5 reasons to hate Bookbub


5 Reasons to Hate Bookbub

As an author:

  1. Snagging a spot

Here’s a recent Bookbub ad.

A Town Like Alice
By Nevil Shute
“A ripping tale of budding romance and grace under pressure” (The Times): Thrust together by war in Malaya, Jean and Joe reunite years later to invigorate a small town in the Australian outback. A thoughtful, poignant classic with over 16,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Nevil Shute and I’ve read all his books. But how’s a new author to compete with 16,000 five star ratings?

Remember trying to get a job and not being able to because you had no experience, but you couldn’t get experience because you couldn’t get a job.

Well, that’s what Bookbub feels like.

  1. Cost

If listed for $1.99 book ad will cost $1791.

If listed for $0.99 the ad will cost $1127.

If listed for free the ad will cost $712.

If a writer had that kind of money to throw around, they’d already be a bestselling author and wouldn’t need Bookbub.

  1. Time

Apply, get rejected. Apply, get rejected. Apply, get rejected. You get the picture. One publisher said it took her 6 years to get a spot for one of her authors.


As a reader:

  1. Blurbs

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book

In this New York Times bestseller

From a #1 New York Times bestselling author

In this “bewitching” New York Times bestseller

In this #1 New York Times bestseller

Really!? ALL these books are on the New York Times best seller list? NOT. Google them if you don’t believe me.

  1. Blurbs

Okay, I know I said blurbs already, but that was just the opening line. How about the actual book description?

When retired cop Jones Cooper receives an unexpected visit, he plunges into an intricate mystery. “Will have you racing to the last page” 

Kate Bishop gets caught in the investigation of a brutal slaying — and discovers a strange ability that could make her the next target. “Fast-paced, riveting, and scary. It will leave the reader breathless”

Preacher’s daughter Catherine Grace escapes her small town — only to discover that the place she left may be exactly where she belongs.

Many readers may be okay with these brief blurbs and get the book anyway (especially if it’s free), but personally, I prefer more information before I spend my money.

SO, why have I tried (unsuccessfully) for a Bookbub ad? I caved because Bookbub has the greatest reach and I’d really like for more readers to find my books. Isn’t that the goal of every author?

If I ever get a spot, I’ll let you know how it goes.







6 comments on “5 reasons to hate Bookbub

  1. I’m one of those who tried and tried and got rejected and rejected until I discovered that they won’t consider you AT ALL if you haven’t been traditionally published and a bestseller at some point, anywhere and anytime, even years ago and even briefly on Amazon (or elsewhere, in the UK) And, yes, you do need to be anointed with hundreds of positive reviews (4 or 5 star ratings) – exactly as you said in this very informative article.

    I’m so glad someone found the courage to write it! Well done, Darlene!

    As I remember it, Bookbub started only a few years ago, along with the digital (and Kindle) revolution, and it was open to self-published authors at first, back in 2012-13 and I think up to 2014. I only have one friend who managed to get her book on Bookbub (Marsha Roberts with an excellent memoir of her Baby Boomer life) but that was back then – an exception.

    Then Bookbub stopped featuring self-pubbed authors altogether. If you do manage to get in, Darlene, let us know! That would be a real win, a game-changer!

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