OK, so here we are. Well into our fourth week of existence.
The good news: the mailing list is growing fast.
At this rate, we’ll have 1000 subscribers solely interested in Science Fiction book deals by the end of October and 5,000 by the end of the year. We’re really pleased with that.
The not so good news: We’re still learning. Experimenting. Or, as it’s commonly known, making mistakes.
While we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here, we do need to offer something a little different than say, BookBub. Otherwise, there’s no point in us being here at all.
What we’ve found so far is that we have gained a small amount of trust among our fantastic subscribers that our recommendations are at least worth looking at. This is evidenced by the click-throughs in the daily newsletter.
Theoretically, of course, this is a ‘good’ thing. However, what we can’t yet do is: shift copies of books where the ‘perceived risk’ is too high.
This is where the author is new and either the price is seen as ‘too high for someone I’ve never heard of’ or the lack of reviews on the landing page creates a feeling of uncertainty. Or both.
We will, of course, overcome this. It’s a temporary obstacle – but one that is only resolved by time. When regular subscribers start to trust our judgement on the lower priced eBooks, they’ll begin to trust us on the higher priced ones we are recommending too.
So, what does this mean for authors wanting to promote via our Mailing List?
That’s what we want to know, too. So, this blog post is more of an open forum for authors (and readers) to let us know their thoughts.
Our own view is that – at least to start with, we should focus on the very low priced eBooks and those with a high number of reviews.
Secondly, we definitely shouldn’t be charging authors yet (we’re not currently accepting submissions and won’t be until our mailing list is sufficiently broad and large for us to offer good value).
However, we would like to test a few things with some recent Science Fiction releases, so if you are an author and would like to be a Guinea Pig, please let us know in the comments.
We’d also be interested to know what sort of criteria you guys would like to see for submissions. So, go ahead, let us know your thoughts. We don’t bite. Well….not often, anyway!
Art on this page: Victor Habbick at http://victorhabbick.com – and yes, he does book covers too!