Hungry Readers & Fans On Steroids
We Have Given Authors Over 611,664 Subscribers In Only A Few Months With This Program! (Highly Responsive Subscribers With Reported Open Rates Of Between 35% - 89.1%*)
* Publishing industry average runs from 19% - 23% based on industry reports
There is nothing like this in the publishing world for fiction authors. Literally nothing. As an industry you have been left to your own devices when it comes to effective marketing. And that is why just shy of everyone fails to make a living with their books. When we first launched in November of 2015 we had no idea the sort of response this program would get... it was just the test of an idea. Today we are running close to 500 programs pulling in thousands of new newsletter subscribers for authors.
Who Is The Author Elite Budget Program For?
APR Author Elite Budget is for fiction authors who have at least one book published either with a publisher or selfpublished and want help growing their subscriber lists so they can focus more on writing. They understand they need to be constantly generating new email subscribers for their business and need help doing that. These giveaways will run for 90 days and then automatically restart. The reason for this 90-day time period is to keep the prize cost down for you. Note: This is not a 90 day only program. This is perpetual and eternal because the need to generate new subscribers is perpetual and eternal. The restart is simply so prizes can be paid out to winners. The contests will then keep rolling and rolling and rolling because you will always need a constant flow of readers.
How Are You Getting Me All These Subscribers?
We use advertising methods that actually work: FaceBook Ads. And we are VERY good at them. While complex and time consuming, they are the #1 way to build your email newsletter platform. Facebook ads are required as they are the only form of front-end traffic we will use. As the contest has a healthy viral backend, you will also get some residual traffic from Twitter/Pinterest and whatnot.
Is This Just Like How A Bunch Of Authors Team Up And Help Promote Eachother And Then Give Out Prizes? Or Do I Get My Own Giveaway Page?
You get your own giveaway page. You are not being promoted as a group of authors. Readers make the decision on their own to sign up for your individual program, rather than being forced into multiple lists all at the same time.
While super fun to do, those group promotions don't do a whole lot to actually grow your author business. They are not perpetual and when you split a list between 10 - 50 different authors readers tend to not last long.
What happens during this first 30 days of setup when the giveaway isn’t running yet?
Today you will pay $97 as the “set up” and, during this 1st 30 days, we will get all the graphics set up, the actual giveaway AND iron out logistic questions with the prizes and all that jazz. Why do we do this? Because after our 1st round of folks to come through, we are finding a lot of people are choosing prizes and things that will require multiple modifications as time passes, so this first 30 days is used to coach you on how to maximize your giveaways. We want these giveaways to do the work for you and require little-to-no maintenance on your part to build your author platform. Think of these as a set-it-and-forget-it approach to gathering your mailing list…which frees up your time to write more! Such an approach takes some time and a team effort from you and us.
How many subscribers can I expect per month?
With the APR Elite Budget Program you can expect an average of 125 - 215 subscribers per month at the $97/month rate and more if you subscribe to a higher ads budget later.
Can I giveaway different prizes and books every time?
We allow ONE change per 12 month run and after that there will be a $125 change fee after the giveaways are approved and running on elements that effect the ads/graphics of the ads. If you want to modify stuff, please do it before your first giveaway goes live as this 1st 30 days is all about getting the giveaway set up and right. Why? To restart them is dancing with advertising suicide. We have had previous giveaways where the lead costs dropped from $.60 to $.04 where the ads were paused for a time and then restated. Costs went back through the roof. We need to spend quite a bit of time honing in ad targeting to finally lock it in. To stop/start is totally counterproductive and resets all our efforts. Changing the prizes means changing the graphics, which means potentially stopping ads and starting all over. Every new change to the offer, graphics or language means we have to totally start over on our end from scratch. It’ll end up costing you more per subscriber and totally defeat the purpose of having a long-term ad solution running in the background collecting your fans.
Remember: This is about building your long term business NOT about launching your next book. You use the list we build you to do that. Your goal should be to have an author business in 2,3,4 years or more not just make a fast buck off a new book.
