Friday Speak Out!: How to boost book sales

Friday, August 04, 2023
For every independent author, the essential questions are how to make their books available to readers and how to encourage their sales. The practice has shown that good reviews stimulate the interest of readers. In the publishing industry, certain sources that publish book reviews are known and recognized. In addition, there are popular sites for promoting authors and their books for free or at an affordable cost.

Readers' Favorite is a well-known and the fastest growing book review site on the Internet which has received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. What is specific, in order to help authors, they only post 4 and 5 - star reviews. Many famous authors and well-known publishers have used their services.

When it comes to the promotion of authors and their books, several useful and accessible websites can be highlighted. These are the following sites: AllAuthor, Awesome Gang, Pretty-Hot, and Discount Book Man.

AllAuthor provides Author Directory as well as Book Directory, and Author Interview. To help authors in boosting their promotions, this site provides featured book listings on the Book Directory and in the category of the respective genre. Author Directory contains various sorts, as follows: by genre, country, and best seller. Author services include promotional plans, from free to premium, in order to boost book promotion. Additionally, this site gives authors free author websites containing up to 4 books.

AWESOME GANG is a place “where awesome book readers meet awesome writers”. Authors can submit their books for free promotion as well as advertising, and use a list of benefits, including featured listing. This site also contains author interviews, as a tool to help authors as much as possible.

Pretty-Hot as a “Home to the Hottest Books on the Planet” is another site that allows authors to submit their books by various categories for free promotion. This site includes author interviews and author resources, as well. A featured listing of books on their site is also possible at an affordable price.

Discount Book Man provides significant benefits to both authors and readers. Authors can submit their books for listing on this site, and that way they get free promotion. On the other hand, this site allows readers to get good books for free or at a reduced price.

Bearing in mind that independent authors, as a rule, have a limited budget at their disposal, the mentioned ways are of inestimable importance for boosting the sale of their books.

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Slavica Joković, PhD, Author of eleven books. Doctor of Economics, Visiting Lecturer, Senior Economic Policy Advisor with extensive experience and track record, with many years of experience in the General Association of Civil Engineering, Public Procurement Expert with more than 10 years of relevant experience; specialized in the area of public procurement at the ILO`s International Training Centre in Turin, Italy; certified trainer in the field of public procurement in the Western Balkans and Turkey; published 11 books and about 70 articles by various international and local publishers; Member of the academic research network “Public Contracts in Legal Globalization”, Associate Member of the Procurement Law Academic Network-The PLAN Network, American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI) Member, Readers` Favorite 2017 International Book Award Contest Giveaway Prize Winner for the eBook ”Winning Public Procurement Contracts in Serbia-Manual”, 2017

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Angela Mackintosh said...

Thanks for this post, Slavica! Your list of book promotion sites is helpful, and there were a couple I hadn't heard of. Wishing you much success! :)

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