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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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John Kremer Quote of the Day: “Even if you are a one-book self-publisher, a consistent and persistent effort will pay off.” 1001 Ways to Market Your Books.
Monday morning I started by working on my Kremer 100 list which got side-tracked into working on building up a list of Twitter sites to promote my book. It happened because in looking for a “new contact” to add I got interested in what they were doing. And that my friends is how I keep on straying from following “the Yellow Brick Road” to Oz.
On the other hand – the two lists do actually sort of go together. Both are lists that need to grow and develop over time. When I am ready to do a book launch in March of next year I need to know the faces and places of people and websites to do that with.
I actually started my side trip on Sunday night by finding a great blog post on Good Reads on book promotion. The thread is called Best bang for buck book promos and has over 1700 entries with folks sharing promo sites that worked or didn’t work for promoting their books. I made my way through about 100 of the posts and took notes of the sites that looked promising. I plan to work my way through all the entries because you never know which one or ones will be gold!
What is especially good about reading through the thread above is that you hear all the places that promise the moon and deliver nothing but space dust. Since I know it will take time to list my book on sites when I’m ready to launch, I want to make the best use of that time by creating my own list of sites that will target my audience.
There were a few comments that listed websites with lists of places to promote your book. I copied two of them that I found so far.
JamesSCalbraith.com 90 sites to Advertise your books
Adweek.com 16 free ebook promotion sites – what is nice about this page is there a comment on each site. Not just a list that you have to do your own evaluation. Good starting place I think.
Further research outside of Good Reads on Monday came up with these two sites.
Indiesunlimited.com Book Promo sites
Martin Crosbie Author Tools lots of great links here.
I spent a little time going through one Martin Crosbie’s lists which was 33 Twitter Accounts to notify during your book promotion and found that of the first three I looked at.
- One was no longer in existence
- One didn’t fit my audience
- One didn’t allow submissions by authors except when going through the Kindle free ebook submission place and they submitted your book.
This was good heads up that that if I want to be serious about submitting my book I really do need to start now, months before I’m ready to start promoting.
I plan to share my list on this website but it will be Book Promo’s for Middle School Fiction. Definitely won’t be a list for everyone but hopefully if you are reading this you will realize how much time is needed to develop your own book submission site list and get started.
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