Mar
25

Cutting Through the Noise

breaking into Bookbub

In 2015, the Huffingpost proclaimed "It Isn't Amazon Publishers Should Fear. It's Bookbub." And while other social media-based recommendation services, such as Amazon's Goodreads, are also making a huge impact in the publishing industry, Bookbub's influence on the marketplace remains undeniable.

The advertising service curates a recommended reading list of discounted/free titles for its members based on an ever-changing collection of books that have passed its restrictive intake process.  And that selectivity is the key to maintaining the trust of Bookbub's membership. The question is, how can an author break through the noise to get onto this promotion platform? And is doing so actually worth the price of admission?

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Mar
3

My Galaxy Mug & a Good Book

#amquerying update

I recently received a reply to the partial manuscript request I'd sent in last July. I'd gotten to the point where a gentle nudge seemed appropriate as the agent had re-opened to queries again after several months of being closed to submissions while she cleaned out her backlog. To me, that implied that she felt she'd replied to everything she had in her inbox. So I sent her a polite message, asking whether anyone who hadn't yet heard back from her should consider the lack of response as a "no thank you." She answered right away and asked me to resubmit in case my manuscript (or her answer back to me) had fallen through the cyber cracks.

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