Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Promote Your Book!

Whether you're with a publisher and doing your own marketing, or self-published and doing your own marketing, below is a great list of websites who cater to READERS who want to find the latest deal. (That means YOU!) 

I decided against listing freebie vs bargain books separately, as most sites offer both. You'll just have to go through them one by one and see if what they have to offer suits your needs. 

How do they work? Most of these sites are willing to promote you for free, or for a small price. And then (if you want more attention) they might offer a guaranteed listing for $___, or a featured listing for $___, or a massive undertaking that might include an interview spotlight, multiple tweets, facebook posts, along with being listed first in the general email subscription list.

As you click through these sites debating on how much money you might want to invest in your marketing plan, pay attention to how many "likes" they have, how many people follow their blogs, facebook, and twitter accounts, and see if you can find out how many people subscribe to receive their announcements. Because if you’re going to pay for a spotlight, you want to make sure they have the right audience for YOU. (Don't forget to do the math-- if your book is on sale for 99¢, it would take 43 sales to pay for a $15 listing.)

The main purpose of this list is to promote your book for little to no cost. The more popular sites might be more successful due to a larger audience, but it'll cost you more than your time. (And our time IS valuable-- especially if it takes you five days to work your way through this list.)

For my final bit of advice...don't wait until the last minute to do this. Some of these sites want up to 14 days notice.. some are booked months in advance. 

So, I wish you the best of luck with your book promotion! Feel free to suggest other sites in the comments, or share your experiences with certain promotion companies. I might edit this post from time to time to add new links to the list.

http://www.theereadercafe.com/p/authors.html (3 reviews and be rated 4 stars)
http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/ (10 reviews and a 4.0 rating on Amazon)
http://kindlevenue.com/submit-your-bargain-book/ (2.99 or less, but NOT if your book is free)
http://readergiveaways.com/for-authors/  (Books published for more than 3 months must have at least 5 reviews on Amazon with an average 4.0 review.)
http://ereaderparadise.com/submit-ebook/ (no requirements to be on sale—just a link to be included in their data base)
http://kindlevenue.com/submit-your-bargain-book/ (2.99 or less, but NOT if your book is free)
http://www.peoplereads.com/list-your-ebook (10 reviews on Amazon (US and/or UK) with an average rating of 3.9 stars)  (3.99 or less)
http://www.ereaderiq.com/contact/  (you’ve seen most of the forms by now, just send THAT information in a query format on the contact page and they’ll probably post your info without getting back to you)
https://greatbooksgreatdeals.wufoo.com/forms/submit/  (20 review requirement) (I’m honestly not sure where these submission end up going...)
http://www.indiesunlimited.com/freebie-friday/  Post on Thursdays to announce .99 offer (or sale) in the blog comments: (Thrifty Thursday)
http://zourla.com/get_pixels.php  (They don’t promote sales, but will pin your cover on their virtual bookshelf, from freebie (need a magnifying glass to see), to a VIP $$ priority shelf. Your cover will be displayed for 15 days.) (By readers or authors, I’m not quite sure)
http://www.authorexpo.com/  (form to submit a request for a free tweet)
http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/indie-kindle (Log in to enter a tweet for the week—once per week.) 
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,42.0.html   (Post in the forum when you have something to announce-- (or $20 for promo)
http://ebookshabit.com/for-authors/  (free books are free, bargain books start at $10)
http://www.daily-free-ebooks.com/suggest-free-ebook (free to list bargain—no longer accepting freebie books though)
http://kindlebookpromos.luckycinda.com/?page_id=10700 (if your book is .99—14 day notice +$10)
http://hotzippy.net/feature-your-book.html  (Bargain Book Hunter) ($15 – lots of social media, not sure about a mailing list- hard to find info)
http://www.freebookshub.com/authors/ (free or 0.99—mandatory $8 donation)
http://www.ereaderperks.com/authors (free books are free, Bargain books start at $25)
http://www.indieauthornews.com/p/promote-my-book.html (not sure—looks like a form just to get more info)
https://www.thekindlebookreview.net/advertise-books/ (for a fee.. lots of packages starting $5)
http://allmysteryenewsletter.com/?page_id=8004  (mystery/thriller only—free if free, $10 for bargain)
http://www.bookbub.com/advertise/pricing.php (priced per genre - excellent reputation and they only take 20% of what gets submitted—so good luck!)


  1. Wow, thanks Toni! This is going to save me a lot of time (and money) down the road. :)

  2. LOVE this list! I'll be launching my book later this summer, so I'm bookmarking it for when I get my formatting done. THanks so much!

  3. This is fantastic! Thanks for compiling this great list.

  4. Just bookmarked this - very useful. Thanks!

  5. You're all very welcome! :-) It's a time-consuming stage of the game, but half of work is in finding these places to begin with!

  6. Wow, very generous of you, Toni. Thanks!

  7. What a fantastic list! Thank you so much. :)

  8. Thanks for this, I can imagine compiling this list took some time! Will definitely hang on to it for future reference.


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