Greetings fellow human being and authors. Yes I make a distinction. Today I bring you another resource to assist the fellow author in their quest to achieve the heights of best seller status, or at the very least assist you in your publishing goals.
Today’s resource is a gem that I have stumbled upon (no pun intended) called Storycartel
In their own words Storycartel is a website that allows you to post your book on their website for free. Yes I said free. Don’t panic. In addition to posting your book for free you will be asked to provide a giveaway to readers who in exchange for getting your book for free acquire a chance to receive the giveaway, will give you an honest review. Only those who actually post a review are eligible for the giveaway.
You have several options available to you to give away; again per the website, “We help every author on Story Cartel hold a drawing to give their reviewers one of the following prizes of the author’s choice: five print copies of their book, three $10 Amazon gift cards, or one Kindle eReader.” The presumption here is that the eReader will draw more people to download your book, and subsequently to write a review.
In any event I chose the gift card route as it costed out to be the most economical choice in my case.
The authors book is posted for four weeks. During this time Story Cartel will give you an estimate of the number of reviews you can expect to obtain based off of the numbers who are downloading your book.
Story Cartel keeps track of the number of downloads and gives authors access to a spreadsheet of the reviewers’ names and email addresses. Remember, these individuals have wanted to read your book. So used carefully these emails are a marketing gold mine.
After the conclusion of your campaign Story Cartel will email your reviewers reminding them to post their review and only those who submit a review are eligible to receive the final gift.
I found it to be a very rewarding experience, and if your an author in need of reviews I believe you will find it well worth your time as well.