Useful Links & Resources

treasure-map1Finding reliable and reasonable support services can be like swimming in shark-infested waters.

When we find a treasure, we’ll share it here…

Have you found a great marketing website? Or one with useful information? If so, share your useful links with all of us in the comments below. Do post the website address and mention why you like it.


Reviews

Every promotion site on eNovel has been vetted. We know the owners/administrators. You will find promotion sites listed in our blogs and articles.  The sites deliver results consistently. No promoter can buy his or her way onto eNovel Authors at Work.  Our books are for sale, but never our honesty and integrity. We often work with promoter startups IF the owners will talk to us and are transparent about their subscriber lists. We also like to know where a promoter is home-based.

Here are two reviewers who are honest and fair and who love to support indie authors:

Julie Whiteley, a Goodreads and Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer, has joined eNovel Authors at Work as our Resident Reviewer. She is a mine of great information, as well as a blogger who likes to interview authors. Read her article on Reviews HERE.  Find Julie at The Book Review

Al Kunz (BigAl!) is another reviewer to trust at Big Al’s Books and Pals. His website is an international favorite and he will always let you know if he finds issues with your book. Moreover, Big Al maintains an active list of more than 200 book reviewers HERE.


Cover Artists

MelodyProfileMelody Simmons is a qualified graphic designer that has been specializing in book cover design for the last seven years. Many of the books she designed covers for have reached New York Times and USA Today Bestselling status. She sells a variety of premade covers and also accepts custom commissions.  She has worked with a large number of self-publishing Indie authors.

Editors

If you’ve ever thought about managing without an editor, think again. Stats show that edited books earn more money. Laurie Boris is a treasure of an editor, as well as being an indie author who uses an editor herself. She knows how it feels. Find Laurie at her website.


Carrie Cantor is an eagle-eyed NYC-area editor, agent, and published author with many years’ experience.  Services: critiquing; development editing; line-editing. Fees: Ask for quote. Competitive rates. Website: www.carriecantor.com.  Amazon link to recently edited member book

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Sheryl Lee, editor

Sheryl Lee is an indie author and editor. She loves working with and helping fellow indie authors to polish their books. Knowing only too well that indie authors have to stretch budgets to cover all aspects of publishing she keeps her rates low, and is always ready to help in any way she can. Fees fall between $150 and $300 depending on the amount of work needed. A quote offered based on the sample.  No charge for a sample edit.


Anne Pottinger, Editor

Anne Pottinger is a freelance proofreader and editor with 30+ years’ experience. She is an indie-author herself  (writing under her maiden name) and loves working with fellow indies. Born in the UK with a UK English degree,  Anne has lived in the US for many years and is proficient editing in either convention. eNovel members: Use Code eNovel* for a 10% discount.


Editor Kae Bender

Kae Bender: Everyday Editing.

 

 

 


Blog Hops Book Tours and Rafflecopters

eNovel Authors at Work prefers Tour Director  Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff.  Nikita’s presentations are masterful. You can sign up to host a touring book on your blog as well as send your book on its travels.

NOTE: Virtual book tours are for exposure, especially if a book is full-priced. Many book tours are to offer ARC copies for reviews. Remember if $$$ changes hands, or gifts are offered in a Rafflecopter on a Tour resulting in reviews, those may NOT be posted on a book page but may be copied and pasted in Editorial.

Amazon rules. Both authors and book reviewers need to read them: Amazon Guidelines.


Other Services

The Indie Book Reviewers List  Big Al’s comprehensive list of more than 200 active reviewers. All tried and tested, the list tells you what genres each site accepts and where the reviews are posted. Do follow submission guidelines.

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Caleb Clayton, formatter

Caleb Clayton,  Book Formatting Services.  Caleb is an Adobe Certified Associate in both In Design and Photoshop.  Amazon link to recently formatted member books: No Perfect Secret.  The Sheriff’s Woman. eBook format: $50. Additional fee for print. 

Effrosyni Writes Effrosyni Moschoudi, eNovel member, put together a 2016 list of free and paid promotion sites. All sites are not vetted, but the list is comprehensive and free to download.  Thank you, Frossie.

eNovel Authors at Work recommends newsletter list builder and cross-promoter: Amy Vansant, member of eNovel Authors at Work.  AuthorsXP.com.

 


Web Design

Amy Vansant has owned a web development and marketing firm since 1997, creating over 3000 websites.  One of Amy’s specialties is building Word Press pages and blogs. She can also include a WP newsletter Mail Poet.  Vansant Creations specializes in content management sites, e-commerce, and affordable solutions for authors.


