The point of the 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. Sep 1 @ 1700hrs Eastern Time (USA). I already have at least one, possibly two, submissions "held over" from this past week's thread. Please enter as early as possible - first come, first serve!
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:
- your book's title and your author/pen name
- your book's genre and approximate word count
- a URL to the book's page (please test it to be sure it works!)
- 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.
If you give me a broken link, no cover image, fail to provide a coupon code or otherwise leave information out before others have provided a complete entry, they are in line ahead of you. Again, first come, first serve and typically, only 3 per weekly feature so as to make it enough of a spotlight and still be a "group" experience.
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." That way, the other authors listed get "cross-pollinated" with your readers and vice a versa.
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!