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Where Are You Promoting?

We all know that promoting your book is important. Posting to Amazon, Good Reads and working with bloggers are a few great ways to share your work. But, where else could you potentially post and share? I discovered a list at eBook Foundry that may be of assistance.

 

 

To-Do List

To-Do List (Photo credit: jordan clarke)

 

Below is a list of book promoting sites. If you find this page useful please promote it on social media :)

Website Alexa ranking Estimated monthly traffic Features
Anobii 26,160 10-15k Shelve and show off your books, Find, Discover your next book with the help of the community.
Authortree No rank below 1k Seems to have discontinued its services.
Babelio 32,886 below 1k Book Directory for French books. Create an online library to organize and share your favorite books.
Bibliophil 3,077,199 below 1k Forum about books – profile with books appearing in signature, list of favorite and wished books.
Bookhitch 1,164,045 below 1k Book Directory Offers Free Listing and Premium listing : $19.95/year
Authonomy 228,225 around 15k Online writing community enabling writers to submit their books to a major book publisher, and receive reviews and feedback from a community of readers, editors and agents.
Booklicker no rank none Appears discontinued, domain name for sale.
Booksie 58,718 Close to 100k Free online publishing site that allows writers to easily post, share, and promote their writing.
Bookswellread 9,172,602 none website down.
Booktour 4,799,469 None domain name for sale.
BookBrowse 192,052 Over 100k Offers selected book listing, authors interviews, link to authors’ website Reviewed by humans.
Connect Via Books N/A N/A Automatically redirects to a Facebook page where you an exchange opinion about books through an app.
Book Buzzer 17,160 Around 7k domain name for sale.
Freado 81,084 Around 15k Offer games, contests and many other perks for readers to get acquainted with books.
Discover A Book 5,895,696 around 7k Offers a place to list your book for a small fee.
Filed By 2,646,990 Around 7k Offers a free platform to list your book, open a profile and engage with the community
GoodRead 243 over 3M Build a friend networks of writers and readers, organize events and much more
Gurulib 4,747 around 5k Create your own library of books and games and to make it non-private to share with others.
Internet Book Data Base 1,329,320 Around 4k Offers paid options for featured author or featured book. Caters mainly for Asia.
Jacket Flap 194,951 60k Directory of children books, publishers and professionals related to children book publishing.
Library Thing 12,692 500k Cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.
Listal 3,984 1.5M A place to list, rate, tag and review movies, TV shows, music, games and books and an internal user created database
Nothing Binding 576,542 2k Offers possibility to craft, upload and manage your book cover image, book promotion materials and your bio.
Polkadot Banner 3,122,114 1k Offers possibility to open multiple books aims to be a community of readers and writers.
Published.com 602,570 Around 2k Offers Possibility to list your book
RedRoom 64,232 Around 40k Offers Possibility to list your book, open a blog from their site, connect with readers and sell your book from their site.
The Self-Publishing Experience 3.6 M Around 2 m Enables you to share your experience about publishing in a vague hope that it will bring some readers to your book.
Reader 2 1,350,671 Around 3m Community book sharing
Shelfari 35,179 Around 100k Enables you to build a virtual book shelf, that include book reviews from Amazon and to interact with your Shelfari community.
Shelf Centered No rank less than 1m Lists your wish list
Slake 5,033,000 Less than 1m Lists some books according to ill-defined criterion
WritersNet 212,494 Around 18k Offers forum, writers and authors directory, various resources for writers, agents and publishers.
WritersCafe.org 49,270 Around 30k Post your poetry, short stories, novels, scripts, and screenplays Get reviews and advice from thousands of other writers.
Xenite.org 657,525 Around 10k Currently being redesigned
Zazie Web 10,273,163 Less then 1k For books in French

 

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Have You Considered Crowdfunding?

There is a new way for authors to get help, support and even readers for their projects and it’s called crowdfunding. If you don’t know what it is or not sure how to do it, Book Daily offers some great tips.

 

Crowd at Fair

Crowd at Fair (Photo credit: RaeAllen)

 

Crowdfunding: The Newest Step In The Publishing Process

In order to be successful in the book market, authors need to not only be good writers, but they need to be business savvy, too. Luckily, there are many tools available that can help an author succeed, and one of the newer options is crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.

