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message 1: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Ann Rose | 6 comments My first novel, a contemporary romance, was recently published by a small press. Since that time, I've done extensive research into free promo and review sites, as well as novel competitions. Now I find I've pretty much exhausted my list and the search for freebie author/book promotions becomes ever more difficult. I found dozens, possibly even hundreds, of sites that offer free promotion for free or discounted books, but little else.

Does anyone know of any legitimate free promotion, review sites? I'm also interested in legitimate competitions/contests where I can enter my book. Unfortunately, I don't have a promo budget and unless it's free, it's out of my league.


message 2: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Lovil (jd_lovil) | 47 comments try http://www.theliterarynet.com
https://www.inkspand.com/
http://www.theindieview.com/indie-rev...
http://kirkusbookreviews.com/
should help get a few reviews, and spreading the word on blogs, facebook, twitter, and goodreads should help with exposure. Unfortunately, nothing I know of will do the work for you, unless you want to pay.


message 3: by Mellie (last edited Feb 21, 2016 06:53PM) (new)

Mellie (mellie42) | 538 comments Free promotion sites are pointless, they won't have any effect whatsoever as they are basically spam. If you want to have any impact on sales you need to find a paid advertiser who screens submissions and targets their audience. Sites like: ENT, Bookbub, BookGorilla, RobinReads etc The list goes on and on but they will cost you anything from $20 up to $500 for Bookbub.

If you want reviews then you need to reach out to bloggers who read you genre and offer a free copy. It takes time and many will be too busy. Does your publisher not use NetGalley or send out ARCs for early reviews? It's unusual for a publisher to do nothing, they usually have the best contacts for ARC reviewers.

What is your publisher doing for advertising and promotion? Surely they must have lined up something for your launch? Blog tour? Competitions? FB party? Signing?


message 4: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Ann Rose | 6 comments J.D. wrote: "try http://www.theliterarynet.com
https://www.inkspand.com/
http://www.theindieview.com/indie-rev...
http://kirkusbookreviews.com/
should help get a few reviews, and spreading the word on blogs..."


Thanks, J.D. This will be a big help. I've done the usual like Twitter, here on Goodreads of course and others I've found or had recommended. I don't mind doing the work myself. In fact, I rather enjoy it.


message 5: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Ann Rose | 6 comments A.W. wrote: "Free promotion sites are pointless, they won't have any effect whatsoever as they are basically spam. If you want to have any impact on sales you need to find a paid advertiser who screens submissi..."

Thanks for your reply, A.W. Appreciate it. My book launch was a month ago. My publisher had the usual promos lined up since obviously if I don't make money, they don't make money. Now I'm simply trying to keep my book in the frontline and looking for fresh material to promo it.

I don't believe at all that free promotion sites are pointless or spam. There are some very good ones out there.


message 6: by Mellie (new)

Mellie (mellie42) | 538 comments Nancy wrote: "I don't believe at all that free promotion sites are pointless or spam. There are some very good ones out there. "

Well great for you if you have found free sites that actually work. The only free ones I have seen are all spam. I still stand by my comment that if you want advertising that really works you have to pay. Bookbub for example, gets phenomenal results. I know people who have made the USA Today bestseller use around a Bookbub ad spot.

John wrote: "This is my new book Simple Happiness!"

John - spamming conversations with your book link is not only rude, it's the fastest way to ensure no one will bother to read your book. Start your own discussion if you want to talk about your book. I have flagged your comment to be removed by a moderator.


message 7: by Doug (new)

Doug Oudin | 168 comments I've tried multiple free sites, with no obvious results. I've also tried several low-priced 'pay sites' with no obvious results. I've also tried a couple of relatively expensive ($100) pay sites, with no obvious results.
My Facebook Page has generated more sales than any other effort, followed by word-of-mouth.
I do not intend to sign-up for any of the expensive promo offerings that I have received, ranging from $1,500 to $$17,000 for a 'very widespread' promotional campaign. @dougoudin


message 8: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2163 comments I just made an account on The Literary Net. The site sounds interesting so I thought I'd check it out.


message 9: by Elvisa (new)

Elvisa (sacredlove) | 25 comments Hey, I am willing to give you a review. I actually offer this on my blog. Got a few copies already and the author is always satisfied. I am trying to build up a base for the future. I don't charge a penny.
Check it out. http://smallsimpleblog.wix.com/author...


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