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How To Sell A Self Published Book For Free

Updated on April 4, 2015

Authors How To Market Your Book For Free

Have you self-published your own book on Blurb.com, Lulu or one of the other print-on-demand (POD) sites? I had used both Blurb and Amazon through Create Space. If you are looking for ways to promote and sell your book using free methods, then Hub Pages might be for you.

Please do not think by having it sitting on the Amazon or Blurb.com bookshelf is going to get you a lot of sales.

You need to be actively promoting it - creating your own Hub page is not only free and fun but you can also earn money and is a great way to start promoting your book on the internet.

Why Am I Telling You How To Do It For Free?

I just want to share with you my journey and to save you some time.

I am giving you this information on how to sell your book because I self-published my own book with Blurb.com and enjoyed the whole experience of seeing my work in print. However, I then struggled to actually sell my book and have been searching for ways to promote my book on the internet for free.

I would like to share my experiences with you and show you how you can create a Hub page to promote your book and make money at the same time.

Book Dachshund Luke Goes To Spain
Book Dachshund Luke Goes To Spain

I Spent Months Searching For How To Sell My Book On The Internet

My excitement of self-publishing my own book on blurb.com is something I will never forget. This excitement was only beaten by the arrival of the first copy of my book. I loved it and strongly felt others would to. I thought it looked great in the blurb bookstore and secretly hoped that mine would be showcased on their 'Staff Pick'.

My book was not chosen :-( but still full of confidence that my book will sell I eagerly logged onto the site each day, checking my stats and waiting for a sale to appear.

How naïve I was, later I realize my 'best seller' is not going to fly off the blurb.com bookshelves unless I was more productive.

Being unlucky enough to not have a job at the moment, my dream of selling my book was diminishing however I did have a lot of time on my hands and started researching on the internet.

Take a look at my book here Dachshund Luke Goes To Spain

This is what I have learned so far and it working for me.

The Horrid Truth About Trying To Promote My Book

Trying to promote my book got of to a very slow start. I had read and followed all the promotion advice on the blub site. I had put a badge linking to the book on FaceBook, I wrote in the forums and told all my friends. A few of my family and friends did buy my book but I also gave away some for free. I did get a random sale from a FaceBook group - that was a nice surprise!

I was still obsessing over my stats - people were looking at it, the stats proved that but no more sales. What was going on?

Gradually it dawned on me that most of the stats came from within Blurb. Either people who have clicked to it from my forum posts or new self-publishers check out what other finished books looked like. I had done both of these things myself. Now of course it is entirely possible that one of these people may decide to buy your book but they are not really looking because they want to buy something. What would be the chance that one of these people looking would want to buy a book on Dachshunds?

I realized it was no different than trying to sell a TV to a TV salesperson.

Great Example of Self Published Book - Lost In Spain

The author of this book used Createspace to publish this book on Amazon.

Lost In Spain - Self published on Amazon

Lost In Spain: A Collection Of Humorous Essays
Lost In Spain: A Collection Of Humorous Essays

Scott Oglesby has an amazing sense of humor. This book made me laugh out loud many times. It follows an American married to a Brit. who fly to Spain for a wedding and stay for 4 years. Scott had a harder time adjusting than his British wife who was at home with her fellow Ex-Pats who lived in the remote village in the mountains. Check out the reviews!

 

Hub Pages And How It Can Help You

And make money from it!

When searching on the internet for how to market my book hundreds of sites came up, most of them wanted me to pay them to market my book - I just did not have that kind of money to spare, .

I joined some of the author group sites who advertise that it is the best place to promote, but again I am trying to sell to people who are only interested in selling their book. I was not selling my book; instead posting on forums whose most viewed subject was how they are not selling any books!

Hub Pages - What is it?

One-day two things happened. First, I was reading about online marketing and then someone posted a link to their Hub page. It looked nicely laid out and I wondered how they had done this. Well it is surprisingly easy! What you are looking at now is a Hub page.

