres they love to read and 2) at deeply discounted prices.
Sounds amazing, right?
The catch for authors: It can be pretty pricey. You pay up front if your book is selected, a pre-determined price listed right on their website based on your discounted price and genre. The process was said to be super selective. There are no guarantees.
Flash forward to 2018, when I’d released a couple of books and was hoping to better promote them.
I chose to submit ADORKABLE because it had more ratings/reviews on Amazon and Goodreads than NINJA GIRL. The Bookbub editorial team supposedly looks at this (see post). I wasn’t overly confident, was scared to submit, knew that my book may not be selected–knew too that authors had started to say that Bookbub was no longer as effective, that readers were overwhelmed with discounted books and that Bookbub experiences varied widely. With nothing to lose, I submitted ADORKABLE anyway.
And miracle of miracles, it was selected for a featured deal!!! Yay, yay, yayyyyy!
My genre was teen and young adult. The discounted price was $0.99 for a limited time. The featured deal ran on a Sunday, and ADORKABLE was at the top of the email I received from Bookbub (ahhhhh!). Then I watched to see if the promotion would have any effect.
And boy did it ever!
Several new readers discovered the book, more than I could’ve ever hoped for. Several new readers discovered NINJA GIRL, too. More pages were read on Kindle Unlimited. ADORKABLE quickly skyrocketed to #1 in a couple of its categories–which yes, thankfully, it has been there before.
But the most amazing thing, the most unbelievable, I-hoped-but-never-thought-it-would-happen surprise was this:
ADORKABLE broke the Amazon Top 100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It reached #98.
In. The. Entire. Amazon. Store.
I know…I know!!!! Incredible, right? I had to take pictures because otherwise when I look back on this, I may not believe it LOL.
Sigh. ADORKABLE‘s success has always been something I am so incredibly thankful for. I love that little book. And Bookbub rocks because it helped put Sally and Becks into the hands and hearts of new readers <3.
To celebrate, this Thursday I will be having a Facebook Giveaway!!!!! This is a way for me to connect and thank my readers, and last time, it was so fun, you guys! I hope you’ll join me this Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:30am PT (10:30am ET). I’ll be asking bookish questions about my books, and the prizes are $5 Amazon gift cards, 1 signed copy of ADORKABLE and 1 signed copy of NINJA GIRL!!! I love giving, and I especially love giving to you readers! Hope to see you there :).