The Bookfunnel method is a paid method with no free trial. They do offer a 30 day money back guarantee at the time of writing. It will save you time distributing your ARC files when compared with doing it manually. Commonly used by authors that don’t feel the need to keep tabs on who is reviewing and who isn’t.
If you’re looking for a full featured ARC Assistant that saves you more time and increases your review rate, please use the Booksprout method instead.
Step 1: Create a BookFunnel account
Head over to BookFunnel and create an account if you don’t have one yet.
Step 2: Create and send your ARC
In order to create an ARC, you’ll first need to perform the following steps:
- Add a pen name (you’ll only have to do this once).
- Add a book for the ARC you want to create.
- Click email books at the top of the page.
- If you haven’t, create a campaign.
- Supply the email addresses of your ARC team and fill in as much info as you can.
- At the bottom, check the box that says you’re ready to send and then send it!
Note: You cannot edit this campaign once it’s sent. That includes the reminder email so if your book is not yet published you will want to send the reminder email manually when it’s time for your ARC team to leave their reviews.
Step 3: Request reviews
BookFunnel can help with this, but in most cases when running an ARC your book is not yet published. As noted above, you cannot edit a campaign once it’s been sent so the reminder email won’t be very useful. For this reason, we recommend contacting all of your reviewers manually via email to remind them that it’s time to leave their review once you have your links.
To see who downloaded the book and who hasn’t, head over to your campaigns page and click the little eye beside the campaign for this ARC. At the bottom, you can export a CSV of readers that have participated in this ARC.
Optional: Record who requested a review and who followed through
A feature that’s not readily available through Bookfunnel is the ability to block and/or track reviewer participation. If you think it’s important to keep your ARC team clean so that people don’t start using it as a means of getting free books, you’ll need to do this manually.
One recommended method is to follow the exact same process that we outlined in the spreadsheet method to keep tabs on who is worth keeping on your ARC team and who should be replaced by another more willing readers. Specifically, you’ll want to replicate steps 2 and 5.
A tip: When recording reader participation for all ARCs except the first one, you can save time by pasting all participant’s emails at the bottom, filling in their reviewer score, then sorting all columns by email address. It will be easier to scan the list of emails and merge all duplicates when they’re right next to each other.
To recap, BookFunnel ARCs are a good method for distributing your book files. They’re one of the cheaper methods but they lack record keeping so you must do this manually if you deem it necessary.
If you want to purge those pesky non-reviewers from your ARC team but don’t want to deal with all of the manual record keeping, Booksprout’s ARC Assistant can be of great help to automate the process. It’ll take care of everything Bookfunnel does, plus more.