How Do I Promote an eBook Without an Advertising Budget?
January 10, 2012 2:05 PM Subscribe
My urban fantasy ebook on Amazon has done well enough to make me really happy, but I'd love to promote it more. Thing is, a pen name was absolutely necessary and I don't have money to do actual advertising. Options?
posted by scaryblackdeath to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
My novel has sold pretty well by self-pub standards and so far I've had nothing but positive feedback. I don't have illusions about making millions or anything, but I'd certainly like to promote it more. I don't really have money (let alone software skills) to buy adspace or anything like that. I'd love any advice from the hive mind.
*I honestly don't actually read urban fantasy. I'm a gamer nerd, but urban fantasy has never been a literary draw for me. Consequently, I don't know the ins and outs of the fan base.
*This was originally on Literotica, where it kicked a whole lot of ass last year. I took it down and cleaned out most of the excessive throbbing flesh and smutty choreography, but sex is still a significant theme. I really don't want this book to come up at work for a number of reasons (it deals with sex, religious icons, etc). Consequently, it's under a pen name. This seems to limit my promotional options.
*I've tapped the original Literotica audience, of course (no pun intended). I've gotten friends to post links to it on Facebook and such. It's on the MeFi Mall.
*I haven't sent it to GoodReads or any review sites like that...anyone have any advice there?
*The book is also up on SmashWords for e-readers other than Kindle.