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15 Free Book Promo Sites

Author and EMSA founder Elise Abram writes about her experiences selling her latest novel, I Was, Am, Will Be Alice in a post sharing 15 promotional sites she’s found on which you can post your books for free. Check out the list at http://eliseabram.com/15-free-book-promo-sites/

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I’m on the book promo path again. Newly edited, my last book, I Was, Am, Will Be Alice will be on sale for the month of January 2017 for only $0.99. I threw a lot of money behind it for advertising in the summer when it was released, so this time I’m reluctant to put any new money into the project. To that end, I went searching online and found 15 amazing and free book promo sites. I signed up at all of them, hoping it will help my prospects, and I want to share them all with you.

Without further ado, here are 15 free book promo sites (in no particular order) you can use to help promote your book. Note that I am writing this blog post in advance of seeing my book advertised and having any sales, so I cannot vouch for some of these sites except for the fact that they allow you to upload your book for free… [more]

To Self- or Indie-Pub? The Pros and Cons

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Self-publishing your books is easier today than ever before. Sites like Amazon and KoboBooks allow authors to post directly to their online sales catalogues. Other sites, like CreateSpace and Lulu, are one-stop shops that allow authors to post their work and have it distributed to affiliate sites including Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. The question is, should you self-publish because you can, or should you give her manuscript to an independent publishing house to do it in your stead?

If you’re unsure which way to go, this might help you decide:

You may need an independent publisher if you

  • aren’t tech savvy

An independent publisher will accept your manuscript in Word format and complete the formatting and uploading for you.

  • aren’t artistically inclined

Many independent, hybrid publishers will include the cover art for your book in your contract, which means you will have a professional-looking cover with which to showcase your work.

  • need some clout in the competition world

A number of contests, competitions and grant-awarding institutions won’t accept self-published novels as contenders. Signing with a publishing house, no matter how small, adds a bit of prestige to your work.

You may want to self-publish if

  • you want to maintain control

Indie-publishers have contracts preventing you from changing or posting your work for sale for the duration of the contract. This means you must be willing to give someone else control over your intellectual property for one to several years, depending on the contract.

  • you want to vary the price or “sell” it for free

Though most indie-publishers are small Internet businesses, there are still overhead costs for running them. Unless you want to run a brief giveaway for a few eCopies of your book, chances are an indie-publisher won’t comply with a “free” sale for the duration of the contract.

  • you are willing to make mistakes

You can’t make an omelette without cracking a few eggs, right? It takes a lot of research, planning, and trial and error to get it right in any field, and the world of self-publishing is no exception. If you have the time to make revisions, post to social media, and figure out what works with respect to advertising, then maybe you want to self-publish.

Whichever way you decide to go, the author is generally the one responsible for the bulk of the publicity and advertising when it comes to sales. Some hybrid publishers, like EMSA Publishing, will assist with this for a cut of the royalties, and at no additional cost to the author. In addition to publishing your book at all major online retailers (including print-on-demand options for paperbacks), EMSA Publishing will

  • provide a copy edit of your manuscript
  • write and post press releases
  • post to social media
  • organize a blog tour
  • keep you informed with respect to what’s happening in the publishing world

most of which are not offered by other independent publishing houses.

If you have a completed manuscript, consider joining the EMSA Publishing family. See the Submissions page for details.

Announcing the Re-release of PHASE SHIFT by Elise Abram

PHASE SHIFT by Elise Abram

PHASE SHIFT by Elise Abram

EMSA Publishing is thrilled to announce the re-release of Elise Abram’s Phase Shift.

In Phase Shift, archaeology professor Molly McBride is given an artifact that is the key to another planet, a doppelganger Earth called Gaia. Life on Gaia seems idyllic at first, but Molly soon learns the Gaians harbour a dark secret. Phase shifting technology, used to travel from their world to ours, has the potential to destroy Gaia, which will have serious repercussions for Earth. Phase Shift is Molly’s journey of discovery as she tries to find a way to save both planets from destruction.

Originally published in 2012, Phase Shift’s message remains germane today, as it questions our decision to choose economy over ecology. In her book, Abram questions the justification of supporting the status quo to the detriment of the planet. In a recent article on her website, Abram says,

“On Earth, we face global warming as a result of our love of profit and our reluctance to change to greener fuels because it will mess up the economy. On Gaia, there is a group of people who continue to experiment with terraforming and shifting between the two planets in spite of a moratorium of both. The result is, no matter what the general population does–buying fuel-efficient vehicles, conserving, reducing, reusing, recycling, composting, etc.–it doesn’t matter, because the Gaian’s are still practising terraforming and shifting.”

The main theme behind Phase Shift is that, if the government and big business don’t get on board with saving the planet, things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better, which is a fear many of us share with the author.

Phase Shift is one in a growing number of fictional works that fall into the genre of Eco-Fiction or Cli-Fi, which was born because “the threat seems to have become too pressing to ignore, and less abstract, thanks to a nonstop succession of mega-storms and record-shattering temperatures.” In her article, Cli-Fi, the Birth of a Genre, author Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow cites “major novelists” who have published books in this genre, including Margaret Atwood, and Ian McEwan; Abram is among good company.

To learn more about Phase Shift and to read the first three chapters, please visit the book’s homepage.

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.