Tips and sites to promote your FREE book to gain marketing success.

Like many authors, I am always on the look out for great ways to promote and sell my books. I’m still trying out some marketing ideas I have learned via the expertise of Nick Stephenson, who has a Free video on how to capture and keep potential readershttp://www.yourfirst10kreaders.com 

The inspirational Joanna Penn, has some very practical advice for the struggling self-published author. http://TheCreativePenn.com

Both authors are brilliant at promotion and passing their knowledge on to fellow writers. Being somewhat rubbish at self-promotion I am happy to attempt to implement their proven strategies for success.

Therefore, I am utilising one of their action plans to gain subscribers and a readers list, by making Whisper Gatherers – book 1 in The Song of Forgetfulness series, FREE to download from Amazon for two days – 8th and 9th October:

 http://http://bookShow.me/B00YMSP1UA

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The struggle to survive just got harder.

 In a land disfigured by famine and disease, fear spreads throughout the scattered population of NotSoGreatBritAlbian when the Agro Empire cuts food supplies and kidnaps special children – The Meeks.

But there is hope.

Adara, with her secret power.

 I’m Adara. I’ve got six fingers on each hand, and a secret I cannot share.

There is a rustling in the wind. Lights beyond the boundary fence.

A sign of Agro threat.

A murmur haunts Cityplace.

Something is coming.

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Both Nick and Joanna suggest making one of your books, if you have a series, or just more than one book for sale, perma-free to attract readers so that they will buy into the rest of your books.

Seems logical to me, and yet…

Free! Permanently?

This scares me.

So I have decided to ease myself into the concept of having one of my books forever free by doing a KDP promotion for a couple of days to see if I get people to subscribe to my reader list and eventually pay for the other books in the series.

To advertise my promotion, I have used some paid and free sites.

Paid:

Fiverr  https://uk.fiverr.com/ and a particular promoter – bknights. A lot of fellow authors recommended this particular promoter as they have had excellent results from him. Thousands of downloads in fact. We’ll see how it goes.

eBookSoda http://www.ebooksoda.com/authors/  “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.

kboards http://www.kboards.com/ads/ another great place for authors to promote and readers to find bargain and free books. I have done well promoting on this site

Free:

There are dozens and dozens of sites where you can promote your free book without paying. I have listed a few. Some I have used, some I’m trying out.

World Literary Cafe is a site dedicated to the promotion of Indie authors, and boasts a huge following of avid readers. It has a variety of promotional packages, both paid and free. You can list your free books without charge and reach thousands of potential readers.  http://worldliterarycafe.com/

Reading Deals http://ReadingDeals.com

eBookLister:  http://www.eBookLister.net

IDP Promos:  http://indiebookoftheday.com/authors/free-on-kindle-listing/

Blog posts. A chance to get the attention of another similar genre author’s readership. Always remember to reciprocate.

I am being featured on the wonderful Fantasy Author Autumn M. Birt’s blog: http://www.nomapnomad.com/ww/blog/

Her novel Born of Water: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure (The Rise of the Fifth Order Book 1) is perma-free. You can download it here: http://bookShow.me/B00XGC7ZP2

This time around I have utilised a device called KDRoi, an easy to use Chrome extension that automatically adds your Free book promotion to a dozen or so sites that promote Free books. A very useful tool that takes away hours of filling in forms. You have to pay for it, but if you plan on doing Free offers on  a regular basis, then it is well worth it

You can see how it works here: http://www.kdroi.com/v1/

So don’t forget – Whisper Gatherers is FREE to download 8th and 9th October:

http://http://bookShow.me/B00YMSP1UA

Still not sure?

Then maybe some reviews will help to make up your mind:

“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense ! This book is amazing to read and you will not want to put it down!”

“The author does a great job of drawing you in with her futuristic descriptions, at times it felt like I was watching a movie, that’s how enthralled I was with the book.”

“The central character has a convincing mixture of wilfulness and self-deprecation, and the imagined world is sufficiently complex to provoke thought and wonder. Nice to know that there are further episodes to pursue. A good read.”

“There’s danger, humour, pathos, and lots of fast-paced action that makes this book a very exciting read.”

You can purchase all three books in The Song of Forgetfulness series here:

http://amzn.to/1TlwaBP

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Sign up for my readers list and you can get an exclusive Song of Forgetfulness short story FREE!

To receive your FREE short story ‘Changeling Fog’ just click on this link: http://eepurl.com/buH8qH

I’ll let you all know how I get on with this particular promotion.

Thanks for reading.

