4 Free Ways to Connect With ReadersAnd 1 Secret Weapon
I previously posted about the mistake I made a couple of years ago. In my efforts to keep my books in the forefront and advance up the ranking lists I did everything I could think of to connect with readers. If there was a social network or website where authors claimed to be selling books I was there. If there was a busy forum that mentioned e-books I was there. I tried to be everywhere. At the end of it all I was a mess of course. Now, I choose my endeavors much more carefully. No longer do I wander around airports handing out business cards to waiting travelers as they read on their portable devices. No longer do I spend night after night online as my eyes go squarer and squarer from sourcing out new ways to find readers. Now, I balance my writing versus non-writing time very carefully. And, if I’ve heard of a new site I check with my support group to see whether it’s working, and if it isn’t I move on.
I’ve come across a couple of sites recently that have helped me find readers for my work. These folks are working tirelessly to help authors. I thought I’d share some of my not-so-secret sources with you. And, it gives me great pleasure to remind those of you who aren’t using Mention to give it a try. It’s my secret weapon, and I can’t imagine not utilizing it.
You may have heard of these guys. This site pays affiliate income. So, if you sign up others and they generate sales you get paid too. This has helped them grow their subscriber list. Their site currently sits in the top twenty thousand of all websites for traffic (according to Alexa). That’s a very strong ranking. The affiliate income aspect is working for some, but the advantage I’ve found is through their promotions. During a recent day when the only ad I ran was from Buck Books I sold two hundred and fifty books. I was very pleased. The ad is free, but they ask that you support them by promoting their daily deals and asking others to sign up. We often look for alternatives to Bookbub, well these guys are working very hard to help authors connect with readers. First step is to sign up as an affiliate. You can do that here (my affiliate link of course). Then, once you’re signed up you can apply to promote your book here.
This is a UK site, and again, these are great guys to work with. I entered the info from my books, including blurbs and cover images a couple of years ago. They recently sent me a notice telling me how many hundreds of clicks my books have had. When you are running a sale or have a new release contact them and they’ll do what they can to get the word out. It’s free to use their services but they do appreciate donations if you are able to help. The site is very nicely set up; in fact I just bought a book from there as I was researching this article.
These folks have a paid and free feature. To be included as a basic entry in their newsletter there is no cost. If you want to step up for preferred placement there is a charge. They have sixty-thousand subscribers and although not growing at the pace of some others the time involved in submitting is minimal, and it is free.
Jump on this one quickly – really quickly. You’ll recognize the format of their site from another well-known promo site. It’s currently free to promote with them, but this will change because just like Buckbooks it’s taking off and they’ve had some major successes.
There are so many reasons to sign up for Mention. These guys monitor the internet looking for any mention of you or your work. Using their free system you can enter your book titles and your name and when they find a blog or article or even a piracy site where you’re mentioned they let you know. Their system is so far ahead of Google Alerts that they eat them for breakfast. Because of their daily emails I’ve been able to thank bloggers and newspaper writers from all over the world who have written about me. And, I’ve been able to help shut down piracy sites who were giving away my books. I’m truly thankful for the great work these guys do. And again their basic service (which has been very helpful), is free.
Six months from now you’ll be placed on a very long waiting list to earn acceptance to the above promo sites. These are the movers – so, don’t wait. If you want to find readers from a new source that could potentially catch fire you should plan your events around the aforementioned sites. Again, they all currently have free features.
And, don’t forget to sign up for my beloved, and well-used Mention. They do have a paid upgrade selection that I will try and report back on, but for the past two years I’ve taken advantage of their free daily updates. You might be surprised where you’re being talked about. Do not delay – sign up for Mention.
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