I received an email yesterday telling me about the INDIE LIST for "$1, $2, $3, and $7 Book and Author Promotions!". The email sent me to this site.
I just wanted to know if anyone's heard of this and if so, what is your opinion?
Looks to me like a sincere effort to create a community promoting indie authors, but it's a fledgeling project.
The creator has clearly put a lot of work into it in the past couple of months - I added my own book when there was a call for free submissions a few weeks ago - and the site has grown quickly, but it's got a long way to go.
I'm not sure if it's worth spending money getting listed there, but on the other hand, they're doing a lot of work for basically the price of a couple of coffees, so there's not that much to lose and it might be worthwhile just to support them and "get in on the ground floor".
If it does take off - and it probably will since the organizer is clearly committed to the project - it won't stay this cheap.
She claims that some authors have seen increased sales since being added to her listings, which may or may not reflect causation at this stage, but will probably become increasingly true as the site grows.
I can see a few technical issues, such as the fact that it's a free weebly site and doesn't have its own domain, which will mean a major re-organization of the server at some point as the business becomes more viable, and will require a 301 redirect in order to maintain search engine rank, but nothing insurmountable - it's likely to be something weebly has provided for, although continuing with weebly will leave the site at their mercy and I'm not sure that their (weebly's) paid service is worth the price.
The aggressive nature of her advertising may also be off-putting to some, but I think that's just a matter of refining the message and customizing it per venue, which will come with time.
All in all, for the price you've got nothing to lose, and the potential for an upside far out of proportion to the investment.
Disclaimer: These are merely informed opinions, but I am in no way affiliated with Stephanie Jackson or the Indie List. I wouldn't rule it out in future, she's clearly got it going on. ;)
Thanks for your opinion, Darryl.
I wasn't sure whether it was a scam. I've already had one scam in the last week (which I reported) and I suppose I was a little wary.