Thursday, February 2, 2017

For Writers: A Place to Promote Your .99 - $2.99 eBooks - 2017




As part of my Author Advice section on this blog, I've put together an alphabetical list of websites where you can promote your sale books at a discount price. I've geared this list toward .99 to $2.99 sale days rather than free days. I recommend contacting the sites below at least two to three weeks prior to your book sale. 

Where I can, I've included site stats so you know just how far your dollar is going. While browsing, if you notice a site I've left off the list, feel free to EMAIL ME and I'll get it added. 

One last thing, sites with the word BEST next to the site name are my preferred sites, meaning they're the ones I feel offer the biggest bang for your buck and what has worked out well for me in the mystery/thriller genre.


PAID PROMOTIONAL SITES



To list your books on this site, you have to purchase a "supporter pack" for $15. Once this is done, you fill out a form and submit your books. To be honest, I've haven't tried their services yet.


You can list your book as the book of the day for $50, and they offer a few other options as well. They have 18K members.

Awesome Book Promotion - NEW 2017

Awesome Book Promotion is a combination of five websites where they stack your promo. You can see the sites they promote to HERE, and you can see their social media reach HERE.

Betty's Book Freak

Most features are $12/$15

Book Angel
UK site. Cost is $5 to advertise. 


On this site, they only feature one author each day. The cost is $22 and you'll need to book at least a month in advance. I was just on their site and the next opening isn't for five weeks. A bit of advice here. They allow you to run up to five books for the same price, so take advantage of that. Running just one may not give you a big ROI. Books must be on sale for $2.99 or less. 

BookBub  BEST--AS IN THE ULTIMATE

BookBub is, of course, the crown jewel of all advertising sites. And it may be difficult to get accepted, but if you don't, keep trying. The cost is expensive, but I've always made much more than what I paid initially, even when paying $800 for a .99 mystery ad. They do have specific requirements which must be met. Pricing depends on genre.


You won't get the same results as you do from a BookBub ad, but the ad is a fraction of the cost, so take that into consideration. The last ad I ran in the mystery category was $50 and had 200 downloads, so it was still well worth it for me personally. I have heard other authors say they didn't do as well.  

Booksends   BEST 
I absolutely love advertising on Booksends. They're fast, easy to work with, and accommodating. And the ROI has always been worth it for me. They even allow you to use your affiliate link if you have one (and you should have one). The number of subscribers in each genre is listed right on their page with mystery being the cream of the crop. Advertising is between $10 and $50.

Book Tweeters *NEW TO THE LIST*
This is a tweeting promo service. They have over 400K followers, and packages start at $19 for 1 day/36 tweets.

Books Butterfly

Several options here. A bit on the pricey side, but they do offer a guarantee and a refund if your sales aren't that great. You pay based on the subscriber list you choose.

Booktastik
They have about 3,000 subscribers in most genres, and it costs $5 or $10 to advertise.

Choosy Bookworm
$18 to be included in the newsletter and on their site for the day. They say they have thousands of email subscribers, but I am not sure about the exact number. 70 page minimum, 4.0+ or better on 8 reviews. 

This site is a mere five bucks to advertise on. I've never used their services. The ad runs through Fiverr. According to the page, the reach is 15K. 


There are several advertising options on this site. Their email subscriber list is over 13K and they get about 22K visitors to the site each week.

Discount Books Daily
$10 to advertise most genres. 


$10 to be the featured book of the day. 1K email subscribers, 6K Facebook fans, 500 Twitter followers. Requirements: 8 reviews, 3.5+ ranking, $4.99 or less.

eBook Booster  BEST

IMHO an absolute must when you're running a sale. This site is $25 to advertise your book deal on 25 of the free book deal sites. Trust me when I say the time you save is well worth the money.

eBook Deals for Nook & Kindle

For five bucks they'll promote your book on their Facebook page with almost 8k readers. Must have a minimum of 5 reviews, a 4* or higher rating, and more than 100 pages. 


58K Facebook fans, 4K visits to their site daily, 2K email subscribers. $20 to advertise a bargain book. Books must be $2.99 or less, have at least 10 reviews, and a 4.0+ average ranking.

eBook Juice *NEW 2016*

This is for books running a sale with KDP Select/KU. Prices vary depending on genre size, and they list subscriber numbers when you sign up. Prices are between $40 and $200.

eBook Soda

$10 to promote.

eBooks Habit

Different pricing here, but the guaranteed placement is $10. 