The great thing about Hub is they allow you to use it for free and do not mind you putting links to your book on Amazon or your website. Other sites do not allow this and try putting posts in some forums about your book with a link - you could be banned! Just make sure you are not being spammy but posting the link all over the Hub.

Oh, and as a bonus you can earn money from a Hub page. So not only can you put your book on here with a link to your blurb bookstore you can also earn money for example - Amazon sales (yes if your book is on Amazon then you have another way of selling it and get commission).

More Reasons To Use Hub Pages

These pages can rank high with Google search engines. Therefore, if you have a Hub page about your book, people who are searching under the subject will find it on Google. Unlike your self-publishing site, someone would have to find a link to blurb, then search the bookstore to know that yours existed. Blurb of course does appear on Google search but as a self-publisher, driving people to their site that want to publish a book not buy a book. If someone knows the title of your book then a blurb.com page will appear however I have yet to get a sale this way.

Hub Pages give you the opportunity with internet marketing techniques to be able to promote your own book and get it found. Until people know it even exists they do not know they want it!

As an example, this is the link to my book Dachshund Luke Goes To Spain It was my first Hub and I have learnt a lot since then. I do get a lot of people looking at this page and have made sales from it.

Want to get started on your own page? - it really is fun and easy.

They also have a great forum with lots of helpful friendly people willing to give their advice. Wow, I sound a bit like I work for them! I do not I am just trying to help other self-publishers and print on demand authors to get ahead.


Tips On Setting up Your Hub Page To Promote Your Book

And Make A Little Cash!

Ready to start - well listen up :-)

URL

The first thing you will do is chose the URL addess for your page. When choosing your URL (your lens address) make sure it is relevant to your books subject. For instance if your book is a recipe book, break it down to what kind - Curries, Easy, kids meals etc. So, let us say it is One Pot meals. Now think about what you would type into Google if you were looking for this very thing. Maybe, Easy One-Pot meals, or how to cook easy one-pot meals. Therefore, your URL may be www.hubpages/Easy-One-Pot-Meals. If someone else has already taken it then just adjust the words. There are more in-depth ways of searching for keywords to use in the URL but I would have to write whole book!

Bio

Fill this in since people do look at it. A little about your book and interests. Add a picture of yourself or something relevant to your book.

Tags

Remember to add tags. These are the keywords that people will use when looking for web pages on your book subject. For instance, some of the tags on my book would be Dachshunds, traveling with a Dachshund, dachshund book, Book Dachshund Luke goes to Spain and so on.

Write

Your intro module is for you to write something about your page. It is your intro and where you want to hook the visitors to want to read more. Write about the subject your book is about in the text modules. Break them down and include at least three modules. Also, add a link to your book on Blurb. Do not get boring; make it fun and interesting to read.

Amazon and eBay modules

Both sell a very diverse collection of things that you could promote so it should not be hard to find items relevant to your book. You make a small commission it someone clicks on them from your lens and buys (anything). For example with the easy one-pot meals, you might consider adding crock-pots, cooking utensils, or other cookbooks. Of course if your book is listed on Amazon (you would need to have purchased and ISBN) you would also include your own.

Pictures

Add pictures to your text module to break up all the words. It looks better and people are more likely to scroll and read more. A picture of your book is necessary. Make sure the pictures are relevant to your subject and that you have the rights to use them.

Once you have your lens the way you like it (do not forget to spell check!) and it is published you will have your own URL to promote. From your lens, you will be able to direct people who are interested in your book to your Blurb bookstore and preview page. Also, add the badge to your lens, check on Blurb for the link and copy and paste it into a text module.

Here is an example of my Amazon module Promoting Self-Publishing Books

More Ideas To Promote Your Self-Published Book

And promote your Hub Pages.

The first place you may want to promote your lens is in the forums. Read other posts since there is so much help and information available. Read other peoples pages and leave a comment in the guest books. This will help people in Hub Pages find your page and help with your ranking - you are paid a little commission from them every month based on how high your ranking is.

This was just a guideline to get your up and running on Hub pages and there are many more Hubbers with great pages full of information to help you.

