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Introducing 3 New Ways Authors Can Reach Readers via BookBub

16 February 2016

From BookBub:

Today we’re excited to announce three new ways we’re helping BookBub Authors — authors who have claimed and completed their BookBub Author Profile — build their audience:

  • Sign-up Suggestions – When new readers sign up for BookBub, they now see  suggested authors to follow.
  • Email Suggestions – BookBub now sends emails to readers suggesting specific authors to follow.
  • Book Page Follow Buttons – The BookBub.com pages for books written by BookBub Authors now include the author’s headshot and bio with a follow button.

These changes will help BookBub Authors attract more followers. Since authors’ followers get alerts about their new releases and Featured Deals, authors with more followers will reach more readers.

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18 Comments to “Introducing 3 New Ways Authors Can Reach Readers via BookBub”

  1. Please sign up for BookBub — some reader already signed up might like you …

    Please ask your fans/readers to sign up for BookBub — we may have other suggestions for them too …

    And while you’re at it, go sign up for twitter, facebook, linkedin, myspace, gmail+, and AOL …

    (you’ll be too busy networking to get any writing done! 😉 )

  2. Anyone know how to get BookBub to quit sending their emails? I’ve unsubscribed multiple times, most recently today, and yet their emails keep on coming.

    • Like AOL and linkedin, there’s no getting rid of them.

      All sending a ‘go away’ note does is tell them it’s a live account. Add them to your junk/spam folder and ignore them is the best option.

      The next best option is killing off that email address and making a new one (and be more careful who you give it to! 😉 )

      What I learned the hard way was to have several email accounts — a couple that are for ‘testing’ others. That way if they start spamming it they never get to one of the ones I check often.

      • The emails aren’t going to my personal account. It’s one I keep for sign ups and contacts with companies. But it’s also the account where I send photos from my phone. When I get a Bookbub email, it activates my phone’s email icon, letting me know I have mail. Not the worst problem in the world, but annoying.

        I don’t want to kill the account because it’s the contact email address I use in my books.

        I’ll go with your advice about the spam folder.

        • If you are unsubscribing and they aren’t following through, they’re breaking the law.

          I don’t know who Bookbub uses to manage their email lists and do their sending, but I’d assume it’s one of the medium-sized email providers (Exact Target, or similar). You can probably find out who they are using. If Bookbub won’t unsubscribe you, a complaint to their provider will work, because they are violating the terms of their contract with the provider if they don’t unsubscribe you.

          Barring that, you can always complain to the FTC.

          Complaining to the provider should work, since they will remove you from their system whether Bookbub likes it or not.

          • The weird thing is I never subscribed to their emails.

            • possibly someone else added you to bb’s email list

              Mia’s suggestion re contacting the person/people who admin the elist will get you heard. At the bottom of some emails it says not only unsub, but also gives email addy and/or snail mail addy of the provider.

              Allen’s suggest. is good too to set up a dummy account and list the bb email as spam

  3. “authors with more followers will reach more readers”


  4. BookBub isn’t even part of my marketing strategy. They’ve made it clear they’re only interested in the same authors over and over again.

  5. Anybody know if there’s a way to see how many BB followers you have, or if BB has any plans to allow author>follower contact?

  6. Is it worth claiming your name on BookPub?

    Until I read here about the spam, I didn’t see any harm in it, though I haven’t done it yet.

    • I just checked it out. I was asked to authorize access to my twitter or facebook account by signing in with my password. So I didn’t. Although it said it wouldn’t be able to issue tweets for me, read my direct messages, or see my password, “authorizing” BB to use my account seemed to be more than what it claimed it wanted. I understand it did this to verify I was who I said I was. Regardless,I didn’t like the language.

    • Deb, I wouldn’t recommend it. I did claim my profile, though I wish I hadn’t bothered. From what I can tell, it only helps authors who have already gained followers from advertising on Bookbub. For instance, the three ways referenced in the title of this post–the author has no control over actually becoming a “suggested author.” It’s all based on Bookbub selecting the author somehow (they don’t make clear how). I would advertise on Bookbub, but they don’t like me, and I’ve given up submitting to them. However, if you’ve had some success advertising on Bookbub, then I would say go for it (though Laura’s point is well taken).

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