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Websites to Help Authors Promote Your Book

I am always being asked by authors how they can promote their books online. The following list of websites is a good start in finding the right place(s) to market your book online. Please add any websites you feel will be helpful in the comments section of this post.

Addicted to eBooks
Addicted to eBooks was started to help readers find low cost ebooks. This website is great for readers who are watching their book budgets. Addicted to eBooks also allows the author to rate some of the content of their book. If you want to know the level of profanity, violence or sex in a book before you buy it, it’s very helpful that authors can rate their books on this site.

aNobii is an online reading community built by readers for readers allowing you to shelve, find and share books. Their mission is to bring book lovers together and encourage reading.

Authonomy is a brand new writing community site for writers, readers and publishers, conceived and developed by book editors at HarperCollins. Their goal is to flush out the brightest and freshest new literature around.

If you’re a writer, authonomy is the place to show your face – and show off your writing on the web. Whether you’re unpublished, self-published, looking to get published, or just getting started, all you need is a few chapters to start building your profile online, and start connecting with the authonomy writing community.

Author Marketing Club
No longer do you have to dig up your links to the best places to submit your books. The Author Marketing Club has put them all together here for you in one spot. Just click on the logos to load each site’s form, fill in your details, and you’re done.

If you’re an author or publisher, BookBuzzr is one of the most comprehensive online, book-marketing technologies out there. They are constantly adding new features to build a technology that will help your books fly out of book-stores. BookBuzzr encourages word-of-mouth (or click-of-mouse) conversations around your book. It’s simple to use and it’s free. Most of all, it gives readers an authentic book-reading experience.

BookBuzzr also offers a large collection of book promoting tools such as games, facebook apps, widgets, email signature and more. It also works in collaboration with Freado.

Freado works with BookBuzzer and offers games, contests and many other perks for readers to get acquainted with books.

BookBrowse brings you the kinds of books that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the cover.

With thousands of books being published every month, it takes a lot of time and a keen eye to pick out the gems. This is where BookBrowse begins – they read hundreds of publisher’s catalogs, early reviews, and overseas reviews and they follow all the book news to find the truly exceptional books that promise to both entertain and inform.

The purpose of BookDaily is to help you find the authors you’ll enjoy. BookDaily provides a listing of titles by emerging authors. And when you simply click a title, you can sample that book and read the first chapter.

offers book listing, advertising and information services. There are two types of book listings offered (paperback, hardback, audio or e-books). The first is free and the second is paid annually. Free listings include basic information about a book as well as 5 key search words, a 60-word description and a link to where the book can be purchased.

The Book Report offers a lively mix of author interviews, audio book previews and chats with those influential in the literary world. The Book Report has become appointment listening for bibliophiles and book clubs alike.

BookRooster.com is a community of passionate readers who receive free copies of new Kindle books to read and review. For a fee, they will share your Kindle e-book with a select group of readers who have expressed interest for titles in your genre. In return, you will receive reviews on Amazon.

Booksie’s goal is to provide writers with an easy way to publish and promote their work and to provide readers with access to the best creative writing on the Web, organized and catalogued for easy browsing.

Booksie enables you to:
•    Publish, tag, and share your writing globally
•    Upload mp3 audio versions of your work
•    Read and listen to the work of other writers from around the world
•    Receive comments and interact with readers
•    Develop a fanbase
•    Get noticed and promote yourself and your writing

Booktalk is an online booklovers’ community composed of many of today’s bestselling and popular authors. Personalized author home pages are complete with excerpts from bestselling novels, as well as information about upcoming releases, author notes, personal hobbies and interests, and publisher, literary agent and book industry information.

Discover A Book
Discover a Book offers authors the chance to sell your book online easily and affordably. You can list your book for sale and you keep all of the sales proceeds. You also keep the copyright and there are no agency fees.

FiledBy is a digital marketing company providing listings, websites, online tools, marketing services and community building solutions for authors, writers and other content creators to connect directly with readers and fans. It’s kind of like “Twitter” for authors – a platform for books and you can have your own author site and post short blogs.

Filedby.com is the most comprehensive online directory of book authors on the Internet. Every published author, co-author or other listed contributor to a book (illustrators, photographers, narrators, editors and translators) either published or imported into the U.S. or Canada has a free listing/website, which they can claim and customize.

A single search engine provides access to information on over 3 million authors and contributors and 8 million books.

GalleyCat Facebook Page
You can post your book in the New Books section, which is an easy way to share your book with their readers.

Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. They have more than 10,000,000 members who have added more than 380,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.

iAuthor’s mission is simple yet revolutionary: to give authors across the globe a platform to promote their books. They offer a free platform, an interactive platform and an independent platform.

Indie Books List
This site promotes authors in every category imaginable.

Jacket Flap
JacketFlap is a comprehensive resource for information on the children’s book industry. Thousands of published authors, illustrators, librarians, agents, editors, publicists and publishers visit JacketFlap every day.

Kindle Book Review
The authors featured on Kindle Book Review are often lesser known and up and coming – but not always. You’ll only find books that have at least 10 reviews with a 4.0-star rating or higher. If you’re an author, and you’d like your work reviewed, this is a great site.

Library Thing
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere – even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next and so forth.

Nothing Binding
Specially designed as the Leading Global Social Networking Site for writers, authors, readers and book buyers, Nothing Binding unites these groups everywhere around the world. When you join you can promote your books, connect with fellow writers and authors, hungry readers and book buyers and discover great new writing. There are no fees or charges.

Polkadot Banner
Polka Dot Banner helps authors show off their books to potential readers.

The Published.com Book Directory helps book lovers discover the best books. They’ve also made book promotion free and easy for all authors and publishers, big and small.

Quickie Book Reviews
Reviews for Readers by Readers!

Red Room is a community founded around the idea that whether you’re a writer or a reader, you’re part of something special. It’s a platform built for the future of publishing, an ecosystem where you can have a home, find friends and colleagues and participate in the marketplace. Red Room is a social hub, a place to discuss and buy books in every genre, and a destination for exclusive content that will entertain and inspire you.

RT Book Reviews
RT Book Reviews is a magazine for women (and men!) of all ages who love books. Every issue features over 250 reviews from across the many fiction genres, including romance, mystery, paranormal/urban fantasy, science fiction, young adult and more. They also feature author interviews, industry news, trend spotlights and much more both in the print magazine and on the website.

Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world’s most popular destination to publish and read e-books. Wattpad delivers billions of pages from its library of works created and published by the Wattpad community.

WritersNet is a site in progress that helps build relationships between writers, publishers, editors and literary agents. WritersNet currently consists of the following sections:

  • The Internet Directory of Published Writers, a searchable directory of hundreds of published writers on the net. Each entry contains a listing of published works, biographical statement, and contact information.
  • The Internet Directory of Unpublished Writers, a forum for unpublished writers to interact, discuss issues, and hopefully find writing opportunities.
  • The Internet Directory of Literary Agents, a searchable directory of literary agents. Each entry contains areas of specialization, a description of the agency, and contact information.
  • The Internet Directory of Publishers, a searchable directory of publishers online. Each entry contains areas of specialization, contact information and an area for publishers to advertise writing assignments.

WritersCafe.org is an online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and more.

  • Post your poetry, short stories, novels, scripts, and screenplays
  • Get reviews and advice from thousands of other writers
  • Enter hundreds of free writing contests
  • Join writing groups or start your own
  • Take and subscribe to free online writing courses
  • Search publishers, literary agents, and literary magazines
  • Befriend and subscribe to other writers
  • Talk about writing in the WritersCafe.org forum
  • Save your favorite writing to your own library
  • Easily share your writing with all your friends

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