DartFrog Blue is a curated traditional publishing platform for authors with an existing and large audience (typically this means a social media following of at least 100,000 people). DartFrog pays all costs associated with publishing, marketing and distribution. Author pays no costs. We are currently accepting submissions.
All DartFrog Blue projects include:
A full proofread of the manuscript is included (if we like your story but it requires more than a proofread, we will tell you).
We manage the interior design & formatting process (for print & ebook).
DartFrog will create a custom banner for your book to appear on our website homepage, and we will design A+ content for the Publisher section of the Amazon product page to give it a fully custom and polished feel (A+ Content is the term for product specific custom graphics that make your Amazon product page more visually appealing).
We provide an enhanced Amazon optimization for your book, which in addition to data on historical trends, also includes our selection of the keywords and categories that we believe will give your book the best chance to successfully engage Amazon’s algorithms.
We connect every DartFrog Plus book to our own network of book influencers who will read the story and share their honest opinions with their respective audiences. We guarantee at least 10 professional book influencers will review your book.
We promote every DartFrog Plus book to 75,000+ book clubs through our exclusive partnership with BookClubs.com. The book is featured as a Recommended Read on the Bookclubs.com homepage for one month, included in an email to all members (400,000+) on the first day of the promotion, in-app placement & notification to all users of the Bookclubs.com app, plus a live video Q&A with the Great Indie Reads book club.
We guarantee that at least 3 independent bookstores will order and display your DartFrog Plus title face front in a genre appropriate section of their store. Typically bookstores will also include the book in an email newsletter to its customer base. We will provide a photo of the book on display in the store, which you can then share on your social media.
We commission a professional review from Midwest Book Review and any other review outlets that we think fit best with the book. Reviews are initiated once the interior formatting is finished, in the hopes that we can add excerpts from a positive review to the cover before releasing the book. We also create a review campaign through Book Sirens to generate reviews from readers.
We write and distribute a press release for all DartFrog Blue titles and provide you with a distribution report of the outlets that picked the release up.
And finally, we pitch to podcasts and radio shows that we think may be interested in having the author on as a guest.
Each DartFrog Blue title is advertised in Ingram’s flagship catalog, Advance, for the purpose of generating awareness among bookstores and libraries.
We also may submit the book to awards that we feel fit the book’s topic/style.
DartFrog’s social media coordinator will work directly with each DartFrog Blue author to create engaging content for posting through our Facebook, Instagram and TikTok channels.
We list your book on Amazon, Smashwords (ebooks), and Ingram (which includes their partnerships with Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Gardners, Target, etc). This ensures your book will be available everywhere books are sold.
As a DartFrog Blue author, you earn a 30% royalty of all net income from the sales of your book. All royalties are paid to you by DartFrog on a monthly basis.
Every DartFrog Blue author has a dedicated project manager that you can correspond with through Basecamp (the platform we use for all team communications), or by video call if a face to face meeting is needed. The project manager oversees the team working on your book, is your direct point of contact, and also manages the administrative tasks that are important to the publishing process (the assigning of ISBNS, Library of Congress registration, uploading files, etc).