Hi, I have used a couple of paid options including BGS. I only paid their minimum option and they, together with the other ones I used did not generate any sales. BGS do however have an active, free, facebook page. It is helpful to join this but I certainly wouldn't pay again for services. I think it is easy to get caught up in the hype and there are a lot of people out there willing to take money off "authors." The reality is it is hard/impossible to claw back and the best advice I have received is do it yourself as best you can, and get on with the next novel.
I agree with Lyn (above). The best thing I've done to get noticed is produce more books. Market intelligence is useful and costs nothing, it helps me think about blurbs and covers and aspects of content. My first book didn't sell much, my next book sold a few and the one after that sells more. Each book I write takes longer to produce but they are improving in quality which ultimately is most important as they are legacy items.
I keep meaning to get some new cards made up with my covers on them and search info. People often ask about them so it seems sensible to have something to hand them. I have been saying this for two years! I should get in to it!
It is a long time since anyone commented on this thread but since I have just signed up to BGS and, onlynow reading this, I am wondering, if like many things I have tried, it's going to be a waste of money, with 0 conversion rates. Did anything good come of your experience with them, if not....did you get your money back? I am hoping their guarantee holds, if not , then PayPal's! Any other info would be greatly appreciated!
In a market where there are almost as many books as readers, whatsoever makes you think that a promoter who actually gets results won't charge an arm and a leg? If you had dreams of making a profit, never mind a living, as a writer, curb your enthusiasm right now.
Your odds here are just as good as the odds of some nobody moving to Hollywood in the hopes of winning an Oscar.
Could you win the prize? Yeah, sure, if you've got talent and the stars align. But the 99.9999% probability is, you'll end up waiting tables.
I am with a very apathetic print house and have to do all my own marketing. Although the pitch for Books Go Social sounds grand, I did not see an appreciable rise in sales and since I make sixty cents a books, my entire income went to BGS.
I have no idea what to do for authentic market penetration,
It's very easy to make a profit, assuming you write a book to market, have a decent cover that conveys your genre and compares favorably to decent selling books, an intriguing blurb, and an exciting, well written Look Inside that makes readers want to read more. However, most of the books I see posted on this forum are lacking in one or more of these essentials and will not sell. That's because people assume they can put up books with DIY covers and self edited short stories or poems or children's books with no attempt at advertising and somehow people will magically buy their book in droves.
Strange. This was not my experience with Booksgo social. I did a promotion for my memoir back in November. It didn't sell and I asked for my money back. And I got it! It doesn't say much for their ability to sell books, but I will say I had no problem getting my money back.