Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Submissions for Aug 26 Freebie Friday (i #amwriting r u #reading?)

Add your book to the comment thread here to get featured on the next weekly feature! I'll feature just 3 free reads each week, mostly taken from Smashwords, but any books from any sites are welcome, so long as they can be obtained free on Friday.

The point of this Friday feature is to get the Indie Authors some exposure to a new audience (and to get my readers some free reads they'll enjoy) so I'm trying to pick books that are not only different from what I usually write, but also might be first novels or early works that are struggling to get a foot under them. Because it's not fair to my readers to offer only novice material, I also try to mix in the occasional "best selling" Indie Author--or at least, Smasher with several extremely successful works, one of which is priced at "free."

Sounds great! How do I join?

If you're a reader, come back Friday and choose the free eBook you want to read. Use the coupon code on Friday's post at checkout to get it at Zero Dollars ($0.00)

If you're an Indie Author, you need to have an English-language book that is located on the web somewhere my readers can click through to see a preview and/or download the complete file. The book needs to be priced at "free" or be free for a day on Friday or for any length of time that includes Friday.

Also, your "book" must be a completed work (no WIPs or partials please) and you must be the copyright owner to submit it, but it can be a collection of short stories, poetry or any genre of fiction. I even welcome non-fiction. Just be clear about where your book falls. You must own the copyrights to the work.

Enter your book by entering a comment below using either of the following options. The deadline for submissions is Thurs. Aug 25 @ 1700hrs Eastern Time (USA)

Option A - Smashers

Just give me your Smashwords book page's URL. That's it. I'll get everything I need from there myself.

Option B - Everyone Else  (EE)

In your comment, put:
  1. your book's title and your author/pen name
  2. your book's genre and approximate word count
  3. a URL to the book's page (please test it to be sure it works!)
  4. If your book does not have a cover, please provide a cover image (give me the URL of where the image is located online so I can link to it from my blog post without having to up/download anything). The image must match the book. You must be the copyright owner of the image and the book. Please do not provide me with images you do not have the rights to use.
To add multiple books, please use multple comments, one book +/or link per comment.

Please make sure your book page is "ready for prime time" viewing as that's where I'll direct readers to get your book and you may (or may not) get a lot of traffic that day. Your #1 sales tool is your book cover image (which I'll use "as is") and your #2 sales tool is your book's description (which I reserve the right to edit for readability and space considerations).

How does this get exposure?

Since "strength in numbers" is only an effective marketing tool when we all participate, I would ask that you follow @webbiegrrl on twitter so you'll get the auto-tweet on Friday when Networked Blogs feeds it through (I try to immediately do another tweet with better wording). Please RT either one with the link to the blog post so that everyone mentioned in the Friday feature can benefit from the group's collective marketing.

Personally, I try to post the URL to the blog to as many of the indie author and Kindle reader groups as I have joined on Facebook, including the Smashwords FB Page, and I post in a few other reader groups that I belong to for added reach. If you are a member of Goodreads, for instance, you could help "the collective" by posting the URL in the groups you belong to there--or make it a one-day-only "Goodreads event" using the blog's URL as the "destination."

If you have other marketing ideas for all of us to help each other get the word out, please post a comment to let us all know. Until the day that one appearance here makes a best-seller overnight, I know I can always improve my process! For now, I'm syndicated onto Facebook, Twitter and the Kindleblogs store at Amazon.

Thanks for playing! Now let's give away some books!


Raegan Millhollin said...

This is a great idea!

My collection of short stories is here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82763

And now to go follow you on twitter to help spread the word : )

Tiger Tulip said...

Here's My Mystery Book.


Webbiegrrl Writer said...

woo-hoo! That was quick! I already had one entry I was "saving" from 2 weeks ago and got a friend on my Facebook Page thinking she'd like to submit her new release but you two beat the punch!!

So Raegan got your short collection and Tiger, you are my first mystery genre, yay!

You are both IN ;) The Friday blog post will be posted no later than 10am Friday morning, networked blogs will auto-feed a URL through to my @webbiegrrl twitter account and it will auto-post to the Webbiegrrl Writer Facebook Page. I'll try to repost it from there to the Smashwords FB page and the Indie Authors and Kindle Authors FB pages. Please feel free to post it around in other places too!

Thanks for playing :)

Raegan Millhollin said...

Woo hoo! Thanks again : )

Merilly said...

Great idea! I'm excited to be part of his.

Bitten: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/60941

Webbiegrrl Writer said...

Merilly, you JUST missed it. I actually had one title I'd held over from 2 weeks ago and someone I know* went "outside the loop" to post to my Webbiegrrl Fan Page on Facebook. Since she's a friend, I agreed to give her the "4th" spot. There are only 3 spots, hence the quotes.

I'd be happy to hold your entry in the queue for next weekend. It'll actually be better next weekend as that's Labor Day weekend and I'm sure there'll be a lot of holiday readers. Please stop me if you don't want this. If I don't hear otherwise, however, I'll put you down as #1 for Friday Sep 2's feature.

I had another Smasher, Elizabeth Kirke, already ask if it was too late to get in on this (and Elizabeth, if you're reading this, enter now and you'll be #2 but don't delay--we're filling up fast!)

NOTE: Anyone* who enters a comment on this thread from this point forward will be entering for the next Freebie Friday (Labor Day weekend, Sep 2d)

* To @KatJordan, this cutoff does not apply to you as you already emailed me a code/Facebooked a request. I really wish you'd just gone through the normal process like everyone else *smirk* I saw the message w/the code when I cleaned out my email last night but who knows where it went now -- well, Google knows *haha* -- but I hope you're still planning to "officially" enter a URL and coupon code tonight cos that'll be easier for me. Yeah, I'm too busy to search it twice. Plus, that's WHY I set up a system of submissions *duh*

Webbiegrrl Writer said...


Ms Kitty said...



Sorry. I get confused from all the different places information gets posted.