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46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE


Promoting A Book? Check out this article :-)

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Book Store Stand out Against Thousands of Books

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Added June 23, 2013:

Dear Reader:  This list of websites, which we compiled in March 2012, grew in the meantime to almost 100.  Please visit our two new blog posts with even more possibilities to announce your work for free:

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/50-web-links-to-let-your-book-go-viral/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/part-2-45-more-websites-to-promote-your-book/

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Original Article from March 11, 2012:

1. Goodreads
Use your free membership to promote yourself and your books. Reviews are essential and reviews on Goodreads site help your book to really stand out to millions of visitors.

2. Wattpad
Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world’s most popular destination to publish and…

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Don’t “Make” People Pay ~ “Let” Them Pay . . .


I’m hoping it’s fairly obvious that a writer can “easily” transfer ideas that work for a singer/performer to the realm of attracting a readership

I know it’s totally obvious that this is the shortest blog post I’ve ever done :-)

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Google Plus and The Author Platform


For folks new to this blog, I’m a self-published author who’s a maverick when it comes to promoting my work.

The most obvious example is in the side-bar—my novel is for sale but I still give it away :-)

I’ve written here, many times, about how I’ve dealt with the need to let folks know about my work—here are just a few:

Do Pre-Publication Promotion And Sanity Go Together ?

How Can Authors Find Readers?

Social Networking and Insanity . . .

For Writers Who Don’t Think They Can “Do The Business Side” of Self-Publishing

The Author’s Platform ~ Community of Interest

Do you have a Google account?

If not, I’d advise you get one—the email is cool and, as they say, you can “Talk, chat, share, schedule, store, organize, collaborate, discover, and create.”

So, CopyBlogger, “the most popular content marketing and writing blog on the planet”, has an article called, Seven Ways Writers Can Build Online Authority with Google+

Here are those seven ways:

1. Beef up your Google+ audience (faster than Twitter)

2. Target traffic to your blog with Circles

3. Hustle Hangouts

4. Maximize the life of your content

5. Attack a narrow topic

6. Create a community

7. Park all your content on Google+ (don’t do this one)

Now, just a few brief excerpts from that article:

“When it comes to improved search rankings, building an audience on Google+ might just be the smartest thing you can do as a content creator.”

“So, what’s the moral of the story for you — the writer? Why should you care? Well, if you are a content creator who cares about:

  • Your reputation
  • Your work
  • Establishing online authority
  • Building an audience (which tends to happen faster on G+ than other social sites)
  • Driving more traffic to your website or blog
  • Growing your email newsletter subscriber list
  • And boosting sales and opportunities

“Then you need a Google+ account.”

Also, that article has Many interesting comments :-)
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What if I’m A Writer But I’m No Good At Marketing?


Many writers are finding out that even the Traditional Publishers want much more of the promotion or marketing to be done by the writer themselves.

Many writers feel they are incapable of this kind of work

Well, perhaps my guest post for Joel Friedlander, Virtual Book Promotion and Word of Mouth, can show you that radical creativity can come to a writer’s rescue—writers are highly creative, right?

But, my personal solution to marketing promotion may not be what you want to do.

You may have to use that creativity to produce your own brand of promotion

A free book that could be your catalyst for producing your own author’s platform is Seth Godin’s Unleashing the Idea Virus.

This excerpt from Wikipedia sums up Seth’s views very well:

“Godin believes that the end of the ‘TV-Industrial complex’ means that marketers no longer have the power to command the attention of anyone they choose, whenever they choose. Second, in a marketplace in which consumers have more power, he thinks marketers must show more respect; this means no spam, no deceit and a bias for keeping promises. Finally, Godin asserts that the only way to spread the word about an idea is for that idea to earn the buzz by being remarkable. Godin refers to those who spread these ideas as ‘Sneezers’, and to the spreading idea as an ‘IdeaVirus’. He calls a remarkable product or service a purple cow.

“Advertisements on television and radio are classified as ‘interruption marketing’ which interrupt the customer while they are doing something of their preference. Godin introduced the concept of ‘permission marketing’ where the business provides something “anticipated, personal, and relevant’.”

I should add that many writers’ methods of using Social Media could be called “Interruption Marketing” :-)

Yeah, I know, that Seth guy uses the dreaded word “marketing” a lot; but then, that’s what he’s an expert at and a huge number of people who are not writers just love the man.

Which brings up the concept that writers can find lots of stuff to use when attempting promotion by “translating” what those “nasty business folk” read—product = book, consumer = reader, factory = writer’s cave

So, if you’re a writer seeking a readership, I hope you download and read Seth’s book and I hope you’ll also translate what he says in this video :-)


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For Writers Who Don’t Think They Can “Do The Business Side” of Self-Publishing


Traditional publishing is far from dead but self-publishing is one helluva scrappy kid.

Seems, though, that either method now demands a writer get up and do some “Business”

I really don’t like current connotations of the term Marketing, Promotion can sound like a selfish activity, Building An Author Platform can seem an insurmountable task, and Gathering A Tribe could scare the most introverted writers.

In a post back in December, Getting Published Is Easy ~ Getting Readers Is Hard Work, I posed a few questions about the effort writers need to find readers:

“Is all this talk about the hard work of finding readers going to make you give up?

“If you have a book, in your head or written out, does its Life justify lots of hard work?

“Does it seem unfair to you that sensitive, creative people need to roll up their sleeves and build a sustainable author platform?”

Plus, that post has a link to the article I wrote for Joel Friedlander about my unique process of finding readers.

It may seem like an over-simplification but, to me, having a readership is having relationships

What kind of relationship is engendered when the Woo-er dresses up in flashy clothes, flagrantly promises huge returns for Immediate Action, and leaves the Woo-ie high and dry after the one-night-purchase?

If you’re a writer, will you only write one book?

If not, wouldn’t it be nice if those who bought your first book actually liked the relationship they have with you and are breathlessly awaiting your second and third performance?

So, grabbing myself by the ears and making myself pay closer attention to the title of this post, I offer an article orriginally published in Fortune magazine then republished in CNN Money.

It’s written by Ben Casnocha (serial entrepreneur) and Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) and gets deeply into the nature of one’s business relationships—what works long-term—what gains traction for the long-haul—what writers could really use for the present-day challenges of getting books read.

It’s called, The real way to build a social network, and here’s a brief excerpt:

“Old-school networkers are transactional. They pursue relationships thinking solely about what other people can do for them. Relationship builders, on the other hand, try to help others first. They don’t keep score. And they prioritize high-quality relationships over a large number of connections….it’s only when you put yourself in the other person’s shoes that you begin to develop an honest connection.”

Hope you check it out and hope you come back and Comment :-)
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