Just had a great phone call with Joe Bunting, one of the founders of Story Cartel.
There was a flaw in my experiment, and it wasn’t until we were chatting that I realized it. Rather than telling you right away, I’ll make it into a long story because that’s what I do.
Last week, Joe emailed his regrets that Story Cartel hadn’t worked out for me, and asked if I’d have time for a phone call to chat about my experiment. As I mentioned in my response, he and Jeff Goins‘ reputations were one reason I opted to try Story Cartel. They’re a couple of guys who genuinely care about other writers and their readers. They’re not about making a quick buck, and that’s driven home by the fact that Joe took the time to ask me some good questions and really listen to the answers.
I’m not Story Cartel’s target.
If you are, it’s probably something you should try.
Story Cartel provides a simple web tool and a waiting audience for authors who don’t already have a following, and aren’t tech-savvy enough to set up their own book giveaway (or who just don’t want to spend the time or mental cycles to sort the details.)
I have a large audience. I’m a web developer and data geek.
I am not their audience.
But if you don’t already have a following, if you’d like a simple step-by-step tool to let you do a quick giveaway to get some reviews for your book, Story Cartel might be a good investment of your $25.
Best Beloved and I use the phrase all the time: not a match. Some clients, some projects, just aren’t a match. Nothing necessarily wrong with the client, the project, or us. Not about time or money. Just, not a match.
My experiment neglected to take into account that one element: is Story Cartel a good match for me?
Just as a negative review can still help you decide you’ll like a book or movie, my less-than-stellar results from Story Cartel just might help you decide that, for you, it is a match.