As authors, our goal is to get read, which means getting the word out there. If you’re like most of us, you spend your time dreaming of the day you can shed the shackles of your day job in favour of making a living at writing full time. The old adage, “you have to spend money to make money,” just doesn’t work for us, because we don’t have a lot of money to spend on things like advertising campaigns which may or may not prove successful.
So what do you do while you’re waiting for your book to make it to the best sellers’ list? You seek out free publicity. And who doesn’t love a bit of free publicity?
Here are eleven places (and one idea) where you can list your books online, totally free!
Bookbzz is an online social sharing site where people can talk about and review books. While they have other paid features, you can list your book for free and participate in the social sharing (or not), if you desire.
Click on the “Authors Start Here” button on the menu at the top of the page for a list of free services. While there are a lot more features you can use if your book is free or under a dollar, it doesn’t have to be.
HumanMade is a place for people to promote their talents. If carrying a story from start to end isn’t a talent, I don’t know what is.
This site offers a lot of opportunities for free PR including a free press release, article submission, and the ability to create a web page to promote your book for free.
iAuthor will attempt to link your book to readers interested in your genre and content. The site allows you to create a page for as many books as you’d like.
Though the Author Marketing Club has a lot of paid services for authors, you can still post your book for free on their site at no charge.
Fill out the form with your book title, description and cover image and the site will create an awesome page featuring your book at no charge.
And the bonus idea?
Check out your post-secondary institution’s homepage. Mine keeps a list of books published by its alumni. I am able to post all of my books there, including cover images, totally free!
Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list? If so, please post them in the comments below.