Monday, March 01, 2010

5 Quick, Free Ways to Buzz Your Book

Take an hour or so this week to get the word out about your book through one of these free online services:

1. Goodreads: Set up an author page, because passionate members recommend books, compare what they're reading, review, discuss, debate, and join book clubs. Tip: Offer a free giveaway for the book.

2. Indiebound: This American Booksellers Association site allows you to make lists of your titles and other favorites, "fan" your favorite indies, and sign up for an affiliate account to generate links to books. Tip: Create a free book widget to post on your website or blog.

3. Amazon: The Author Central program makes it easy to view and edit your bibliography, add a photo and biography to a personal profile, and upload missing book cover images. Tip: Import your blog posts to your Amazon author page.

4. GetGlue: Glue serves as a web-based concierge to help people find books (and other entertainment). Their techie folk create free book widgets for authors. Tip: Submit your book for a Guru Giveaway.

5. Twitter Book Parties (I'm biased, but it's fun): If you've written a traditionally-published children's or YA book, sign up for a party to share the news of your release via Twitter. Tip: You can celebrate new books even if you haven't written one.

7 comments:

writerjenn said...

These are great! I've also discovered that Booktour.com will feed your events directly to your Amazon and Goodreads pages.

Jeannine said...

Great info. I have saved the information for the day I need it. (please let it be soon!)

Anonymous said...

Much thanks, Mitali!
I have a paperback version of Kimchi & Calamari due out later this month and you've really educated me!

Yours is always a beneficial blog to read -- fun too!


Rose Kent

Vonna said...

Bless your heart for walking us through this twitter stuff!

Anna Alter said...

Thanks Mitali! I'd been wondering about your Twitter Book Parties, thanks for the clear explanation and directions.

Kristi Bernard said...

Thanks for all the info. This is great.

Natalie Aguirre said...

This is such great, practical advice. Thanks.

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