7 Places (and 1 bonus idea) where you can list your books for free

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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!

Happy posting!

BookBzz

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.

BookGoodies

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

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.

BiblioScribe

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

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.

AuthorMarketingClub

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.

AwesomeGang

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.

Call For Submissions

your-book-here_fun-36EMSA Publishing is an independent online publisher who knows there is more to selling books than simply uploading them to a web site. Compelling stories, attractive covers and effective editing is a start, but that’s not how books are sold. Building an author platform is key, especially for new authors. EMSA Publishing offers book editing, cover art, eBook and print book formatting and distribution in popular online bookstores with competitive royalty payments. Web page set up and blog tour planning is also available in order to help new authors establish a foothold in the continually evolving world of ePublishing.

EMSA Publishing is currently seeking publication-ready, novel-length, fiction manuscripts for publication by new and established authors. Submissions should be polished, in excess of 35,000 words, and never before published or self-published. All genres are welcome with the exception of erotica or stories with graphically violent or abusive content.

We do not charge reading fees. A professional cover, editing, author page, inclusion in our online bookstore, and marketing assistance is included as a part of your contract. Note that while we are available to mentor authors with the marketing process, we expect authors to take on the bulk of book marketing by making themselves available and remaining active on social media. Authors are expected to be participate in the editing process as well.

Interested authors may email a query letter (no more than 1 page) with a brief synopsis (no more than 2 pages) and the first 20 pages of the manuscript in the body of an email (no attachments, please), to query @ emsapublishing.com. Please include the novel title and your name in the subject line.

At EMSA Publishing, our goal is to help you, the writer, become an author.