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 feature 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'll 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." If no one with an established body of work submits a title, I'll go find one myself.
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, read on.
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. If I read your description and/or sample, I reserve the right to edit my presentation of your book to note that your categorization doesn't, in my opinion, match your book's actual content. If I post a "bait and switch" for my readers, I (not you) will suffer for it so please play straight!
Entering the book
Type a comment on this post and be sure to tick the checkbox to follow the comment thread. I stress this so that I can be sure to have a means of reaching you should there be any questions about your entry. The deadline for submissions is Thurs. Sep 8 @ 1700hrs Eastern Time (USA). Please enter as early as possible - first come, first serve! Using either of the following options.
Option A - Smashers
Just give me your Smashwords book page's URL and if applicable, Smashwords coupon code. That's it. I'll get everything I need from the book's page myself--and I will click through to confirm your deets. I'll also test click the links before I post the blog and I'll test the coupon code Friday morning at oh-dark-thirty. Be sure you have all your ducks in a row, please.
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 your book requires a coupon or other method to make it be free, please provide the "free key" here.
Note: 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 I only take 3 per weekly feature so as to make it enough of a spotlight feature on each of you and still benefit frmo the "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?
I'll give the blog exposure using all of the social media tools I can, but if you have any ideas of how to get further reach, please speak up--or just post the link somewhere you know wants to hear about free reads. I use Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Amazon's KindleBlogs to reach readers. I would love to have new avenues (wouldn't we all?) but those seem to be the best and busiest paths.
Since "strength in numbers" is only an effective marketing tool when we all participate, firstly, I would ask that you follow @webbiegrrl on Twitter. I'll probably follow you back so it's not a hardship on you, is it? *grin*
You'll get the auto-tweet on Friday when Networked Blogs feeds it through (just after 10am Eastern Time/USA) but I try to immediately do another tweet with better wording. In addition, I've just discovered Hootsuite's scheduler feature so I've started trying to schedule tweets throughout the day and evening, every couple of hours. I'll also try to schedule one tweet per author, "featuring" you, but please RT all of the tweets I blast on Fridays with the link to the blog. It's advertising for your book as well as the "featured" name in the tweet. Collective power only works when the Collective works together.
Please also ask your Tweeps to help you out by RT the blog link tweets. Everytime someone hits RT, all 3 of you get a new mention. I'll also reply to any @mentions you make with the blog link so if you want to "conveniently" have a conversation with me on Friday, please do so. Please keep the ow.ly link "as is" so I can track it using Hootsuite's tracking features. I'll use the same ow.ly link to the blog in all of my tweets on the feature.
To find all of my mentions of all of you (and the link) tweeted throughout the day and evening, just visit the @webbiegrrl stream on Twitter. I'll probably only have a few unrelated tweets going out, so it should be easy to see.
Other Social Media Blasts
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 on Facebook. If you "like" the Webbiegrrl Writer Facebook Fan Page, or subscribe to this blog via Networked Blogs, you'll get the link in your newsfeed as though the blog is one of your FB friends. When you see the post, please click to "Share" it with your own Facebook friends (be sure to choose the thumbnail of your own book so it's noticeable to your peeps) and post it to any Facebook groups you belong to that welcome Indie Author links or are interested in hearing about new books to read.
On Goodreads, I belong to several Kindle and book-review related groups (and I'm joining more all the time). I've either created a thread where I post the link every week or will post a note if the group doesn't like to have us Indie Authors "camping out to promo books" in the group.
If you are a member of Goodreads, help the Collective by posting the link to the blog in your own Goodreads groups--or make your appearance on the blog a one-day-only "Goodreads event" using the blog's home URL (http://webbiegrrl.blogspot.com/) as the "destination." Don't forget to advertise the event to your fans. You can also post a Goodreads blog entry on your Goodreads Author Page mentioning your appearance on the Webbiegrrl Blog. Make it a big deal and it will become one.
There are a lot of book blogs out there, and many invite Indie Authors to post notes about their books. Nearly all of them love to get free reads--who doesn't? If you have marketing ideas, please share them in a comment on this Submissions thread to let us all know we can do to get the word out further. 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!