Nicholas C Rossis | eNovel Authors | Istomedia web design and development

Nicholas C. Rossis, author, web design

You may know him as the author of Pearseus, short stories, and children’s books, but for the past 25 years, Nicholas C. Rossis has also been developing websites through his online media company, Istomedia. He is now specializing in the author market, offering a great service at affordable prices. With hundreds of satisfied clients, why not contact him to see what he can do for you?

Indicative prices (these include a 30% discount for eNovel members):

  • An author website costs $600.
  • Hosting and domain name registration cost $100.
  • Newsletter service: $250. This includes MailPoet’s annual fee, setup fee, and SendGrid fee for up to 20K monthly sends.
  • Book covers cost $150 for both a Kindle and a full jacket version.

You can contact Nicholas at nicholas@istomedia.com.


Books for Authors

There are over 1.5 million books in the Kindle Store, with thousands more added every day. How do you get yours noticed? Visibility isn’t a challenge that can be bested once – it requires continuous work. But there are tools and strategies to do much of the heavy lifting for you. This is our indie bible: LET’S GET DIGITAL will teach you how to get your book noticed. And getting noticed is key to growing your sales.

 

 

 


One of the best resources for the new indie authorIn February 2012 Martin Crosbie’s self-published eBook “My Temporary Life” hit Amazon’s top ten overall bestseller list. The next month Amazon posted a press release revealing that Crosbie had made $46,000 in one month with one book. His book outlines the methods the top 5% of successful self-published authors utilize to produce their eBooks in a professional, cost-effective manner and to adopt the philosophy that will allow promotional opportunities to come to you. Updated often, it includes a list of  promotional sites–not all vetted. eNovel authors use Martin’s list. It is our base.

 

 


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Always just 99c

Why should you buy and read THIS book on promoting? Because this book is the result of eNovel Member Rebecca Dahlke’s effective experiences selling  books on Amazon. Naturally, your results may differ from hers and ours, but still,  you’ll find at least two things in this book to say it’s worth the price. Rebecca is one of eNovel Author’s at Work top earners–every month.

 

 

 

 

eNovel Authors at Work recommends Kindle Nation Daily eBook Tracker. It’s free. Read about a tracker’s usefulness here.


Author Tips

Amazon’s Author Central ~ Start here to set up your author page. This is a must for indie authors. In your author bio, do include links to your Website/blog/Twitter/Facebook.  Read Here the basic Five Steps to get you started.

Here is the very best tip for gathering organic reviews. Put the gem right after The End in your books. 

Thank you for taking time to read [title]. If you enjoyed it, please consider telling your friends or posting a short review.  Word of mouth is an author’s best friend and much appreciated.  Again, thank you. ~ [author name]

Lastly, rumors fly about Bookbub, the premier ebook promoter in our indie universe. Read THIS by Bookbub. It lays those myths to rest.

 


Keep up with the good stuff. Follow eNovel on Twitter

Keep up with the good stuff. Follow eNovel on Twitter

@Jackie Weger. I’m founder of eNovel Authors at Work. I know that sounds upmarket or entitled, but it just means I gathered together the authors and laid down the guidelines. Here’s why: I got scammed and slammed when I first started in our digital universe and I didn’t like it. Still don’t.  The authors in #eNovel are top tier.  Promoters and services mentioned are those we use.

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If you are an indie author you’re welcome to populate eNovel Authors at Work Book Tavern and Fiction Bar to talk to fans and readers. NO OVERT PROMOTION or posting “buy my book.”  Don’t ask for reviews. Not allowed. Introduce yourself. Offer a flash giveaway or a free unit. NO EROTICA. The Tavern is family friendly.  Click the Banner to visit the page. Welcome! Teri Stallone is our volunteer administrator.  She’s a sweetheart but a toughie. Mind the rules or get zapped!

52 Comments

  1. Jackie Weger says:

    Indies Unlimited has a fabulous list of review and promotion sites in their drop down menu. Martin Crosbie put it together. You gotta know to look. If you have a perma FREE title or a 99 cent title–get busy and promote it. Go Here for the list. Download it FREE.
    Martin Crosbie
    Jackie Weger

  2. Jackie Weger says:

    04/16/2014
    Here is a top notch promotion site for all of you mystery writers and police procedural/thrillers and anything with a touch of mystery including romantic suspense. It’s FREE.
    Rebecca Dahlke owns the site.
    Here’s the link to the article on Indies Unlimited: http://bit.ly/1m6HDX0

    Here’s the link to All Mystery Newsletter: http://www.allmysteryenewsletter.com/
    Hop on it!
    Jackie Weger

