The Book Marketing Resource List

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Because your book’s success will depend upon your taking an active role in publicity, you will need to make sure that your book is easy to find. This list is only a beginning and the websites shown are not the sole sources of information, but they will offer many of the services and contacts needed to advance your book in the marketplace.

Listed here, you will find more than fifty sites that range from Reader/Writer connect sites to sites that allow authors to promote themselves. You will also find bookstores and book distributors listed alongside review sites. Take your pick and use your information to go forth and sell books!

Author Resources

1. Author Network: Resources for writers, including links, columns, articles, monthly e-zine, competitions, and advice to help you get published.

2. Author Reviews: Site provides free online reviews for current for all authors.

3. Beyond The Books: Author interview opportunities, guest blogging, book reviews, and book spotlights.

5. Book Catcher: Free resources for book writing, free book publicity and self-publishing advice for book writers and book authors.

6. Book Marketing Network: Online community of self-published writers.

7. Guerilla Marketer Café: Self-published writer support and tools.

8. Predators and Editors: Online resource for the serious writer, composer, game designer, or artist to consult for information, regardless of genre.

Author Networking

1. Authors Den: Free online literary community of authors and readers. Space allowed for sharing author bio, books, blog, events, stories, articles, poetry. Also drives traffic to your other websites

2. Polkadot Banner: An author’s gathering place. Feature interviews, discussion, share and learn marketing tips, post book reviews, testimonials, links.

3. Razor Pages: Community for independent and small press authors where authors can connect with authors and readers can connect with authors. Using the latest in internet communication media, such as blogs and podcasts.

4. Writers Café: Writers networking, support, and education site.

Author / Book Directories

1. Author Direct: An author birthday, email, and website directory.

2. Axis Avenue: An author and book directory website, providing authors a free and easy way for marketing books and promoting upcoming events.

3. Book Hitch: Publishers and authors can list their books in this online search engine.

4. Filed By: Free author/book directory.

5. Offers extensive (primarily African-American) book club and author directories.

6. 1 Chapter Members post a chapter and are included in the free online directory.

7. A free book directory dedicated to book promotion.

8. Readers Read: Offers information on writers of different genres. If your name, book(s), and contact information are not listed, you may contact the site to make the correction.

Book Clubs

1. African American Book Clubs:

2. Book Club Resource:

Book Distributors

1. Visit website for distribution and bookseller details.

2. Barnes & Noble: Visit website for distribution and bookseller details.

3. Book Hub: Independent book distribution company.

4. Ingram: A major print on demand distributer, via Lightning Source.

5. Partners Publishers Group: Independent book distribution company.

6. Smashwords: Ebook distribution.


1. Novelspot: Offers author interview opportunities, book reviews, chats, and contact information.

2. Readers Read: Author interviews and book reviews.

3. WhoHub: An online, point-and-click professional interview directory that can be connected to sites like Twitter®, Facebook®, MySpace®, LinkedIn®, Digg®, and Delicious®.


1. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: VLA delivers legal services and legal information to members of the arts community.

2. US Copyright Office: An office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyright material.

Press Releases

1. Free Press Release: Free press release source.

2. PRBuzz: Offers free press release distribution to search engines, news sites, and blogs.

3. PR Log: Free online press release distribution service.


1. Booksie: Provides writers with an easy way to publish and promote their work and to provide readers with access.

2. Book Tour: Offers free weekly author event announcements.

3. Book Whirl: This author support site allows authors to post up to thirty free online book ads.

4. Supports listing of author workshops, readings, and signings.

5. Internet Authors Network: Authors can announce their books for free.

6. NetRead: Free listing of author events.

7. Publishers Weekly: Authors On The Highway lists author events.

8. Supports listing of author workshops, readings, and signings.

9. Zvents: Supports listing of author workshops, readings, and signings.


1. Book Reporter: A site dedicated to readers and writers. Review requirements listed on site.

2. Book Site is dedicated to readers and writers, book reviews, author interviews, and more.

3. BookZen: Small and academic press publishers and authors review and display books free to acquisition librarians.

4. Midwest Book Review: Offers book reviews, book resources, and advice for writers and publishers.

5. Nothing Binding: This site is for both writers and readers interested in giving or receiving objective reviews of self-published books.

6. Once Written: A resource for new and emerging authors, with book reviews, writing contests, advice, and reader recommendations.

7. Reader Views: This is a “one stop” site that offers authors the opportunity to build and brand their online presence with interviews and book reviews.

8. The Romance Reader: Site dedicated to romance writing and all of the subgenres. Features interviews and reviews.

9. SF Reviews: Site is dedicated to reviewing science fiction and science fantasy.

10. Urban Book Reviews: Reviews multiple genres, and both fiction and nonfiction.

Social Networking

1. aNobii:

2. Authonomy:

3. Delicious®:

4. Digg®:

5. Facebook®:


5. GoodReads®:

6. LibraryThing®:

7. LinkedIn®:

8. Listography®:

9. MySpace®:

10. RedRoom®:

11. Shelfari®:

12. Twitter®:


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