There are a lot of different ways to promote a book and the web is a wonderful resource. Below is a compiled list of websites that offer both free and paid ways to promote yourself as an author. All descriptions below have been taken verbatim from the website’s about page. Click the link for further information on what these sites are and how they can get your work out to the masses.
With so many books launching each week, it’s hard to be sure your target audience knows about your new release. That’s why BookBub makes it easy to mix and match promotional tools to create the perfect launch strategy. Whether you want to alert existing fans to a new book or reach a wide audience of new readers, BookBub can help. Connecting with readers online to cultivate a dedicated fanbase is an excellent way for authors to grow sales and visibility. Fortunately, BookBub has several free marketing tools every author can use to engage with our community of dedicated readers, grow their followings, and boost book sales.
If you’re an author or publisher, you’ve come to the right place. BookBuzzr provides one of the most comprehensive set of book-marketing technologies and services in the world. We’re constantly adding new features in a race with ourselves to build technologies that will help your books fly out of book-stores.
Booksie is a free social publishing site that provides a place where writers and readers can connect from across the globe. The site provides writers with a place they can develop and post short stories, books, poems, podcasts, and more. It is designed to inspire writers to unlock their imagination. For readers, Booksie is a place to discover up-and-coming writers, make friends, and help support the next generation of creative individuals. Over the past ten years, tens of thousands of writers have posted hundreds of thousands of short stories, novels, poems, articles and more.
A lively mix of author interviews, audiobook previews and chats with those influential in the literary world, The Book Report has become appointment listening for bibliophiles and book clubs looking for new novels to read. It’s a great way to find out which novels, thrillers or non-fiction titles are hot in the book world and which ones critics and readers are buzzing about.
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 and personal hobbies and interests as well as publisher, literary agent and book industry information. Writing related articles by Booktalk authors and others in the writing community and upcoming literary events are also included on Booktalk pages.
Goodreads is a social cataloging website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions, surveys, polls, blogs, and discussions.
JacketFlap connects you to the work of more than 200,000 authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults. The site is updated daily with information about every book, author, illustrator, and publisher in the children’s / young adult book industry. Members include published authors and illustrators, librarians, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, publishers, and fans.
LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers. LibraryThing helps you create and track a library-quality catalog of your media—books (along with movies and music) you own, have read, want to read, etc. Beyond your personal catalog, LibraryThing’s social aspects show and aggregate tags, ratings, reviews, and Common Knowledge (facts about a book or author, like series and awards). Contributing your own tags, reviews, etc. improves cataloging data for everyone. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.
Medium taps into the brains of the world’s most insightful writers, thinkers, and storytellers to bring you the smartest takes on topics that matter. So whatever your interest, you can always find fresh thinking and unique perspectives. The internet should reward quality thinking, not clickbait. That’s why we’ve created a better home for writers, journalists and experts. It’s simple to use, free from ads, and connects you to curious, avid readers, so you can focus on what matters: putting your best work out there.
Scribd is an American e-book and audiobook subscription service that includes one million titles. Scribd hosts 60 million documents on its open publishing platform. You can publish your own document on Scribd for free. You will not be compensated for it, but you can promote your book this way.
We made it really, really simple for people to make a blog and put whatever they want on it. Stories, photos, GIFs, TV shows, links, quips, dumb jokes, smart jokes, Spotify tracks, mp3s, videos, fashion, art, deep stuff. Tumblr is 482 million different blogs, filled with literally whatever.
Posting your story on Wattpad helps your story gain exposure and readership as you explore opportunities for your novel and look to get published or adapted
As your story gains readership, it can also capture the attention of literary agents to help you attain publishing deals off platform. There are thousands of writers on Wattpad who have transitioned to traditional publishing from Wattpad and have had readership north of six figures. As long as you let your literary agent and editor know your story is already posted on Wattpad, it will not hurt your chances of getting published as they can ensure a publishing contract reflects this and will simply adjust in the contract language.