Book Promotion Site Review: The Fussy Librarian

The first book promotion site I’m reviewing is The Fussy Librarian.  This site offers a lot of bang for very little buck, the promotions are still around $10 to $20, and the very hard-working chief librarian always goes the extra mile to ensure the promotion is successful.

Useful Info

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For information on how I breakdown the effectiveness of sites please see the main page here.

Summary

Type of Promotion  Free books (also does non-free books)
Has Categories  Yes
Price Range $10 to $20
Link http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/

 

Total Downloads

Wanderer’s Escape…

 

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For the price these are a good chunk of free book downloads.  I’ve used the site quite a few times close together and have still seen good numbers.  The two empty columns are runs just after bookbub promotions when the overall stats were too distorted to work out what had happened.

Dark Soul Silenced Part One…

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The first promotion did very well, the other two not so much – but for such a low price it’s still a great result.

Downloads / Dollar

Wanderer’s Escape…

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The results here vary from good to great – helped by the very low price.

Dark Soul Silenced Part One…

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Absolutely brilliant results on the first promotion, and the other two are still performing very strongly.  Even the worst was above 15 free downloads per dollar, and my estimate of break-even is around 4 or 5.

Conclusion

This site has been great for me over time.  I’m starting to increase the time between promotions as I think I’ve started to reach saturation point, but having said that the size of the list is still growing quickly so new readers are always there.  Overall – highly recommended.

Disclaimer:

These statistics are based on my own promotions, and do not represent controlled experiments. They are an indication of what has worked, and hasn’t worked, for me. Results will vary for other people. Results will also change over time, and depending on how frequently you run promotions. These results are provided as is and do not represent recommendations or advice.

Please also remember that my books are science-fiction and fantasy, and so that results will vary if you publish in other genres.

Some results are also skewed where several promotions have been run close together. This is especially true when promotions were run after a Bookbub promotion, in many cases I haven’t entered any results at those times as the numbers are too difficult to estimate.

6 Comments

  1. Joleene Naylor

    I used them last May (2015) for 8$ and listed Shades of Gray as an Urban Fantasy and had 123 downloads. UF is a harder sell though, most people want paranormal romance as opposed to UF (one FB group I know ran a poll for who reads which and UF had a 5% vote – literally.) But even so it ended up as $.06 a download so I was happy. As you mentioned, a LOT hinges on genres.

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    • Simon Goodson

      I wonder if some sites are better for different genres too. I like the fact that they publish their email reach for each genre too – I’m always wary of sites that don’t, especially when they charge a lot.

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  2. Mark R Hunter

    I used them when the website was still fairly new, and was very satisfied with it. I need to go there again!

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    • Simon Goodson

      Definitely – the lists have grown massively over the past couple of years.

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  3. Roger Lawrence

    thanks for the breakdown. I’ll give them a try now that I’ve actively begun marketing my own work after I finally realised that people aren’t going to come looking for me.

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    • Simon Goodson

      I know – you sit around waiting for these lightning strikes everyone keeps talking about, and do they turn up? 🙂

      Reply

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