Their visibility is 80K and the cost is $35 to be the featured book of the day. Books needs to be at least 100 pages, have a minimum of 3 reviews, and a 4.0+ average ranking. Right now they are two months out, so you need to book way in advance.


9K Facebook followers, The Book of the Week feature is $49. I honestly don't know much more than this. Navigating their site was confusing. 


Books must be 125 pages or more, and you cannot promote the same book within a three month period. Pricing is based on the genre of the book and the price of the book, which seems to run between $15 and $100. They have started getting pickier about books they approve (2016).


This is a site I haven't used for a while, so I can't speak to its current effectiveness, but it is a good way to gain exposure. Prices run between $10 and $100. They feature your book and your bio, host a giveaway, etc. all depending on the package you choose.   


For books priced .99 or less. For an $8 donation, your book will be promoted to 1K eBook subscribers and 31K Twitter users. 


They start at $15 a day to promote your book, and $20 to add social media. Their social media outlets include Google+ (800), Facebook (3K), Pinterest (4.8K), and Twitter (16.8K), with the bulk of their reach coming from Twitter.

Free eBooks Daily

$25 to be the .99 book of the day. They have over 15K email subscribers. 


One of my favorite places to advertise outside of BookBub. Up to now, I've always done their $25 ad for their regular book posting, but next month I have a featured book posting priced at $100. Each day's post goes out to approximately 750K people, and of that, he estimates 100K take a look at the the post that day (not purchase, just look at the post), but I am pleased with the ROI on this site and use them monthly. You need at least 8 reviews and a 4.0+ ranking to advertise.

Genre Pulse *NEW TO THE LIST*
A new site for 2015. Options are $15 and $40 to advertise at the moment.

Good Kindles

They have gold, silver, and bronze packages, starting at $8 and going to $20. With all three your listing is put into their daily newsletter. I'm not sure about their subscriber number. They also have banners for $50 and $100. They have 74K followers on Twitter, almost 3K on Facebook.

Great Books Great Deals *NEW TO THE LIST*

New site from what I can tell as of 5/15. I am not sure about the size of their newsletter list. I can't seem to find it anywhere. $5 gets you a front page post.



Hot Zippy encompasses three different sites in one: Bargain eBook Hunter, Pixelscroll, and Romance eBook Deals. Each site is $15 to advertise on, and you can run them at the same time, one the same day. I have seen a good ROI on both Bargain eBook Hunter and Pixelscroll each time I use them. Pixelscroll alone has 43K Facebook fans. 

I Love Vampire Novels

If your book is not a vampire or paranormal novel, it won't be accepted. If it is, you're in luck. This is an excellent site to promote on with over 125K fans. You need at least five reviews. They have several different promo options.

Indie Book of the Day

There are seven different package options. Their Bargain Bookshelf option is the most popular at $50.00. Your book stays on their site for a month. They have 10K monthly visitors and a Google PageRank of 3.

Just Kindle Books

$18 to promote your kindle book on social media, including their Facebook page with 20k followers.

KDROI

Promotes to over 31 sites for $47.

Kindle Nation Daily

KND is actually linked to BookGorilla, and you can choose the free slide-over to get your book listed on both for an additional fee. They connect with about 170K readers each day. Prices range from $100 to $160.

Many Books

This site has over 60K on their email list. They offer both free and paid ads. I haven't placed an ad with them, but I am getting ready to. I shall return and report the results! Requirements 10+ reviews, and a 4.0+ average.

OHFB

All the site stats are listed on their page. Their silver package is $75 and their gold package is $100.

PeopleReads

They have several inexpensive options ranging from $8 to $30. I'm not sure what the reach is.

Pixel of Ink

Yep, you read it right. POI is now back in business on a very limited basis via BookSends. 270K readers. $50.

Planet eBooks

Three different options here starting at a $20 price point. 125K US/UK followers.

Read Cheaply

Right now they're after cross promotion, I expect while they're building a fan base, and I believe you can advertise for free.

Reading Deals

$29 pays for tweets to 120k followers, and a mention in their email subscriber list. which has now reached 35k (10/15).

Robin Reads  BEST

An up-and-coming site that's excellent to advertise on considering it only costs $10 to be included in an email that goes out to 30K subscribers.

