Ebooks and marketing can sometimes be overwhelming. Especially when it just took me fifteen minutes to get it the cover of my last book placed here in my blog. I recently read an article from one of those online gurus and the line that caught my attention was " run email marketing promotions through, BookBub, FreeBooksy and Ereader News." Sounds great doesn't it. I have ebooks so I looked at each site.
BookBub wanted $410 to have my book on their site. I'm a poor struggling author. No way could I afford that and my husband would kill me.
My ebook marketing research took next me to FreeBooksy. The free really called out to me. That one wanted $70 for just one day. Are they nuts?
The I went to Ereader news. Again an unreasonable fee I can't even remember right now.
I have three books that I would like to promote on those sites and get some sales going. No wonder only the big guns can afford to get their book out there in front of people.
I'm self-published for a reason. I can't wait for a traditional publishing house to pick me up and I can't afford to put all the money necessary into marketing to get noticed and be a best selling author on the NY times list.
I almost made the best seller list with my book Bottle Alley. A few more and I would have made it.
I find the best way for me is to use my auto responder, I use Mailchimp. Letting my readers know when I have a book coming out. Make it available for pre-order and cross my fingers.
I also make rack cards with VistaPrint. I take these to events and hand them out. After the event I will sell a couple ebooks.
My advice to anyone that wants to promote their ebooks is do your research and don't spend more than you can afford. Unless you are very lucky you may not make that money back in sales.