Today I’m going to tell you about Authonomy.com. This what they have to say on their website
“If you’re a writer, authonomy is the place to show your face – and show off your writing on the web. Whether you’re unpublished, self-published, looking to get published, or just getting started, all you need is a few chapters to start building your profile online, and start connecting with the authonomy writing community.”
The website is sponsored by Harper Collins Publishing. Be prepared with a short (25 words) description of your book and a longer one too. To share your book and get reviews you must publish 10,000 words or more. I just started today with them I”ll let you know how it goes or I’ll see you over there. If you do join, let me know and we can share reviews.
I probably should have put this one as the first place to advertise your book. http://www.goodreads.com. Has a lot going on for writers on their website. First you must join for free as a member who reads books. They will ask for ten books you have read and have you rate them.
You can also import your friends from Facebook and Twitter and see what they have been reading.
After waiting for a day, you can submit your book into their data base. From there you can join groups. The first one I joined is called Pure Indie Promotion. This group encourages you to promote your book to others and let them know about promotions.
Amazon just acquired Good Reads, so it’s another good reason to join.
What I’ve written here really only touches the basics of what you can do on Good Reads. So off with you now and get promoting.
Here is another website that you can promote your book for free. Be sure to have an author bio ready and a synopsis of your book and a book cover ready too. They will also ask for your website, twitter and Amazon link.
Here is another place to advertise your writing. Not only can you advertise there, you may also let people know about special promotions and events. Just click on the tab that says contact me. http://www.newbookjournal.com
For the next 40 days or so I plan to list 30 places to advertise e books for free. By helping you, I’ll be helping myself to stay motivated to advertise my own e book. The list is no particular order, but they will all be used and tested.
Do your characters eat in your story? A lot of readers love to have the recipes. Especially book clubs. When they get together to talk about your book, they also like to prepare foods that are described in the story. In my book Let The Good Times Roll, two young boys squabble over a left piece of blue berry la tart.
To give the reader a more tangible connection to my story, I add pictures and music clips too on my website page for that book.
Here is another perk I like about Smashwords. You can offer a coupon with your book and use it to advertise it where ever you choose. The coupon was available instantly and you can pick how long the coupon is good for. I created a coupon that makes my book free from today until September 5th. Since my book is for children, I like to think of it as a back to school special.
This post may be old news for some of you, but I thought I would share my experience with Smashwords. I’m just starting my writing journey with them and found it is quite beneficial to publish with them. The first must do is to read the style guide, which they offer for free. Formatting is a big deal. Another big one is your cover. It must meet their standards, but it wasn’t expensive to do. I bought the image that you see here for just eleven dollars from http://www.Dreamstime.com
If you follow all of their guideline, your story would be eligible for inclusion in their premium catalog. The big advantage is that Smashwords will provide you with an ISBN number at no charge and your book will be distributed to 50 countries as well as being listed with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony,Apple iBookstore,and Diesel.
I hope this will help some of you are just getting started.