You can find out more about The Song of Forgetfulness Here:

http://www.thesongofforgetfulness.com/

Five FREE Tools To Help Self-Published Authors Succeed.

It is hard being an author, whether self-published or traditionally, getting your manuscript/book looking good, free of grammatical/typo errors and noticed when it is published, is very difficult. So the more tools at your disposal that can help you do that is surely a good thing.

I have recently discovered a few neat little devices that can help to make those jobs easier.

1: Scrivener – The first and truly brilliant, especially if you are considering self-publishing, is this word processing and book formatting tool – You can download it for a Free trial to see if it is for you.

Don’t take my word for it, though – the self-publishing legend that is Joanna Penn (you can learn more about Joanna and her books to help self-published authors here:http://www.thecreativepenn.com/) has a blog about the value of using Scrivener. http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/02/04/scrivener/

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I’m sure most of you have heard about it, but until I actually used it, I didn’t realise how fabulous it actually is. Not just for formatting – which it is brilliant for – but for lots of other useful writing implements that help to make your manuscript the best it can be. You can store valuable research, photographs and lots more that can aid you with the planning and plotting of your writing project. Don’t forget that Scrivener allows you to format not only fiction manuscripts but non-fiction, screenplays and well, you’ll have to see for yourself just how useful it is.

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

2: Grammarly – On a similar note, Grammarly, is a free spelling and grammar checker that goes beyond the capabilities of your word processor. It also helps you to choose the right word by showing ‘context-optimised synonym suggestions’ and asking you if it is the correct word to use in context with the sentence. It also claims to, ‘Grammarly corrects over 250 grammatical mistakes while also catching contextual spelling errors and poor vocabulary usage. Works wherever you write online. Grammarly helps you write mistake-free in Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and nearly anywhere else you write on the Web.’

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Great stuff really. I use it regularly and find it very useful. It is totally Free. Of course you can subscribe to a paid version, but for me, the free version is all I need.

https://app.grammarly.com/

3: Canva – Creating your ebook cover can be a nightmare. You can pay for someone to do it for you, or you can try to design it yourself. This is what I chose to do with the help of my husband who understands how to use Photoshop. Photoshop is expensive and difficult to use if you are not familiar with the programme. I recently discovered a website – Canva – that offers Free design templates and many free stock images for you to choose from to design and format your ebook cover. I have a very poor quality screen shot of a couple of ideas I had for my middle-grade action adventure book, currently titled: Vengeance of the Mummy Thief. The cover in the middle is one of their stock templates.

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Some of the better images you will have to pay for, but at $1 a time, it is very affordable. You can also download your own images and use their photo editor to create great-looking designs. Even if you only use it as an example, or to try out ideas, it can be done quickly and easily. It is very simple to use and has many other useful features, such as basic photo editing, Twitter, blog page, Facebook heading designs and much more. Well worth a go in my opinion.

https://www.canva.com/

4: Bookshow.me – One little tool that I find  really useful is the URL shortening device that sends customers to your selling page for any country. So that if for example, I live in France and click on the link, It will go to the Amazon page for France and not America or the UK so that I can buy a book directly from my own country.  All you have to do is go to http://bookshow.me/ type in the URL for your book, click the button and you get a shortened URL that will direct any buyer to the right page for their particular country.

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5: Yasiv – Lastly, something that I found very useful when deciding on Keywords to use for my books when uploading them onto Amazon.  Apologies for another poor quality screen shot here.

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This neat little free device helps authors discover categories that do well in their niche. Also works with anything that is for sale on Amazon. You can find out the keywords successful authors use. It doesn’t tell you what the keywords are as such, you have to type in words as I did for my book Whisper Gatherers: YA Dystopian Action Adventure, and up came one hundred and twenty-nine books in that category. Meaning, it is fairly popular, but not so popular that my book will get lost. Then I typed in: Sci-Fi Action Adventure Series. Only seven came up. Clearly that is not a popular category, therefore, I won’t use it in my keywords. Therefore, it is quite useful in helping to decide what keywords to use when listing them on Amazon.

http://www.yasiv.com/

There is a more in-depth keyword tool that isn’t free called Kindlespyhttp://www.kdspy.com/

This shows you lots of stats for the books in your chosen category in one click, thus saving you a lot of time and energy. You can then go to these books and look at word bubbles that show the keywords that are used to sell them, oh, and it does more, a lot more, go take a look.

I hope some of these suggestions will be of use to you in your writing ventures. If you know of any others, I would be glad to hear from you and so would many other authors too.

You can learn more about my YA Sci-Fi Action Adventure Dystopian series – The Song of Forgetfulness – here: http://thesongofforgetfulness.com