Storyfinds

All of their sites stats are on their advertising page, including their email blast which goes out to over 5.6K subscribers. Several different advertising options including theme weeks, most under $50.

The Books Machine *NEW 2016*

Fairly new site. The cost is $20. 26k Facebook followers and 4,900 email list.

The Daily Bookworm

Different options here starting at $20 to be included in their email blast, on their website, and posted to Facebook, Twitter, etc. They have 3K on Facebook, Not sure about their email subscriber number.


The Fussy Librarian 

Their email list is 115K and cost depends on the genre you select. The price list also gives you the number of subscribers, which is nice. Requirements: 10 reviews, 4.0+ ranking, book priced at $5.99 or less.

The Kindle Book Review

The Kindle Book Review has a lot of different options for advertising which you can see HERE. They have a newsletter, but I'm not sure of the size.

The Kindle Romance Review

Several different price options and price points starting at $25.00.

Wanton Reads

I don't know much about their site stats. The offer a few different options between $15 and $45.

World Literary Cafe

Partnered with Author Marketing Club, they will promote your book on .99 Fridays.

Written Word Media

Formerly known as Freebooksy and Bargain Booksy, they now offer several options to authors, including New in Books, A Year in Books, Red Feather Romance. On the individual pages they clearly post how many followers they have. Currently the subscriber counts are: Freebooksy 172K, Bargain Booksy 142K. Prices have increased a bit from what they were before.


FREE PROMOTIONAL SITES


Amazon Author Forum

Awesomegang

Best eBooks Free

Book Goodies

Book Pinning

Books on the Knob

eBookasaurus

eBook Lister

eMystery Bargains

eReader Utopia

Feed Your Reader

Galley Cat's Facebook Page

Kobo Book Hub

Korner Konnection

KUF (UK)

