5 Sites to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget

10916216654?profile=originalWhen it comes to promoting your book, you have to spend money to make money.

How many of you have been told that?

The first time I heard it, my heart filled with desolation. I live in the real world where disposable income is as rare as the unicorn–in other words, it doesn’t exist. What chance do I have of being successful with my marketing endeavours without the coin to back it?

The answer is: I don’t know. My book is relatively new (just over a month old at the time of my writing this) and it’s really too soon to tell. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share some of the places I’ve found online that allow me to advertise my book for free. Here are the 5 sites that top my list so far.

Indies Unlimited

The vetting process on this site is incredibly helpful. I submitted my novel for their free promotion. About 6 weeks later, the site contacted me with an excellent critique of my book description as well as suggestions on how to improve it. I made the corrections and received a second critique and even more suggestions–all for free! As far as I’m concerned, this site is indie author gold, for that reason alone.

Online PR News

This site provides a free place to post and distribute a press release. You have to write the press release yourself, but this is an excellent opportunity to reach people to which you might not otherwise have access.

New Book Journal

Free author announcements for anything author related. Announce your book release or a book signing…the possibilities are endless.

Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing

This website posts a list of new Sci Fi releases each week. I sent an email to the site administrator asking if my book could be included in the next list and he was happy to oblige. This taught me never to be afraid to send a query to anything online I’d like to be a part of. The worst that could happen is my request will either be ignored or rejected. To my surprise, that rarely happens.

My Book Addiction’s zOctober Event

I read about zOctober on a news feed site I frequent and sent an email and was accepted right away. I am posting a “Mad Lib” style puzzle and a short story on My Book Addiction’s site in October. Great publicity for my book and my brand, all of it absolutely free!

That’s my list so far, opaline pearls in a sea of seemingly barren oysters.  Do you have any other hidden gems you are willing to share? Post them here and I’ll feature them on my next post with a link to your online pages–another great, free place to publicize!

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  • Happy that my article helped, Shellie. Best of luck with your writing.

  • You're welcome, Carla. Glad I could help.

  • Thanks for sharing this very useful information, I have been in the process of trying to find ways to promote my three published e Books and am grateful and appreciate you sharing the information. 

  • As a self-published author who needs some major ideas on marketing, I appreciate your sharing. Thanks. 


  • Thanks so much for your critique, I really do appreciate that you took the time to look it over.


  • Glad you liked it, P.I. I'm hoping to do another similar one, when I get the time.


  • My pleasure, Lorene.

  • Hi, Carla.

    Great site! Great concept! Prices seem reasonable, too (I think). I like some of the covers, but like that you do custom covers as well.

    Good luck with your business.


  • This is invaluable! Not to mention very gracious and generous of you to share with us all! Much much appreciated Elise!


  • As a fellow shoestring budget author, I thank you for this information!

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