Part Three: For Authors on a Budget: An Indie Author Shares Marketing and Promotion Experiences from Free and up to $100

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What Happened in the Previous Discussions?

In Part One, I discussed the process to produce a high-quality book. Bryan Miller provides affordable editing/proofreading services. He may be contacted through his website Christina Keats is a talented graphic designer who can take your cover from your imagination to reality. Beta readers can help with continuity, spot plot holes, and provide valuable feedback to help improve your final version. You can connect with her through Facebook at

I also shared some basic marketing tips. Check out the website’s statistics, including traffic numbers.  Consider marketing a free book to create momentum for the sequel’s new release. By all means use free sites. Some will result in free downloads or sales, while with others you get what you pay for (hint: nothing). You should only pay money to the site if your book is accepted. Allow plenty of time upfront to get your promotions scheduled. At the time of the promotions, be sure they actually did run.

Parts One and Two Promotional Sites

I discussed my experiences with various sites, including statistics, costs, lead times, and outcomes. Each web address is also included. I covered Best Indie Books, The Daily Bookworm, E Book Deal of the Day, E Book Lister, E Book Soda, E Reader Café, E Reader News Today, Free Booksy and Bargain Booksy, Free Kindle Books and Tips, The Fussy Librarian, Genre Pulse, and Storyfinds.

Part One is available at

The sites discussed in Part Two are Addicted to E Books, Awesome Gang, Book Basset, Book Bear, The Book Circle, Book Goodies, Booktastic, and Digital Book Today.

Part Two is available at

Part Three Promotional Sites

In Part Three, Discount Books Daily, E Book Bird, E Book Stage, EBookasaurus, Good Kindles, Ignite Your Book, and Just Kindle Books are discussed.

Discount Books Daily

Traffic: Not listed.

Lead Time: Not specified.

Cost: $10 – $50 – $75. The cost varies by the price of the book, the genre, Free or $0.99, and the option you choose. For example, if you choose the $10 option, it’s $10 for each promotion day (3 days * $10 = $30).

The site will accept the same submission only once every 60 days. Requirements include the following standards. First, your book must be professionally edited. The site will read the first several pages, looking grammatical errors, and will listen to the sample audio for professional narration and editing. Second, the book must have a high-quality cover design and professional formatting. Third, the book must contain positive, real reviews. I don’t know what that translates to…it’s vague. Fourth, the book’s Amazon page must have a professional description free of typographical errors. Fifth, the full-length book (no short stories or novellas) must be for sale in the US. Last, the book should be free or deeply discounted for a limited time, with at least a 50% discount recommended. The site will let you know within 3 days if the book is accepted.

For this site, I chose the $10 option for one day for a free book. It did boost the book exposure, and I thought it was worth the cost.

E Book Bird

Traffic: Not listed

Lead Time: Allow plenty of lead time, because the spots fill up quickly.

Cost: $5

The requirements are fairly simple. A professional-looking cover is a must, with the image no smaller than 400 x 600 pixels. Unless it’s a new release (less than 90 days old), the book must have at least ten reviews with a 4+ star rating on media outlets such as Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, etc. The book has to have grate blurb. The book must offered as a sale on the date your book is featured at or below $2.99.  The site recommends the .99 cent – $1.99 range. The site will accept all genres except erotica.

I like this option because $5 is not much to pay for increased exposure to your book. The site manager is very responsive and answers questions for you.

E Book Stage

Traffic: Not listed

Lead Time: The listing date must be no earlier than 5 days from now, and no later than 30 days.

Cost: Free

E Book Stage has a specific set of steps. 1. Sign up for an account. 2. You can go ahead and upload all of your books, or upload as needed for promotions. 3. Pick your promotion option. You can view and track your promos on your private area and see your books on our website that are available for our readers. 4. The site will ask you to Like it on Facebook, follow on Twitter and invite your friends to like the Facebook Page. 5. Once you’ve submitted, wait for an approval.

The requirements:  High Reviews Rank on Amazon. A minimum of 5 reviews with an average stars rating of 4.0.  Children’s picture books should be at least 28 pages. “Regular Price” with a price of $25.00 or less. “Special Price” must be at least 50.0% off or more from the “Regular Price”. For A FREE promo just put 0.00 in “Special Price”. “Book of the Day” with same title, as long as there is a 120 days gap between promotions. “Book of the Day” deals as long as there is a 1 day gap between promotions by the same author.  For regular promotions, we require a 1 day gap between various titles (same title requires 120 days between promotions) by the same author. The site does not accept a book cover with a poor quality or additional text. If the image does not meet the quality standards, it may be rejected. If they reject a book, they will provide a reason, if possible.

You can’t beat a free price. If it gives your work more exposure, it’s definitely worth it.


Traffic: Website states listings are seen by “thousands of people”

Lead Time: Not stated.

Cost: Free Option or Premium Listing

The cost of a Premium Book listing is $10 USD per listing.


However, when I filled out the form for the list, it showed a cost of $10. I did email the website to ask if the page is out of date. If so, I would think they’d update it.

Whether you’re an author on a budget or not, $5 is $5!

Good Kindles

Traffic: Website says “thousands of book readers”

Lead Time: Not specified.

Cost: $7.95 – $13.95- $19.95

The website states that the visitors actively search for new books on the site. They can search for a book genre through the search box (e.g. “romance” or “thriller”), can browse the site and read the listings, and they use the recommendation tools (“You might also like” widget, “Random book” button, and many others).

To use the site, you need to do some extra work. You must send an email with book title, link to book, description at least 200 words, and attach cover as a file.