A couple of great free places to promote your book is on your own blog - try wordpress.com or blogger.com - Once you have done a lens you will also find these easy to set-up. You then link from your lens to your blog and vise versa. Therefore creating more ways for people who want a book on your subject to find you.

Wow, this was a long page but I wanted to get down everything I have learned so far. I will be back to add more - still researching!

I hope that you have found some useful information here and wish you all the best in promoting and selling your self-published books.

If you have your own lens on your Self-Published book then you are more than welcome to leave links to them.

Please feel free to leave me a message on your Self-Publishing experience

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    • ebookmum profile image

      ebookmum 3 years ago

      Hi, nice lens :) I also publish my own ebooks and print on demand titles, but I have to admit I have been a bit slow on the promotion side of things.

      I used to love creating Squidoo lenses, and I have been inspired by your lens to get back to creating more after a long absence.

      Thanks for the push :)

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      Nice lens. Have a look at my lens Self Publishing to read about my experience at self publishing. I published 7 books on Lulu, got profiles on Lulu, Amazon, Squidoo... it wasn't easy but I'm obviously not cut out for sales.

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @gace99: Thanks gace99,

      I always like to hear about other options.

      I took a look at selz.com and although it looks like a good option for some people there were a couple of things that make it not work for me.

      1) They take the payments but the seller does not get paid for two weeks.

      2) Money is then transferred to your paypal account - unless you are lucky enough to be in Australia then you can get a direct deposit into your bank. This means I have already waited 2 weeks then have to arrange a transfer from Paypal to my bank account and wait another few days.

      3) It is not entirely free - they take 5% + .25c for each transaction.

      For me I am going to stick with Paypal - they take credit cards or paypal payments and I get the money into Paypal instantly.

      Thank you again for sharing another option

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      gace99 4 years ago

      If you are looking for an easy tool to use to sell your ebooks direct from a blog, website or via Facebook and Twitter, then it is worth trying out the popular www.selz.com as it is very simple to setup, no merchant account or monthly fees. Customers can purchase without leaving your blog, plus it manages the downloads delivery for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens and amazing pictures.

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      letskindle 4 years ago

      Awesome lens... Very helpful and great advices too!! Thnx

      http://lets-kindle.info

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      SarahNoel LM 4 years ago

      Oh. My. Goodness. This was an AWESOME lens! Thanks SO much for writing it!! I have also self-published books and could relate to EVERYTHING you were saying! I was so proud of them and half expected them to go flying off the internet shelves. They didn't. Lol. I know that's probably at least in part due to my lack of marketing and promotion. I JUST found Squidoo -- I posted my first lens just this past Monday -- thanks to a recommendation from a friend on my blog. BUT I didn't know if I could make lenses for my own books! I didn't know if Squidoo allowed self-promotion like that. So thank YOU for telling me that they do, and sharing that it actually helped you in your own book sales! I'm so excited to make lenses for my books now!! :)

      I also didn't know about the Squidoo forums. I'll check them out!

      Thanks again for an awesome lens!

      P.S. Your little dachsund is very cute! I'm a big dog lover myself and have 3 of my own (not dachshunds... though an ex-boyfriend had a dachshund). :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens here:) And yes Squidoo.com with its already established authority on Google, is a gift to online marketers like me. I have used various lenses to promote my websites since the beginning and it works wonders if properly done :)

      Well i am myself trying to reach some of my fellow Indians on how to write good Ebook and market them online, through my upcoming post in my new blog- onlinebusinessnetwork.org ... cheers

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      squidoopage99 4 years ago

      Helpful lens, I also found squidoo a great place to be. I tried writing and publishing books but I have good content on my lens and I am still not getting traffic on it, I wonder why?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kruger-2-Kalahari: Same here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lots of good advise, but it I think even on Squidoo it will not be an easy ride....as I'm finding out!

