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100-plus Ways to Promote Your Book for FREE

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You might have read and saved already almost a hundred websites to announce your book for FREE from these reader communities and blogs*:

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/50-web-links-to-let-your-book-go-viral/
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/part-2-45-more-websites-to-promote-your-book/

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However, there are even more possibilities to promote your book without incurring costs:

1. Show off your cover image
To submit a cover image of your book including a description / link – if it is an outstanding and creative book cover, show it here for free:

http://pinterest.com/111publishing/books-worth-reading/
http://bookcoversanonymous.blogspot.ca/
http://bookcoverarchive.com/
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2. Use photo-sharing sites to show your cover image
http://Flickr.com
http://500px.com/
http://DeviantArt.com
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3. Participate in a cover image contest
E-book Cover Design Awards by Joel Friedlander, for example this one here: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/08/e-book-cover-design-awards-july-2013/
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4. Show your book trailer everywhere
Upload your trailer not only on your website and blog, but also on Goodreads, Amazon, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and FB, but also on more than twenty major sharing sites, starting with YouTube and TubeMogul. Add a link to each of them on your website or wherever your book is sold.

See also an extensive list of video sharing sites for your book trailer in this guide book:
111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer”.
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5. Google+ and its communities
There are dozens of reader communities alone on Google+ (for example ours http://bit.ly/VmtVAS) and you can access them from your main Google+ page. On all Google+ sites, images of your book’s cover can be shown, along with lengthy descriptions – several times a day on your own time line, however, on communities better only once in a while, not to be perceived as spammer.
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Don’t forget the Basics!
Use your free author pages, that are provided from Amazon, Goodreads, Pinterest, Google+, FB, LinkedIn, and certainly your own webpage and your blog, where you can show a variety of your book’s cover and images from the content.
Why I mention this?  Too many authors don’t take advantage of these free webpages, they get from online retailers and at their social media sites and where they can show and describe their books to lots of potential readers … 

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* These blog posts are officially copyright registered. To link to our blog posts, and let your own readers know about these websites, please use the RE-BLOG link on top of this page. Thanks! Please learn more about re-blogging here:
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/re-blogging-vs-copyright-infringement/

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If you would like to get help in all things publishing, have your book intensively promoted and learn how to navigate social media sites: We offer all this and more for only $ 159 for 3 months. Learn more about this individual book marketing help: http://www.111Publishing.com/ Once you are on this website, click on Seminar to register.

Please feel free to check out all previous posts of this blog (there are 840+ of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Chime.in, Facebook, Tumblr and to StumpleUpon.

Thanks a lot for following:

@111publishing
http://on.fb.me/TvqDaK
http://bit.ly/VmtVAS 111Publishing @ Google+

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Posted by on August 22, 2013 in Cover & Book Design, Marketing

 

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How to Market your Book on Photo Sites

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You know Flickr as a photo storing and sharing site, but did you know you can use it to market your book there? Not to advertise, this would be against their terms of use and would block your account. But there is a subtle way to introduce your book on photo sharing sites, comparable to showing your book – including inside-illustrations – on Pinterest.

  • Start by commenting regularly on Flickr and telling people what you like about their images. Be encouraging and invite people to the Flickr groups you joined.
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  • Embed links to your Flickr site in photos you use on blogs, share it on social media sites such as Twitter, Google+, FB, Tumblr, StumpleUpon and Chime.in. Doing this draws visitors on third-party sites to your Flickr page. Pinterest for sample has recently made a feature that allows sharing from Flickr, automatically showing proper credit and a link back to the original photographer. No copyright and fair use problems anymore.
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  • Tagging and grouping photos: You can use up to 75 tags to describe your photo of the book cover, way more than on Amazon or any other page for that matter. 75 tags are a lot of possibilities to let people know about your book! Organize your work into collections on your profile page. Group them based on common themes, formats or any other elements. Don’t forget to add notes to explain or comment right on your photo, e.g. mentioning your book.
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  • If you want to see your images gaining a wider audience, start offering a few of them for fair use – especially your book cover photo or snippets of the cover image. Blogs and sharing sites are always on the lookout for royalty free images they can use.
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  • For only about $25 you can have a professional account from Flickr, an official icon showing that you are a pro user, which actually adds more credibility in the community. You also get enhanced features, such as unlimited photos, video or HD video capabilities. Having a professional account on Flickr allows you to post a photo in up to 60 user group pools, unlike a free account that only allows you to put each photo in ten user groups.
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  • Flickr is not the only site where you can show images of your book and its topics. Find a list of the best photo sharing sites on Social Times or on Wickipedia where you can even find the number of registered members and their Alexa Web Ranking.
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Flickr is popular, both for personal and professional use. For the average photographer, it has limitless potential for self promotion and sharing. Photos are easy to embed with links and author names, and can be found on WikiMedia Commons for example, they always have a lot of Flickr images shown there. Start increasing your own authors visibility and these of your books through photo posting on Flickr.
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If you enjoyed this blog post, please feel free to check out all previous posts (there are more than 500 of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it.

There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter,Tumblr and StumpleUpon.

Follow on Twitter: @111publishing

And don’t forget to spread the word on other social networking sites of your choice for other writers who might also enjoy this blog and find it useful.

