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Lyn

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: May 2, 2015 11:42 AM   in response to: Amy Van Horn in response to: Amy Van Horn
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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.

Edited by: Lyn on May 2, 2015 11:50 AM
wirdmonger

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: May 2, 2015 1:42 PM   in response to: Lyn in response to: Lyn
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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!
susan wright

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Apr 19, 2016 3:59 PM   in response to: D.A. Taylor in response to: D.A. Taylor
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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!
Glenn Gillis

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Jul 20, 2017 1:40 PM   in response to: Amy Van Horn in response to: Amy Van Horn
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I think that all those book promoters such as BooksGoSocial are all there only to collect our money, but do any of you do know of such a trustworthy book promoter that doesn't charge you a fortune?

Edited by: Glenn Gillis on Jul 20, 2017 1:46 PM
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Jul 20, 2017 1:50 PM   in response to: susan wright in response to: susan wright
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Check out the Alexa. Rank: 2.9 million and dropping. Traffic data not available. Any questions?

Alexa is your friend.
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Jul 20, 2017 1:53 PM   in response to: Glenn Gillis in response to: Glenn Gillis
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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.
marblesunshine

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Jan 12, 2018 4:21 PM   in response to: Amy Van Horn in response to: Amy Van Horn
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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,
C. Gold

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Jan 13, 2018 2:14 AM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
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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.
Jon

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 4:23 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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I do a lot of marketing in various ways for my different books. BGS was supposed to be driving downloads for a free copy of one of my best rated titles.

I received 1 visitor, 0 downloads.

Compare this to BookDoggy which gave me over 300 visitors and 280 downloads, all with emails.

Ryan Zee gave me over 250 quality downloads, again with emails.

For BGS, I advise not paying, not sharing your reader list, and not letting Laurence get hold of your email address - you'll get random jolly emails but no reply to queries or complaints.

Scam 100%
Author SimonM

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 7:39 AM   in response to: Jon in response to: Jon
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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.

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Author SimonM

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Feb 19, 2018 12:01 AM   in response to: Author SimonM in response to: Author SimonM
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I've been doing some more digging on these Books go social people. I found an amazing trove of reviews about them at this site: https://www.reviews.co.uk/company-reviews/store/books-go-social

Edited by: Author SimonM on Feb 19, 2018 12:20 AM
Jackie Weger

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Feb 19, 2018 9:43 AM   in response to: Amy Van Horn in response to: Amy Van Horn
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Yes, and BGS is a royal dud. Moreover, my group eNovel Authors at Work engaged in a joint promo with Laurence/BGS. We promoted one of his authors and sold books. BGS did not hold up its end. He advertises thousands of subscribers...NOT. He has 10K or at least that is what he told me when I asked for the co-op promo. He is wholly against Amazon Select, as are some OPs in this forum. His own books don't sell.
Other: Virtual book tours are for exposure. I don't write erotica, but there are groups focused on that and a couple of promoters such as Pretty Hot, Kindlespice, http://myadultplace.net/ and even Bookbub have slots for promoting erotica. I don't do pre-order so cannot advise on that.
C. Gold

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Feb 19, 2018 4:28 PM   in response to: Author SimonM in response to: Author SimonM
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Before using these services you have to first ask what genre(s) their reader lists support. The good ones list how many subscribers they have in each genre. It could be that your memoir is sellable, but not to that list of people who are into, say, romance.
Mary Peebels

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Re: Has anyone used Booksgosocial?
Posted: Feb 19, 2018 4:49 PM   in response to: M.R. Brazear in response to: M.R. Brazear
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M.R. Brazear wrote:
Amy Van Horn wrote:
Thanks for the feedback! It seems like a lot of places want you to have reviews but then how do you get those without advertising? It's kinda circular!
Patience is how you do that. You get your book published, you write another, and another, etc and eventually the reviews will come. Then you can tell those fussy ad sites who want 50,000 reviews to go shove it where the sun don't shine! It doesn't happen overnight, you have to keep going and have patience.

I know Margaret said this back in 2014, but her replies often make me giggle. Love her.
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