My Experience with Book Bub

Several months back, I had my first experience in using Book Bub to promote one of my novels. Now, if you are familiar with the behemoth of a book promotion site, it’s not easy to get onto Book Bub. Their site says that only 20% of books offered to the site are chosen for promotion. That’s one of the reasons their promotions cost so much, ranging from $200 to $700. So, yes, it’s an investment on the author’s part to get in. And they curate their site in a very selective way so their massive readership knows exactly what they will be getting when they see a free or discounted Book Bub ad. So when my book was finally chosen for a free promotion, did it work?

Unequivocally, yes!

Several very clear-cut results came from my ad on Book Bub. First, they said how many downloads I could expect in my genre, and the numbers backed it up exactly. Very accurate.

Second, as time drifted on, the number of reviews on my book on Amazon nearly doubled with more then 20+ new reviews coming out of this promotion.

Third, and something I would not have predicted at all, the promoted novel saw a huge spike in the number of pages read on this KDP Select title. Prior to the promotion, pages read had flat-lined and basically non-existent. Suddenly, I was seeing thousands of pages read every day, and the residual effect of this did not just last for a week or so. I saw regular, daily page reads for about five months. This is the best result possible: knowing the readers are actually reading the book. This, of course, has led to other sales from other books.

So my conclusion is simple. Though Book Bub is expensive and certainly a commitment for the typical indie author, their promotional tools deliver. I’ve used many other websites for promotion but no other one, in my experience, can come close to matching Book Bub’s results.

I will most definitely keep trying to use them. That’s my experience. What’s yours?

First Time Ever: “Banyan Tree” novel FREE on Kindle! Limited time.

“The Reach of the Banyan Tree” was published in July of 2014. I’m proud of this novel, because whether anyone else liked it or not, it was my great Vietnamese novel that I always wanted to write. You see, I lived there for ten years, and I learned to love the culture and history of this amazing country. So I set out to write a three-generational tale about one American family which had been forever altered by their encounters in Vietnam. 1945. 1967. 2014. I wrote it, and I’m happy with it. And luckily, so are the reviewers. It’s garnered a 4.8 on 26 reviews on Amazon. I never thought I would offer it for free on Kindle, but when Book Bub agreed, and the prospect of getting this great story into the hands of 10,000+ readers came calling, I couldn’t turn it down. So here it is:

The Reach of the Banyan Tree FREE – December 14-16

It’s free on Kindle. Please get yourself a copy and help me get the word out. I can’t see me ever offering this again for free in the future, so this is the time.

And if you do download it, I’d greatly appreciate a review.

Thanks for all your support.

“The Reach of the Banyan Tree”

Chip Carson intended to marry a young Vietnamese woman until a tragic accident lands him in prison, forever altering the outlook of their relationship. As he struggles to cope with his strained love, a mysterious stranger appears bearing a journal about Chip’s grandfather who parachuted into French Indochina at the end of World War II. As the words in the journal reveal a life that Chip never knew, he begins to understand the depth of love and sacrifice needed in order to have a second chance at love.

Part historical fiction, part contemporary love story, The Reach of the Banyan Tree is an adventure spanning two eras. It explores the effects of war, love, culture, and family obligation in twentieth century Vietnam through the eyes of three generations of American men, who each lost their soul in the tangled reaches of the banyan tree.

Get your FREE KINDLE copy here! (only until Dec 16)

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