Company Name

Type of service

Pass?

Costs

Comments

99 cent Network

Listing

Fail

$45

No obvious return for money and no visibility of book on site. No answers to emails inquiring about where to find the book

AtoMr Book Blog Tours

http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

Tours, Book Buzz

Pass

$99

Did " an awesome job" "super happy with the results" "booked blogs that get awesome traffic and have a lot of avid readers"

Archway Publishing

Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services

 

 

See author Solutions

AuthorHouse

Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services

 

 

See Author Solutions

Author Solutions

Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services

Fail

 

Additonal names: Trafford Publishing, AuthorHouse, iUniverse Inc., Xlibris,

Ripoff Report

“I simply cannot get anyone to respond to my e-mails on a book I am publishing with the company. The company says my book has already gone on sale, though they are obligated to provide me with a sizeable number of free books for my book launch – they have not and are not responding to e-mails…."

Bewitch-ing Blog Tours

Tours

Fail

 

“half the people who signed up didn't post and only 3 did reviews even though it was supposed to be 15”

BookBub http://www.bookbub.com/home/

Email special deals

Win x 4

$40 - $1,150

Increased sales by 300% for one author, 30,000 free downloads  for another. "

"Moved 9600 Free copies of the first book in my series, and have since sold almost 400 copies of the sequel."

“We did an ad for a freebie YA book run. We gave away over 27k copies and the book was #1 in the Amazon Free Store for the last day of the run. Residual sales more than paid for the ad.”

Book-Daily

Listing

Fail

$49

“amount of sales doesn't seem to be worth cost”

Book-Whirl

SCAM

Fail

 

 Scam Report Another Scam Report

Discover Authors http://discoverauthors.wordpress.com 

Free collective blog tour

?

FREE

I would love your feedback. This is my project and is still building an audience. Let me know what you think and I’ll quote you here! katepolicani@gmail.com

Ereader news today http://ereadernewstoday.com/

Kindle book listing

(book must have 10 4-5 star reviews)

Win

Paid based on sales

Great deal for authors and boost for sales! I sold over a hundred books on the posting day, and many more afterward, though they only charge for sales on the day of the promotion post.

Fantascise.com

Paid feature

Fail

$30

"Paid them $30 for some mentions on the page. Didn't do squat. And they were a$$holes"

"they were rude and she didn't sell enough books to justify the cost"

Goddess Fish Promos http://www.goddessfish.com/

Tour Reviews

Neut.

$30

“didn’t break even” but supplied publicity

Hasmark Services

Promotional packages incl. promoters, copy, promo sales page, plus.

Fraud Report

$6883 and $9888

“They know exactly how to operate with their refund policy.” “They wanted to get my family involved.”

“$12,000 for 3 sales” “...claimed that they could get my book on the New York Times Bestseller list...” “...only sold 2 books…”

Inno-vative Online Book Tours / Reading Addiction

Tours,  Amazon Reviews

Fail

$100

"A big flop, didn't follow through as they had promised" “Three blogs didn't post at all. The ones

who did post had very low followings, and NONE of them posted their review on amazon. Lame excuses from staff.” Bloggers posted ebook giveaway when customer didn't offer them/wrong day. The ones who did post the correct giveaway all posted separate rafflecopter forms, preventing a fair winner or forcing customer to send 20 prize packs

“Hasn't given me any sales OR amazon reviews. Stay away from them.”

iUniverse

Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services

 

 

See Author Solutions

Kboards

Kindle Daily Nation

Listings

Fail

$160

“no results” (used to be great but saturated with too many books)

Kindle Promo Indie Book Listing Service

Tweets

Pass

£15

“actively promotes books”

Nurture Your Books

Tour, Promo, Nat. Press Release

Fail

$995

Paid for services and "nothing happened" Multiple calls and emails got no reponse. Emails to everyone in the company finally got a response and offer  of the book tour but couldn't make the other person contact me. Customer resorted to refund through the credit card company.

Orange-berry Summer Splash Tour

Tours

TBA

$25

Slots at tail end of month-long tour with 99 other authors, At least one event didn't happen, never saw promised review, Orangeberry currently compensating author with discount second tour.

Page Publishing

Publishing, promotion

Fail

3,200.00 total cost with $295 initial fee and other costs spread over 11 months

Sales spam list sign-ups disguised as traditional publishers and publishing resources. Called and emailed me every week even after I said no and asked not to be called. Verbally aggressive and demeaning. (My personal experience) Warnings by other authors

Partners in Crime

Tours

Pump Up Your Book

Tours

Fail

 

Ripoff Report

Promo. Book Tours http://www.promotionalbooktours.com/

Tours, Release parties

Pass x2

 $50-$500

Facebook Page Increased by 700 fans, Twitter increased by 450 Follows, newsletter increased by 150, "booked blogs that get awesome traffic and have a lot of avid readers"

Schiel & Denver

book publishing, editing, marketing, printing, distribution

Fail

 

Ripoff Report

"I did not get one on one author support.  I did not get a quality product.  I did not get the immediate response that they promised.  As a matter fact, every time I called the main line and requested to speak to a manager, they were always in a meeting and the call was never returned."

Shades of Rose YA

Tours

Fail

$7.50, $15

Newer company with small following, had trouble filling tours, do refund when cannot fill tour.

Sizzling PR

http://sizzlingpr.com/

Tours

Pass -1

Fail -1

$15 -$75

“Nice people and very affordable.”

“90% of the blogs were adult blogs/romance/erotica for a YA book”

Smith Publicity

Var.

Neut.

 

“Stellar results, high prices.”

Trafford Publishing

*See also: Author Solutions

Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services

Fail -1

 

See Author Solutions (Trafford was acquired by Author Solutions on April 2009.)

Xlibris

Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services

 

 

See Author Solutions