The Fussy Librarian

My book, “My Splendid Concubine”, is being featured this Sunday, November 3, at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 30 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. It’s pretty cool — check it out! www.TheFussyLibrarian.com

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13 responses to “The Fussy Librarian”

  1. Congratulations! I hope it helps your sales.

    1. I am the author of Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses? and I am excited to announce my new book “Granny Grunt Please Drink Your Milk” for sale today. Signed by author and illustrator if purchased off the Whim Publishing website. Please call 585.287.5802 or 949.838.6052 and your book will be sent out.

      1. Rhonda, all readers do not read all genres, and you will reach more readers that read this specific genre by running ads through sites like these:

        BookBub
        https://www.bookbub.com/partners/pricing

        eReaderNewsToday
        http://ereadernewstoday.com/requirements/

        Bargain Booksy
        http://www.bargainbooksy.com/for-authors/

        BookGorilla.com
        http://www.bookgorilla.com/advertise

        FussyLibrarian
        http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/submit/success?FromPayPal=1

        World Lit Café
        PLEASE NOTE: Submissions must be received TWO DAYS PRIOR to the promotion AND your PRICE MUST be changed and in effect by 9:45pm EST the THURSDAY prior to your event.
        http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/promote-your-99-cent-book-wlc-and-amc

        Choosy Bookworm
        http://choosybookworm.com/

        You might also consider hiring an internet book publicist who will set up a book blog tour for you. A good internet book publicist will only reach out to blogs that focus on your book’s genre. If you decide to hire a internet book publicist, be careful. They are not all equal and the lowest price is often not the best choice. Penny Sansevieri is not cheap but she knows what she is doing, and she offers marketing advice through her Blog and Newsletter for free.

        http://www.amarketingexpert.com/penny-sansevieri/

  2. At first I wondered if your post referred to Melville’s bookworm at the beginning of MOBY DICK and was happy to find that it didn’t. Thanks, Lloyd, for the link to a productive enterprise. It looks good.

    1. Just got this update from the Fussy Librarian. It looks like success may be leading to more competition at this site too with a shrinking success rate for authors who submit their books to the site.

      ____________________

      The Fussy Newsletter

      I need to catch up!
      Your support of The Fussy Librarian has been humbling.

      When planning the website, I always had big goals. But never in my wildest dreams did I think that, in less than a month, this author mailing list would have 1,000 names and the website would have 1,300 books waiting to run. Amazing.

      Even though we’re still small, your response has been a vote of confidence that The Fussy Librarian will succeed and you want to be part of it from the beginning. That’s enormously gratifying.

      At the same time, I need to make some changes in order to provide you with the level of service that you deserve. Books aren’t being approved quickly enough and the waiting lists are getting very long in some genres.

      I also am not finding the time that’s needed to devote to marketing so we can continue to grow. Your Facebook and blog posts and messages are Twitter are very helpful, but they need to be supplemented with daily efforts dedicated to marketing the website to book bloggers and small publishing houses, who have their own resources that can help us grow.

      While my wonderful wife, Stephanie, can start helping me in December after she graduates from nursing school, the “staff” right now is me. Well, there’s The Fussy Librarian herself, but she doesn’t handle book approvals or scheduling or social media or website management … just the book matching wizardy.

      So I need to temporarily pause submissions in our most popular genres in order to process and schedule the books that have already been submitted. I promise to reopen submissions as soon as possible:

      Science fiction (will reopen Nov. 30)
      Fantasy (will reopen Dec. 7)
      Paranormal romance (Dec. 7)
      Women’s fiction (Dec. 7)
      Mysteries (Dec. 28)
      Young adult (Dec. 28)
      Romance-contemporary (Feb. 22)

      These dates will be listed and updated from time to time on the “For Authors” page of the website. Announcements will also be included in the weekly newsletter and posted on Facebook and Twitter.

      The submission changes take effect today. I have invested in genre management software, which will be installed over the next few days. When it’s completed, any genre not currently accepting submissions will be grayed out and you’ll see a note directing you to the authors page on the website.

      One great feature of the genre management system is that it will allow me to create new categories instead of contracting with the programmers. (Coming soon: Romantic suspense.) I’ll be contacting some of you over the next two weeks for your input so that we can expand offerings in romance, mystery and thrillers. Once I’ve settled on the new categories, I’ll announce them in the newsletter and you can let me know if you want to change the category of any already-submitted books. This will have the net effect of decreasing the waiting list in some genres, allowing me to re-open them for submissions sooner.

  3. Congrats! and very cool idea!

    1. Luanne,

      The Fuzzy Librarian is currently accepting titles that qualify at no charge as they are still in launch/Beta stage. Eventually, they plan to charge—similar to BookBub—to advertise an author’s work. Sites that charge for advertising, charge more when they have more members and the Fussy Librarian wants to [actually needs to] attract readers who sign up to become a successful business that earns revenues and supports the owners and employees with incomes.

      For example, BookBub—last I heard—had about 1.5 million members and charges accordingly. The more members, the more they charge just like a magazine or newspaper charges according to how many readers pay for subscriptions. To get an idea, you can check out an established site for BookBub’s Pricing and Statistics page: https://www.bookbub.com/advertise/pricing

      I paid for a one-day ad through BookBub for “My Splendid Concubine” earlier this year and sold almost 3,000 copies at .99 cents through that ad. But then, there is no guarantee that one successful example will repeat if there is a next time. Who knows, BookBub may reject my submission for the same title the second time around.

      The Fussy Librarian’s business plan is similar to BookBub in concept but different in how they screen and approve books. These type of sites are like book clubs that allow authors who qualify to advertise their work at a price. They also reject books that don’t fit the requirements. That doesn’t reflect on the quality of the book as much as what genre and/or plot/themes are trending with reader members.

      For example, if BookBub only advertises a dozen titles a day and they are getting a hundred submissions a day that qualify according to screening through Amazon reviews and/or reputable literary awards—if any—that a title may have won, there’s still only room for twelve titles so through the screening process and what’s trending with readers, eighty-eight of the acceptable submissions must be rejected.

      1. It sounds very competitive!

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