Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Promotional Sites

I've spent a lot of time the past couple of days looking in to several different indie author promotion pages, and I'd like to share some of these with others out there.

The first one I posted on about a week or so ago is the Wise Grey Owl site. Now this one is based in the UK, so it would be most beneficial to authors who have books available to customers in that area. Listing books is free, though they do accept donations and paid ads.

I'm now a member at OurAwesomeGang, thanks to a tweet of theirs I saw on Twitter. They are a free promotional site as well, and they also provide an author interview platform and lists of other free sites. They're on Facebook as well, with two groups to choose from. They also give away promotional ad spaces.

Today I posted on Readers Gazette website, another I found on Twitter. It's free to list books, plus they have a special place for book bargains, you can create quizzes from your listings, puzzle games that you can create for your website, and you can link your blog to it. They also send out newsletters, and have a Facebook page as well. You can also upload works in progress and get feedback. They don't accept any erotica.
 And last, but not least, is the Masquerade Crew with their tweet exchange. Simply tweet another author's post from their site, copy the tweet URL, fill out a very simple form, and get tweeted in return. I think the ratio is 1:5; one tweet nets you five over all their Twitter accounts. They have paid tweets as well, so if you're doing the tweet exchange, don't expect the return tweets immediately (in other words, don't try it the day before a special price promotion on your book), but they will eventually get to them.

There were other sites listed at OurAwesomeGang, and I hope to check into them some more and maybe post a follow up to this one. Hopefully, this might help some other "starving authors" out there. After all, the old adage "you have to spend money to make money" is just as true for selling books as for anything else! But many of us don't have the extra money to spend when we first start out. So sites like this are very welcome in our world!

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