Story Cartel keeps track of the number of downloads and gives authors access toa spreadsheet of the downloaders’ names and email addresses
How Did Story Cartel Work for Me?
In the course of the month in which
was available for downloadingfrom Story Cartel, the book received 50+ reviews, almost all of which weredemonstrably from people who had downloaded the book off Story Cartel.The vast majority were positive, but I did receive about nine three-star reviews.I’ve seen other authors who received a much larger share of negative reviews.So just because you may be getting a load of new reviews doesn’t necessarilyguarantee they will be positive—which is kinda the point of the whole honestreview thing.I promoted the book’s run via my mailing list, blog, and social sites. The bookwas also given advertising space in Story Cartel’s e-letter. By the end of themonth, the book had been downloaded just under 600 times. This isn’t a hugenumber compared to, say, a KDP Select run. But as Story Cartel gainsmomentum and a larger following, I expect these numbers will only grow.
What I Liked About Story Cartel
* Hard not to like 50+ new reviews in less than a month, especiallysince most of them were positive. The fact that this bumped
to over 100 reviews total was even more icing.* The site was easy to use and navigate.* Support, via Joe Bunting (one of the site’s founders), was incrediblyfast and super helpful.* I liked that I could offer the book for free without having to joinAmazon’s KDP Select exclusivity clause (in which, I would have toremove the book from every site
Amazon). Obviously, StoryCartel didn’t help me move up Amazon’s rankings, as would a KDPSelect run, but the benefits in guaranteed reviews were just aspowerful.* It was super cheap. I opted to give away three $10 Amazon giftcards, so the whole thing cost me a bare $30. I’ve looked into otherreview services, all of which cost way more with far fewerdemonstrable results. (By the way: I chose the gift cards option,since it was the most inexpensive. Because
is a largebook, it would have cost more than $30 for me to purchase and mailfive paperbacks. But if I use the service again with a smaller book, Iwill probably opt to give away the books, instead of the gift cards,