Unfortunately, it’s damn hard to get them to take your money.
You don’t get to be the best by accepting every dull book or manuscript that comes your way, after all, and that’s why BookBub sends out far more rejection emails then they send out acceptance emails.
But can struggling authors that are trying like hell to get a BookBub ad read anything into those rejection emails? Can you learn why your book was rejected, and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t suffer that same fate in the future? I think you can.
Here's a typical rejection email from BookBub:
Thanks for submitting an order with BookBub. Unfortunately, the editorial team has not selected your book for a listing at this time.
Due to the volume of orders we receive, we’re only able to feature 20% - 30% of the titles that get submitted to us. BookBub employs an editorial team to choose the books they feel fit best with our subscribers’ unique tastes.
Here's one I got awhile ago:
Thanks for submitting an order with BookBub. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept your listing at this time.
In order to preserve a consistent experience for our subscribers, BookBub employs an editorial team to review all listing submissions and approve those they feel are the best fit for the daily deal email. They base their decision upon a number of factors, which are outlined here:
Don’t Give Up
I’ve tried 5 different books, and none of them have made it through. One time I even mentioned to them that I should probably stop wasting their time. They rejected me.
The site says you should wait 2 weeks before submitting again, but I usually go 4 to 6 weeks. It always feels bad when you can’t even pay for advertising, but you have to believe that they’ll eventually take your money.
What Can You Do Until Then?
Sites like BookBlast, Kindle Fire Department, eReader News Today, and a lot more will get you the sales and reviews you need before BookBub finally takes an interest in you. If you can find success with those sites, BookBub advertising options shouldn’t be far off.
I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you wish me some as well. After all, if you’re submitting to BookBub, you’ll need it, and so will I!