A. F. Stewart is a writer of fantasy stories and poetry. Stewart has been writing for several years, periodically interrupted by those pesky events called life. Stewart has three published books: one volume of poetry, a short story collection and a non-fiction booklet about action movies. All are currently available at Lulu.com. Stewart graciously shares what she has learned about book marketing sites:
A comparison of the three social sites I have joined (Squidoo is not included, because we all know it is just wonderful), and list the most useful aspects I’ve found:
-Lets you categorize both your page and your blog posts under a writing category.
-Comes with a blog that can be used for promotion or posting online writing, or both.
-Fairly easy to post links, banners, widgets and other promotional tools to your page.
-Excellent place to connect with other writers, editors, writing services, etc. Just beware of scams(that is a hazard on any social networking site).
-Easy to find new friends and contacts, and groups; their search is excellent.
-Easy to maintain, without annoyance.
-Spam mail. My advice just delete it.
-Occasional glitches in the profile editor.
-They have had problems with profile hacking (although I have never had a problem)
-Easy set up and has a nice profile page.
-Promotes publishing articles, pictures, videos, and your articles get on Google.
-Excellent network of authors, unpublished writers, and writers who are dabbling. You can give and get useful feedback and advice.
-Great place to establish a list of articles, and get a voice on the internet, or do a little shameless promotion.
-Great writing groups you can join.
-sporadic glitches in the article editor, and in other features.
-occasional lack of interest in articles. My advice: Use the spotlight feature for your post.
-A limited help section.
-If you are an author you can (if fact should) create a fan page as well as your profile page. On the fan page you should post links to your books and sites, add widgets, and interact with your fans. You can also send out updates when you add to your fan page.
– Many writing groups to join, or create your own.
-Not easy to find new friends, or preview profiles.
-Cannot realistically post articles or stories.
I also recommend joining Twitter, Stumble, and the bookmark site Del.icio.us.
SITES SPECIFICALLY FOR WRITERS:
A list of websites designed to showcase authors and writers
Here is a list of good sites where writers and authors can publish profiles, samples of their work, and their books.
1- AuthorsDen :
An excellent place to put your author profile and post books; it gets you a link on Google.
Features both a free subscription and a paid upgraded subscription. The free subscription is limited, but not overly and the paid upgrade has three levels; the Bronze being quite reasonable at $40/yr.
2- WritersCafe.org: A wonderful site for writers to post their books, writing samples and their profile. They encourage feedback between their members, and it’s free to join.
3- WritersNet: It’s free to join, and you can post a profile and your books. The site also lists editors, agents, publishers and writing resources.
4- Nothing Binding: It’s free to join, and you get a personal profile page. There are also writer’s groups you can join, and media add-ons you can purchase.
5- Ebooks Cafe: It’s free to join. It allows you to post a short profile and your books to the site.
6- Self Publishers Place: A relatively new site where self published authors can post their book information. Free to use, and there is a writers discussion forum.
A list of book review sites. Many list independently or small press published books, and some offer promotional or editing services.
- Rebecca’s Reads
- A book review and publicity service serving the reading audience, authors, publishers, publicists and buyers/sellers.
- The Compulsive Reader
- Reviews of books by some of the hottest writers working today, exclusive author interviews, literary news and criticism.
- The Midwest Book Review
- The Midwest Book Review is an organization of volunteers committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing. The Midwest Book Review gives priority consideration to small press publishers, self-published authors, and academic presses.
- The Muse Book Reviews
- The Muse Book Reviews reviews a variety of books and accepts books from self-published authors, traditional or POD published authors.
- Armchair Interviews
- Features book reviews and author interviews, with helpful articles and links.
- Bitten by Books
- A site featuring paranormal fiction. Has reviews, interviews, contests, etc.
- Welcome to Scribe & Quill ~ The site for all writers!
- Writer’s resource that includes articles for writers, writing courses, book reviews and news and information for writers of all genres.
- Reader Views
- Book reviews of all genres. Also provide editing and publicity services, literary awards, contests and book giveaway.
- New Mystery Reader Magazine
- Introducing a new mystery magazine featuring information on new mystery releases. Includes mystery book reviews of new mystery releases, mystery short stories, and recommendations.
- Road to Romance
- Romantic and Women’s Fiction: For Readers and Writers of Romantic and Women’s Fiction Books
- Your corner bookstore in the global village with book reviews across genres, columns and contests, and sections for teen books and children’s books.
October 15, 2008 at 1:18 pm
The Young Writers Society and The Writers Society are both great websites too.
October 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm
Thank you for the information, Mark.
And thank you, A. F. Stewart for providing this information. You’ve saved me a tremendous amount of research.
October 22, 2008 at 11:47 am
Well I may be a little biased, but I came across this great resource and saw that you didn’t mention Red Room. We have thousands of authors including some of the greats like Salman Rushdie and Amy Tan, and an entirely free and elegantly designed site.
I apologize for the promotion, but it’s a seriously powerful tool or writers, and a great place for people who love books.
-Max Sindell, Red Room
October 22, 2008 at 11:50 am
Thanks for telling us about Red Room. Interestingly enough, I was about to post an article that mentioned Red Room when I saw your comment.
Do not apologize for the promotion. I intend this blog to be an encyclopedia of promotion ideas, and I welcome all input.
I have Red Room on my list of sites to join as soon as my books are published.
June 10, 2011 at 6:55 am
This site is a fabulous resource! It’s saved me hours and hours of hunting around the net. Thank you.