Good news! Shelf Life books is carrying Spark! Please check out the bookstore here.
Shelf Life Books is an independently owned bookstore located at 1302 4 Street SW in Calgary, Alberta. It's a neat little store. Here's the link to their Youtube video.
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!
Back in August 2020, I completed the manuscript of Spark, a young adult thriller novel set in Canada. I was curious to see whether any Canadian agents would be interested in representing Spark. I queried 6 Canadian agents accepting unsolicited manuscript in the YA genre. I thought to share these agents with you in case you’ve also written a YA novel and want to pursue the agents route.
6 Canadian agencies/agents that I have submitted my YA manuscript to:
(1) Cooke McDermid (Toronto, Ontario)
Cooke McDermid is a full-service literary agency representing authors in many genres in Canada, the US and throughout the world. Their team consists of 9 literary agents. When you do the submission, you will need to select an agent you want to work with, keeping in mind their requirements on their bio.
Submission guideline link: CookeMcDermid
Consideration timeline: If you don’t hear from them within 12 weeks, you can assume that they are not interested.
(2) Donaghy Literary Group (Aurora, Ontario)
Donaghy Literary Group has agents and team members who are located in Canada and the US. They provide full-service literary representation to their clients and they seek young adult and adult novels. Before submitting your query, you should check the agents’ bio and find the agent that is best fit for your project.
Submission guideline link: Submission Guidelines (donaghyliterary.com)
Consideration timeline: If you don’t hear from them within 6 months, you can email the requesting agent directly.
(3) The P.S. Literary Agency (Oakville, Ontario)
The P.S. Literary Agency is a full service literary agency that started in 2005. They represent both fiction and non-fiction in a variety of categories, including YA.
Submission guideline link: Submission Guidelines - P.S. Literary Agency (psliterary.com)
Consideration timeline: If you don’t hear from them in 4-6 weeks, it means they are not interested in representing your work.
(4) Westwood Creative Artists (Toronto, Ontario)
Westwood Creative Artists has been around for a long time and has six full-time agents. They prioritize submissions from prospective clients whose perspective have traditionally been underrepresented in publishing. They also specialize in representing Canadian authors.
Submission guideline link: Submission Guidelines - Westwood Creative Artists (wcaltd.com)
Consideration timeline: If you don’t hear from them in 12 weeks, it means that your query is unsuccessful at that time.
(5) Helen Heller Agency (Toronto, Ontario)
Red Deer Press encourages Canadian talent from across Canada, writers and artists. Red Deer Press is a small Canadian publishers distinguished by its children’s and young adult program, and it publishes children’s picture books, contemporary YA fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction.
Submission guideline link: Work With Us — Helen Heller Agency (thehelenhelleragency.com)
Consideration timeline: Not specified.
(6) The Rights Factory (Toronto, Ontario)
The Rights Factory started in 2004 and has a roaster of over 15 agents whom you can read their bio and determine which one may be a good business partner for you.
Submission guideline link: AGENTS | The Rights Factory
Consideration timeline: Not specified.
After submitting the query to agencies/agents and my manuscript to the publishers, all I could do was to wait for a response. In my last post, I mentioned I didn’t hear back from any of the publishers. Well, I only received a response from one of these agencies/agents. It was a ‘sorry, we’ll pass’ message, but it was so nice to get a response. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back from anyone. If your end goal is to get published, there are different ways to get there.