Nothing beats the pleasure of reading a really good book, but it’s so hard to choose one - there is so much choice. “What book should I read next?” is a common question asked on Twitter and Facebook.
We are guided by reviews, adverts and word of mouth and this can be obtained relatively quickly by large publishing houses with big marketing budgets. But there is a growing army of high quality indie writers who are creeping onto e-readers across the world.
All a good book needs to become a true bestseller (e.g. not invading the charts for a few hours on launch day) is for enough people to enjoy it and then recommend it to other people.
This is harder than you might imagine. When I launched my novel Working from home: Mixing business with pleasure? I ran a competition to give away a Kindle and over 12,000 people entered. However, a tiny fraction of these actually bought my book.
There are also many competitions on Twitter or Facebook that create lots of activity by people who have very little chance of winning the prize.
Your next book could earn you a free ebook!
Indie writers need readers. Readers need good books, and people want the opportunity to earn good quality free ebooks.
A new web site for book lovers Libboo.com has come up with a win-win solution. They have shortlisted some quality e-books and they are attracting people who love books and who love talking about books.
Libboo reward people (called buzzers) who spread the word about their favourite books with free books when they help to promote their favourite books.
So we have people being rewarded for promoting high quality books to their friends and networks. They also get to interact with the authors and receive special editions and other goodies. If they are really active they can win e-readers.
If there’s one thing an indie writer likes more than sales is hearing from people who have read and enjoyed their work - so it’s really a win-win-win.
How do I join in the fun on Libboo?
It’s easy, fun and free. Click here and shock-horror you’ll land on the page for my FUNNY novel Working from home. If you’ve read my book you can leave a review or comment. If you haven’t you can read a big sample of it and maybe buy it.
You can also explore all the other books and meet other authors. They are a fun bunch of people and I’m busy chatting with them and reading their books when I should be writing my next novel!
P.S. Yes, the traffic from this link provides me with some benefits such as free ebooks to give to my followers and extra exposure for my novel. But you’d worked that out already hadn’t you?
P.P.S. I know. You’re asking what’s with the photo of the foxy lady in the kayak? The answer is very little. I’m really bored of finding interesting photos of people reading so I put ‘excited’ into the search field and chose one at random - sort of... If you want to send me a photo of yourself reading I’d be happy to post it!