Puzzling Promotion Possibilities

If you’re an author, you’ve probably received numerous emails from people who want to sell their services for social media blasts, blog tours, press releases, and other things. Reviewers, jacket designers, and proofreaders have also invited me to purchase their services for a wide range of prices.

These aren’t all scams, but it does take some digging to determine which ones are legitimate and/or useful and which are not. The Writers Beware website is helpful, but it doesn’t cover everything, so I often do my own research.

Lately, I’ve been inundated with emails inviting me to list my books on promotion sites. Some of these offers are free listings while others come with a price tag. A few sites give you an option for free or paid listings, depending on how much visibility you want.

Here’s what I’ve found with a quick search. All of the sites below want me to set up an account, which I’m not prepared to do right now. The emails I’ve received suggest that these are the best book promotion sites in 2020, which is likely subject to opinion. I have started a basic search and most of these sites list featured, standard, or basic listings, likely dependent on the price.

Giobooks.com – offers different levels of visibility, so assuming it provides both free and paid

Bmibooks.com – has a startup fee starting at $10.00

Olto.App – has a free and paid options

BookswiFi.com – again offers a varying price range.

Bestreads.app – invites you to share your amazon purchase link for free

Reactbooks.com  – little info is given about this site without registering

Wordlikes – charges $15.00 for one year

I’m sure that several of you have also received similar emails. Have any of you tried these book promotion sites or do you think it’s a waste of time? Do you use any specific sites for your books? Honestly, you could join a new site every day for a month and still not have covered them all. If I get enough responses, I’ll share them with you, plus other searches I plan to do over the next couple of weeks.

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

10 thoughts on “Puzzling Promotion Possibilities”

  1. I still think the problem is the way internet business works… HOW am I — a reader — going to FIND these sites to FIND your book? If I don’t know about them now, why should you PAY to be on them? Lazy readers like me will go to Amazon or BN.com and simply assume that what they offer is ALL that is out there…because the internet is NOT a subject catalog. It is a TITLE catalog. And until we find a way to fix THAT (and such a way does not require MONEY from you OR me) I will go to an author website after Amazon or Barnes & Noble-type store sites. I say save your cash.

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    1. Good points, KC. And we don’t really know how large their subscriber lists are. Sites like BookBub and Kindle Nation Daily are far more well known, but still require money to participate.

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  2. I haven’t received any of these emails yet. But, then again, I’m not an established author yet. Working on that. 🙂 Since I’m a frugal person, I’d only consider the free options for now. Thanks for sharing those sites here. I’ll probably just check out the Bestreads.app once my book link is live.

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  3. I haven’t heard of any of these, Debra. I find Freebooksy the very best for free promotions other than Bookbub (on which I still am trying to get a spot). Freebooksy is pricey, but I do get thousands of downloads. Discount promotions are still tricky and usually not worth the investment except if I’m advertising the first in a series. I haven’t found the silver bullet of advertising yet. Sigh. 🙂

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