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I got an email today offering book promotion for Indie authors in their online magazine.
Let me tell you, my jaw dropped when I opened the email and looked at their prices.
$250 (yes, two hundred fifty) for a quarter page ad for ONE book. Do you know how small is a ¼ of a page in an online magazine? They can fit a thumbnail size book cover with one buying link. Seriously? For $250?
$500 (Yes, five hundred) for a full page ad for ONE book. Okay, at least they can fit a decent size cover with link and blurb. But for $500? Really? I never met any Indie author who could afford that.
$3,700 (Yes, three thousand seven hundred) for a year that includes ONE book ad in six magazine issues. Well, I’m speechless!
There is more…
They don’t promote the magazines on a website or on social sites. They send out the link to (supposedly) 150,000 email subscribers. So, for that much money, your thumbnail size book cover might be seen by a few subscribers. The truth is that the newsletter opening rate dropped to about 3% because the giants such as BookBub are leading this promo option.
Want to know more?
Readers subscribe because they want free books. Do you think it’s worth spending money to advertise your regular priced eBook in the newsletter? I don’t think so. For free books it’s fine (if you can afford the $600 with BookBub) because it increases book ranking.
Let me tell you about the promo options that my publisher, Golden Box Books Publishing, offers.
$8 (yes, only dollar eight) for two pages/book in their monthly online magazine.
The magazines are displayed on the Featured Books page HERE and regularly promoted on social sites. The page is regularly submitted to search engines and the visitor count is steadily increasing with every new magazine issue, book, or author magazine added to the shelves.
$49 to have your own book presentation as a beautiful flip-book magazine.
A one-time fee, hosting included. Your book is placed on the Featured Books page and promoted. You get the flip-book link that you can post on social sites and the HTML code that you can embed in your website page.
$99 to have your own author magazine including bio, links and all your books. A one-time fee, hosting included. Your author magazine is placed on the Featured Books page and promoted. You get the flip-book link that you can post on social sites and the HTML code that you can embed in your website page.
About the Golden Box Books Award Contests:
The Golden Book Award contest was a great success and my publisher accepting submissions to the Golden Quill Award Contest. The semifinalists, finalists, and winners of the contests are promoted in the online magazines and the authors reported increased sales since the winners were announced.
Click to see the Featured Books page
Take a look at one of my flip-books
Click to enter your books in the Award Contest
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Erika M Szabo
Author of epic fantasy/magical realism novels and children's books, Publishing Coach at
Golden Box Books Publishing
Print & eBook