Useful websites for self-published authors

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Man reading book (Photo credit: Alan Cleaver)

I feel like I am on a steep learning curve when it comes to promoting my ebook so I am grateful to have found the following sites.

World Literary Café-This site has lots of features that enable authors to promote their book.
1)It allows authors to increase the number of twitter, facebook and blog followers they have by linking up with other authors who follow you back.
2)You can let readers know when your book is free on this site.
3)You can advertise your book when it is newly released (in the last month).
4)It has a forum which allows authors and bloggers to connect for blog tours and other cross-promotional activities. Corey Circello, another self-published author, is showcasing my book on his blog now.
5)It has a forum where you can get reviews from reviewers or do a review exchange with another author. I have just done a review exchange with another author Marquita Herald, who has written a book on self-publishing. A particularly helpful exchange for me.
6)You can also promote your book via their IndieKindle twitter feed.

Goodreads has an indie book collective forum. You can introduce your book there, get advice, advertise your blog, discuss cross-promotions with other authors, sort out blog tours and promote book giveaways. It also has a self-published author group.
Indie author promotions has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/indieauthorpromos/ where authors agree to cross-promote each other to their own followers on social media sites such as twitter, facebook, google plus. You have to agree to help other authors and the administrator signs you up to the group. It is associated with the Goodreads indie collective. The site works by drawing information from Amazon about your book so your book has to be published on Amazon for it to work. The cross-promotions are focused on driving traffic to the website http://indieap.cucinavivace.com, where each authors books is advertised under relevant sections.
Indieauthorland.com-This site enables you to promote your book via an author interview on their website. All you have to do is answer some pre-set questions about your book and yourself on their author interview form. The interview can then be tweeted to your followers.

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/index.php is an authors’ forum where you can get advice on publishing your book, writing and promoting it. I have found it helpful to read advice from other authors about print-on-demand books, which is something I am considering.

http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/forum/topic/listForContributor?user=JohnKremer Has a section where authors can connect to other authors to do cross-promotion.

Bookgoodies.com allows you to submit your book for review, advertise your book and do an author interview to promote it.

http://awesomegang.com offers a free book posting and you can also do an author interview to promote your book. They have a facebook page and a google plus page, where you can post your book too.

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