Thanks, Doris

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12 Smart Ways to Promote Your Author Blog or Website

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Nowadays blogging competition is stiff, no matter how useful for the reader and well-written your posts are. If you are starting a blog, you cannot expect to become famous just by posting regularly (at least 3 – 4 times a week). Yet, there are several ways to get many followers (and potential customers) in a short time. And all these following tips are helping to market your book(s).

1. Have your blog easy found.
Get your own URL for your blog or incorporate it in your own author website. This way search engines find you easier.

2. Let the world know about your blog.
Submit your blog / website to search engines and forums, either by hand or with the help of submitting services.

3. Link to other blogs.
Find established and popular blogs in your field and ask them later friendly to link to you in return. Your content and appearance must certainly match the quality of the other blog

4. Have your blog URL everywhere.
Add your blog URL to your business card, to book marks and most important: to your email signature.

5. Comment on other blogs.
Write friendly and professional comments on other established blog sites. These should have at least 80-100 words. Avoid comments such as: Nice post!  Add something intelligent to the conversion.

6. Join Google+.
Join it right away to make sure your blog will be soon highly ranked: Everything you post on Google+ is automatically in their search engine. Create lots of followers in your Google+ “circles” in order to have many readers for your daily (better 2 – 3 times a day) posts. Never forget to have a link to your blog or website in these postings.

7. Write guest columns for other bloggers.
Guest columns on an established blog, with a great position on search engines, offer you the opportunity to write about a topic of interest and reach a large audience. Usually either at the beginning or at the end of your post, the owner of the blog will give you a quick bio, (or just a link to your website or blog) where they’ll mention who you are, your web address and your book. To write a guest column, first review the blog to make sure that guest bloggers are allowed to contribute. If so, submit a great query for an article you would like to write.  Explain why you think it would appeal to that blog’s audience.

8. Submit photos to Pinterest and Flickr.
Use your (own!) images to submit them with a link to your blog or website – and preferably an extensive caption or a short article. Use the “Tags”, keywords to your advantage. Flickr allows up to 75 tags. For example: you submit a cover image of your latest book. Do not only use the words in your title, but every keyword in your blurb, in the foreword and in the content of your whole book. It should be easy to find those 75 tags.  Image posting on Pinterest works best when you have a whole collection of images or illustrations to create a presentation. Many Pinterest members reported more than 1,000-fold increase in visitors on their blog or website. Write about (and link to) your photo sites when posting on Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks that are not as” image-friendly.”

9. Write a Magazine Article.
There are plenty of local magazines around your area and beyond. Find the magazine that caters to your demographic and write articles for submission. Send an irritable query to the editor and offer an image (or more) to illustrate your article. This might even turn into a paid column if feedback from readers is positive.

10. Schedule a Seminar.
The best way to promote your blog is through speaking engagements. Contact Libraries in your area and offer them a free presentation or workshop. You don’t need to make money with the seminar, more important are book buyers and visitors of your blog, whom you inform about the launch of your next work.   As a fiction writer you can explain the audience how to start writing, how to do your research and find the characters, how to plot and how to edit a book. Non-fiction writers can educate or entertain (or both) the audience. If you wrote a book about Wine, you could talk about wine tours in a certain area – and after your presentation (with lots of images) you might sell your book directly to the participants.

11. Attend a TweetUp.
You are probably already using Twitter and if you are not… you really should. Find followers under the terms #reader #book lover #bookclub #book lover #fiction/non-fiction #romance #mystery or whatever your genre is. Twitter users usually have different networking events where they meet each other in a specific geographic location. Attend a TweetUp and give more face time with the people you communicate with online.  Some is with Google+. They have meetings and also online “Hangouts” up to a dozen people on camera.

12. Write a Press Release
And as you are at it, write an article for several of these “Content Farms” or e-Zines and include a short bio and a link to your blog. You do not need to write a new article, use content from your book or blog and change the title and maybe a sentence here and there, and voila! you can submit it to a handful of e-Zines.

Stay tuned for more possibilities to market your blog and to get more traffic, especially through Ping Services.

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Your e-Book on Flickr

 
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Sign up at the Flickr website and open an account (free). 
www.Flickr.com

Take the cover of your e-book in several versions and sizes and load them up at the Flickr website.  Write lots! of good tags to describe these photos of your e-book. Flickr  allows you to up to 75 tags to each photo. Which means: 75 possibilities for people to find, and learn about your e-book.

Tags for e-book photos could be for sample: E-Reading, Kindle, Sony, Kobo, Nook, ereading, e-books, ebooks, ebook online, book cover, digital display, electronic book, information medium, publishing, reading, text, textbook, internet, author, technology, books, education, literature, paper, media, writer, self-publishing, e-Reader, writing news, tablet computer, iPad, e-book conversion,  … and most important: the title of your book and content words (tags) in various versions.

For even more exposure of your e-book photos (but only if the cover is really professionally designed and in high-resolution) join the FotoVotr.com Amber Group.

A free and easy way to show your e-book to the world!

P.S. The book cover image above is a (German) title that I wrote years ago and very successfully self-published and marketed. I will publish it as an e-book next month.

 

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