Hey there fellow Indie! Have you written a book or twenty? Are you completely baffled as to how to get it in front of readers and tired of shouting "buy my book!" into the endless void of social media? You're not alone!
Marketing is daunting, takes a lot of time and energy, and is more of a gamble than most like to think about. That's why I've created Bookworms Discover. I want to give a platform to good books that might not qualify for promotion on the larger newsletter sites due to review requirements, length, etc... and of course, I wanted to make this a free resource.
Now, keep in mind, this is brand new. I'm going to do everything I can to reach out and find readers, but I also want to make sure I'm not giving anyone false expectations. We're still the little guys, but we're the scrappy little guys. As such, I'm also including this list of established resources that are less restrictive than some of the bigger sites. These are both free and paid promotion sites that have less strict requirements for what they will promote.
So, interested in what I've got planned? Read on for more info:
On the first Thursday of every month, beginning in January of 2018, Bookworms Discover will feature up to 30 free books by indie authors. If you would like your book to be considered for inclusion, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page no later than one week prior to the next promo date. We will always note which date we are accepting submissions for.
As the point of offering this monthly showcase is to gain exposure for books that might not otherwise qualify for a high profile promotion, we do not have a requirement for number of reviews, rating, genre*, or length, but we do still have some rules:
*See that asterisk? That denotes a little bit of a gray area in regards to what we will and will not promote. All fiction books will be considered, including erotica, but we may refuse to display a cover if it contains images that would require this site to be hidden behind a content warning page (Google's rules, not ours). Bookworms Discover reserves the right to refuse a book based on content if it appears to include taboo subjects, hate speech, or is found to be in violation of the retailers' terms of service. Nonfiction books are accepted in the genres of literary essays, poetry, memoirs and biographies, and history. We will not feature cookbooks, how-to, self-help, or advice books at this time.
While we won't be critical of content, we are looking for books that are well-written and presented.
We will check the book's Look Inside feature and make a determination based on what we see. Books with a number of typographical or formatting errors in the available sample may be rejected. We do allow short stories, but again, we need to be able to see an example of the story. If the front matter takes up the entire preview, that book is likely to be rejected.
As such, we require an Amazon link and the book must be available for purchase at the time it is submitted.
This means books cannot be in pre-order status when submitted. Sorry.
We require books to be free for the entire 24 hour period (beginning at midnight pacific time) of the promo.
All authors may submit one book per month. We will allow authors to submit books every month, but the same book cannot be submitted in a six month period.
And that's basically it. So on to what it is that we will do, and how we'll do it:
As mentioned, this is a platform in which we hope to give a little bit of a boost to indie books that might not otherwise make it into the spotlight, but we're not going to discriminate against anyone. Bestsellers are just as welcome as folks just starting out, but let's be real, bestsellers, you're probably not going to see a major surge in popularity from this site. There are thirty spots each month and we will prioritize books in need of exposure first.
Basically, here's our not-so-secret formula for how books will be placed on the site: We will divide the number of reviews by the length of time the book has been available. Books with the lowest review per year average will be listed first. So if we've got a book that came out in 2010 with 10 reviews and a book that came out in 2016 with 5 reviews, the 2010 book will be listed before the 2016 book.
We do not separate by genre and let you customize your own label. The way we see it, if you want to write a steamy romance about dragon riding robots of the wild west, we will not make you shoehorn your book into romance, or sci-fi, or historical fiction, or whatever. We want our readers to know exactly what they're getting, so tell them what you're offering.
This promotion is for free books only. Free books do not include titles that are only free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers or conditionally free (newsletter sign up, like and share, etc...). The price must be $0 on your retailer's website. You may make your book free through the Amazon KDP Select program or temporarily through your distributor (if that's an option), or you can submit a permafree book.
One week after the promo, we will post your bio and social media info, along with a link to your Amazon author page. This will allow readers to easily find and follow authors whose books they read and enjoyed. This will remain our featured post for the rest of the month, which we hope means more exposure for you!
Real talk: We are not guaranteeing success. We are not guaranteeing that you will get even a single download, and we are definitely not guaranteeing reviews. Readers are encouraged to spread the word on books they enjoyed by whatever method they are comfortable with, but they are under no obligation to download, read, or even like your book, let alone review it.
This service is free, but we do ask that authors share our page with their readers. By doing so, we can grow our audience, which benefits all authors in the end. We will always cross-post to both Facebook and Twitter for maximum exposure.
If this sounds good to you, then fill out the form below.
We are currently accepting submissions for our first post, which is Thursday, January 4th, 2018.
Submissions will close one week before the promotion is scheduled to go live and open again on the day after the last promotion.