Free Book Friday: New giveaway platform

After waffling for months, I finally decided to join BookFunnel. The biggest obstacle was price. It’s not expensive, buy I’m am already using StoryOrigin, so It’s kind of like paying for cable and Netflix. And I’m cheap. Well, maybe thrifty, or money-conscience.

The main reason to bite the bullet was to reach new readers (along with connecting with other authors). I joined my first campaign and created my first poetry promo which immediately received 2 participants. I’ll do a comparison between the two platforms in the future.

Anyway, time to pour a second cup of coffee and finish watching the Olympic athletes procession.

Free Sample from Shane Shepherd

Featured author

Current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

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Free Book Friday: The Little Library that Could

Neighborhood Lending Libraries

You have seen them. Those little houses on posts with the glass doors next to the sidewalk. There are several around that I frequent. Since many public libraries were closed during the pandemic, they did come in handy. I always wonder about the etiquette though.

Do I:

  • Return the book to its original home?
  • Put a different book in its place?
  • Put it in a nearby library?
  • Sanitize?
  • Spend some time and organize into genres? Alphabetical order?
  • Leave a note complaining of the lack of reference books?
  • Write a review and leave it in the inside flap?
  • Use them as a dumping place for all the books I don’t read anymore?

Do you make use of these book depositories?

Free Samples from Various Authors

Current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

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Free Book Friday: July 7 – Is free a good thing?

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

Don’t give away the farm.

Despite information that free books is a good marketing strategy, I still struggle with the thought of giving away my hard work as a writer. Oh, I’ve done it, but my finger hovers over the button for a long time before I make the commitment.

Book royalties are not very high with self publishing unless you are able to sell directly. I make more/book if I sell my paperback directly to a reader. Much more. And you get it signed by me. Oh, and you get a free bookmark that I designed. Even with shipping – which isn’t cheap, if I sold all my books that way, I’d be happy.

So, most indie authors are making a small amount with each sale, and it is hard to give up that amount when every little bit counts. But if you want to there are several options:

Free books for reviews: There are many ways to get your book into the hands of readers that will hopefully leave a glowing review that will boost your credibility as and author. I’ve had limited success with most, although my review rate I have discovered is typical. I recently started a two week promotion with Itsy Bitsy Book Bits which includes making my book available to their pool of reviewers. My previous forays can be read about in this post: Review Platforms: Take my free books, please.

Free days on Amazon: If you publish with KDP (Amazon), you have the ability offer your book for free. The benefit? If enough readers download your book, it can catapult it into the Best Sellers lists, which in turn increases exposure. I’ve done this as well as $0.99 sales.

Reader magnets: If you have never heard of these, I’ll let you in on a secret— [Tap on shoulder] “What’s that? I can’t? OK. you can leave now.” [footsteps]

Most authors offer up free samples of their books to readers, usually in exchange for their email address. It’s a win/win really. The author gets their writing into the hands of a potential reader (hopefully a potential purchaser), and the reader gets a chance to discover a new author and use their “junk” email address so they don’t have to deal with constant spam from authors. Yes, I know you have one. I’m talkin’ to you doodlepoodle57_hahaABC@yahoomail.crom. I only send out a weekly email that hopefully entertains and informs the subscribers of sales and free offerings that I am participating in. It is also the only way I can direct my parents to my blog without fielding a call like an IT call center. So yeah. Win/win

Writer’s platforms: There are various platforms for budding writers to post their creations. Last month I wrote about them: Free Book Friday: June 18 .

Nothing is guaranteed in the publishing business. Free books do not always equal more sales, and many readers will not leave reviews even if that is the expectation.

I appreciate everyone who has reviewed my books. I get excited when I see a new review posted. I don’t expect everyone to enjoy my writing, but most readers have always said something positive. For the readers who have purchased one of my books, I thank you for supporting me on my writing journey. I’ll leave you with this question: Where do read for free?

Current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

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Free Book Friday: July 2

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

My poetry collection is available to read on Wattpad or Inkitt

Free Reads from Story Origin

Horror and Post-Apocalyptic books available for review:

Not technically free, but kinda:

Current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

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Free Book Friday: June 25 – Finally free. Now on to categories.

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

Free. Finally. But for how long?

After what felt like weeks, Amazon finally reset the price of my sample book to $0.00. Yay!

Now, how long will it stay like that…

Categories: Want to be #1?

