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message 1: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (last edited Nov 22, 2019 03:05PM) (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
November 2019 update:
New sites added to the list!

The following is a listing of a few websites that will list your free or discounted eBook. If you’re using Select, coordinate with your free days, giving them at least a week in advance notice. If you’re not on Select, you’ll have to wait until your book is free. Most of these offer their services free, some for a small charge.

If you have some favorites, let us know. I'll add more soon.














































message 2: by Lois (new)

Lois Hoffman (loishoffman) | 1 comments That's a great list! Thanks for sharing!

message 3: by Tri (new)

Tri Amutia (triamutia) | 1 comments This is great. Thank you :)

message 4: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 18, 2014 08:27AM) (new)

Have any of you guys heard of
BHW Publishing?
It's a POD who also help with putting your work onto distribution lists.
I've not used them yet but I am sending them my book when I get it back from my beta readers. I've added there link, it's another option as they do not charge for anything upfront like a lot of others do.

message 5: by Barry (new)

Barry Lando (barrylando) | 1 comments Many thanks for that list..great help.I would ad a couple of other sites that I have or will be using for promos. One is The Fussy Librarian, the other is BargainBooksy.

A $20.00 ad on the latter brought almost 60 downloads of my book last week, and a big--though temporary--jump in Kindle ratings for my book
[:The Watchman's File|19372932]

I've used Countdown Deal twice--supplemented with a promo each time on other sites--and got 700 downloads with one 1,100 with the second. Problem, of course, is that the jump in rankings is just temporary. How to keep it going??

I also question how much longer to remain exclusively with Kindle in order to use CDeal every three months.

message 6: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
Hi everyone, I'm glad you've found the links helpful. I'll add more soon.

D.M and Barry, thanks for the information about BHW Publishing, The Fussy Librarian, and BarginBooksy. I'll check them out and add their links to the list.


message 7: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 24, 2014 03:09PM) (new)

Hi Jim,
I have been asked if I want to take part in a chain blog, 4 of you get interviewed on two blogs. Each of the 4 then pass it on to another 3 authors. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in taking part in it with me (I just need another two authors).
I was not sure where I should post this, if it's a problem I can delete it.


message 8: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
It sounds interesting. Can you send me more information?

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

I've forwarded the email to you :)

message 10: by Mike (new)

Mike Miller | 2 comments thanks for the links, very helpful

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E.G. Manetti (thornraven) | 12 comments I'm trying www.ebooksoda.com. I found it mentioned in some other writers groups. It's another one where you need to submit your book and they'll decide whether or not to promote it. I submitted the first two volumes in a series and they accepted the first and not the second. There's a nominal $5fee. The promotion this Tuesday - I'll let everyone know how it goes.

message 12: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

message 13: by E.G. (new)

E.G. Manetti (thornraven) | 12 comments E.G. wrote: "I'm trying www.ebooksoda.com. I found it mentioned in some other writers groups. It's another one where you need to submit your book and they'll decide whether or not to promote it. I submitted ..."

No discernible improvement in sales a week later. But since my entire investment was $5 and the effort to submit my novel, I don't feel it was a waste. This site might work for others. They only include 2 books per daily promo - so your title isn't buried in a long list.

message 14: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
Thanks for getting back to us with your update.

message 15: by E.G. (new)

E.G. Manetti (thornraven) | 12 comments Have you had any dealings with BooksDaily? It's another service that sends a daily extract of books. It has a special feature in that it will send extracts of books to interested readers. I signed up as a reader and an author (basic membership is free, to be included in the mailings requires a fee.)

As a reader, I find the daily listing reasonably well done. As an author I've received my second solicitation email (encouraging me to sign up for their paid service) that begins by disparaging other organizations. Not behavior that I find professional.

message 16: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
I have tried their service and didn't see any significant traffic.

message 17: by E.G. (new)

E.G. Manetti (thornraven) | 12 comments Jim wrote: "I have tried their service and didn't see any significant traffic."

Okay. Thank you.

message 18: by E.G. (new)

E.G. Manetti (thornraven) | 12 comments I've added one of my novels to www.bookgoodies.com. They'll consider any book under $3. It doesn't need to be free. I don't know how it will translate into sales(if at all).

As a book buyer, I wanted to mention that I really like the look of the site. It's easy to navigate and the books layouts are more expansive than the single line or thumbnail on a lot of other sites.

message 19: by J. (new)

J. Bennett (jbennett_gwbw) | 47 comments I did a medium-sized promo push about two months ago and used a lot of the sites on this list. I didn't get picked up by Book Bub or Pixel of Ink, which I believe are the two premium ad services. The site that gave me the biggest noticeable sales bump was Awesome Gang. I will definitely use them again. Book Soda gave me a little bump. I think it could be a good site for new authors that don't have the reviews needed for a bigger site like Book Bub or Pixel of Ink.

message 20: by Ben (last edited Aug 01, 2014 06:41AM) (new)

Ben Langdon I'm trying the Free Book Campaign at bookgoodies.com for my superhero novel, The Miranda Contract by Ben Langdon


I'll let you know how it goes!

message 21: by Jevron (new)

Jevron McCrory (jevronmccrory) Hi guys.

