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Old 02-27-2011, 03:53 AM   #1
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[Promotion] BookDaily / ArcaMax Publishing, Inc.

I just got a professionally written, properly spelled, grammatically correct email invitation to look into doing book/author promotion through BookDaily.com. The email has no tell-tale scam warning signs, and the website looks professional and seems legit.

I was wondering if anyone has had experience -- good, bad, or indifferent -- with BookDaily.com, which claims to have 30,000 readers as active members. I'm trying to determine if I should be considering them in my marketing mix or running quickly in the other direction.

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:19 AM   #2
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No experience, but I followed the link and saw that I could read the first chapter of best sellers. That's really nice for me (and I may take advantage of it), but I don't see how it helps authors of lesser-known books.

Maybe I'm missing something? It seems I would have to be specifically looking for your book (which means some other marketing tool would have had to have been effective) to find it among so many offerings.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:01 AM   #3
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They do some sort of author packages that promote you. Trying to determine if (presuming they're legit) this is worthwhile or you'd get more bang for the time and effort with a blog tour.

But first issue is if anyone's had any experience with them.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:49 AM   #4
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Don't know if it means anything, but I saw covers from James Patterson, Dan Brown, and Linda Lael Miller on there. And that was just a quick glance.

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Old 02-27-2011, 02:23 PM   #5
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It looks to me like they're scraping sample chapters from all over the web, repackaging them, and trying to sell the package. I'm not sure it's legal. Giving Apple a sample first chapter to help sell their ebooks doesn't mean you're giving everyone the right to use it.

Don't be impressed by the bestseller covers. Anyone can reproduce a book cover as long as they're not selling the image for other purposes.
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Yeah, they've got excerpts of my books. I'm not sure where they came from.

The copyright notice at the bottom is interesting:

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I certainly didn't give my permission. I don't know about Del Rey; I suppose it's possible?
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:27 AM   #7
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I certainly didn't give my permission. I don't know about Del Rey; I suppose it's possible?
I'd be interested to know, if you find out.
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Psst, Stacia! Did you happen to follow up on the permission issue?
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I was solicited by BookDaily also. I went to their web site and my antivirus software displayed a warning stating the site was associated with fraud and/or malicious malware.

Sites like Goodreads and Smashwords do not cause the same warnings by my antivirus. For now I'm giving the BookDaily site a pass until it is proven that it is not fraudulent and or carrying malware.

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I don't get the AV warning when I go there--might it have been from an ad? I don't see ads, as a rule, which means I often get different results.
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Bookdaily has been wonderful for me so far...every time they feature my book, I get sales...EVERY TIME...just sayin'
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Don't even try this site

Well, folks, I spent two days trying to type in & otherwise upload my books information to Books Daily. The site upload functions are iffy to say the least. But the one that PO's me the most is the chapter excerpt upload function. Promotive function that doesn't play well with google chrome. So, after all that work, I find the "promote" link. Jesus H Christ, they want $49 per month per book to promote it! I don't know about the rest of you "wannabe authors" like myself, but that adds up in a real hurry! I'm retired with a substantial mortgage & 4 out of 6 children still at home struggling to make their own way. No way in hell do my books make enough on Kindle to make this site worthwhile! So take my advice & don't even bother with Book daily! The infamous link; http://http://www.bookdaily.com/?logout
Take a look if you dare, but don't be taken in! I for one don't think it's worth the financial risk!
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Union, you and I share some common ground. Thanks for doing the legwork on this.
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You've already started a thread on this company, so maybe a mod can merge the two?
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Thanks for the merge, didn't notice the other thread last night. But 49 bucks per book per month is just too much money. Not to mention taking your chapter excerpts somehow & using them without permission tells me that site is potentially bad...for us.
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