More Reviews and Book Sales. Less Time and Expense.

The new Story Cartel 2.0 is a proven method of getting more reviews from the people who matter most: your readers.

Reviews build word of mouth buzz. And word of mouth recommendations are how most readers discover their next book.
Reviews act as social proof. You're more likely to purchase a book with 100 reviews than 3 reviews, even if those reviews aren't as positive.
Reviews work on Amazon's algorithm. We've found that books with more reviews rank higher than books with fewer reviews but the same number of sales.

Reviews enable discoverability. Story Cartel helps publishers and authors get more reviews to improve the discoverability of their books.

Bryan HutchinsonDirectly after I launched my memoir about growing up with undiagnosed ADHD on Story Cartel, my sales shot up 300%.

—Bryan Hutchinson, Author of One Boy’s Struggle: Surviving Life With Undiagnosed ADHD

Our Unique Process Helps You Turn Free Books Into Reviews


1. Launch

  • Upload Kindle, PDF, and ePub files and your books' information to share with readers.
  • We check to see if your book meets our guidelines.
  • Once approved, you can launch at any time.

2. Spread

  • Your book will be available for 21 days.
  • Readers agree to leave their honest review and can then download your book.
  • Story Cartel follows up with your readers, sending targeted reminder emails.

3. Grow

  • Track your progress and see how many reviews your books are projected to receive.
  • After the free period, we give readers seven more days to review the book on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, and their blog and enter our Story Cartel giveaways, where they can win Kindle eReaders, gift cards, and print books.
  • After the 28 day launch period is complete, update your new readers with information about future books.

We respect our readers and take our reputation seriously. All Story Cartel authors must follow our community guidelines.

Author Diane Capri Readers love Story Cartel and connecting with readers is what I shoot for, every time.

—Diane Capri, Bestselling Author of Hunt for Jack Reacher Thrillers

Pricing and Packages

Hundreds of authors have built their audiences with Story Cartel.

Each Story Cartel launch costs one token. Two-thirds of the money we get from each token goes back to our readers, providing eReaders, new books, and gift cards as rewards for being part of the community. The rest goes to paying for our server and administration costs.

You can use these tokens at any time, and if you don't get any reviews on your book, let us know and we will refund your launch.

Choose a package below to get started.

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Subscribers Average Downloads Range Average Reviews Range
53641 100 75 to 150 15 11 to 23

Estimates for the number of downloads and reviews that you can expect are listed below. The average and range are based on historical data, but are only meant as a reference and are not guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are books on Story Cartel available for free?

We've found that the ideal length of a promotion is three weeks. This gives you plenty of time to get the word out without cannibalizing sales. After your book expires, reviewers will have another six days to finish their reviews and enter your drawing.

What do I need to launch my book on Story Cartel?

Every book on Story Cartel gets its own page just like this. Authors often spend hours crafting their book pages, but you probably have nearly everything you need to launch your book already.

Here's what you need:

  • Amazon book page (where readers can leave their review
  • Book Description
  • Author Bio
  • Front Cover Image (.png or .jpg)
  • Kindle Book File (.mobi)
  • PDF Book File
  • ePub Book File (optional)

Are all books allowed on Story Cartel?

After you upload your book, we will review it to make sure it's formatted well and fits our guidelines. As soon as we approve your book, you'll receive an email letting you know it's live on the site.

How long will it take for my book to appear on

We try to approve books within two to three days. However, we're a very small team, and sometimes we get a bit backed up. If your book hasn't been approved within three days, feel free to email us and let us know here.

Am I guaranteed positive reviews?

We know from personal experience that getting a negative review is no fun. However, not only would it be unethical to ask readers to only post positive reviews, we believe it could actually hurt your marketing. In the end, the number of reviews you get matters more than how many stars each individual review is. A high number of reviews provides social proof that people are actively reading your book, and social proof is what helps sell more books. Also, we've found that people don't trust book pages with just 5-star reviews. It can actually help to have a few thoughtful three-, two-, and even one-star reviews.

At Story Cartel, we promise readers "free books in exchange for their honest review," emphasis on honest. If you get a few negative reviews, don't sweat it. Remember, even the best authors were misunderstood (in fact, take a look at this list of best-selling authors who were initially rejected.)

Will I get access to the list of readers who download my book?

One of the thing that makes Story Cartel such a great option to promote your book is that you have full access to the readers who download your book. You can download the email list at any point during the promotion, and send your new fans a note thanking them for reading your book. You can even invite them to join your newsletter.

Great power comes with great responsibility though, so please don't spam your new readers. You can see our spam policy here.

Why do my reviews say, "Received a review copy in exchange for this honest review."

Amazon requires reviewers to disclose whether they have received a free review-copy of a book in their review. While we see the importance of transparancy, professional reviewers in magazines and newspapers have been getting free review-copies of books for decades. Why should regular readers have to go through the extra hoop of disclosing? Still, it's Amazon's rule, and so we ask our reviewers to honor it. Thanks for understanding!

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