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      melh1234567890 4 years ago

      A most awesome lens!! Really helpful and I'm now convinced to do the same for one of my books I've previously written! You're wonderful :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      After reading all the jazz...you will still end up paying something. Why does someone not open a website that sells books for you and receives a percentage for each book sold. Both share the burden and make money. No one is taken for a ride with the word "free" (hajimokhtar1@gmail.com

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Well written lens, with great advice for writers. Like the way you've provided all the links in one place too. Blessed.

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      jvcronje 4 years ago

      Hi there. I published my first ebook at Kindle in July 2012. Sales have been VERY slow, even though I covered a lot of ground promoting it. I got 200 downloads on my promotion day at Kindle, hoping that some reviews would come from that, but I was very disappointed. I did get some traffic from USfreeads.com as well. I would suggest you join goodreads.com. They have a section for authors and give you the opportunity to market your book.

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @Kruger-2-Kalahari: Great - you even earn money from your pictures!

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      Mario Fazekas 4 years ago from johannesburg South Africa

      @wyrm11268: Thank you for the advice - I have asked a few people and they have promised to do the reviews. I didn't know Redgage existed - I'm off there to sign up right now! Thanks again!

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @Kruger-2-Kalahari: Just checked out your lens and it is amazing. Your photos are stunning.

      As for getting reviews I would suggest giving a few copies away to either people planning a trip or photographers and asking them for a review.

      If you have it on Amazon then make it free for a short time - a day,week or however long you feel then your will get better ranking in Amazon and also reviews.

      I would also find the top photographer wildlife photographer and ask them to review.

      Good luck and I hope that one day I can visit and take my own photos.

      Oh, for traffic to your site try out Redgage - post your pictures (watermarked) with links back to your lens or website.

      Good luck

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      DNemesis 4 years ago

      Hey there, great article on self-publishing. I am brand spanking new to Squidoo (long-time lurker, first time participant). My main passion revolves around internet marketing and ways to earn a living from home, in general. Ever since i signed up to this website just a few days ago, I have been slowly publishing ebook-related articles detailing tips, tricks and general advice. So naturally, i became very interested in your article-- keep up the great work.

      P.S. I had no idea about Blurb.com, do you have any personal experience there? how are sales and overall customer interaction?

      Stay in touch!

      DNemesis

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      Mario Fazekas 4 years ago from johannesburg South Africa

      Nice lens! Any suggestions on where a writer could get some short reviews on an eBook before launching it?

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @anonymous: HI Anita, Thanks for visiting and I am so glad you enjoyed my article. Squidoo is very cool and the perfect place to write about your book and a link to it.

      Good luck with your books and I look forward to reading your first lens and with the link to your book it will be easy for us to find it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello I'm Anita Larrison and I found your book on RedGage, which lead me here to your article on squidoo, I write on xomba. However, Squidoo looks very cool. I have two ebooks published through booktango and they are on sale at most ebook stores on line now. Lessons in blood the beginning and Lessons in blood the escape. It's vampire action ! I just wanted to thank you for sharing your dachshund book I read the sample and want to read the book and share it with my friends. :) I loved it ....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very insightful. I have just published my book on amazon and found your page very helpful for self promoting. Thanks for the tips

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      JobSearchGuru 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens, filled with really great info. I took notes. Thanks for supporting authors. https://hubpages.com/business/killer-work-from-hom...

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      LemonLee 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @ryan-morgan: Hi Ryan Morgan, Glad I could be of some help :-)

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      ryan-morgan 4 years ago

      Thank you very much for this very helpful link. I immediately made a Squidoo and now I am addicted to the site! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Woah, I LOVE this and Thank you! Yes, authors can publsih today without having to wait years for agents and publishers, but because so many of us are doing it, it's hard to find the really relevant stuff out there that helps us be successful. This constructive list of practical information is dynamite! I will follow the advice. We're at www.grandpaandthetruck.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think this covers the basics pretty well. Thanks for taking the time to write this. Hopefully it will help some newbies as it helps you!

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @AlexBPearl: Hello, thank you for visiting. Your book looks very interesting and it is very kind of you to donate to such a worthy cause.

