"The books you see on Story Cartel are all offered free by generous authors in exchange for your honest review. For book lovers, Story Cartel is a resource to discover great books and fresh authors; for authors, it's a platform to build deeper relationships with readers. As long as it meets our guidelines, any author can launch their book on Story Cartel."I mentioned before that I was trying this out with The Sciell. I didn't have to pay anything because of BookBaby. To put one book on Story Cartel, you need a token which costs $30. Not bad.
The Sciell was on Story Cartel for 20 days and I got 2 reviews out of it. Given that reviews are so difficult to come by, I'd say Story Cartel worked. Now, these reviews are 3 stars, which means they have no effect on my book sales. But, that's how the publishing industry works. Everything is a gamble.
I would say Story Cartel is not for someone who doesn't have a significant fan base. The site doesn't do anything, for free, to tell readers about your book. You have to do that yourself. To get the word out, I:
- Talked about it on Twitter
- Blogged about it
- Ran 2 Facebook ads
- I change my book's message from "Darkness isn't evil just angry" to "Family runs deeper than blood"
- I mentioned it on 2 Goodreads groups I'm active in
Overall, I'm reluctant to say my Story Cartel experience was a success because reading case studies, I learned that some people got thousands of downloads and over twenty reviews. The reviews I got haven't led to book sales or increased word of mouth. As mentioned earlier, from other Story Cartel experience I've read, people have gotten a lot of positive reviews through this site. I would say Story Cartel is worth a try.
Here are some more Story Cartel stories
The Story Cartel Experience
How I got more book reviews using Story Cartel
My Story Cartel Experience