Once you've done all the hard work of writing and formatting and publishing your book there's the seemingly daunting task of marketing your book so that your readers can find your masterpiece. It's not always as hard as you might think.
Over the years, we've collected and saved information that can help you get on that bestseller list.
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Story Cartel"The books you see on Story Cartel are all offered free by generous authors in exchange for your honest review. For book lovers, Story Cartel is a resource to discover great books and fresh authors; for authors, it's a platform to build deeper relationships with readers. As long as it meets our guidelines, any author can launch their book on Story Cartel."
Bargain Booksy "If you are planning to discount your book (or if your book is already $5 or less), the Bargain Booksy Feature is for you. A Bargain Booksy feature can help you to drive sales of your book, find a new audience of readers, generate reviews for your book, and improve your book rank on retail sites.
"We'll send your book to more than 50,000 Kindle readers who have expressed an interest in your genre. You'll also be included in our weekly Nook email to more than 10,000 subscribers (if you provide us with a Nook link for your book). "Our email subscribers get excited about every email we send, so you're sure to see a boost in sales from the minute the email hits our readers' inboxes. "
EBook Soda "eBookSoda is a great way to promote your ebook. Our readers tell us what they like, which allows us to match books to readers, sending details of your ebook straight to their inbox. "Send us your title by completing the online submission form . We’ll review your book and let you know if it’s been selected. If successful, we’ll create your promotion, email it to our readers and feature it on our website.
Only $5 to advertise! For a limited time, eBookSoda will only cost you $5 promote your book. All we ask is that you spread the word to friends, fellow authors and readers on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else you can think of!"
Book Bub"Interested in partnering with BookBub? Here’s how the process works:
1. You submit a title for consideration. You start by filling out an online submission form outlining the details of your price promotion.
2. We review your submission. Our editorial team reviews your book and decides whether they’d like to select it for a feature. If your title is chosen, you’ll receive confirmation and an invoice. (If it’s not selected, we’ll let you know within a few days.)
3. You coordinate your promotion with all retailers. We recommend partners contact distributors and/or retailers directly for detailed instructions on how to implement a price promotion.
4. We prepare the listing. You don’t need to provide us with any additional materials for your feature. Our editors write a blurb for your book, and our production team assembles all other creative.
5. We send your book to our readers! On the morning of your promotion, we verify that your deal is available at all the retailers you selected. As long as everything is in order, the deal goes out in that day’s email and appears on our website."
Kindle Nation Daily"During the past few years we have built the community that we call “Kindle Nation” into the largest and most influential independent community of Kindle enthusiasts and ebook readers on the web. We are in touch with over 157,000 Kindle owners every day via web posts, email blasts, Facebook, and Twitter. Now, with our sponsorship programs, we are offering you the opportunity to connect directly with our readers.
We can help you gain exposure.
While the ultimate success of your book is up to you, you can see from the sponsorship results experienced by hundreds of other authors that our sponsorship program can expose you to potential readers and customers that are in your target audience."
I believe we talked about this a little bit on the phone. It really is a great place to network among authors and engage with readers both current and potential. The group that I have linked above is one of the largest writers groups on the site and has lots of forums with tips and also places where you can request feedback from other authors. One great way to network is to ask another author who shares the same audience to review your book. Their followers will then be able to find your books through them.
If you haven't already, I would make a Facebook Author page so that as you start to generate fans you can update them on your latest news and even give out teasers to your next book. I have several clients who find success and lots of new readers this way. Also, just like in Goodreads, there are lots of writers and readers clubs. Some are general and others are more genre specific.
A lot of small town papers love the special interest stories and would be willing to do a little piece on you for the paper. You can get a lot of interest just by being a local and generate readers that way.
Local Libraries and Book Clubs
This is another source. Libraries especially love engaging readers with the authors and most will help promote your book for you. You may need to donate a copy of your book but readers generate fans and potential purchases and word of mouth advertisement.
A Blog Website
If you don't have time for a blog, that's perfectly understandable. It's something that takes dedication and I often liken it to working out. Not everyone has the time or the desire to do it every day and it is a chore. (I think it's the perfect simile.) If you have the time to put into it, a blog can be a great way to get noticed and stay in touch with your readers. If you don't have a blog there are several easy to use platforms that are free and you can start right away. If you want a more personal touch with your site, web design is a service that we offer. Here is a site that also give you tips and tricks to writing a blog post that will boost your search results.
This link sends you to a ton of free articles and forums on how to market your book. It's a great resource and you don't have to be publishing with Createspace to access them.
We hope that these references help and that you'll get the exposure you need to be the next bestseller!