      Your url should be www.squidoo.com/raising-money-for-homeless-kids

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      AlexBPearl 4 years ago

      Very useful stuff. My self published book is raising money for homeless kids. See www.sqidoo.com/raising-money-for-homeless-kids

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Leonardo, Glad I could help you.

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: Thanks for visiting.

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      wyrm11268 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi James, Do you mean the Squidoo and marketing then yes this works for new books or those that have been published for years.

      Thanks for visiting

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Karen can I do this even if my book is already published

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for the useful information on self publishing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just absolutely wonderful information you have provided us all here Karen. Thankyou as i have a published book and could not fathom how or where to market the book but your valuable info has opened up a stream of ongoing sources to pursue.

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @GregKuhn: Hello Gregory, Thanks for visiting and I am so happy that you found some useful information here. Your book sounds very interesting - going to check it out right now.

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      GregKuhn 5 years ago

      Karen, thank you for this wonderful resource. I have been promoting my new book, Why Quantum Physicists Don't Get Fat and have been loving every minute of it. I've got some new resources to get the word out about this life-changing book, thanks to you!

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      This has been so helpful. I have already published two books and four squidoo lenses, and sold 50 books, but things are tailing off a bit and I am now needing to learn more about marketing. Like you, I cannot afford to pay for marketing which may not work. I'm certainly going to be checking out your recommendations, and am really glad I found your lens. Thank you.

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      BowWowBear 5 years ago

      Very good info here. I have some books in mind, but they are all small audience.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wyrm11268! I can't thank you enough for your info mine which you have shared with us. I'm halfway through writing my book and am enjoying the experience thoroughly. I've a gut feeling its good, because i'm feeling great writing it. Its fiction. I know writing is the easy part, getting a good editor & then a publisher or even slf publishing is the tough part. This book is my first endeavor. Could you recommend a good editor. I am from India. Or, maybe i could send you an extract... Anyway thanks a zillion, for all the knowledge you've imparted on your squidoo lens

      - Sam

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      Nice work, selling books is even more work than writing them. Like you I have tried a number of different approaches, some working better than others. In my case I'm gambling that my subject matter gives me an entire bag of balls to swing at, and hopefully at some point it all comes together with the bases loaded. At the same time I'm also concerned about where literature is headed- no self-publishing is not the threat. It seems to me that people are reading even less than ever before. A large number of the new articles are becoming one paragraph sensational pithces with a five minute video. Rather than wanting to think for ourselves we prefer listening (being told what to think). It's a challenge getting people to stop and engage. On selling books, I think it comes back to word of mouth, slow but effective. Best wishes to you with your book.

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      stonejenson 5 years ago

      Good ideas, I stumbled upon by chance - thus also introduced myself to Squidoo too. My book is selling slowly, but it's early days yet, and I don't have too much time to promote it, but when I can...

      Anyway, thanks for the help!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Well-written and researched from someone in the trenches - I hope your book sells many copies!

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      This is an excellent resource for self-publishers! Squidoo does indeed offer you a lot of opportunities and with over a million people writing on the platform, and Google liking the site, it's a win-win for Authors.

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      CreativeXpressi 5 years ago

      As a self-published author, I must say that your lens is jam-packed with great information! My self-published book is included in my http://www.squidoo.com/ creative-art2 lens. I have not specifically written a lens yet to promoto my book. Hmmm, maybe that could be my next lens.

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      gypsykitschpres 5 years ago

      Super tips. Thanks for a helpful lens.

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      Tolemac 5 years ago

      There's some great info here, wyrm11268. Thanks for creating this lens. I'm sure it will help many of us. =)

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting TeriT. I wish your husband all the best with his new book. Squidoo is a great place to get the book in front of people and best of all it is free :-) Looking forward to seeing your first lens.

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @LordNefarious: Thanks LordNefarious - looks like you are having fun on squidoo - have been checking out your lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wyrm11268: Thank you for the information. My husband wrote a book and published it on CreateSpace. We are also on a budget and have been looking for ways to get his book out to the public for free or little cost. We don't want to do the big marketing plans until we have more to offer to make it worthwhile. I will be looking into creating a lens for his book. Thanks!

