Open Book Blog Hop – May 23rd: Book Promotions that don’t work.

Where do I start?

  1. BookBub ads: Not the uber expensive one ($700+). I haven’t had the guts to try it, although I have heard it is worth it. Maybe once I have a few more books in my catalogue. I’m talking about the small pay/click ads. Easy to set up and run (unlike Amazon ads), but if your book isn’t free, the clicks are just wasted money.
  2. Amazon Ads: Not as easy to set up and each ad is reviewed before it is improved. Ten years ago, I’m sure you could get away with under $0.10/click, but most suggested bids are $1 or more. So unless everyone who clicks on your ad purchases your book, you are wasting money.
    I did remember that I set up an ad a few weeks ago with a ridiculously low bid of $0.11, just to see what would happen:
Well, at least I have only spent 8 cents . . .

3. BookFunnel/StoryOrigin: I have increased my subscriber list, but sales, not so much.

4. Paying marketing companies: Some work, some don’t. If the book isn’t free, your downloads are much less.

What have you tried that didn’t work? You can add your blog to this one by clicking the blue button below, or just leave a comment.


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Published by Leon Stevens

I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

5 thoughts on “Open Book Blog Hop – May 23rd: Book Promotions that don’t work.

  1. BookBub is far too expensive for me. To be honest, nothing really gets us more readers apart from giving books away for free, but then that doesn’t generate any sales.


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