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text 2018-08-21 08:36
Promoting your books on discount book sites

The internet has a plethora of sites that offer free or deeply discounted e-books to members.


They get their product from authors who are enticed by the opportunity to have a promo template of their book sent free to the site’s membership in hopes that some members will download it, read and review it.


The free offer is a teaser to encourage you to pay for their enhanced list - more members and prolonged exposure.


They also offer a free author interview template. Answer the questions, add your picture and they’ll post it for free.


I discounted Local Rag to 99¢ and submitted it to the four sites listed below, taking advantage of free option only. I work hard to write and produce a decent book and I won't pay to give it away for free.

 

Like so many things that are free, and I suppose that goes for most free e-books, you get what you pay for. I didn’t see a whiff of interest.


I’ve researched a few authors who have documented how much they spent versus how much they made in sales using this approach. They claim to have broke even, but I have my doubts. I’m reminded of my friend who makes frequent trips to Las Vegas. When he wins, I hear about it. When he loses, well, he’s back talking about the time he won.


The other thing I noticed is that their book sales were not sustained. There may have been a blip, but there was not enough reviews, word of mouth, or buzz, in general, to elevate their book from self-publishing oblivion.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs

 

Discount book sites

http://discountbookman.com

http://pretty-hot.com

http://mybookplace.net

Awesomegang.com

 

My Amazon Book Page in case you want to purchase Local Rag for 99¢ until the end of August

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

 

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text 2015-07-26 19:35
Spaghetti Book Club: Kids Book Reviews

See http://www.spaghettibookclub.org for details (some tescher options require membership fee).  Have privacy policy stating COPPA compliance, no "seals" from COPPA Safe Harbor oversight certification programs.

 

Source: www.spaghettibookclub.org
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text 2015-07-26 19:20
A Kids Book Review Site

Caution: someone says they don't unsubscribe you from email marketing when requested and that they provide all your child's details including full names and hobby (reading) related info.    Marketing that also includes promotions from self-publishing authors.

 

Site privacy policy says they are Safe Harbor PRIVO Certified and COPPA compliant; friend says not.  I double checked still in PRIVO Safe Harbor and that FTC still considers PRIVO Safe Harbor a valid safe harbor oversight  -- but use your judgment if you want to look under the "read more" or checkout the site.  They are a U.S. site in New York.

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Source: www.biblionasium.com/#next
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text 2015-07-26 19:08
Scholastic offers Kids Book Reviews

See http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/swyar/ for details.

Source: teacher.scholastic.com/activities/swyar
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text 2015-05-16 03:02
Wading through Booklikes

Can I like Booklikes just cuz?

 

Sounds funny, right?

 

It's always daunting for a socially awkward person such as myself to jump into areas where following and being followed is a want by others within a certain field.  And here I am in Booklikes when I went to go explore I saw many with high levels of followers and were listed in the popular category.  

 

What did I want to do?

 

Run and hide.

 

Maybe I shouldn't go follow other blogs here.  It can be a tad intimidating.

 

I just like this set up here.  Now to stockpile my new lists and reviews.  XD

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