Note: Although my site is geared towards children’s authors, this list will work for any self-published or indie author, especially fiction authors.
The whole point of running a free Kindle giveaway promotion through Amazon’s KDP Select program is to get as many downloads as possible, right? If that’s the case, then getting your promotion featured in as many places as possible (and especially high quality places) is critical to your promotion’s success.
With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of a lot of places where you can submit your promotion and try to get featured. Obviously there’s no guarantee that you’ll be featured on any given site, but here are a few rules of thumb to follow that will increase your chances of being featured:
- Give the site owner as much time as possible to review and consider your book. Many freebie sites get a ton of submissions, so by giving the site owner at least one or two weeks’ notice (the more, the better), it’ll be more likely that another author hasn’t already grabbed the date you want.
- The more positive reviews your book has, the more likely it is to be featured. If two authors submit their books for the same day, the freebie site owner is much more likely to feature a book with 20 reviews than one with only one or two.
- Be sure to follow all submission guidelines. Since these site owners get a lot of submissions, you don’t want to give them a reason to disqualify your book.
- Don’t get discouraged. Your book may not get featured on many of these sites the first (or even second or third) time around, since there are so many authors competing for a limited number of promotional spots. This is especially the case when submitting to really big sites like Pixel of Ink or eReader News Today. Just keep building up reviews in between promotions and don’t give up! Getting featured by one of these big sites can make all the work worth it in the long run.
Finally, I want to be honest with you and put a big disclaimer on this list: being featured by these sites may or may not drive a lot of downloads of your book! It all depends on how appealing your book is to readers, not to site owners. There are so many factors that can go into downloads and sales that it’s impossible to know what the effect of any given promotion will be. Again, just keep trying and keep putting out more books for readers to connect with. With that said, on to the list!
Sites that require advance notice of your free Kindle book promotion (1-2+ weeks)
I’ll be keeping this list as up-to-date as possible, but please let me know in the comments if there are any sites that no longer work or have started charging a fee for listings. Some of these sites offer “premium listings” where you can pay to have your book featured, but they should all allow you to submit your listing for free. Please also let me know if there are any sites I’m missing!
- http://ereadernewstoday.com/ent-free-book-submissions/ (must have 3+ reviews and 4.0 stars or higher)
- http://digitalbooktoday.com/12-top-100-submit-your-free-book-to-be-included-on-this-list/ (must have 18+ reviews and 4.0 stars or higher)
- http://authormarketingclub.com/members/announce-your-free-book/ (need to create a free account first, but it’s well worth it)
- http://form.jotformpro.com/form/21078469493969 (requires 2 weeks’ notice for free listing)
- http://freediscountedbooks.com/submit/ (need to create an account first)
- http://choosybookworm.com/authors/ (Says books need to be 70 pages, but this probably doesn’t apply to children’s books so it’s worth trying)
Sites that allow listings with less than 24 hours notice
- http://www.ereaderiq.com/contact/ (I love this site because after you’ve been listed once, it seems that they add you to a list of books they “track,” so they will usually automatically feature you during future promotions without you having to tell them again!)
- http://www.kornerkonnection.com/index.html (Requires “liking” them on Facebook to submit)
Facebook groups where you can promote your free giveaway
These groups typically don’t require any advance notice of your listing, but I’d recommend joining the groups in advance, because sometimes it can take moderators a while to approve you to join the group.
One note about Facebook groups: I wouldn’t expect to get a ton of downloads from them, because readers typically aren’t very active in them. However, by creating a post template that you can copy and paste into each group (you may need to tweak to meet group guidelines), you can go through this whole list in about 30 minutes so it can still be worth the work.
Whew! I told you it was going to be a huge list 🙂 I hope it’s helpful to you in getting your book out there and growing your audience!
I want to say thanks to my friend Barb Asselin, author of Write a Kindle Bestseller, a great book for nonfiction authors, for providing some of this list.
Did I miss anything? Please let me know what sites I should add or remove in the comments!
PS – If you’re still working to get your first children’s book written and published, you might be interested in my just-released course 6 Weeks to Your First Children’s Book. It walks you step-by-step through the whole process, from writing your book and getting it illustrated, through to publishing and marketing it. If you’re looking to self-publish a children’s book or know someone who is, check it out!