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      LordNefarious 5 years ago

      I just wanted to say that this lens was the reason I found Squidoo and am currently addicted (in a good way) to this site. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @jdiercks: Thanks, glad I could help. Sadly the marketing is mostly left up to the author so we have to do our best to get our books in front of the public. I wish your partner all the best with his second book.

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      jdiercks 5 years ago

      wyrm11268: Great information! I think these ideas and suggestions also apply to publisher released books....since they provide little marketing support. I emailed your page link to my business partner who is working on his second book through McGraw Hill.

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @tnabooks: Thank you for the kind message. I am so happy that you were able to find my information useful and congratulations on joining Squidoo!

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      tnabooks 5 years ago

      wyrm11268, thank you so much for this lens! I came across it in a google search this afternoon, and your information sold me on joining Squidoo and creating my first lens for my writing journal, 365 Things to Write About. Being on a tight budget as well, I appreciate any advice that explains free opportunities to market my products. :)

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      xmen88 5 years ago

      Really cool lens. Learn a lot from it.

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @Namymartyn: Thank you for visiting and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @SoniaCarew: Congratulations on your book - writing it is the hardest part :-) Thanks for visiting and I wish you all the best.

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      Namymartyn 5 years ago

      nice lens created by you really appreciable..........

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Fabulous information! I wrote the book,... still seeking an excellent editor,..and then I will look at self-publishing. But I will certainly come back to your lens.

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @dustintrentin: Hi, Yes that is my next learning curve :-)

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Congratulations on your book. I wish you all the best. Why not set up a squidoo lens?

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, Glad I was able to help someone :-) Book is doing great thank you. I have also gone on to write an e-guide on how to potty train a dachshund. Also working on my next book.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great information, it was your lens that got me started on Squidoo, How's the book doing by the way?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful advice, Like yourself I have been struggling to sell my book- IF LOVING YOU WAS EASY. Ive done okay so far, sold over 100 copies but... its slowed down now. So i am going to give this a try. Thank you.

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Loving-You-Was-Easy-ebook/...

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/If-Loving-You-Was-Easy/dp/...

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      wyrm11268 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you!

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      dustintrentin 5 years ago

      A very good lens, i think. Maybe it's a good starting point if you try to upload your book to amazon (kdp.amazon.com)...

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome advice you've put together here! Awesome work! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm going to try squidoo and when I'm done can you take a look at it and give me some feedback? Sincerely, giesickd@yahoo.com

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      oclthree 5 years ago

      Great advice. I have a couple of books to write this year, so your lens is really beneficial in knowing how to promote them. Thanks!

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      Ericastanciu 5 years ago

      Self publishing is really tough. Getting your book up is easy but the promoting part is where it gets hard. I've enjoyed a little bit of success but it's reviews that make people want to read a book. I would love if you or anyone else would check out my Squidoo and possibly my ebook Electrify Me for 0.99 cents. Thank you guys and I hope you have a happy new year.

      http://www.amazon.com/Electrify-Me-ebook/dp/B006L8...

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      GodsBB 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information, going to sned this lense to a friend who might find it helpful. God Bless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for taking the time to publish this lens and for sharing it with us fellow squids.

      It's a fantastic lens. One squid thumbs up vote given!

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for updating us on this technique. great lens ideas.

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      shylaraven 5 years ago

      Great lens with some very useful tips. Good job! :-)

      Another great way to become self published is to submit your book into SmashWords and of course, Amazon Kindle. SmashWords is free and will distribute your book into places that are ordinary difficult for new authors (like Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc).

      I posted a bit of information on it over on my lens if anyone needs a bit of guidance:

      http://www.squidoo.com/self-publishing-on-kindle

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      jordanpaw 5 years ago

      yeah, i'm experiencing the same at blurb. visitors, but no sales. thanks for your suggestions. i've created my lens then split it into 2 as per suggestion from the forums.

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      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Really interesting. Thank you.

