Marketing Resources for Authors

Because it takes an enormous amount of time to market a book, I thought I would do my part in helping my fellow authors by providing a list of places that I have used online to promote my two series. So much has changed since 2011 when I published my fourth book. Very little of what I did then works now. This list is current and will change as I discover what reaches readers and what does not…so keep checking back.

Some of these sites are only for bargain books. Many have guidelines that I encourage you to follow. Rule-breaking and rudeness are fine in some of our literary heroes, but aspiring authors should be polite.

Let’s assume your book is already sold through Amazon or another indie publisher and that you’ve got your profile page on and you’ve got a killer Author website.

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Sites to list a book: There are definitely more sites than this, but many of them require a minimum of 10 verified reviews on Amazon before they will list your book. So, until then…look at these.  Indie Book Lounge  Pillowtalk Books (for romance authors) They have a sister site

Editorial Reviewers I have used: All of these editorial reviewers are reasonably priced and provide other services besides reviews. Literary Titan Readers’ Favorite Dog-Eared Reviews

Other Review sources: Finding reviewers is hard. Only a small percentage of organic readers will leave a review behind so to get the number you need to be noticed on Amazon an author has to actively seek them out. For Amazon to accept the review as verified, the reader must have purchased the book and it needs to be an honest review. No review swaps or gifts to the reviewer is allowed.

Some reviewers will reach out to you after you post on or social media. Jump at every chance to be reviewed by them as long as the cost is free or reasonable for your budget. Most indie budgets are tight, so also try shamelessly emailing everyone in your contact list and ask them for an honest review of your book. Make it easy for them. Drop your ebook price or run a limited promotion so cost isn’t an issue.

Another avenue is trolling the net for reviewers and bloggers. Here’s a good source. Follow each link to find out what their preferences are and then query them with your pitch. Most will reply quickly. The Indie View

More to come…

Creating ads that work: Resources

So now you have places to list and promote your book(s) now you need to make the most of it by standing out from the crowd. That means professional-looking ads. For that, you need a graphics program, the proper specs for the medium, and tools.

A 3D generator for your book cover can help you look professional. Here are two to try. DIY Book Design Place it

More to come…

Tarrant Smith