Friday, August 9, 2013

Free Publicity for Your KDP Select Free Days

Note: In June 2016, Amazon began cracking down on free and paid promotional services for KDP Select giveaways. As a result, Pixel of Ink has closed, and other free promotional sites are expected to shut down in the near future. I would like to mention that it is customary for monopolies to squash competition. In this case, Amazon has decided to shift promotion that formerly belonged to independent promotional sites, such as the ones below, to Goodreads, which it owns.

If you have published your book on Amazon and have signed up for the KDP Select program, you are probably wondering how you are going to let the world know that you have giveaway days coming up.

There are two steps to this process. First, you need to make sure your book has reviews. Many of the sites that advertise Kindle giveaways require a minimum number of reviews (three, five, ten or, in some cases, more than twenty).

How do you get reviews? Send out a press release, well in advance of your book's publication, to any groups, online media, and reviewers who might be interested - including everyone you have ever known or met. Offer to send them a free PDF file, and make sure you have a dynamite summary that will get them interested. (Pester the people who have promised to write a review until they do. This is not the time to be shy.)

Now choose your free days on KDP Select.

Once you have booked your free days. Send out notices to these sites. (Read their guidelines now. Many require advance notice):

Author Marketing Club (Join, and then use their free marketing tool. It will save a lot of time.)

Ereader News Today
Ereader Utopia
Kindle Book Promos
Ereader Café
Awesome Gang 
Frugal Freebies
Indie Book of the Day
Bargain Ebook Hunter
Free Booksy
Ebooks Habit
Ebook Lister
Orangeberry (3 reviews needed)
Great Books Great Deals (20+ reviews needed)
Book Blogs (check out the various groups)
World Literary Cafe
Free Books - Goodreads group


On the day your book is free, post on these Facebook Sites:

https://www.facebook.com/KindleUtopia
#BookADayUK (UK only)
#bookboost
#BookGiveaway
#KDPSelect
#Kindle
#KindleBargain
#KindleBooks
#KindleBargain
#FREEBOOK
#indiekindle
#freekindleebooks
#Readthis

Send Tweets to:

@FreeEbooks

@Freekindle8ooks

@IARTG (add #IARTG to any tweet you want them to retweet)

@MichRockx (fantasy)

@freebooksdaily

@amazon

@freereadfeed

@freedailybooks

@IndiesBookPromo

@IAN_AuthorPromo

@AuthorNetwork

@asmsg (writers circle)

@IndieAuthorNews

@kindlebookpulse

@kindleebooks

@writersRT

@IndieKindle

@Kindlestuff

@kindlebookblast

@indieauthornews

@kindlenews

@KindleEbooksUK

@KindleBookKing

@FreeEbooksDaily

@TweettheBook

@KindleFreeBook

@4FreeKindleBook

@WorldLitCafe

@DigitalBkToday

@kindle_promo

@WorldLitCafe







4 comments:

  1. Erica,

    Thank you very much for that list! Some new ones there.

    Darren White
    darrenwhite.co | @dazzawhit3 | facebook.com/MemesLoss | facebook.com/darrenwhit3 | youtube.com/user/dazzawhit3| goodreads.com/author/show/7315354.Darren_White

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  2. Thanks for sharing this helpful information. :) --- Suzanne

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  3. "Free publicity" is redundant. Publicity is free; advertising costs money. Having said that, let me add that this is a fine list for authors. Kudos for putting it together and getting it out there.

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  4. As a first time author who was literally just now moments away from publishing on KDP Select...Thank you! I had a nagging feeling that I didn't know all there was to know about promoting and publicizing my book ("Diary of a Future Ex-Wife") and the process is crazy intimidating! This information is invaluable!

    The downside for me is that I have to get some "survival" income very soon. Now I know that I'll have to work like a maniac to promote!

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