My campaign with Prolific Works ended yesterday and I thought I’d give feedback on this platform for authors. What follows is my initial impressions and Prolific Works review after running 2 campaigns for Never Date a Siren.
To be clear I have the free plan. If I had the paid plan I could have restricted downloads only to opt-in only – thus gaining email subscribers, so keep that in mind when reading the review.
I joined the Adventure is Out There, verified campaign by the Prolific Team. It had 52 entries and ran from Feb 20 to March 5th and was specific to YA Fantasy.
I scored 49 claims. Only 4 other books scored higher in downloads then my own, the highest being 53. However, I saw no spike in sales via Amazon, and no spike in visitation to my website.
Some of that is guess work because they provide no exact data to you – and it is the reason why you need to run one campaign at a time to see what provides results.
Things to consider:
- Professional cover that is attention grabbing at a thumbnail size.
- Picking a giveaway that really fits with your book (several that scored low didn’t seem to fit with the theme IMO).
- Your book description must be intriguing but also fit the theme.
- Does the giveaway have an opt-in where you can collect email subscribers?
However, here is the problem with Prolific Works – unless you do a paid plan you cannot do a subscribe opt-in. This is where a reader gives you their email and you give them your book.
The purpose with opt-in’s is to build your newsletter list. The free book is the carrot. So on the free plan I gave away 53 free copies with no benefit to me. The benefit was to Prolific Works.
To get any real use out of PW you will need to pay for a plan (see below graphic). But is it worth it?
NO. Because 2 other services do the same and more…
Story Origin is free for now and it has a lot more firepower then Prolific Works. It is a bit easier to get newsletter swaps there then BookFunnel but has many of the BF deluxe features.
It is worth your time to check out:
Bookfunnel is well-known and has a lot of the same features as StoryOrigin, with just as much if not more fire power at less money!
My feeling about Prolific Works is that the cost vs services makes it not a good value.
If you have no budget and have a small mailing list go with StoryOrigin to figure out how these newsletter swaps and giveaways work.
If you have the funds, go with BookFunnel – there is a wider pool of authors to work with but you need an established newsletter subscriber (some require 2,000+ members!) list to get others on board with swapping.
I personally chose the BookFunnel mid-list with integrations plan but that fit with my plans and budget.
What you will soon discover as an self-employed author is that there are a LOT of services out there vying for your attention and access to your pocketbook.
You must make command decisions on who is worth it due to how much that service does for you – if the service doesn’t work out, you cut ties and move on.