Pin Your Book

Reading Deals 




Friday, January 13, 2017

Hickory Dickory Dead - Chapter One Sneak Peek


Hickory Dickory Dead - Chapter One Sneak Peek 


At ten minutes past three in the morning a shrill, hair-raising scream woke seventy-year-old Maisie Fezzwig from a semi-sound sleep. Over the last half hour she’d drifted in and out of consciousness, trying to get some shut-eye while the male counterpart sleeping next to her sounded off like a wheezy, broken-down foghorn. It wasn’t his fault, of course. It was hers. She accepted the blame. After all, she’d broken rule number one: never, ever, under any circumstances, allow a man she was sleeping with to stay the night. Up to now, Maisie had never broken that rule, but after one too many glasses of red wine, she’d lost track of time and dozed off unintentionally.
            To rectify her mistake, Maisie decided swift action was the perfect remedy. She switched on the lamp next to her, and, using two fingers to remove the arm her date had draped over her chest, she lifted the hand cupping her right breast and deposited it back on Daniel’s chest. When the gesture didn’t wake him, yawned loud enough for the neighbors to hear. And when that didn’t wake him, she stabbed his shoulder repeatedly with her finger, aligned her mouth with his ear, and said, “Daniel, wake up!”
            Daniel partially lifted one eye, closed it, and rolled onto his other side. “What is it, Maisie? I’m trying to sleep.”
            “Did you hear that noise?”
            “What noise?”
            “It sounded like someone screamed.”
            “Maybe you should turn off the TV.”
            Maisie looked at the flat screen on the wall, failing to see why he didn’t see what she saw. The television wasn’t on. It was off. “The noise didn’t come from inside the house. It came from outside.”
            “If you really want me to get up and look around, I’ll do it.”
            Although the offer had been made, he made no attempt to get up, which suited Maisie just fine. She didn’t need him to do the dirty work. She was more than happy to do it herself.
Maisie rose from bed, walked to the dresser, and opened the top drawer. She pulled out a pair of binoculars, walked to the window, and peeked through them, canvassing each house in her neighborhood.
Daniel propped himself up on one arm, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. “What in the hell are you doing, Maisie?”
            She shooed a hand in his direction. “Shh. Stop talking. I’m trying to concentrate.”
            “There’s no need to get snippy with me. Come on now. Come back to bed.”
            Come back to bed?
He’d said the words like it was an order, as if the lackluster moment of passion they’d shared an hour before gave him permission to treat her like they were more familiar than they were. It was the very reason rule number one wasn’t meant to be broken.
            Maisie set the binoculars down, picked Daniel’s pants up off the floor, and hurled them in his direction. She attempted a smile, but felt certain it wasn’t very convincing. “Time for you to leave.”
            “What are you talking about?” He patted the side of the bed she’d just risen from. “Come on, baby. I could go for another round? Whadd’ya say?”
            Baby.
A word she hadn’t been called in some time.
A word that was just eww for a woman of her age.
They’d only been together twice. Both times his bedroom prowess had been mediocre at best. “You need to go, Daniel.”
            “Maisie—”
            Maisie pointed toward her living room door. “Out.”
            Daniel stood, taking his time pulling his pants back on like he was giving her a minute to change her mind. “I like you. We have a good things going here. Can I at least see you again?”    
            “Your fifty. I’m seventy. It was nice, but let’s call it what it was, shall we?”
            He scratched his head. “What was it?”
            “A one night stand. A bootie call. A hook up as the teenagers say.”   
            His eyes widened. “You’re not serious?”
            “Quite.”
            She escorted him to the front door, opened it, and kissed him on the cheek. “You’re very sweet, Daniel. Thanks for a nice night. Goodbye.”
            Daniel stood with his arms crossed in front of him, dumfounded and confused, making it all the more awkward for her to look him in the eye, so she didn’t. She offered the same smile she’d offered before and closed the door. As soon as his Subaru backed out of the driveway, she scurried back to the binoculars again, scanning the neighborhood a little longer than she had the first time. All was quiet now. Everything appeared normal except for one thing: Sylvia Frazier’s house was black, and Sylvia never retired to bed without switching the front porch light on.
            Maisie threw a robe over her short silk nightie, a coat over the robe, slipped into a pair of rubber-soled slippers, and opened the top drawer of her dresser once again. Besides the binoculars, the velvet-lined drawer also contained several relics left to her after her late husband passed five years earlier. Once such relic was a revolver. And not just any revolver. A Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum.
After completing a bullet check, Maisie scampered across the street to Sylvia’s place. Finding the front door unlocked, Maisie walked in, letting the revolver in her outstretched hand lead the way.
“Sylvia? Are you there? I’m coming in!”
As someone who’d familiarized herself with all of her neighbors, Maisie knew the layout of each house on the block. She paused for about ten seconds. When there was no reply, she flipped on the hall light and showed herself to Sylvia’s bedroom. Halfway down the hall it occurred to Maisie that Sylvia might not have replied when she’d called her name because Sylvia was sleeping. It further occurred to her that Sylvia may have forgotten to illuminate the porch light this one time. If true, the appearance of a gun-toting neighbor in the wee hours of the morning was likely to give the eighty-four-year-old woman a heart attack. Adversely, the lack of an illuminated front porch light was one thing; an unlocked front door was quite another.
Maisie entered Sylvia’s room, feeling her way up the wall until she felt the light switch. She flicked it on. A terrified Sylvia sat straight up in bed, yanking her blanket over her face like if Maisie was an intruder, she believed she could protect herself with it.
Sylvia looked at Maisie then the revolver. “Maisie? What the hell are you doing here? And what are you doing with a gun?”
Maisie lowered her weapon. “I apologize, Sylvia. I thought you needed help.”
“I’m in bed. Sleeping. What help could I possibly need?”
“I heard someone scream earlier, and when I saw your front porch light wasn’t on, I thought it may have been you. I called your name when I came in. You must not have heard me.”
Sylvia inserted her fingers into her ears, pulling out a pair of plugs. “I’m wearing these tonight. I don’t hear anything. My nephew’s staying here this week. He blasts the television. Without ear plugs, I don’t get any sleep.”
Maisie assumed Sylvia’s nephew was also to blame for the front porch light being off as well as the unlocked door. “I suppose it wasn’t you who screamed then.”
 She sighed. “Of course it wasn’t. And, by the way, you can’t just walk into my house whenever you want without knocking.”
“The front door was unlocked.”
“That’s not the point. This isn’t your house.”
Maisie stuffed the revolver into her jacket pocket and turned. “You should tell that nephew of yours to lock the front door.”
Sylvia grunted an inaudible reply.
She walked back down the hall confused. She had heard what sounded like a woman’s scream, and not just any scream; a desperate cry for help.
Stepping outside again, the air seemed staler tonight, like the atmosphere had sucked it all in and zipped it up tight.
Maisie may have been wrong about Sylvia, but someone, somewhere was in trouble.
She didn’t know how she knew.
She just knew it.

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