Websites for free book giveaways
These sites can be done in advance of your free days, although some will only allow you to list them if they are currently free. These sites are in no particular order
- http://authormarketingclub.com/members/submit-your-book/ (you have to be a member, but membership is free)
- http://snickslist.com/books/place-ad/ <– one of my favourite places
- http://www.mobileread.com/forums/ (membership required)
Some of the websites offer enhanced listings and these seem to increase downloads by around 10%, so if you are after every download you can get consider a budget for enhanced listings.
Facebook for promoting (they all seem to have the same name…)
Facebook works best when the book is free. I’ve found that groups appreciate it if you go back after your free download day and let them know how it worked for you and to thank them for their help.
- Free Kindle Books FB group
- Free Bookclub
- Free Kindle Book Club
- Free Kindle Books
- I love free Kindle books
- Kindle (free) book club
- Free books for Kindle UK
- Today’s free Kindle Books
- Free ebooks and tips
Some authors like to do a free book event on Facebook where they invite all their friends to an event and update them throughout the day. This works better when you giveaways spot prizes to people who share images and quotes related to your book. I’ve not tried this, it’s just not my thing but two friends have done it with good outcomes.
As well as free giveaway groups and pages, join groups where your target market is active. They are more likely to download and review your book. Spamming any group will not win you any friends.
Promoted posts work okay on Facebook but ads for the free book can be costly, (as you are taking someone off of Facebook), and not as good value for money when compared to paying for an enhanced website listing.
Again, something you organise for the day of the free promotion.
- #KPD (Kindle Publishing Direct)
I recommend using #free with the other hashtags as well – #free #kindle or #free #ebook. If you book is geographically sensitive I’d add the area hashtag as well – #Free #Kindle #UK. I’ve found that 6 tweets at varied times throughout the day with different hashtags work well. You don’t overwhelm your followers but you get a good amount of downloads and ReTweets.
You can also organise a Twitter party for your free book promotion.
Remember to schedule emails to your newsletter letting them know about the free promotion and of course, inviting them to share your book. One of my co-authors has a large email list and this always kick-starts our promotion.
Press releases work best when backed up with a PR person making calls and generating conversations around your books. Free press release sites can work just as well for you, providing you tailor the press releases and they have an interesting hook and story. Remember to contact your local newspapers as well as online press release sites.