I’ve always been a writer. I enjoy sitting down and reflecting on my thoughts, feelings, dreams, or experiences of the day. I’ve been doing this since I was in high school. I always dreamed of actually publishing a book but never thought it would be possible to do it. There’s just too many complications. You have to write promotional material and send it to publishers, get rejected a lot, and hope that eventually, someone will sponsor your book. I’ve written articles for travel magazines in London and have experienced this process and rejection numerous times already and didn’t relish more of it.
However, now, in the past year, I’ve published two books on Amazon. It’s the self-publishing phenomenon. Maybe you’ve heard about it?
In this article I’ll be talking just a bit about HOW I got into self-publishing (and how you can too). Then I’ll discuss some aspects of marketing your self-published book and give you lot’s of links to help you out.
How I Got Self-Published on Amazon
I’m exploring how to live an independent life, so self-publishing seems like a potential gold mine. I did some research the old-fashioned way (read: Google) and discovered a course on Udemy by the author and entrepreneur Tom Corson-Knowles. The course is called ‘How to Become a Bestselling Author on Amazon Kindle.’ It’s a great course for the money and teaches you a lot about how to write and format a book for the platform. He also explores valuable topics such as setting up a publisher account on Amazon, uploading your new book, publishing it, and finally marketing the book. This course is truly valuable if you love writing and are thinking about trying to make some money this way.
I don’t know if it’s actually possible to become a BESTSELLING author on Kindle using his methods because so far as I certainly haven’t. However, it’s a lot of fun, and I will continue writing and hoping people like my stuff, find it valuable, and share it with others.
Marketing Your Ebook on Promo Websites
Once you’ve published your ebook on Amazon, and followed Tom’s advice about GIVING YOUR BOOK AWAY FOR FREE (for a limited time), it’s time to market it. The first step in this process is to submit your ebook to websites to promote ebooks. Many of these are free. I’m too afraid of paying someone to market my ebook (and besides Tom doesn’t approve of the method), so I only have submitted my ebook to free promotion sites. The free sites I use are as follows:
- Freebooksy Editorial Submissions
- Free on Kindle Listing
- Kindle Book Promos: Submit KDP Free Days
- Submit your book to the daily FREEBIE Book Page
- eReaderGirl: Free ebook Submission
- eBookStamp: Request a Spot on the Ebook Stamp Page
- eBookASaurus: Submit your free ebook
- Submit your book to AwesomeGang
- Ignite your Book: Free eBook Submission
- The Book Circle: Submit Free Kindle Ebook Listing
- OHFB: Book Promotion Notice
Note that it’s important to submit your ebook to these sites in a timely fashion. What I mean is to submit your ebook about two weeks prior to your free promotion so that they have ample time to include your ebook in their listings.
Marketing Your Ebook on Facebook Groups
On the day of your free promotion (and every day of your free promotion) it’s also a good idea to promote your ebook on your favorite social media sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn and Facebook. On Twitter I recommend posting your free promotion multiple times per day as it’s very easy for individual tweets to get unnoticed by your followers and others following the hashtags you use to promote your ebook. The only caveat to that is that it’s good practice to change up the wording a bit for each of your promo tweets to attract different people and also to ensure you aren’t seen as a robot. No one wants to follow a robot.
There are many ebook promotion GROUPS on Facebook that you should join to promote your ebook. I’ve culled a pretty comprehensive list of all of the FREE groups I could find and have them listed below:
- I’d Rather be Writing
- Free Books
- Free Kindle Books
- Free E-Books
- Free Today on Amazon
- Kindle Unlimited Readers and Authors
- Ebooks on Amazon
- Kindle Unlimited – Free Reads (Kindle Unlimited only)
- Kindle – Non-Fiction (non-fiction only)
- Writer’s Group
- Book Kitten
- Todays Free Kindle E-Books
- Book Place
- Indie Books Promotion!
- Kindle Freebies I found Today!
- Budget Books
- Creative Writers Hangout
- Amazon Book and Ebook Readers
- Self-Publishing and Book Marketing
- Authors Giving it Away: Freebies
- Free Kindle and Nook Ebooks for Readers
- Free Kindle Books Group
- Kindle Reading Club
- Kindle Readers around the World
- Creative Book Promotions
- Kindle Publishers
- Book Nook Cafe
- Indie Writer Book & Self Promotion
- Good Reads
- Amazon Kindle Free Books
- Kindle Unlimited Free Fiction (Fiction and Kindle Unlimited only)
- I Love Indie Books
- Free Kindle EBooks
Note: Most of these groups only want you to post your promo to the group a maximum of once per day.
If you don’t see a promo website or a Facebook group that you think should be on the list above, please drop me a comment below and I’ll possibly add it. Thanks!