I chose the $7.95 option. With that, I got a permanent listing of the book on the Goodkindles website. I also received a feature in the newsletter and social profiles on the day of the book listing publication. I think it’s good exposure for the price.

Ignite Your Book

Traffic: 30,000 readers

Lead Time: The promotion must be set to start at least 10 business days from the date you submit your book. If you submit a book for promotion that starts in less than 10 business days, a listing is not guaranteed and you won’t get a refund.

Cost: $21.75

You’ll get a one-time listing on the start date of your discounted eBook promotion. The book must be at a discounted price of $2.99 or less. The site will not feature the same book more than once every 3 months. Books with a ranking of less than 3.5 stars on will not be considered.

I did get a good number of downloads. I think it’s worth the price for the service.

Just Kindle Books

Traffic: Facebook – 20,200+, Twitter – 12,800+, Pinterest – 800+, StumbleUpon — 500+, Email Subscribers – 6,200+

Lead Time: May be able to schedule within 24 hours, but asks for at least 3 days before it’s needed to run.

Cost: Free, but you can purchase add ons, such as $10 for buy button + social media posts.

You must enter a unique books description 50 words or longer. The description must be new and found nowhere else online. Books must be priced at free or $0.99 to run in the promotion. Books must have 5 or more reviews on Amazon. They don’t accept books with offense covers (book covers that show full nudity, corpses, mutilation, hate symbols, guns pointed at the reader or other potentially offensive pictures will be rejected). They reserve the right to be highly selective about which books chosen for free promotions. The website will run one free promotion per book. Books that have already ran in a free promotion will not be considered for a second free promotion.

You can’t beat free, especially if you can get more readers for your book. I think it’s worth it if you want to spend some extra money for add ons.

Please note: This is just my experience. I don’t represent any website’s interests. I’m merely an indie author, trying to get some recognition for my hard work without blowing up my budget.

And now… Let me tell you about my Karma Series

Dog Days of Karma and Equi Knocks of Karma are available on Amazon in electronic and paperback formats. Soul Stice of Karma is planned for release in 2016.

The Karma Consulting Series

Dog Days of Karma Cover

Dog Days of Karma

Desperate to locate a missing person, Constance Twist decides to call a detective agency. Waiting for directory assistance and muttering to herself about karma, Constance jots down the address for the Carr—Maah Consulting Agency. On the way to the agency, Constance is shoved into traffic and nearly killed.

Celeste Carr is shocked when Constance storms into the office, demanding help. Celeste tries to explain that Carr—Maah is a human resources consulting company, not a detective agency. Celeste grits her teeth when her mysterious business partner Ericka Maah overrules Celeste and forces her to take Constance’s case.

The killer rectifies the earlier error. Constance is brutally murdered as she leaves the agency.

Several hundred miles away, Jose is a restaurant manager and former agency employee. He helped Sonora escape her abusive husband by giving her a job and an apartment. After Sonora unexpectedly flees, Jose finds a hefty online reward for a lost dog. The posting shows Sonora’s image photoshopped with the picture of a dog. Jose follows Sonora’s trail back to his hometown and the Carr—Maah Consulting Agency.

Celeste, Ericka, and Jose, assisted by Hobart, the mysterious homeless man forced by Ericka to become the agency’s office manager, investigate. The clues lead them to a surfeit of viable suspects. His voice heated by the South African sun, Christoph Metre is the charismatic head of the rival consulting agency. Obsessed with the exotic Ericka, Christoph appears with his entourage in unexpected places, including the murder scene. Lovesick Mrs. Grant, in a one-sided relationship with Mr. Crispie, hated it when Constance Twist offered the spry widower lemonade with a Twist. Dr. Britta Spartan, head of the domestic violence shelter, writhes around Hobart like a predatory boa constrictor around a juicy mouse.

If Celeste and her friends can’t solve the mystery in time, they’ll be the next victims.


Equi Knocks of Karma

In the second standalone adventure in the Carr—Maah Consulting Agency Paranormal Mystery series, Celeste Carr and Ericka Maah, business partners and friends, face a powerful and ruthless adversary.

Celeste and Ericka are shocked when Toni Rae Yelton, a self-centered party girl, storms the office and holds them hostage. Desperate, Toni Rae orders the mysterious Ericka to use her alleged supernatural powers to call off the police and the reporters, who are all convinced she’s the sinister force behind her little girl’s disappearance.

Adding to Celeste’s angst, Hobart has vanished. The mysterious man was forced off the streets some months ago. Ericka used a combination of her unusual talents and blackmail to coerce Hobart into working for her firm. He reluctantly agreed. More enthusiastically, at least until his disappearance, he was also Celeste’s boyfriend. Now, Celeste believes something terrible has happened to him.

Celeste is forced to not only investigate, but also navigate the landmines in her life. Celeste’s friend Ericka duels with her arch enemy and business rival, handsome and charismatic Christoph Metre. An odd little dog, curiously attuned to Celeste and using his teeth, claws, and smell for protection, attaches himself to her. When she’s in danger, a devilishly handsome stranger materializes to save her…and makes her less eager to find her missing boyfriend.

As the sinister cords of the mystery tighten around Celeste’s throat, she must find the person behind the mask in time to save not only herself, but others. With the fine Machiavellian hand leaving few clues but many deadly traps, Celeste will have to solve the mystery before it’s too late.

SPECIAL BONUS: As a reader appreciation gift, the short story “Winner Takes All” is included FREE at the end of the book.

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