Category Archives: DIY

15 Free Book Promo Sites

Author and EMSA Publishing founder Elise Abram writes about her experiences selling her latest novel, I Was, Am, Will Be Alice in a post sharing 15 promotional sites she’s found on which you can post your books for free. Check out the list at

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I’m on the book promo path again. Newly edited, my last book, I Was, Am, Will Be Alice will be on sale for the month of January 2017 for only $0.99. I threw a lot of money behind it for advertising in the summer when it was released, so this time I’m reluctant to put any new money into the project. To that end, I went searching online and found 15 amazing and free book promo sites. I signed up at all of them, hoping it will help my prospects, and I want to share them all with you.

Without further ado, here are 15 free book promo sites (in no particular order) you can use to help promote your book. Note that I am writing this blog post in advance of seeing my book advertised and having any sales, so I cannot vouch for some of these sites except for the fact that they allow you to upload your book for free… [more]

Reader Giveaways – The Inside Scoop

reader giveawaysWhen I was a kid,in the days of analog phones and before the advent of the Internet, we used to call in to local radio stations to win prizes. If you were lucky, and you timed it just right, you might win a prize. Over the years I’ve won tickets to Bruce Springsteen (fourth row, bleachers at the old Exhibition Stadium), Duran Duran, a number of tickets to movie premieres, and a chance to win Breakfast in Barbados (I got a free breakfast and witnessed a live broadcast of my favourite radio show out of that one).

In the Internet age, I’ve come to believe contests to be thinly veiled excuses to get me to subscribe to mailing lists and read a lot of advertisements.

Boy, was I ever wrong.

Having recently won a $400 Amazon gift certificate from The Kindle Book Review, I’ve learned that one of the best ways to win a contest is to find one that’s above board. The Kindle Book Review is one such site. In his book, Reader Giveaways, author Jeff Bennington details the best way to win Amazon products from your Kindle or digital device. The answer is quite simple, really: check out his site, The Kindle Book Review. But that’s not all. In his book, Bennington gives tips and addresses for giveaway and sweepstakes sites, in his book as well, and all of them are free.

Post secondary institutions often complain that they can’t give away many of their grants and bursaries because people just don’t apply. If the same applies to online giveaways and sweepstakes, Reader Giveaways can help its readers clean up.

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People DO Judge a Book by its Cover

diy ebook designIf you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know I’ve begun to experiment designing my own book covers, beginning with I Was, Am, Will Be Alice in anticipation of a summer release. I’ve also been banging my head against the wall trying to figure out what to put on my current work in progress, The Carrington Pulitzer Revelations Chronicles Online Extended Playpack (the least of which is how to fit the title and my name on the cover). But after reading Roz Marshall’s DIY e-Book Covers Design Principles for Non-Designers, I think I have a better handle on how to approach it.

DIY e-Book Covers Design Principles for Non-Designers is an amazing resource for authors wanting to experiment with creating their own covers. In her book, Marshall covers the ins and outs of do-it-yourself book cover creation, including layout, colour and typography, concepts of which I was already aware, given my research and background in web publishing. To her credit, Marshall also includes sections on what most authors don’t think about (myself included), like genre markers and imagery (touchstones that help connect a book cover to its genre), colour and typography (which I didn’t realize is also genre-specific), and notions of branding covers, particularly where series are concerned. Marshall offers specific examples for all genres and includes sample covers and design elements, which is invaluable, especially if you are reading the book before creating your first cover.

If you’d prefer to hire an artist to create your cover instead, Marshall also offers pointers for that, things like what to look for in a cover designer, what your designer will need to know about your project and formatting, as well as buying custom and pre-made designs.

If you are an author ready to test your design mettle, Roz Marshall’s DIY e-Book Covers Design Principles for Non-Designers is a great place to start. I know I will be keeping my copy of the book on hand for future reference, and I’m grateful to Roz for introducing me to her book and giving me a chance to review it. Turns out, Roz has taught this old dog some new tricks.

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Note: I was gifted an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.