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Building your author platform: Top 10 Free Book Promotion Sites

This post on author platform building looks at some of the most useful websites for helping new readers discover your work. I won’t recommend anything I’ve not used personally, so I am sure there are plenty more around – but there are some things to consider before extending your author platform more widely on other people’s websites.

First and most important is the debate about paid for and free sites.  All the websites in my top ten are free to use – but that doesn’t mean paid for sites aren’t worth considering. Some offer a lot for quite a small initial outlay. I’ve considered joining the AuthorMarketing Club, for example, as it’s recommended by Joanna Penn and helps save time by extending your author platform to a wealth of other sites. They advertise ‘Free book marketing resources and tools’ but to really benefit you need to consider their premium service

Another site I’ve looked at is the Independent Author Network, which is very affordable and claims that “over 10,000 readers visit IAN each day to find great books by their “talented authors.”

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Next you may want to ask about the traffic ‘ranking’ of different websites, as this gives you some idea of how busy they are. There are many ways to find this out, such as WebRank Stats or the Alexa Ranking site where you simply enter the link and see what comes up.

There are also issues of site integrity, ease of use and level of support. You need to think about how much precious writing time you have to forgo uploading book covers and inputting details of your work. Finally a note of caution – in the search for the best sites I have found some that pose as author support sites but are actually selling variations on the ‘become a #1 best seller the easy way’ theme. (In case you are wondering, there is no easy way.)

Here then are my top ten websites for extending your author platform:

1. iAuthor
Top of the list and one of the newer sites around, iAuthor is also one of my favourites.  Very easy to use, iAuthor manages to fit everything neatly on one screen, including the promo video if you have one.  I like the way you can add your book to ‘themes’ ranging from ‘indie books looking for reviewers’ to ‘stories from ‘adventures in far off lands’.

2. Wattpad
Much more focused on encouraging creative writing than book promotion, the best way to use Wattpad to build your author platform is to upload the first chapter of your books and encourage readers to take a look and comment.  There is a really wide ranging user base catering for every taste.

3. e-novelist
E-Novelist is a free platform for writers to connect, share their work and contribute to forums, blogs and groups to share ideas on the writing process, from promotion, to blogging and publishing.  It is a simple process to upload book covers and excerpts and the support is excellent.

4. Ganxy
Ganxy is a really well thought out campaign-based website where you do all the work for 90% of sales.  It only takes a few minutes to set up pages to sell from any website, blog, or even Facebook pages.  Ganxy collects payments and can deliver your book in any format to any device, so it looks very future-proof.

5. Smashwords
Smashwords is a great way to reach a wider readership, as people can easily download samples of your work in any format. Smashwords is important to me as the route for my books to reach all the non-Amazon outlets, such as Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.  From an author platform point of view, your Smashwords profile can act as another free webpage for new readers to ‘discover’.  I also recommend the SmashwordsBlog and founder Mark Coker’s excellent free marketing guide eBook.

6. Bublish 
Bublish is one of the newest sites I’ve joined and also one of the most innovative, with the idea of ‘book bubbles’ where authors can say something interesting to accompany an excerpt.  It’s still in ‘beta’ so they are interested in ideas on how it can be developed but Bublish is easy to use as an author, as you just follow the prompts on each screen to complete your profile, add a book or create and share ‘book bubbles’. You can create and share unlimited book bubbles and they even add ‘buy’ links for you.

7. AUTHORSdB
Another innovative site, AUTORSdB has a weekly list of randomly selected authors and a special Author Spotlight which offer authors useful exposure to new readers.

8. The Writers Room
I like the professional look and feel of The Writers Room. If you take a look at the listed authors you’ll see there are some very well-known writers here, so you’ll be in good company.  The Writers Room has a nice feature where readers can learn more about their favourite authors and ask them questions, as well as comment on their books.

9. LibraryThing
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalogue up to 200 books.  At the time of writing there were 11,193 LibraryThing Authors and a community of 1,700,000 ‘book lovers’. It costs nothing to make sure you a listed properly (see mine on the link above).  It you have the time you can also post reviews (although I prefer the Goodreads community when I can find the time to write reviews).

10. Shelfari 
Shelfari is owned by Amazon and is a site where users build ‘virtual bookshelves’ of books they read and they can rate, review, tag and discuss their books. Users can also create groups where other members can join and talk about books, or other topics. I’ve not invested much time in Shelfari other than to put my books on there and join the group Shelfari Authors.

Happy writing!

Top 10 Free Book Promotion Sites was last modified: March 1st, 2015 by tonyriches
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7 Responses to "Top 10 Free Book Promotion Sites"

  1. Caryl McAdoo  Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:35

    Enjoyed your post, Tony. My first historical Christian romance VOW UNBROKEN debuts in March and I only first heard ‘platform’ a few months ago and am beginning to understand a little. There’s so much to learn on marketing after you learn to write creative fiction!

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  2. Kristin Fouquet  Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 20:23

    Tony, thanks for the information. I’m going to check out a few or all of these. 🙂

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  3. Linda  Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 19:27

    Thanks for your post. I’m a self-declared cheapskate, so I’m always checking out free publicizing websites. I’ve heard of some of these, others, I will definitely be visiting. I also recommend beezeebooks. Mike, the man who runs this site, is a true hard worker. He even sent me a questionnaire and posted it as an online interview. That was a lot of fun.

    Linda

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  4. Elizabeth Haynes  Monday, July 14, 2014 at 17:31

    Great post. Thanks very much!

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  5. John D. Cooper  Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 22:09

    A great place for a newbie to start researching. My new book, From Woodstock To Eternity needs a kick start, so I will be checking these out.

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  6. L.E. Coleman  Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 13:11

    Thanks for this. I had some familiarity with a couple of these sites but had not heard of the others.

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  7. Anonymous  Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 17:54

    Great post – thanks. I’ll explore the sites this evening.

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