    • Jackie Weger says:

      HEADS UP! I’m giving a thumbs up to Van at http://www.peoplereads.com/. Van is a tweeting Dervish and goes over and above to help indie authors get their books in front of buyers and readers. Not only that–he give us Lagniappe–that little something extra on every promotion.
      JackieWeger

      • Van Heerling says:

        Hi Jackie, Thank you very much. As you know I am an author as well. I know how hard it all can be. This is why I created PeopleReads. I wanted to give the author another option in the world of promotion. PeopleReads is more intimate than the big guys. I designed it that way. Typically I will list three to ten books a day (usually five or six) not dozens. I am always happy to help if I am able to do so. Thank you again for all the support. I appreciate it very much.

  3. Thank you, Jackie, for inviting me to post here!

    My wife and I run the site Choosy Bookworm, which is a book promo site for free and discounted eBooks.

    Having your eBook promoted here is FREE! All we ask in return is for you to spread the word about us.

    Your eBooks will be promoted on our website http://www.choosybookworm.com, as well as in our daily email newsletter.

    They will also be promoted on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

    Come and sign up here for your free eBook promotion:
    http://www.choosybookworm.com/authors

    Thanks and all the best!

    – Jay :o)

  4. Jackie Weger says:

    Here is a Facebook site with more than 35,000 followers and readers looking for FREE and 99 cent books. I love Korner Kafe. It’s FREE to promote your titles and you can ask your fav reviewers to submit a review of your book to Korner Kafe, too. That’s a double whammy! Don’t Overlook in your promotions:

    https://www.facebook.com/EBookKornerKafe

  5. Jackie Weger says:

    You’ll note the icon to http://fkbt.com on this site. Michael Gallagher owns the site and has above 50,000+ followers and subscribers. He charges a flat $25 to promote a FREE unit. His subscribers buy books. Michael is proactive in building his organic subscriber list.

  6. Jackie Weger says:

    You can never have too many useful links and here is a dilly! On Twitter with more than 11.7K Followers.

    Checked It Out
    @checkeditout FOLLOWS YOU
    We support INDEPENDENT Authors, Artist, Crafters, Designers, and Thinkers! We will RT promotions IF YOU FOLLOW US FIRST! AND put #checkeditout in your tagline!

    Jackie Weger

  7. Jackie Weger says:

    Jeffrey Bruner owns The Fussy Librarian. It is an incredibly inexpensive promo site. From $3-$6. Easy to submit and no waiting list.
    http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/
    Update: Jeffry has gone up on prices, but it is still an excellent buy. Jeffrey has spent the past year building an organic subscriber list.
    Organic means, book buying readers.

    Jackie Weger

  8. Jackie Weger says:

    UPDATE: 10/02/2016. Do check for price increases.
    Here is another great site on which to promote your books.
    Book Sends. You’ll hear from Jason. For Romance it’s $50 to promote a 99¢ book. $75 to promote a FREE. Your book will get in front of up to 50,000+ subscribers. Other genres are so inexpensive: Y/A $10. All other genre range in price from $10 to $35.00
    We romance authors have to pay and pay! But I like Book Sends. Subscribers trust Books Sends and it sells books.

    Jackie Weger

    • Jackie Weger says:

      I just came off a KCD on the Reluctant Hero. I booked promo with Book Sends. Jason did something I love. He sends emails out to the authors after the promo saying whether or not downloads from his site gives the author a return on investment (ROI). In plain words: The downloads more than covered the promo fee. The author made a profit. He doesn’t tell the number of books downloaded, but he calculates his fee against sales.
      JackieWeger

  9. Jackie Weger says:

    Incredible Useful TIP: I have just learned that when an author engages in a Kindle Countdown Deal that you can price the book for 99¢ for the entire seven day KCD run. 70% Royalty rate. I didn’t know that and was disappointed with my KCD sales as were several other authors in our group. So now we know! Which means we can promote on Bookbub with dates as flexible as Gumby. I am so excited to learn this. Seven days to build sales at 70% Royalties is fabulous. Thank You! #IndiesUnlimited for sharing this useful tidbit.

    Jackie Weger

  10. Jackie Weger says:

    Here is another site I use. Anthony Wessel owns the site.
    Digital Book Today. http://digitalbooktoday.com. Very REASONABLE. $12 to promote my Romance Finding Home priced at $2.99 for 14 days. He has sale days, I picked one up. Usually the ad is $20. If your book is sitting on Amazon or any other venue and you aren’t promoting and putting in front of readers, whose fault is it that your book isn’t selling? Yours! I don’t think he charges to promote a FREE book. Plus, he’s got a page for your perma FREE books. Go over there and buy an ad. A title listed on Digital Books Today’s TOP 100 FREE books usually can count on about 8,000 downloads a day.

