Each author needs a promotional resource list which provides the name and link of places to share info about books. Granted, a mystery author might have different sites from a writer of westerns, although some sites will be common to both. To help you build your list, here are a few I use.
- http://twitter.com/kayelleallen/editors This is a list of editors whom I follow on Twitter.
- http://promo-reminder.blogspot.com A listing of places that want author goodies (conventions, book fairs, etc.), and lists of contests for authors.
- http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/calendar.php?c=1 Coffee Time Romance's calendar of events. Authors can add their own contests, chats, and events
- http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/index.php Forum where authors can have a free forum page, teach and attend webinars, take part in monthly programs, and interact with readers. Completely moderated and well run.
- http://en.gravatar.com/ Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?
- http://bit.ly/ and http://tinyurl.com/ Bitly and Tinyurl both change very long tags (such as purchase links) into smaller ones that don't break in email or on groups/forums. Both can create customized links.
- http://www.morguefile.com/archive/ Need a royalty-free, no cost picture for a video or ad? This is an excellent source with good, clear photos.
- http://blog.publishedandprofitable.com A step-by-step guide to planning, writing, promoting, and profiting from a book
- http://www.beneaththecover.com/ A unique insider’s view of the inner workings of how books start from a concept and end up in your hands.
- http://tinyurl.com/26oxv2s Article on how to get your Facebook page to show up in the Facebook News Feed (found on Beneath the Cover).
- http://theromancestudio.com Review site which also provides specialized pages, blogs, and active Yahoo groups for various heat levels. Low cost "featured author" status, which provides superior opportunities to blog, hold contests, take part in giveaways, release parties, and holiday-themed events. Inside scoop on special sales for members, with highly reduced prices (i.e., 2 [or 3] for price of 1 specials)
- http://romancejunkies.com Review site with active Yahoo group, "featured author" status, holiday-themed events, and other contests. Ongoing giveaway program for author promo goodies (you send them buttons, pens, postcards, bookmarks, etc. and they ensure they go out to readers)
- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romancelivesforever/ Yahoo group which allows authors to promote books, contests, blog info, hold chats, and interface with readers.
- http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/ Blog featuring multiple guest authors each month, offers spots for blog tours, book releases, and gives special consideration for holiday-themed books during their season of importance. Often booked three to six months in advance, so ask early. Postings are automatically generated on Facebook.
- http://networkedblogs.com Joining this lets your blog postings show automatically on your Facebook page, and the pages of all those who belong to NetWorkedBlogs. Great visibility with no work.
- http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com/201...marketing.html A good blog article on using reviews and how to store them. Great reading.
Your homework: share five sites you find helpful when promoting your work. I'll compile all sites shared and post them in a pdf file at the end of this workshop.