PLEASE NOTE: I pilfered many of the following links from the remarkable Jade Kerrion (because I wanted it close by for my own promotions, saving potentially days of research) and because I love my readers and thought you might utilise it too. 🙂
Remember to submit to these sites at least a week in advance of your free promotion.
- Author Marketing Club (Has links to the top free book submission sites, accessible from their site)
- Book Goodies
- eReader News Today
- Digital Book Today
- Kindle Book Review * (Has a free listing option, but you can pay for a guaranteed listing.)
- Free Kindle Books and Tips
- E-book Deal of the Day
- Digital Ink Spot
- Kindle Fire Department
- Free Kindle Fiction
- Book Basset
- One Hundred Free Books
- Bargain eBook Hunter
- Indie Book Promo
- Frugal Freebies
- The Frugal eReader
- Free Novel Spot
- Free Books Hub
- Book Goodies
- Cents-ible eReads
- Awesome Gang
- Best eBook Reader
- Just Kindle Books
- Indies Unlimited
- My Book and My Coffee
- Cheap Kindle Daily
- Kindle Book Promos (two weeks notice)
On the day(s) your book is available for free, list them at these sites:
You can post on Facebook pages and groups on your free days. When you post on a page, your message is truncated and shrunk into a tiny box on the right hand side of the page. Choose your words carefully so that the words “FREE” show up when the message is truncated.You might also choose to direct message the page owners, telling them that your book is free and ask them to share it on their page. When they choose to share your post, your post is promoted from that tiny box on the right hand side into the main section of their page. You’ll note that many of these Facebook pages are the Facebook presence of the websites above. These provide you with a second chance to get listed if you’re not picked up in the first pass.
- Free eBook Deal *
- Free Kindle Books *
- The Digital Ink Spot *
- Digital Ink Today *
- Book Promotions International *
- Kindle Author
- Free Kindle Books
- Ebooks FreeFreeFree
- Free Ebooks Galore
- Mobile Read
- eReader1 US
- eReader1 UK
- World Literary Cafe
- Indie Books List
- Free Kindle Fiction
- Authors on the Cheap
- Kindle Promo
- Indie Book Collective
- Our Awesome Gang
- Book Basset
- Free E-Books 4 U
- Book Worms (Author ads only permitted on Wednesdays)
(You need to be a member of these groups in order to post on the site, so remember to join in advance)
- Free Kindle and Nook eBooks for Readers
- Off The Shelf
- Tweets for Authors
- Kindle Mojo
- Writing Kindle Books
- Celebrating Authors
- The Write Stuff
- Book Blurbs and Trailers
If you know of any other websites, Facebook pages and groups where authors can advertise their free books, please send me a note or leave a comment so that I can keep this page updated.
On your first free day, you might want to RT the following Twitter accounts, all of which have large followings and who tend to promote free books.
@IndieAuthorNews @KindleDaily @TheBookTImes @IndieReviewers @FreeBookDude @greatkindlerd @DIGITALinktoday @novelspot @KindleDaily @indiebookpromo @BookYrNextRead (Use the tag #BYNR) @KindleThrills @100freebooks @YourBookAuthors @IndieAuthorNews @wisegrey0wl @bookfinda @IndAuthorSucess @Top_authors @IndieBookTweet @SpecFicPick @topamazon @kindlefreebooke @AllKindleFire @kindle_promo @TweetTheBook @DigitalBkToday @freenovelkindle @novelfreesf @kindlesfnovel @kindletop100 @kindleauthors @dailysf @Kindlbookreview@FreeEbooksDaily @eBookDiscovery @DIGITALinktoday @FREEeBookDeal @WritersRetweets @TheKindleWhispe @FreeEBooksDaily @ebookdealofday @freedailybooks @TweetinURBook @Kindle_Max @WritersRT @Superfabbooks @IndAuthorSucess @AlanKealey @RTtheBEST @TheReadersGuide @BookReviewIndie @free_book_promo @FreeEbooks_4U @AuthorKarma @MasqCrew @FantasySci @TweetYourBook @Kindle_FREE @4FreeKindleBook
On the second free day, use a relevant WLC Tweet Team, and on the third day, you might want to selectively request RTs from some of the Twitter accounts listed above.
Twitter is great, but will not account for the bulk of your free downloads, so don’t feel compelled to overload this channel with marketing.
Family and Friends
This channel has the potential to drive lots of downloads. The best way to connect with them would be through Facebook. Post a message informing them of your free promotion, and ask them to like and share it. If others like it (and you’ll receive notification,) send them a note and ask them to please share it too.
On free days, post in several threads in Amazon’s “Meet Our Authors” forum. Consider posting about your promotion on Craigslist too.
There are multiple avenues for paid promotions. Here’s a list and Jade’s initial impressions of them.
Digital Book Today: Offers a variety of free and paid promotions. I purchased the Book Buzz package for $40, and DBT included Perfection Unleashed in his newsletter of free kindle books on the days when it was free on KDP Select. DBT also included me (for free) as a Weekly Featured Great Read. I plan to utilize DBT again in December when I launch Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon.
World Literary Cafe: Offers a variety of free and paid promotions. In terms of Twitter coverage, this was by far the widest I’ve seen yet because WLC utilizes its voluntary tweet teams to tweet out the Book Buzz features. I plan to utilize WLC again in December when I launch Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon.
Kindle Book Review: Offers a variety of paid promotions. I purchased the Twitterliciouspackage for $40. I also paid $15 for a guaranteed listing in their list of free books. I plan to utilize KBR again in December when I launch Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon.
Kindle Nation Daily: Offers a variety of paid promotions, and more interestingly, data on how the promotions have fared. Keep in mind that many authors stack advertising and promotions, so the results they are reporting may not be entirely attributed to them. I am scheduling promotions with them in December 2012/January 2013
Ebook Impresario (formerly Kindle Author): Offers a variety of paid promotions. I am scheduling promotions with them in January 2013.
Indie Author News: Offers a variety of paid promotions.
The following I’ve collected the following marketing lists from Derek Murphy. You should totally check him out because he is not only a very clever chap, but he’s also always looking to help and support his fellow indie creatives. 🙂