    • Jackie,
      Thank you for the link and the kind words. We do have various paid and free promo’s. It is free to list your book on your free days – see our promo page for minimum guidelines. Just to clarify we generate between 7,000 – 9,000 downloads on a typical day. Not the largest site out there, but have been serving book readers and Indie authors since 2009. Thanks again and good luck to all the Indie writers out there.

  11. Jackie Weger says:

    Authors! If you are not promoting your books–you ain’t selling! Here is another of my fav sites to promote FREE, 99¢ and deeply discounted books. The icon is on the right.
    Read Cheaply! http://readcheaply.com/. It is so easy to upload a book on this site. I love Read Cheaply.

    Jackie Weger

  12. Donna Fasano says:

    I have 2 sites to suggest:

    Ereader News Today
    and
    Pixel Of Ink

    Donna Fasano
    UPDATED: 10/02/2016: Pixel of Ink is out of business.

  13. Jackie Weger says:

    May 26, 2014
    Here is a link to eReaderCafe http://www.theereadercafe.com/
    Caroline Lansing is the contact. I like this site because we can promote Free/99 cent and priced books 2.99. It is a very busy and popular site.
    If you want to be featured you pay $30. No charge for posting FREE or 99 cents books that I could find. 99 cent books are posted for five days–which is great for Kindle Countdown Deals.
    JackieWeger

    • Hi Jackie!

      Thank you so much for mentioning us on Useful Links. Yes, authors may submit to have their .99 books featured in our Bargain store. This is a great way to feature your book without having to spend any of your hardworking money! But, we also offer paid promos on our . Thanks again!

      Caroline

      • Jackie Weger says:

        UPDATED 10/02/2016 Caroline Lansing!eReaderCafe. You are welcome. And thanks for confirming you don’t charge for FREE and 99¢ book promos. That is so helpful to authors on a budget. eNovel Authors at Work loves eReader Cafe.
        Fee for Deal of the Day placement is $30. Often booked solid a one or more months in advance.
        JackieWeger

  14. Jason Letts says:

    Thanks for the support, Jackie! At BookSends we’re always working hard to gather more readers. We’d love to help you promote your next sale or find your next great read!

  15. Jackie Weger says:

    UPDATED 10/02/2016
    I am adding
    askDavid right at the top of our useful links. He charges a small fee. Worth every $$$. David tweets your books to 52,000+ followers and you get RTs. That is fabulous visibility. I often overlooked askDavid.com but now that I am an indie author, I won’t.
    JackieWeger

  16. Jackie Weger says:

    Dionne Lister administers http://booktastik.com/I love this site. Dionne is fab to work with. She promotes discounted books–which means authors can earn a few $$$. I always promote with Booktastik.com. Do not pass this site up when you promote!

  17. Dionne says:

    Thanks for mentioning us, Jackie. We love working with you too!

  18. Jackie Weger says:

    I want to share a site that goes above and beyond and will work with authors to get your book the best placement on its sites for downloads and sales: https://www.thekindlebookreview.net/advertise-books-2/.
    I’m giving this site a 10. Amber is my contact and just beyond gracious.
    JackieWeger

  19. Ian Thompson says:

    Info update : “Cheap Dirt Mystery Reads” (that your link to on your Usefuls Page) is closed, so you might want to remove the link. However, the site runner has left behind a list of his/her own useful links.

  20. Jackie Weger says:

    Lazy Beagle has gone out of Business. Strike from your promo list.

  21. RP Dahlke says:

    Always updating my list, and thanks for showing us more!

  22. I’m feeling confused: where is this Above the Fold and Below the Fold list? There are five links in the body of this post, and a few in the comments, but I don’t see on my computer anything about ‘the Fold.’

    What am I missing? Thanks.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Alicia: Above the fold are my go to promoters who always produce results. Below the fold are promoters we love, but are smaller sites.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Alice; You are not missing anything. eNovel does not post a list of promotion sites. We mention sites that we use and like as above the fold: We always see results and an ROI. Below the Fold: Often smaller sites, but doing it right. On the approved list: Perhaps new sites we are using with mixed results, but we’ve talked with the administrators.

  23. Jackie Weger says:

    http://beezeebooks.com/ has had difficult years 2015-2016. the site has been hacked twice. I like Mike. but I really don’t fine the site useful.

  24. Wonderful resources every author will be thrilled to discover and bookmark, I am sure. And thank you so much for including my site, Jackie 🙂

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