Quick note. I would steer clear of BHW Publishing House if I was you guys - if you can even find them anymore.

Caroline J Williams replied to my query and requested that I send my FULL manuscript/novel straight away, no sample chapters.

(That should have been my first warning)

After a few weeks (time enough for her to 'read' it, I reckon), she replied, saying she LOVED it and wanted to publish it.

She sent the required forms and I signed them. Nothing too detailed, nothing too serious, nothing scary, I retain all my copyright, yadda, yadda, yadda.

I sent them back.

That's it - nothing. For two whole months, despite hundreds of my emails, I never received a single email in return.

Now the website has completely disappeared.

It's a scam - as far as I can tell. Took my manuscript and disappeared. I have no idea why.

It's been a HORRIBLE experience and it's messed me up.

Just wanted to share.

message 22: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Iqbal (gabriel-heartintelligence) | 1 comments Thanks for shairing.

Here are a few more:

1. FreeDiscountedBooks.com
2. Manybooks.net
3. Awesomegang.com
4. Pixelscroll.com
5. Bargainebookhunter.com
6. Bargainbooksy.com
7. Readcheaply.com
8. Slashedreads.com
9. Freebookshub.com
10. Daily-free-ebooks.com
11. Ereaderutopia.com
12. Bookpinning.com
13. Blog.Booksontheknob.org
14. Ebooklister.net
15. Bookpraiser.com
16. Newfreekindlebooks.com
17. Readfree.ly
18. Zoeysonlinebooks.com
19. EverythingBooksandAuthors.com
20. ClickReading.com

message 23: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
Thanks Gabriel!

message 24: by Marlina (new)

Marlina Williams | 2 comments First time posting on this board. Thought I'd share a link that I didn't see listed. I'm trying a promo starting Friday, it's only $15 to promote a book that is low on reviews and ranking. I'll report back after the promo.


message 25: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

message 26: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
I've added new promotion websites to the list!

message 27: by Amber (new)

Amber Foxx (amberfoxx) | 44 comments Thanks for this list, Jim. And others who added to it.

message 28: by Mike (new)

Mike Miller | 2 comments thanks for the info

message 29: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Waltz (andreawaltz) | 2 comments Yeah thanks Jim and everyone who has added and commented.

I'm doing a Solo Author Giveaway on KindleBookReview (giving away a $50 Amazon gift card.) of Onyx Webb: Book One. Will update you all!

I have not done well on any of the smaller promos. I also learned not to do them all because it is impossible to know which were successful!

message 30: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
Good luck Andrea!

message 31: by Dorian (new)

Dorian Box | 3 comments These are great! Thanks Jim and everyone! Recently did a blog post about our experience using 10 of these services simultaneously to promote Psycho-Tropics, including cost and results.


But much better than our post, we link to a post by Andrew Diamond (author of a hilarious book called Warren Lane) who I wish were on this forum, which gives much more detailed information regarding his experience using them.


message 32: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Golden | 29 comments Best thing to do when promoting your book is aim for targeted marketing. Seek out websites that let readers receive emails based on genre preferences. When you use a list of free services or any paid services, see which ones let readers pick the genres they want to hear about.

I tried 3 promo services at fiverr.com. My Romance short story was free, so sales weren't a concern. I went with a site that featured only romance. I received about 81 downloads the day the ad went live and about four or five reviews, but I attribute the reviews to those who participated in my rafflecopter giveaway. I had a survey question in the giveaway and got quite a few responses, so I have some people to contact about the story later.

As for the other two gigs, I didn't see a major response from them. One site promoted only two free books a day and create a great page layout, but I didn't see a major jump in downloads; the second site also promoted romance books, but while there were some downloads, the numbers were small, like maybe 5 or 10 a day.

With that first ad, my book did reach positions #5 and #14 in two of Amazon's free-book categories.

Also, I was wondering if there's a place to add paid promotions. Book Barbarian features only sci-fic, fantasy and paranormal books, so it's a good site for targeted marketing. It's not too pricey either.

message 33: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
Dorian, thanks for the informative post and the heads-up on Andrew Diamond's post. Very informative!

Kathy, thanks for letting us know about Book Barbarian. Do you remember which Fiverr gig you used?

message 34: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Golden | 29 comments Hi, Jim,

Here's the link:


I also included the link to my book on their site and the link showing my rankings on Amazon following this promo.



My giveaway had been running for almost 4 days with little or no response. On the day this ad went live was when I started getting some real participation and response. This gig only accepts romance books.

message 35: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Golden | 29 comments Kathy wrote: "Best thing to do when promoting your book is aim for targeted marketing. Seek out websites that let readers receive emails based on genre preferences. When you use a list of free services or any pa..."

Thanks for this feedback. I saved this link and the other link from Andrew. I read his article. He really points out the importance of marketing to your book's genre.

message 36: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
I just wanted everyone to know that I've added new sites to the free promotion list.

message 37: by Jim, JimsGotWeb.com (new)

Jim Liston (jimsgotweb) | 235 comments Mod
Hi, I added a few more websites to the list. If any aren't working, let me know and I'll remove them. Also, be sure to tell me if you have any favorites I should add.

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