This is something that "came across my desk", so to speak, and it looks interesting, so I thought I would run it past you guys.
This BookSoleil.com thing is an eBook marketing company that is apparently launching on December 1st. I subscribe to a press release service (and talk about having your email box fill up with stuff!), and this is the first thing in many weeks to come in that actually seemed usable. I'm going to paste the press release below, but just go to their website and check it out -- because THEY ARE LOOKING FOR AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS TO SUBMIT THEIR WORK. I thought it was important enough to do an all-caps on you. They claim to have over a million subscribers to their service so far, and they do require submitters to pay a fee, but only if their work gets featured. They do have a vetting process, and they don't feature every work that comes in.
Scroll all the way down to the bottom and you'll find links for "Publishers and Authors".
I don't know if it is worthwhile, but its a possible sales channel that might work. Here's the press release, in case you want to read it:
BookSoleil.com Achieves One Million Subscribers Before Launch
Book Recommendation Service Delivers Much-Needed Outlet to Under-Served Indie Authors
SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ahead of its December 1st launch, BookSoleil announced today that its mailing list has exceeded one million email addresses. The start-up will send readers a regular, free email informing them of discounts and deals and popular, bestselling, and newly released eBooks.
"We've been shocked by how quickly it has come together," said Andrew Brooks, founder and CEO. "We have dedicated ourselves to spreading the word about great books to engaged readers."
Recommending eBooks has become a cottage industry as readers look to muddle through the nearly half-a-million new books released in the last year alone. "Readers appreciate us for doing the legwork for them and publishers appreciate us for being an efficient avenue to reach new readers for their books and authors."
Very often the writer and the publisher are the same person. BookSoleil offers a cost-effective way for these indie authors to reach over a million potential readers with a single marketing effort. "We cost less than half as much per email as our primary competitor. And, unlike other book recommendation services, we are not hostile to indie writers and publishers. We embrace them."
To that end, the first title to be featured on its debut, December 1st email will be Armstrong Dent and the Edge of Earth by indie writer, Aeyess. The media-shy artist is the first person in history to write a book series and write and record an original soundtrack to accompany the stories. "It's a real honor to be featured on the first BookSoleil email ever," Aeyess said. "It's been a real journey. I've had the chance to work with Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound who was the consulting producer on the soundtrack and now with BookSoleil, a service I really believe will help my projects chances at getting noticed."
(Leslie Ann Jones is a Grammy Award-winning Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm, Ltd. company. She is a past Char of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Board of Trustees, the organization that awards Grammys.)
"460,000 books were released last year," said Juliana Fleming, BookSoleil's Executive Editor. "Our selection process focuses and discovering the gems that might otherwise go unnoticed in such a crowded field."
When registering for BookSoleil's service, subscribers choose the genres they enjoy reading and BookSoleil seeks out the best deals on the best books that match their interests. "We pride ourselves on not underestimating the indie writers or ignoring the mainstream publishers," Juliana said. "There are exceptionally written books originating from even the most obscure places. We aim to find those stories and help our subscribers be the first to know about these amazing books."
BookSoleil is currently accepting submissions at BookSoleil.com for writers and publishers.
BookSoleil is a free service that helps avid readers locate great deals on great eBooks while empowering authors and publishers with a direct link to new fans and more sales. Its readers receive regular emails pointing them directly to eBooks matching their interests. BookSoleil was founded in 2014 and is based in San Mateo, CA.
Contact: Seth Danson