There are hundreds of book listing sites out there, and I’ve tried a couple dozen of them, but these are the three that generated the most bang for my buck.
For those of you who don’t know what a book listing site is: it’s a service that will send out an email to all their book subscribers telling them about your free book day. If you’re signed up with KDP then making your book free for a day is really easy. Every ninety days, KDP gives you five days of your choice to make your book free. I usually sign up with the book listing site first since a lot of their days are sold out. That way, once the listing site gives me the date I can then go onto KDP and schedule the free day.
All three of the book listing sites I like the most are paid sites though. There are dozens of sites that will list your book for free, but I’ve never had much luck with those. Too good to be true in my case, but I do know authors that have had great experiences with some of them, so it’s worth a shot!
With that being said, here’s my list:
This site gave me the best numbers by far. I’ve listed five of my books with them and each time I reached 20,000 to 30,000 downloads on the first day! Their downside is that they’re expensive and very picky about which books they choose. Don’t be discouraged by the ‘being picky’ part though. I submitted my books every month per their requirements and eventually they were picked. Sometimes, they have too many books of your same genre in a given month, so just keep submitting!
As for expenses, I always make my money back and then some. Using them is great for exposure, but it can make you a few bucks as well.
Plus, with BookBub, it’s a great feeling watching your book climb the charts on Amazon. Being in the top ten of the entire book store is pretty awesome :-)
I didn’t get the same numbers as BookBub, but FreeBooksy also isn’t as picky or expensive either. My average download count was about 1,000 to 2,000. So far less than BookBub, but still decent numbers.
And lastly, BookGorilla. They’re the least expensive of the three, but also the lowest number of downloads. The reason why they’re number three for me is because even with the lower numbers, it was still better than any other listing site I’ve used. My average was about 500 to 1,000 downloads.
I would love to know about any of your experiences with listing sites! If you have any suggestions, I’m always up for trying a new site! Just comment below and let me know! Thanks!
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