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      jeffersonline 6 years ago

      Nice lens - bookselling via squidoo - excellent! Hope your book is still selling.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You can sell e-books at www.BIDLOADZ.com for no selling fees.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am so glad you took the time to write this. Thank you!

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Great lens! Here's an angel blessing for you!

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      YsisHb 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience so generously. I can imagine your journey through enthousiam, disappointment, hard work. I admire your perseverance. I will keep in mind your advice since I am trying to promote a relative's book.

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      gespooner 6 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic lens, I am in exactly the same position, having created a book on blurb and struggling to promote it - this has been invaluable! thanks so much!

      Good luck with your book!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information wyrm11268, I am enjoying your advice. Found blurb, self-promoting on the social network sites and now I will try Squidoo. Great information.-thank you-Kel

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      A lot of valuable info, and I do hope the book has the success it merits after so much effort and obvious affection went into it.

      Thanks for permission to drop in a link paulonbooks.blogspot.com, my book review blog, (mainly crime/thrillers)

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      wyrm11268 6 years ago

      Hi leeshay,

      Thanks for visiting and good luck with you book. Hope you finish it soon.

      If you have a talent for making book covers then I am sure there a lot of people that would like your help. I would suggest looking in forums for self publishers. Blurb has one on their site, Lulu etc.

      You could also Start your own squidoo lens they are very easy to do. Then you could talk about your experiences, your book in progress, and how much you enjoy making book covers.

      You will then have a way for people to contact you if they would like a cover made and when your own book is finished make another lens and link the two.

      This makes it easier to post in forums about your service with a link to your squidoo lens for more information etc.

      If you decide to do that then just follow everything in my lens How To Sell A Self published Book to find out how to get it ranked for your keyword.

      Good luck.

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      leeshay 6 years ago

      hey loved your post i have considered writing a book and i don't have a ton of money to publish it your ideas are great now all i need to do is actually finish a book haha anyway i was just curious where you find people to make a book cover? i am asking because i think it would be fun to make book covers for authors i just don't know where to find people that need them

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Now that Blurb provides a book preview widget, that works great on Squidoo. Just paste the html for the widget into a Squidoo text module and save it. I'm adding it to all my Squidoo lenses promoting my mother's book, My Flint Hills Childhood.

      I'll lensroll this to my lens on ways to promote a self-published book.

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      Marijoyce 7 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic lens, and your book looks great. I just self-published and re-published another book on lulu.com and this lens has a lot of good info. Thanks for sharing here.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      lots of info.. still looking for a lens that will tell me how to sell a book and link it to a pay pal account

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      wyrm11268 7 years ago

      @Dreamzanstuff: I am glad you liked my lens and thanks for visiting.

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      wyrm11268 7 years ago

      @Dreamzanstuff: Thank you for the great comment :-)

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      Dreamzanstuff 7 years ago

      Wow! what a fabulous lens! It contains great advice not only on Self Publishing but also how to use Squidoo most effectively. This lens is itself a great template for how it should be done. A million thanks.

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      wyrm11268 7 years ago

      @ZenandChic: Wow Jewelsofawe, thank you for visiting and my blessing!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Great lens! I am lensrolling it to my How to Publish a book lens and blessing it!

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      wyrm11268 7 years ago

      @steveffeo lm: Thanks for visiting and I am glad that you liked my lens. You are right - everyone has a passion, lots of people want to write a book and sometimes just let that passion slip away. It is so easy to do online and I think everyone should try it.

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      steveffeo lm 7 years ago

      EXCELLENT lens, I have been asking myself the same question. Everyone has something they are passionate about and know about, why not write a book both hardcopy and digital, it is a great way to meet people in your niche.

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      wyrm11268 7 years ago

      Hi, thanks for visiting and I am glad that your have found some useful information here. This will work with a book published with Authorhouse. I am getting the most help by following the One Week Marketing guide (see above). It is really easy to follow even if this is all new to you. Best part is I am getting sales!

      Feel free to contact me any time with questions and I will be more than happy to help.

      I wish you lots of luck in which ever methods you choose to use to promote your book![in reply to R. C. Beckom]