First thing’s first. Publishing costs can accumulate quickly and if an author is self-publishing, they are personally responsible to pay for the costs out of pocket. This is where crowdfunding can become extremely beneficial to the self-publishing author. By providing authors with the means to raise funds before they begin the publishing process, crowdfunding greatly mitigates the risk and financial burden of publishing. Read more here.

 

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Diversity In Writing Is Necessary

The topic of diversity in writing is very popular these days. The conversation for this is long overdue in my opinion, and not because I am a person of color but because readers are very diverse. As a child I could never find a book that had a character that looked like me in my public library. Most books were non-fiction and dealt with slavery or heroes of slavery. Now, authors are eagerly working towards sharing and writing about characters of color and it’s exciting. Take a look at this article by Tansy Rayner Roberts at Tor.com.

The Main Character in Their Own Lives: Does Diversity Make YA SF/F Better?
Julia Rios of the Outer Alliance and Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press recently ran a crowdfunding campaign on Pozible to raise support forKaleidoscope, a proposed YA anthology of contemporary SF and fantasy with protagonists of diverse backgrounds. They were looking for main characters who would help create a broader picture of what a ‘typical teenager’ is, whether through their race, sexuality, culture, or living with a disability. As examples of what they were looking for, the editors ofKaleidoscope had already commissioned works by Sofia Samatar, Ken Liu, Vylar Kaftan, and Jim C Hines. Read more here.
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Picking A Title For Your Fiction Book

 

The Silence of the Lambs (novel)

The Silence of the Lambs (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m one of those writers who generally slaps a title on a writing project before its finished. I guess there are pros and cons of selecting the perfect title that grabs hold of the meat of your story. For me, I can’t start writing without a title. For some reason I need to be able to reference my project by a name. At the end when I am finished I may decide to change it or add to it or maybe even scrap the whole project. Actually, I never really scrap the project I simply put it to the side and get back to it within months or could be years.

I promised myself that I would do more research on the web. So, my question is: How Do You Pick A Title For Your Fiction Book? Of course Google is my friend so I simply applied my title for this article and here are a few sites that popped up.

John Floyd at Writers World suggested not have a dull title and provided a list of well known authors and the themes they use to select signature titles.

A Few Rules of Thumb:

Titles should not be dull. When you browse a shelf full of novels, or a collection of short stories, aren’t you drawn first to the more unusual titles? So are editors, when they look over a stack of submissions. Not that “The House” or “The Tree” won’t be a good story; but titles with a bit more originality stand a better chance. Examples: Gone with the Wind, The High and the Mighty, “The Tin Star,”The Silence of the Lambs, The Maltese Falcon, Watership Down,”The Snows of Kilimanjaro,”Fahrenheit 451, The Color Purple, Atlas Shrugged. Read more here.

Apryl Duncan at Fiction Addiction has suggested listening to some favorite songs. You could mix and match the titles to come up with a the perfect one for your work. Another suggestion was to create a word basket and fill it with nouns, adjectives and the like to select your title. This sounds like fun.

Listen to your favorite music. Songs often contain beautiful lyrics you could use or even play off of for your own work.

For example, let’s pick a couple of songs at random.

Beatles-Yesterday
Lyric: There’s a shadow hanging over me.
Possible Book Title: Hanging Shadows

Electric Light Orchestra-Turn to Stone
Lyric: The city streets are empty now.
Possible Book Title: Empty City

Or you could even mix the two songs to come up with really unique titles such as Yesterday’s Stone Shadows, Empty City Shadows or Stone Shadows. Read more here.

And finally, according to agent Rachelle Gardner the final decision for your title is ultimately up to the publisher, unless of course, you self-publish.

Let’s start by acknowledging a few things. The publisher is usually responsible for the final decision on title, and in the query stage, it’s not that important. In fact, some agents have said they don’t pay any attention at all to titles. But at some point, you’re going to want to think seriously about this. Your title is part of the overall impression you’re creating about your book. It can set a tone and create an expectation. Whether you’re pitching to an agent, or your agent is pitching to publishers, I think you want to have the strongest title possible.

Think of it this way: the better your title is, the better your chance that the publisher will decide to use it, rather than changing it. Read more here.

So basically, what I wanted to point out is that there are many different ways to select a title for your project. And at the end of the day, it is hit or miss as to whether or not you’ve hit the jackpot of all pots on what you’ve selected. As always, you should be writing for yourself and incorporating your own ideas. Write what you would want to read and let the chips fall where they may. Happy Writing.

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