OMG I’m so excited! Can I get my subscribers before the 90 day reset?
Absolutely! We export your new subscribers every 30 days automatically so there's no need to reach out, it'll just happen!
This is great! But…now what do I do with all these readers (aka subscriber email addresses)?
As part of the program, we will be compiling a great list of what you can do with these folks to keep them engaged and keep them buying your books. The main thing to keep in mind is this is the audience you’re building to buy your books…but they aren’t your fans just yet. You have to build a relationship with them. We offer all our APR folks breakdowns as well as ongoing "what do we do with this massive mailing list" training (coming soon). You are in good hands!
Yes. We will hold your hand through this process. We fully understand this is a very new experience for most authors.
Can I cancel any time or am I roped in forever?
We’re not going to make you commit to any sort of contract BUT it really makes a ton of sense for you to stick around for 2 or 3 cycles and really get the meat out of this. However, if you are just not “feeling it” after the first giveaway has reset, you can always pop out. But please, I repeat, PLEASE do not join this if you are going to “test” it out for a few days and then bounce. That’s not a good enough run to get any sort of reading. That's just not how any form of advertising actually works. Ever.
Please don’t take a spot if you can’t commit to the $97/month cost for a bare minimum of a full cycle. As a portion of each payment is used in advertising we do not offer refunds on this program. If you wish to cancel, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 2 weeks before your next billing cycle and we will absolutly pop you out! No issues and no questions!
Who Are These New Subscribers And How Responsive Are They?
When we run ads we target actual readers in the USA who are deeply excited to find out about what you are and what you write. On the backend of your giveaway there is a viral component that runs through Twitter, Pinterest and even allows your subscribers to tell their friends. (But it is not required of them). So while we will run your ads only to reader demographcis of exactly the people/gender/age/country that make sense, the viral component can bring folks in from all over. Many of the authors write back letting us know they have seen open rates between 45% - 89% depending on what messages they send.
Comparison note: industry averages based on ConstantContact/MailChimp reporting put open rates in comparable industries between 9.26% - 27.31%. In every case (thus far) even on our worst day we are kicking industry butt.
Other authors have reported that after a few months of building up their numbers they have seen fantastic spikes in book sales when they make offers. Many have even reported better opens, clicks and engagement than their organic lists.
How will this program help me sell my books?
Simple: In order to sell books you need to have an easily reachable group of readers who is excited to buy them! That is exactly what Author Platform Rocket does. We build that group so you don't have to. There is not a single method of advertising more effective than building a personal email list. Ever. If you do not yet have one then you may not know this. But inside our program many authors have gone from having a small dribble of 5-20 subscribers per month to receiving over 100 or on dedicated ad spend plans, thousands. All you have to do is message them from time to time letting them know about what you have written. Ask them to buy your book(s). Yes. It actually is that easy and until you have spent time doing it you'll never know just how amazing it is.
Send email = sell books.
Sure It Works, But Don’t Take My Word For It
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Here's Exactly What You'll Get For Your Author Platform Rocket Perpetual Giveaway
- We create, post and promote your giveaway on our high-traffic websites
- Custom Featured Ecosystem Twitter Graphic & Blast to thousands of our followers
- Custom Featured Ecosystem FaceBook Graphic & Blast to thousands of our followers
- Custom Featured Ecosystem Pinterest Graphic & Post to thousands of our followers
- You'll get a copy of the e-mail list of entries from your giveaway (Vital!)
- A permanent link to the giveaway to share and promote
- We will set up, run and manage Facebook paid advertising to get readers to your giveaway. We will manage the entire thing start to finish.
- Your ads budget is built right into the simple monthly payment!
- Want to grow even more? No problem! Just let us know and you can expand your budget at any time!
We work closely with you to gather the information needed to run your giveaway and host it for you, promoting it to our ravenous readers and fans.
Also, if you have any questions please feel free to email us:
The Author Platform Rocket Team