When you publish on KDP you get to choose two categories for your book. What they don’t tell you is that you can list your book in up to ten categories. The benefit is that some categories are very (and I mean very) specific. Here are a few examples:

Fiction:

  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian Fiction > Romance > Western & Frontier
  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Mystery & Detective

Non-Fiction

  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science & Math > Medicine > Alternative & Holistic > Mind-Body Medicine (Psychoneuroimmunology)
  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Education & Teaching > Teacher Resources > Education Theory > Contemporary Methods > Language Experience Approach

How do you get your book listed in less competitive categories? Email them and they will get right on that – just like how well they did with the pricing issue….Stay tuned for updates.

Free Reads from Story Origin

Not technically free, but kinda

Current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

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Free Book Friday: June 18

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

Testing…testing.

If you read my Tuesday post, you will know that I am having difficulty keeping my sample book free on Amazon. I was told it would be fixed in 24 hours. That was 72 hours ago.

I checked the regions that it should be free and guess what? It’s not. Surprise, surprise. If you have a moment, please visit the link and let me know if it is in your region.

Writer’s Platforms

There are quite a few platforms for writers to post their works. WordPress is an obvious one, but there are some specifically designed to ‘publish’ works as a book online.

The first one I tried was Wattpad. I haven’t used it as a reader. It had a pretty decent forum, but it was difficult to promote your work without getting flagged for self-promotion. The forum closed for other reasons, so I left it for a while. I decided to give it another go for my NaPoWriMo poem collection:

https://www.wattpad.com/story/270379568-30-poems-30-days

My next one was Booksie: https://www.booksie.com/, then Commaful : https://commaful.com/ . Both were just to much work to post on with very little traffic. It relies on social media to let you get new readers.

There are two sites that pay writers for articles, Vocal: https://vocal.media/, and Medium: https://linesbyleon.medium.com/. Both of these need a lot of self promotion on social media in order to drive readers to your page, and I’m not that active on my platforms. I do repost some of my blog on Medium from time to time.

Free Reads from Story Origin

I didn’t have any new selections but current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

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Free Book Friday: June 11

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

Free Short Story

I posted this yesterday, so if you missed it, you can read it here:

Thursday Thoughts: Poem to Story – Feel free to comment!

Dropping Like a Rock

If you don’t have a book listed on Amazon, this may look a bit odd. This is my sales rank for my free sample book: Excerpts from the book Lines By Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures . As you can see, it doesn’t take long to shoot to the top (it got as high as #2 in one of the categories), and just as quickly it can plummet out of sight. It depends on how many sales the competitors in the category have against yours. So, if you want the free Kindle version, click the above link or feel free to pass it on!

Just for comparison, here is my sci-fi book:

Every time there is a sale, you can see the jump, followed by a decline until the next. I think the highest it got was #250.

Not Free But Noteworthy

Echoes of Gravity now available for pre-sale.

All previous promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

-Leon

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Free Book Friday: June 4

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

New this week: Kindle Unlimited Titles

Not Free But Noteworthy

Authors often purchase copies of books from their distributor/printer to sell on their own, which allows for better profit margins.

I have been talking to a few authors to do some promotion of signed paperback copies purchased directly from the author. Nothing makes me happier than to sign my book and send it off to the reader. I think it creates a unique bond between author and readers.

The biggest expense is shipping, which can often be more than the book itself. It is for that reason that I am only able to mail my books to readers in Canada and the US. So for all of you in the UK, here is your chance to support a local author:

Click to go to Zarina’s book page.

Here are all previously showcased promos still running:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

-Leon

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Free Book Friday: May 28 – Review Copies

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

Hey, Leon! Any new promos this week?
“Nope.”
“Why not?”
“Just the way things work out, I guess.”
“Oh, OK. So next week then?”
“Let me check…”
[elapsed time: 2 minutes]
“Yeah, I have a few Kindle Unlimited starting in June.”
So, next week then?”
“Yes, next week.”
Alright, see ya.”
“Wait! There is still stuff to read today.”
“OK.”


I’ve done quite a few posts about reviews, the importance of them, the difficulty of getting them, what it means to an author to give away their hard work – often with no return.

Some of you have taken me up on my offer to send out review copies, and every one has submitted a review. So, I will put out the offer again. Do you want to review either of my books? Drop me a message telling me why (and the format).

Want to try your hand at editing?

Do you have an eye for details? I compiled all my NapoWriMo poems into one volume, but it needs a once over to check for errors. Send me a message below. I’ll send a word doc. for editing.

Use contact form below

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Free Book Friday: April 23

Only one addition this week:

Free sample books from SF&F authors:

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Are you an author with a free book you would like me to add? Send me a cover picture and a link and I’ll add it to the page.


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