It seems like the world of book promotion is very board. Recently, there are several marketing agencies that have reached out to me on book promotions. While I would love to do more book promotions, the costs just seem so steep. By chance I came across the Fiverr, a freelance services marketplace website. With a low book marketing budget, I spent CA$187.97 on 4 different book promotion services on Fiverr.
4 promotion services on Fiverr that I’ve paid for:
Melanie is a published writer and consultant who has written 26 books, 543 television scripts and thousands of email newsletters and blog articles.
I paid CA$38.93 for a blog post, 5 days feature section, 7 twitter posts and a book image ad
Fiverr link: Promote your kindle book on my book marketing network by Melrock | Fiverr
(2) Sexy Challenges
Rob runs several book blogs and has various social media which include facebook, twitter, pintrest.
I paid CA$30.86 for my book to be posted on 4 book blogs and other social media.
Fiverr link: Promote your book on 4 book blogs by Sexychallenges | Fiverr
Liane provides shout outs on her podcast on Youtube.
I paid CA$37.92 for a one-time sponsorship spot in Liane’s podcast and the corresponding video.
Fiverr link: Promote your book on owl about stories by Lianelittle | Fiverr
Liane’s shout out of Spark: Chapter 22 The Count of Monte Cristo - YouTube
Joel will write a permanent article to generate traffic to your book.
I paid CA$80.26 for Joel’s team to write and publish a custom 2,000 words article including my book on Joel’s website.
Fiverr link: Promote your book with a 1,500 word seo article by Joelbooks | Fiverr
Do your own research on book promotions and see what may work for you! And if you’ve done some economical book promotions that is effective, please let me know.
Did you know that you can buy an unbiased, third party editorial review? Book reviews, editorial or customer, are an essential part of book marketing. Some editorial reviews get very pricy, while others are more affordable. Below are 5 economical book review services that I have used for my debut novel, Spark.
5 paid editorial review services that I’ve used for spark:
(1) The Prairies Book Review (Canadian)
The Prairies Book Review provides editorial reviews for authors.
Single review price range: CA$49.99 to $199.98
Turnaround time: 6-7 weeks, or expedited 3-5 days
My book review on their website: Spark by Y.C. Leung – The Prairies Book Review
(2) Indies Today
Indies Today offers affordable editorial reviews to self-published and independent authors, including those using small press publishers.
Single review price range: US$59.99 to $89
Turnaround time: Doesn’t say on the website, but I received my review back within 6 weeks
My book review on their website: Spark by Y. C. Leung | Indies Today
(3) Literary Titan
The Literary Titan is an organization of professional editors, writers, and professors that have a passion for the written word. They review fiction and non-fiction books in many different genres, as well as conduct author interviews, and recognize talented authors with their Literary Book Award.
Single review price range: US$59
Turnaround time: 45 days
My book review on their website: Spark | LITERARY TITAN
(4) Readers’ Favourite
Readers’ Favourite review manuscripts, published and unpublished books, eBooks, audiobooks, poetry books, comic books, graphic novels and short stories.
Single review price range: Free to US$59 (If you select the free option, they decide whether to review your book or not)
Turnaround time: Free option – 10 to 12 weeks if they decide to review your book; paid option – 2 weeks
Webiste: Book Reviews - Readers' Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest (readersfavorite.com)
OnlineBookClub is a book community website with reader members. The website is designed for readers instead of authors. Once the book review is completed, it will be posted on the Review dashboard for readers to see and hopefully spark their interest to buy a copy of your book.
Single review price range: US$97 to $297
Turnaround time: 1 to 4 months
My book review on their website: Review of Spark - OnlineBookClub.org
There are many other editorial book review services out there. Do your own research and determine which ones you prefer and the costs fit into your budget.
Check out the link to Joel's Books's article on the top 9 YA thriller books for 2022 (so far). Spark is on the list!
The plr program
As per the Public Lending Right’s website, the average payment for eligible authors in 2020-2021 was $4,500. Even if your book is purchased by only one library, consider applying! Registration is due May 1 of each year for results and payout the following February.
What is the PLR Program?
How to get your books into the library?
Check your local library's website of call them. I called the Calgary Public Library’s hotline and asked if they would consider adding my book, Spark, to their collection. After the call, the library sent me an email outlining the questions I need to answer in order to be considered. I answered the questions and that was it. I didn’t hear back from the library but when I checked the library’s catalogue a week later, they’ve ordered 2 copies of my book. I was very thrilled and grateful.
If you live in Calgary and would like to read my book, Spark, you can borrow it from the Calgary Public Library shortly: Spark | Calgary Public Library | BiblioCommons