This is my experience using Story Cartel
I decided to try out Story Cartel with my short story Monster. I paid $30 which included posting my book on their website for download by reviewers. I had to handle the advertising on my own, which I did through Twitter and Facebook.
11 people downloaded the story. Out of that number I received 4 reviews. Two on Amazon and two on Goodreads. All were favorable. I also gained additional books sales from the reviews. So overall the $30 dollars was well spent.
So I tried it again with my book Awakening. Same deal. They post it on their website for download by reviewers. I handled the advertising. This time I had 31 people download the book. Out of that number only 3 posted reviews. 1 on Amazon. 1 on Barnes and Nobles and 1 on Goodreads. Two favorable and one not so favorable. This time I didn’t gain any book sales.
Compare Story Cartel to NetGalley
Story Cartel is by far cheaper $30 to $150. I received close to the same downloads from NetGalley (37 to be exact), but more people posted reviews about the book 18+ and I also was given feedback from everyone who downloaded my book whether they got a chance to read it or not.
Interesting. I had 23 favorable reviews out of the 37. Almost everyone who disliked my book, because they thought it was a romance (due to a mix up in the overview) instead of a thriller, posted a review on Goodreads. Whereas the ones who liked it, only a few posted reviews. Which lowered my overall stars to 3.10. That’s why I don’t put too much into reviews. They don’t show the entire picture. Plus, just because one person hates a book, doesn’t mean I won’t like it. They might have an entirely different taste in books than I do.
About The Author
C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.